Review: Down By The Water by Anna Cruise


Lily can’t escape the past.

Ten years after a tragedy tore her family apart, Lily is on her way to college for what she hopes will be a fresh start. Instead, she finds herself broken down in the place she swore she’d never return to, the place by the water that damaged her family beyond repair. When Ty Reilly offers her help, she reluctantly accepts, eager to get her car fixed and get the hell out of town.

But before that can happen, an eerily similar recurrence stops Lily cold. With her identity and ties to the old tragedy revealed, new suspicions cast a bright light on Lily. Everyone around her – the guy who offered her help, her own wayward sister, and the town sheriff who remembers her from a decade earlier – begins to wonder if her reappearance is merely a coincidence or if she’s somehow involved.

As Lily begins to thread together strands from the past with the present, she realizes that there’s no such thing as a coincidence down by the water.

And that you can’t ever really leave the past behind.


I would give this book a solid 3.5 stars. Overall, I enjoyed the story line. The plot revolved around Lily and she is on her way to go to school; however, she breaks down, outside a town that tore her family apart. There are many, many twists and turns and jaw dropping moments that I wouldn’t have been able to predict. However, there was also parts where the book just went on and on in too many details and I found myself quickly skimming and not enjoying the details because there were simply too many. These type of pages bored me and I felt like they took away from what would otherwise have been an excellent story.

There is also a love story twist, and it is adorable and sweet. You watch Lily fall in love and it seems like love is what is helping her from losing it. When the final twist is revealed it is a head turner. You really, honestly can’t believe it! In conclusion, this was a nice, enjoyable standalone novel.



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