- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Mira; English Language edition (May 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0778323293
- ISBN-13: 978-0778323297
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Falls Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
An idyllic small town setting is no protection against terror in this tale of painter/interior decorator Claire Malvern and her husband Keith, who leave the pressures of urban life and the corporate world to pursue their dream of opening a rural B&B fishing lodge in the Pacific Northwest. When Keith disappears from bed one night and is later found drowned in the thundering Bloodroot Falls, his death is ruled a suicide by the local sheriff, widower Nick Braden. But Claire is convinced otherwise, and gradually, as her investigations bring ominous secrets to light, Nick begins to agree. Harper (The Stone Garden, etc.) has a fantastic flair for creating and sustaining suspense. By the book's climax, virtually everyone in the region seems a viable suspect, even legendary real-life airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper and Sasquatch. But there's perspiration as well as inspiration involved in building the narrative tension; what makes the author's dramatic plot turns truly work is painstaking background research. This deft knitting of fact and fiction enables Harper to describe everything from wilderness survival to supernatural lore with the kind of detail that convinces readers anything is possible.
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A desperate Claire goes to a Seattle auction in which Nick, doing this for his deceased wife, is for sale. She buys him for $750, asking him to investigate with her what happened to her husband. As they begin working together and begin falling in love, a watcher pays close attention to the duo just in case two more people must die.
Though the story line takes the easy road involving Keith's death and geography makes the culprit seem unreasonable, romantic suspense readers will appreciate the tension that the story line builds up to until the final climax. Keith is a delightful protagonist feeling guilt over his wife's death because even after several years he wonders why she hid her cancer from him until it was obvious. Adding to his feelings of guilt is that he falls in love with a woman he knows is too vulnerable for a relationship at this time. Claire is a bewildered heroine, who starts having doubts about her deceased husband even as she feels shame for desiring the sheriff. Karen Harper provides a fine thriller, but this could have been a great relationship drama.
First of all, why are all the characters stereotypes? I find it offensive that the only "normal" people are WASPs. We have the insane fat girl, the obsessed native american, and the sinister Asians...and I'm only half way through the book.
Also, this author needs to study up on her survival training. Other than a plot point to move the romance along, why would the "hero" tell the "heroine" to strip buck naked and stretch out on the rocks in the sun to dry off. (Chivalrously warning her about snakes etc. first). Ummm...wouldn't she dry off just as well with at least her underwear on? And be a lot more comfortable "lounging" on the rocks? Plus it's probably not that warm since this is supposedly in Washington state. And what about mosquitos? Hello? Surely I'm not the only one who notices these things!
Also, since gasoline floats (I think), couldn't they just strain off the top of the lake water?
So, be warned. This book is okay, but you will need to "check your brain at the door." My suggestion is don't buy it, borrow it from the library.