Review: Deadly Waters A Detective Jane Phillips Novel by O M J Ryan


Deadly Waters A Detective Jane Phillips Novel
by O.M.J. Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Several young women have recently drowned in Manchester’s vast network of canals. A coincidence? Or something more sinister?
When star detective DCI Jane Phillips begins to investigate, her finely tuned instinct tells her these are no accidents. And when she discovers that each of the drowned women has a mysterious circular bruise on the back of her neck, Phillips is sure of it -- she’s up against a very clever serial killer.
But how are the victims being chosen? And who will be next?
With the body count rising, Phillips and her team find themselves in a fight to the death with a shadowy figure who always seems to be one step ahead.
Can Phillips stop the killer before the next victim dies? Or will she herself become an offering to Manchester’s deadly waters?


For most of the crime thrillers, the lead investigative officer and the team dynamics are the deciding factors for me in liking a book/series. This is the third book in the Detective Jane Phillips series but it can be read as a stand-alone. As the blurb says, it revolves around multiple killings of young women with similar life history & profile - something that Jane Phillips refuses to consider a mere coincidence from the get-go.


Her feelings and efforts to find answers and justice for the women was really inspiring. She is a likeable leader and the respect she gets from her team is admirable and looks very well earned. Every character, though new to the reader is fleshed appropriately so one gets comfortable with the story. the story proceeds in a logical manner and even a little cryptic, it never gets confusing.  Any time I thought I had the plot figured, the author threw a twist in the story. The book kept me hooked until the very last page.

There is not even a little detail placed unnecessarily or left unexplained in the end.   I spent the whole afternoon on finishing the last 40 per cent of the book in a single sitting. I enjoyed this police investigative thriller a lot. I am looking forward to reading the previous books having Jane Phillips as the lead now.

I would recommend this book to anyone who does not prefer much violence in their crime thriller books and a very good female lead. 


Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years,
collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards.

In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting,
fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed.
Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last. 
DEADLY WATERS will be his third novel published with Inkubator Books


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