Review: Submerged by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

A few weeks ago I had a blog tour stop for the book Submerged by author Cheryl Kaye Tardif. I finished the book a few days after I posted the tour stop, but only got around to doing my review now. Here it is!

About the book

Two strangers submerged in guilt, brought together by fate…

After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn’t the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption—until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.

Rebecca Kingston yearns for a quiet weekend getaway, so she can think about her impending divorce from her abusive husband. When a mysterious truck runs her off the road, she is pinned behind the steering wheel, unable to help her two children in the back seat. Her only lifeline is a cell phone with a quickly depleting battery and a stranger’s calm voice on the other end telling her everything will be all right. — Goodreads.

This was a nicely-paced thriller. Although I couldn’t spare time to read it in one sitting (I know, I have time management issues), the story was exciting enough for me to read through bits of it quickly when I could. I liked how the story went back and forth between the two main characters’ lives Marcus and Rebecca. I also liked how the story flowed and progressed very nicely with each scene making you more curious about the next. The author certainly knows how to make things thrilling and suspenseful. At first, you’d think you already knew who the real antagonist was, but the author added a twist that was surprising and yet made sense.

I liked that the characters felt very real and that none of them were too perfect or too evil. It was easy to relate to them and understand their motivations. I especially liked how the author developed Marcus’s character, a recovering drug addict who hit rock bottom and is constantly haunted by the ghosts of his past. It was interesting to see him become a ‘hero.’

If you like suspense novels and thrillers in general, I think you might enjoy this one!

Note: I received a review copy of this book as part of my participation in the tour. All opinions and views expressed here are my own.

About the Author

I am an avid reader and an international bestselling suspense author. My novels are often cross-genre works that fall into the categories of suspense, mystery or thriller.

My books have been compared to works by Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Sue Monk Kidd, J.D. Robb, Kay Hooper, James Patterson, Dan Brown, and Michael Crichton.

Writing as romance author Cherish D’Angelo, my contemporary romantic suspense, Lancelot’s Lady was released September 27th, 2010, as an ebook available via Amazon’s Kindle Store, Kobo Books, Smashwords and more. A trade paperback edition is forthcoming.

As Cheryl Kaye Tardif, I like to ask those terrifying questions: What if? What would you do? What are you afraid of?

As Cherish D’Angelo, I want to take you on a romantic journey that is filled with sizzling suspense, tantalizing tension, persistent passion and deadly danger. Cherish the romance…

I am always asked that one question: “Cheryl, what do you do?”

My reply: “I kill people off for a living.” ;)

Learn more about Cheryl Kaye Tardif at and follow her on Twitter.

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