Can’t-Wait Wednesday – 5th August, 2020 #Brainfluffbookblog #CWC #WOW


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week’s Can’t-Wait offering – Deadly Waters by Dot Hitchison – release date 1st September, 2020

#crime #metoo #murder mystery

BLURB: Florida journalism undergrad Rebecca Sorley is like any other college student. She tries to keep up with her studies, her friends, and her hot-tempered roommate, Ellie, who regularly courts trouble with the law.

When a male student’s remains are found in alligator-infested waters, the university warns students to stay away from the reptiles. But then a second body shows up, and the link is undeniable. Both men belonged to the same fraternity and had a reputation for preying on and hurting women.

Ellie has previously threatened to kill men who don’t take no for an answer. Rebecca and her friends thought Ellie was kidding. But now a vigilante killer is roaming campus—someone who knows how to dispose of rapists. Someone determined to save female students from horrible crimes.

I am often repelled by the casual use of young women in murder mysteries, who are often killed in horrible ways, after having suffered rape and assault. So my attention was caught by a book that turned the tables – it is male sexual predators who are the victims of the rising body count… So this one should be intriguingly different.

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    • I really dislike the dynamic where women are treated as disposable objects in order for the plot to work – and it happens far too often in modern crime thrillers, as far as I’m concerned – so this one intrigued me.

      • I know what you mean, it’s a horrible dynamic in so many books. We started watching The Fall on Netflix this week and it’s interesting how much discussion there is about the way women are looked at by men, and the fetishising of beautiful murder victims. It’s not an angle we often get on TV either. I’ll look out for your review of the book, I hope it lives up to the premise.

      • Yes… the beautiful murder victim is another layer of unpleasantness that I dislike. I hope this one lives up to my expectations, too!

  1. This does sound different, I’m not sure I’ve ever run across a murder mystery where the rapists are the murder victims. Great choice, Sarah😁

    • It was Himself who came across this one, too… But he brought it to my attention as he’s been listening to my rants about piles of young female victims faaaar too often!

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