Water's Edge  -     By: Robert Whitlow
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Water's Edge

Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Paperback

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Sometimes the smallest towns hold the biggest secrets.

Ambitious young attorney Tom Crane is about to become a partner in a big-city law firm. One final matter has to be cleared from his docket--the closing of his deceased father's law practice in the small town of Bethel. Killed in a tragic boating accident, John Crane didn't leave his son anything except the hassle of a bankrupt estate.

Then, within twenty-four hours, Tom loses his job, his girlfriend, and his cat. Job didn't have it much worse.

Returning to Bethel with his pride ground to powder, Tom's plan to quietly shut down his father's practice and slink out of town runs into an unexpected roadblock - two million dollars of unclaimed money stashed in a secret bank account. Tom follows the money into a tangled web of lies, theft, and off-shore financial transactions manipulated by powerful men who will do anything to stop him from discovering the truth.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1595544518
ISBN-13: 9781595544513
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Publisher's Description

Sometimes small towns hold the biggest secrets.

Ambitious young attorney Tom Crane is about to become a partner in a high-profile Atlanta law firm. But first he must clear one final matter from his docket—the closing of his deceased father's law practice in his hometown of Bethel, Georgia. Killed in a mysterious boating accident, John Crane didn't appear to leave his son anything except the hassle of wrapping up loose ends.

But instead of celebrating his promotion, Tom finds himself packing up his office, having suddenly been "consolidated." To add insult to injury, that same night his girlfriend breaks up with him . . . by letter.

Returning to Bethel with no sense of his future and no faith to fall back on, Tom just wants to settle his father's final affairs and get back to Atlanta. But then he runs into an unexpected roadblock—two million dollars of unclaimed money stashed in a secret bank account. And evidence that his father's death may not have been accidental. Worse still, a trail of data suggests his father played a role in an international fraud operation.

Tom follows the money into a tangled web of lies, theft, and betrayal. Along the way, he meets a woman who is as beguiling as she is beautiful. And her interest in the outcome of the case is just as high as his. She challenges Tom's assumptions . . . and his faith. Now he has to decide who he can trust—and how far a father's love can reach.

Author Bio

Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. Twitter: @whitlowwriter Facebook: robertwhitlowbooks

Endorsements

A great mystery that will keep you interested until the end. The characters are well thought out and the storyline believable. Fans who enjoyed Whitlow’s other works will also like this one. - 4 stars, Romantic Times

"This is a solid, suspenseful thriller with an overt but not overpowering Christian theme, for in solving the mystery surrounding his father's death, Tom also confronts his own situation and faith. The religious theme is subtly handled and won't put off readers who prefer their legal thrillers to be nondenominational. For those who prefer a spiritual element in their fiction, this one deserves a hearty thumbs-up."

ChristianBookPreviews.com

Life, death. Right, wrong. Love, hate. It all gets tangled in Robert Whitlow's Water's Edge. Tom Crane has the perfect life: a hot girlfriend, an amazing job, a dog and cat, and a nice apartment. Life is fantastic until one day, through a series of bizarre events, his entire world comes crashing down. Now all Tom has left is his faithful old dog and his father's law firm, which Tom is determined to shut down. As Tom ventures to close the firm, he discovers some important and mysterious files are missing many of their key documents and records. Before he can find out the background of these files from his lawyer dad, Tom's father dies an untimely death. Now it is up to Tom, with some help from a young companion Rose, to discover the secrets beneath the water's edge.

Whitlow does an outstanding job bringing his characters to life through dialogue. Not only can readers hear the happy times of gratitude, but they can also feel the situations of despair. He knows how to draw readers in and make them think things are going to be okay, only suddenly to throw an unexpected curve.

By God's calling and help from a buddy named Elias, Tom soon realizes a life without Christ is no life at all. Now it's time for the real test of faith as Tom discovers his father's hidden secrets and nearly two million dollars. On top of it all, Tom finds himself falling for a woman who already belongs to another man. Now Tom must decide whether he is going to follow God and the plans He has for him or if he is going to take his fate into his own hands.

Exodus 20: 17 says, "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife." Although Tom has a new found faith in Christ, there are some things about his personality that do not align with Christian values. For instance, when Tiffany shows interest in Tom as more than just a friend of her husband's, Tom encourages her affections instead of rejecting them. Later in the book, it is upsetting when Tom devises his own suicide mission. Tom is a complex character who keeps readers guessing to the very end about what his next move is going to be.

