Review THE DEVIL AND THE DARK WATER By Stuart Turton
Set in the 1600’s, “The Devil and The Dark Water” by Stuart Turton was the perfect mystery. Full of twists, turns and thrilling monstrous scenes, I was glued to all four hundred pages of this book!
Sammy Pipps, the most famous detective in Batavia, has a big problem to deal with. Pipps has recently been convicted of an unknown crime. His bodyguard, Arent, is determined to prove Pipps innocent, even if that means boarding a crowded ship, the Saardam, where the passengers are cruel and the sailors even nastier.
But from the very beginning, disaster haunts the Saardam. A leper, claiming that a devil named Old Tom is haunting their vessel, burns outside the ship before their departure. None of the staff takes this seriously, though it soon becomes clear that something odd is happening aboard. The leper, who died on the docks, is seen by many, stalking the ship and its passengers. Sailors and passengers alike start hearing a mysterious voice in the night. And unholy miracles commence, painting doom for the entire ship.
Pipps is convinced it’s not at all a devil, but a man. But, behind bars, there isn’t much Pipps can do to solve the mystery. Thus, Arent is put on the case, much to his dismay. Arent feels horribly incompetent for the job, but lucky for him the lovely Sara Wessel joins his cause, and the two of them work to find out who the devil really is that stalks their ship.
This book was a beautiful blend between historical and mystery fiction. All the characters came to stunning life for me, and the ending left me completely stunned—and that does not happen often! To those of you searching for a good mystery right now that will keep you guessing until the very end, I definitely recommend reading “The Devil and the Dark Water.”
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