New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell plunges into the adventurous and deadly world of underwater treasure hunters in a heart-stopping tale that superbly combines atmosphere, action, romance, and suspense.
After a family tragedy, Kate Donnelly left the Caribbean behind forever. But a series of bad management decisions has left her family's diving and marine recovery business drowning in red ink. Now her brother pleads with her to come back to the island nation of St Vincent. Without Kate's financial expertise, the iconic treasure-hunting enterprise started by her grandfather will go under. Unable to say no to the little family she has left, Kate heads back to the beautiful and terrifying ocean that still haunts her nightmares.
Holden Cameron was addicted to the adrenaline rush of active duty—including narrowly surviving an underwater explosives accident. The last thing the former British military diver wants is to babysit a family of thieves on a tropical island—even if they are the world-famous Diving Donnellys. But in his new civilian job, Holden must investigate the suspicious activity surrounding a Donnelly dive to recover treasure from the ancient wreck of a pirate ship.
When equipment, treasure, and even divers begin to disappear, Kate and Holden form an uneasy alliance to uncover the truth. But the deeper they plummet into the mystery, the closer they come to each other. Soon they are sharing their deepest fears and darkest secrets—and a combustible chemistry too hot to ignore.
Lowell (Midnight in Ruby Bayou) expertly blends romance and suspense in a novel rich with undersea treasure hunting and deception. Kate Donnelly has avoided the Caribbean for the 15 years since her parents died in a diving accident, but her brother needs her to look at the books of the family salvage business, which is dangerously close to bankruptcy. Holden Cameron is a British accountant (and former military diver) with the authority to shut down the Donnellys. The lazy Caribbean climate is the perfect atmosphere for romance, and the attraction between Kate and Holden erupts into potent love scenes. Meanwhile, divers are disappearing, and Holden notes a disparity in the diving schedules and the amount of treasure recovered. The greedy culprit dials up the danger, and Holden and Kate dial up the passion, all the way to the pulse-pounding conclusion.
As a diver, I loved those scenes. But the whole book was captivating. Excellent.
I'd rather re-read one of Lowell's earlier books, like The Danvers Touch (which she renamed for some reason when she reissued publication).
Hmmm, I'll try not to be cynical about that.
In any case Night Diver is flat, repetitive, and although there are sex scenes...there's no passion nor sensuality. Lowell is boggled down by a convoluted plot with a sudden fix at the end. Lack of character development, too many characters and no sense of internal motivation on the part of the erstwhile hero. This just doesn't "read" like a Lowell romantic suspense.
Have been reading Elizabeth Lowell for many, many years. This book was a disappointment. Not up to her standard.