Water's Edge gets off to a great start, but then it hits a plotting quagmire. Many of the scenes are repetitive or padded with superfluous explanations and scenic descriptions. Additionally, it was a stretch to believe that Tom would read a verse from the Bible and suddenly feel ready to accept Jesus as his Lord. Better lead up and preparation were needed for that. The book could have benefited from some intensive editing; the plot concept is interesting and the characters are well developed, but the pacing becomes very slow. For readers who don't want to rush through a mystery, this story is long, detailed, and expansive. Anna Williams, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Publisher's Weekly

Christy Award–winning Whitlow (Greater Love) is a lawyer who knows his profession, as his newest legal thriller shows. Tom Crane is a hotshot young Atlanta lawyer who thinks he's about to become partner. Instead he gets pink-slipped, and dumped by his girlfriend, giving him lots of time to close out the smalltown law practice of his late father, who died in a boating accident. Circumstances slowly suggest that his father's death was not an accident; a second man who died in the boating accident has a beautiful daughter interested in the truth behind her father's death, and she's also an evangelical Christian. Characterizations are plausible, the mystery develops at a good pace, and the villain's a surprise. The Christian elements are heavy but not sappy; their centrality in the story will limit the potential audience to those already in sympathy with Christian fiction requirements. It's welcome relief nonetheless to have Christian fiction that doesn't center on romance, and Whitlow is certainly a competent writer. (Aug.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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    Age: 45-54
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This one caught me by surprise ~ pleasantly so...
    April 28, 2014
    wcouscous
    Michigan
    Age: 45-54
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I like legal dramas... Grisham is one of my favorite authors and I totally did not expect this book, "Water's Edge" by Robert Whitlow, to live up to that sort of expectation. But it did.

    Part of the reason was I started the book while still living overseas. Then life living in a developing world happened: a war next door started, internet died, hot season and tons of power outages exhausted, a kid graduated, we moved internationally, I dove back into that phenomenon of worse culture shock coming home than going there...

    So I started the book, stopped when life happened - and couldn't get back into it because I couldn't find where I'd left off and was having a hard time wading through the vague familiarity of having already read the first several chapters. It finally took knowing that my review deadline date (or else I'd lose my status as a book reviewer) was rapidly approaching to motivate me to just sit down and read the book.

    I'm so glad I did... and thinking I'm gonna go find another one of his action/suspense legal dramas and check it out. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

    Tom Crane, an up and coming lawyer living the good life in the big city loses his dad, his job and his girl in relatively quick succession. Then, while back in the small town where he grew up attempting to close up and tie up all the loose ends from his father's law practice, he runs into curious circumstances: a mysterious trust fund without clear documentation, unexplained details concerning his father's accidental drowning while out fishing with a friend, an unexpected friend in the daughter of that other man who also died in the accident, an eccentric spiritual warrior uncle, uncomfortable situations with trusted and long time family friends... and last but not least, an unforeseen and lifechangingly powerful intimate encounter with God.

    Tom Crane thinks he gets it all figured out and is ready to move on, ready for the next step accepting a great job offer from another big law firm in the big city. I was all set for the "drama" to predictably settle and for the last bit of the book to turn into a sappy Christian romance...

    We were both surprised and survived! The last quarter of the book was much better than just good! I'm so glad that I stuck with it and finished this definite 4 star read!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Surprise author.
    February 19, 2013
    alwysreadin
    Herndon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's well written, entertaining and informative. I was hesitant to buy it at first because I've never read anything by him. It's a wonderful story of learning the truth about life, love of God and family.
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    Another winner!
    May 4, 2012
    Kay Monroe
    Telford, PA
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    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Whitlow has doen it again. Well written, suspencful, and a very enjoyable read.
  4. Mary Lou Moore
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great story, good lessons!
    March 16, 2012
    Mary Lou Moore
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the first book of Robert Whitlow's that I have read. We read it with our Women's Book Club at church. It was hard to put it down. I had all month to read it, but had to finish it! I would recommend it to all readers. The story was good and the lessons about truth and honesty are strong. "It's always right to do the right thing, even when the right thing seems like the wrong thing!"
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    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very inspiring
    September 6, 2011
    CYChan
    Malaysia
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I found this book is very inspiring. Unlike his father, Tom was not a very religions person. It is very interesting to see how he gets closer to the God, and refer to bible for guidance and answers. From losing his job, eventually he got few good options what he would like to do after he had settled his father's business. Just as he thought he had finally settled the matter, something unexpected and turned his life totally upside down. He did not know who to trust anymore. The story has a good pace, though I feel towards the ending was a little rush. Nevertheless it's a good ending and I enjoy reading it very much. I was feeling a little down and depressed but this book has uplifted my mood tremendously.

    Note: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.
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