Review of Dark Waters by Katherine Arden (hardcover)



Dark Waters by Katherine Arden

New York Times bestselling author Katherine Arden returns with another creepy, spine-tingling adventure in this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Small Spaces and Dead Voices.

Having met and outsmarted the smiling man in Dead Voices but fearful of when he’ll come again, Ollie, Brian, and Coco are anxiously searching for a way to defeat him once and for all. By staying together and avoiding remote places, they’ve steered clear of him so far but their constant worry and stress is taking a toll on their lives and friendship. So when Ollie’s dad and Coco’s mom plan a “fun” boat trip on Lake Champlain, the three are apprehensive to say the least. They haven’t had the best of luck on their recent trips and even worse their frenemy Phil is on the boat as well. But when a lake monster destroys their boat, they end up shipwrecked on a deserted island. This isn’t just any island though. It’s hidden from the outside world in a fog and unless everyone works together to find a way to escape, they won’t survive long.




I had high expectations for Dark Waters. I did like it, but it’s my least favorite of the three books. I’m hoping that book four will be better for me.

Ollie, Brian, and Coco are reading about ghosts and worrying all the time. Things have been stressful for them. When Coco’s mom is going to write a story about a local boat tour that looks for the Lake Champlain monster, Champ, the kids agree to go with. So does Ollie’s dad, but Brian’s parents stay home. The captain’s nephew ended up being Phil. The kids realize that Phil probably remembers what happened to them. He’s struggling and drawing picture of scarecrows. Things go very wrong on the boat. Not everyone makes it, but the rest end up on a secret island. Ollie’s dad is hurt and they don’t have food or a way off. The kids meet up with an axe man that they believe is a ghost and they need to avoid the monster that brought the boat down.

I don’t want to go much further. The book is fairly short and I don’t want to ruin the ending. It was definitely left with us knowing there will be a book four. Definitely a bit of a cliffhanger. I did enjoy this story. I just think it needed to be a little bit longer to add to the story.

I gave this book 4 stars and will be picking up the fourth book once it’s out.


Have you read this yet?  Is it on your TBR?





Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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