Dark Water Book Summary and Study Guide

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Mira, Nov 2002, 6.50
ISBN: 1551669390

Over two decades ago in Marmet, Maine, local bank vice president Frank Whitman vanished along with one million dollars. The townsfolk ostracized Frank's wife and daughter Sarah. Unable to cope, Frank's spouse committed suicide and most of the locals sighed with relief when a family friend took Sarah to New Orleans to raise her.
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In the present, an armored truck robber tries to escape the police by driving his getaway car into Flagstaff Lake. Divers searching for the robber find a foot locker on the bottom of the lake that contains Frank's body. Most of the townsfolk including the Sheriff's office prefers the theory that Frank's accomplice killed him, but Sarah, feeling guilty about how she thought of her father over the years, believes her father is innocent. She arrives in town to prove her case. Knowing that Frank helped him straighten out his life nightclub owner Tony “Silk” DeMarco returns home from Chicago to assist Sarah. As Silk and Sarah fall in love in front of a hostile community who wants sleeping dogs kept quiet, someone goes one step further trying to silence Sarah permanently.

DARK WATER is an exciting romantic suspense with the accent on the tension though the romance is not ignored. The exhilarating story line moves rather quickly forward propelled by the lead couple, especially Sarah, seeking to clear her daddy's name. Sharon Sala is in top form in this town without pity powerful tale.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over past dead relative(s)

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   champion of justice


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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