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Product Details

  • Series: LIV Bergen Mystery
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; Uncorrected Proof/Advance Reading Copy edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162634017X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626340176
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,593,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Best of 2013 List, December 2013 Issue of Suspense Magazine

Finalist for 2013 Book Of The Year Award BOTYA for Mystery by ForeWord Reviews

Finalist for 2013 Best of Mystery/Suspense by USA Best Books Awards

"Along with mystery and suspense, this novel conveys profound familial love
." by New Your Journal of Books 

From the Author

"I was so excited to give a voice to a character without one.  And to all you angels out there raising warriors like Noah, thank you for what you're doing.  These warriors need to be heard," Sandra Brannan, author of award winning NOAH'S RAINY DAY

More About the Author

Sandra has created a heart-pounding, award winning mystery series around the intelligent, ballsy Liv Bergen, a woman who embodies the spirit of South Dakota. Much like her fictional character, Sandra Brannan has spent her career in the mining business and lives in the Black Hills.

SOLOMON'S WHISPER, the 5th in the Liv Bergen Mystery series released in e-book on September 2, 2014.


In response to the overwhelming success of IN THE BELLY OF JONAH, launched in September 2010, and LOT'S RETURN TO SODOM, released June 1, 2011, Brannan prioritizes her time first to the librarians and booksellers for nominating her to earn ABA's Indie Next List Notable, to book clubs and fans who have described Liv Bergen as the love child of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone and Lee Child's Jack Reacher, and to teachers for all the gratitude she has for their role in her success. The second in the Liv Bergen Mystery series reached the top 10 for e-book mysteries, top 5 for women's mysteries in 2011. WIDOW'S MIGHT, the third in the series, earned ABA's Indie NextList and numerous accolades in 2012 from Publishers Weekly, Library Thing, Booklist, and ABA Indie Next List Great Reads from independent booksellers across the country. Suspense Magazine calls WIDOW'S MIGHT the "perfect blend of suspense, thrills, and romance". The setting for Brannan's books are in the mountain states, including wonderful sites like Nemo and Rochford in the Black Hills.

The fourth in the series NOAH'S RAINY DAY released September 3, 2013 and was chosen as Best of 2013 list by Suspense Magazine, a finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller by USA Book News, and finalist for IndieFab Award by Foreword Reviews at the American Library Association conference in Vegas in 2014.

Sandra can be contacted at or by email at

Customer Reviews

Her characters feel real and alive, and the suspense is excellent.
Amazon Customer
It was at times a bit confusing with the transition between what Noah was thinking in his mind and what he actually was doing or trying to communicate.
DeNisa Howe
The suspense in this book was palpable and made the book very difficult to put down.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amelia68 on September 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
3.5 stars

Noah Hogarty is no ordinary 12-year-old - from birth he has lived with severe cerebral palsy and is unable to walk, talk or play like other children. Highly intelligent, his inquisitive mind is trapped in his body, with only his sister Emma able to communicate with him through an ingenious but slow system of sign language they has developed. But Noah is not easily defeated - inspired by his aunt Liv Bergen, an FBI agent recently graduated from Quantico, Noah's dream is to become a great spy. Noah thinks he has one advantage over others, which will help him reach this goal - being physically disabled he often feels invisible, as many people assume that his mind must surely be as damaged as his body, and freely say things in front of him which they wouldn't dare voice in front of others.

When a five year old boy is abducted from Denver International Airport on Christmas Eve, Liv and her fellow FBI agents are at a loss of any useful leads, and time is fast running out. With the media being their best option at the moment, young Max's face is being branded across all news channels, with his parents pleading for his safe return. Noah, who watches the world go by from his upstairs window, feels like he has seen that face before - but how will he be able to communicate his suspicions to the adults around him, and who will believe him?

Brannan's very unusual hero Noah, a bright mind trapped in a damaged body, reminded me of Hitchcock's Rear Window meeting a young Lincoln Rhyme. After witnessing a potential crime from his window, young Noah must overcome serious communication barriers to be able to voice his suspicions.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Buckeyeproud on October 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I really wanted to love, at least like, this book, A combination of writing style, major
plot coincidences, and unbelievable story-line did not work for me.
I have had this author on my TBR pile for a long time. I decided to read her newest one. It started off
pretty good, and then, about a fourth of the way through, there were three huge coincidences that I could not
get over. One of them screamed: "this is the bad guy! Guess where he lives"? I almost quit reading at this point
I was so disgusted with the storyline and the author. But I kept reading.
I must state I like my books meaty like Sandford, Parker, Ludlum. This book was what
I call fluffy, a light-weight writing style that I don't personally prefer. The author at times was very
deep - describing horrors in the kidnappers basement for example. And in the next sentence she would go on
about one of the co-workers spicy aftershave, or his skin-tone, or clothing style. I felt that she was trying
to do a mystery with dark tones and depth, but couldn't pull it off.
There were also problems with the story-line that made it hard for me to "buy" into her story. The main
character, Liv, tracks and trains with her scent-dog, and yet at the end it takes her forever to use their skills
to find the missing people, and then she doesn't retrieve and use an article of clothing from the most important missing
person (trying not to give plot spoilers). It's almost an after-though - Gee, why don't I try this now. Another
example, Liv has her gun taken from her and doesn't realize it during an interrogation. Right.....somebody just
grabbed her gun out of a holster attached to her body - and she did not notice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kas on November 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
I would definitely recommend Noah's Rainy Day by Sandra Brannan to other readers who believe they may find this story interesting. Not only does the plot easily hold the reader's interest for the novel's duration, this book has several other strengths to recommend it. Most notably, Brannan's characters are consistently well-developed. In particular, the titular protagonist, Noah, is absolutely charming. The novel opens with his first-person narration, and within just a few pages, his generosity and nobility of spirit are palpable. You'll root for him and his aunt Liv, whose responsibility it is to solve the central crime of the plot, all the way.

Thank you for reading my thoughts. Please be advised I read an electronic copy of this novel from NetGalley through gracious permission of the publisher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maxine McLister on October 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Noah is a twelve-year-old boy with severe cerebral palsy. He can't talk or walk and he is nearly blind. But he has a vivid imagination and a loving family so he's a happy little soul. His ambition is to become a spy like his Aunt Liv who is a newly minted FBI agent. He and his sister Emma have developed a way to communicate using their fingers and he and his aunt play games to improve his observation skills.

On Christmas Eve day, a small boy is kidnapped from the airport. Liv is called in to work on the case which means she won't be home for Christmas. Noah notices that there's a little girl next door at the `creepy' neighbour's house. Except he begins to suspect that the girl is really the missing boy but with his limited communication skills and the fact it's Christmas, he just can't get anyone to pay attention.

For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. It moves along at a pretty good clip and Noah is a very likeable character. However, there were times he seemed rather immature for his age. The book also changes voice and perspective so often that even the author seems to stumble over who is talking in the first person and whose story is in the third. As well, Liv is sharing the investigation with two male agents, one of whom she is having a relationship with and the other to whom she is attracted. There seems to be a whole lot of touchy-feely stuff going on between the agents which I would imagine would be inappropriate at any time in the FBI never mind during a child abduction case. But, in all fairness, I'm not a big fan of romance in the books I read so I may not be the best judge of this.

Still, put aside these criticisms and this is a pretty good story with a fast pace and some enjoyable characters.
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