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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
By the Water is a collection of stories by Kelly Artieri. Each short story sets up an ordinary situation and describes the events leading up to a murder. Some of the stories are interconnected, and they all show the circumstances that drive average people to lash out at others. The author ends the book by expressing her wish for the souls of those with murderous intentions.
From earth-shaking revelations to origins within the paranormal, many reasons for murder spark through the collection. The scenes are set across the climates and seasons, offering a range of interesting circumstances that are ripe with homicidal potential; however, there are times when the story gives nothing away until its surprising conclusion. The characters are believable, and Kelly Artieri pushes them to their limits as the thread of the plot unravels. Artieri’s writing style is almost conversational, lending a casual feel to her words. In an especially impressive move, the author has skillfully intertwined some of the stories, producing an ongoing narrative that packs a big punch!
By the Water proves that all murders aren’t carefully planned, and there are many circumstances that may push people to their breaking points. The author lives by Lake Ontario, so the reader can imagine the events the author may conceive as they play out on the page. By the Water would make a great gift for anyone who enjoys crime fiction, suspense, and the psychology behind murder as many of the stories leave the reader pondering about the ending long after they have read the last page.