Rip Current

Written by Amanda James


Who can you really trust? 

DI Bryony Marshall has been on the tail of Kenny Ransom for two years. He’s involved in prostitution and trafficking, but there’s never been any real proof. To complicate matters further, Bryony’s best friend from childhood is his daughter Imogen.

Bryony worries about admitting the fact that she is trying to put Imogen’s dad away, but unexpectedly, Imogen turns on her father and helps the police. Kenny finds out and swears he’ll get his revenge.

Sick of being in the police force, Bryony visits her mother in Cornwall and considers starting a new life.

While in Cornwall, Bryony saves the life of a man caught up in a rip current in the sea.

But who is this stranger? And is Kenny really bent on revenge?

Rip Current explores the relationships between families and friends and asks who can you ever really trust.




Hooked To The Last!  5 stars


The more I read of Amanda James work, the more she has me in her thrall; such different novels, and all of them grabbing – and keeping – my full attention!

Bryony Masters is proud of her achievements, career-wise. She would love to put one of the local ‘big’ criminals behind bars, but he is a slippery character. When her childhood friend, Imogen, gets in touch Bryony is a bit apprehensive about Immy finding out that she is trying to send her father to prison. It turns out, however, that her friend is under no illusion about her father and his activities and wants to help Bryony’s quest as much as she can. Putting her nemesis under arrest is one of the finest moments of her career, but when Kenny Ransom wants his revenge, perhaps it’s time to do something she’s been thinking about for some time and move on? Persuaded to take some leave, Bryony heads to Cornwall to spend some time with her mother and manages to save the life of a man caught up in a rip current. How could she know anything about him?

There is plenty going on in this book. I found myself drawn in to the story very quickly, and hooked to the last. It unfolds not in the way the beginning would lead you to believe – there are plenty of twists and turns. The writing is fluid and smooth, the characters beautifully created and completely believable. The location makes me yearn to relocate to the coast! Amanda James is, without a doubt, becoming one of the ‘must-read’ authors on my list; there is nothing formulaic about her novels, each one is individually crafted and extremely enjoyable.

My thanks to publishers Bloodhound Books for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: crime suspense


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2541 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodhound Books
  • Publication Date: 27 June 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author


61Oa1thrTTL._SY200_Amanda James has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true.

Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published. Her time travelling debut – A Stitch in Time was published in April of 2013 and has met with great success.

Amanda lives in Cornwall and is inspired every day by the beautiful coastline near her home. Five suspense/mystery novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie – April 2017 pub – HQUK ( HarperCollins) 2018 Another Mother, and Rip Current – Bloodhound Books. The Calico Cat – family drama/coming-of-age out now with Bombshell/Bloodhound.

Amanda can usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

Amanda’s blog –

Twitter – @akjames61

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