The Tears of Dark Water

Daniel and Vanessa Parker are an American success story. He is a Washington, DC, power broker, and she is a physician with a thriving practice. But behind the gilded façade, their marriage is a shambles, and their teenage son, Quentin, is self-destructing. In desperation, Daniel dusts off a long-delayed dream – a sailing trip around the world. Little does he know, the voyage he hopes will save them may destroy them instead. Half a world away on the lawless coast of Somalia, Ismail Adan Ibrahim is living a life of crime in violation of everything he was raised to believe – except for the love and loyalty driving him to hijack ships for ransom and plot the rescue of his sister, Yasmin, from the man who murdered their father. There is nothing he will not do to save her, even if it means taking innocent lives. Paul Derrick is the FBI’s top hostage negotiator. His twin sister, Megan, is a celebrated defense attorney. They have reached the summit of their careers by savvy, grit, and a secret determination to escape the memory of the day their family died. When Paul is dispatched to handle a hostage crisis at sea, he has no idea how far it will take him and Megan into the past – or the chance it will give them to redeem the future. Across continents and oceans, through storms and civil wars, the paths of these individuals converge in a single, explosive moment. It is a moment that will test them and break them, but it will also leave behind an unexpected glimmer of hope – that out of the ashes of tragedy and misfortune, the seeds of justice and reconciliation can grow.

**I received a copy of this book as part of the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

Tears of Dark Water is a novel that is relevant to the world we live in. Those who enjoyed Captain Phillips may be interested in this novel.

When I first received this novel in the mail, I was excited. I loved the title of it and was intrigued by it. I also found the cover to be stunning. The synopsis also caught my interest.

However, I struggled to really enjoy this novel. In part, it just wasn’t my preference. But I just never really felt like I cared about the characters from the beginning. Perhaps it was that the characters were almost a bit too flawed from the beginning to feel real. Or perhaps it was the fact that reading this book felt a bit like I was reading a movie script. The writing just did not quite allow me to immerse myself in what was happening.

I really wanted to like this book. There were a handful of surprising things that happened in the course of this story. But I just never drew me in.

Note to readers: There is quite a bit of language in this book.


“Trust is like fire. When it is respected, it keeps the body warm in the night. When it is mishandled, it destroys everything in its path.”

-Ismail, Tears of Dark Water

About the Author:

Corban Addison is the author of three international bestselling novels, A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, and The Tears of Dark Water, which address some of today’s most pressing human rights issues. An attorney, activist, and world traveler, he is a supporter of numerous humanitarian causes, including the abolition of modern slavery, gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia.


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