Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Dark Water by Christy Barritt

Posted May 2, 2020 by meezcarrie in Christian, Christy Barritt, contemporary, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance / 28 Comments

Lantern Beach Blackout #1

GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: River Heights
RELEASE DATE: January 28, 2020
PAGES: 238


Colton Locke can’t forget the black op that went terribly wrong. Desperate for a new start, he moves to Lantern Beach, North Carolina, and forms Blackout, a private security firm. Despite his hero status, he can’t erase the mistakes he’s made.


For the past year, Elise Oliver hasn’t been able to shake the feeling that there’s more to her husband’s death than she was told. When she finds a hidden box of his personal possessions, more questions—and suspicions—arise. The only person she trusts to help her is her husband’s best friend, Colton Locke.


Someone wants Elise dead. Is it because she knows too much? Or is it to keep her from finding the truth? The Blackout team must uncover dark secrets hiding beneath seemingly still waters. But those very secrets might just tear the team apart.

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Dark Water is the first book I read in Barritt’s Lantern Beach universe (several different series all tied to a tourist island off North Carolina) – but it definitely isn’t my first read by the author. I’ve long been a fan of Barritt’s fast paced suspense and swoony romance, and the Lantern Beach Blackout series fits right in.

Right from the first page, we’re gripped by heart-in-your-throat danger as Elise fights for her life in a middle-of-the-night home invasion. We don’t know why she’s been targeted just yet – or even who she is exactly – but there’s time for introductions later. In the heat of the moment, we’re just rooting for her survival. As she flees to the safety of Lantern Beach and her late husband’s SEAL team, we quickly meet Colton – the swoony former SEAL who’s been in love with his best friend’s wife (Elise) for a long time. Both characters are well-layered for this relatively-quick read, and they are both very easy to like. Colton is the leader of the team (with all the yumminess that goes along with that) and he treats Elise with infinite tenderness as he continues to fight his feelings for her and fights to keep her safe. Elise, for her part, carries herself with a quiet strength and has a heart of gold toward other people.

Along with the more immediate danger of someone trying to kill Elise (a danger that continues throughout the story), there is the mystery surrounding the demise of their SEAL team and the death of their then-leader (and Elise’s husband) Daniel. Is this connected to the attempts on Elise’s life? Does she know more than she’s telling them? Do they have a traitor in their midst, or was Daniel the traitor? This is the continuing arc that connects the rest of the books in the Blackout series – and it’s a doozy! Uncertainty has the team questioning everything they thought they knew & the people they thought they could trust. It will keep us on our toes, too, and keeps us gobbling up the Blackout books to find out how it all resolves. (Don’t worry, though, each book has its own storyline & romance too.)

Bottom Line: Fast-paced suspense, excellent characters, and an intriguing setting are just some of the things to love about Dark Water and the whole Lantern Beach Blackout series. Loyalty, faith, and instincts are all tested to their limits as Barritt takes readers along for this intense race toward the truth – with well-paced writing and skilled development. The perfect weekend read!

Check out my review of Safe Harbor (book 2) HERE!

(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I previously purchased for my own collection. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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USA Today has called Christy Barritt’s books “scary, funny, passionate, and quirky.”

Publishers Weekly best-seller, Christy writes both mystery and romantic suspense novels that are clean with underlying messages of faith. Her books have sold more than two million copies, and two are currently being developed as movies.

Christy’s books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery, have been twice nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and have finaled for both a Carol Award and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year.

She’s married to her prince charming, a man who thinks she’s hilarious–but only when she’s not trying to be. Christy’s a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who’s known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado.

Christy currently splits her time between the Virginia suburbs and Hatteras Island, North Carolina. She loves spending time with her husband, her two sons, and her four dogs.

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To celebrate her tour, Christy is giving away the the grand prize package of a signed copy of Dark Water and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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28 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Dark Water by Christy Barritt

  1. Becky D.

    Thank you so much for sharing…I love your reviews!!! Sounds like a great read, especially with SEAL teams involved. Another book for my TBR pile. 🥰📚

  2. MS Barb

    I tried going to Christy’s website through this promo, and my computer “blocked” me,saying it was an unsafe web site. So, I tried googling her name, and then clicking on her website, and again I was blocked b/c of the “threat!” sigh.

  3. Dianne Casey

    I enjoyed reading the description and review of the book. Looking forward to reading.

  4. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Dark Water” by Christy Barritt and for being part of the book tour.

    GREAT cover!

    You had me at inspirational romantic suspense and Navy Seal! Sounds like a fabulous book and I can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.

  5. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. I really liked the blurb and review. It sounds like a really interesting book, very intriguing. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Michelle Conell

    I loved her Squeaky Clean series and have read some of her Lantern Beach ones, but not any in this new series yet. Looking forward to it!

  7. Amy M.

    What makes you want to read Dark Water by Christy Barritt? You saw the cover right? Now where did I put that fan?!?!

  8. Debra Branigan

    I am interested because it is one of my favorite genres and the storyline sounds good. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes to the author on the novel.

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