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Riddle by [Horton-Newton, Elizabeth]
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Readers Choice Awards Favorite Romantic Suspense 2015 2nd Place 
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Readers Choice Awards Favorite Female Villain 2015 2nd Place 
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'Newton skillfully weaves past with present and like a roller-coaster ride, we can neither get off nor want to' CMT Stibbe, The Ninth Hour
'...the unravelling of the workings of the crazy criminal mind is shockingly vivid.' Anita Kovacevic, The Threshold
'...Riddle will pick you up and carry you along a road of deceit, lies, cheating, love and passion - tinged with hate.... and confusion.... this has you guessing until the very end. At one point I thought they all did it!' Jackie Parry, A Standard Journey: 5 Horses, 2 People and 1 Tent
'Newton does a terrific job in keeping the questions coming.' Glen Barrera, The Assassin Who Couldn't Dance
'... there are many twists and turns in this excellent thriller.' Father Ted
'...a killer whose carefully concealed mania is beginning to fray at the edges...' Alexis Alvarez, Myka and the Millionaire
'I'm still amazed at the outcome of Riddle.' Ronnie Brodie

From the Author

In the '90's I had the opportunity to meet native actor, artist, and activist Eric Schweig. He has spoken at length about his negative experiences as a baby taken from his mother and adopted by an abusive white family. My curiosity aroused, I began to research the subject and was stunned to find this wasn't only a Canadian issue but it had also occurred in the United States. 
Prior to 1978 and the enactment of the Indian Child Welfare Act(ICWA) aboriginal children were removed from their families and put into fostercare or adopted to non-native families with the mistaken belief this would improve their lives. If this had happened to any other group of people the hue and cry raised would have been resounding. Instead it was encouraged.
Thus began the development of "Riddle" and what could happen to a child raised as an outcast. Kort Eriksen is a young man in a small town with the odds stacked against him. When a popular high school student is murdered, all eyes turn to Kort. 
I like to address real life issues in my works of fiction. I hope this book raises awareness of the injustices still affecting the aboriginal communities in both Canada and the US.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1375 KB
  • Print Length: 441 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 151176189X
  • Publisher: CreateSpace; 3 edition (June 18, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 18, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0100NPW1S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The cover of this book drew me in, and the title is a clever play-on words for the main conflict in this story. Kort and Grace are adorable together, without being too dramatic or sappy, and their relationship progresses in a natural, believable way. The author achieved something that not many have the talent to do ... she developed the supporting characters well enough to allow them to have their own side stories, not just backstories. This created several interesting subplots throughout the book, without adding fluff.

That the main male character was of Native American descent added an intriguing and refreshing element to the story. The few minor grammar glitches I stumbled upon didn't deter me from turning page after page to discover more about this exotic couple. I will definitely be seeking future works by this author.
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Bravo! Another page turner! Once again Elizabeth Horton-Newton did not disappoint this reader with characters well developed and an intriguing story line. Looking forward to the next book!
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The title first caught my interest, and the rest fell into place. I really liked this book. The relationship between Kort and Grace was realistic and fit perfectly with his past as a convicted killer, and her running from her past. With nowhere else to go after his release from prison, Kort returns to his hometown of Riddle, where he meets Grace, in town only because her car had broken down and is not repairable for a few days. Both are strangers, as even though he grew up there, most residents have now labeled Kort, an adoptive child, an outcast. Not just for the supposed killing of his girlfriend, but for his Native American heritage.

The story between Kort and Grace builds from there. Newton does a terrific job in keeping the questions coming: is Kort really the killer of his girlfriend? Does the answer lie with an old girlfriend, one of the few who believe him innocent of the murder charge? The police chief, an old nemeses who watches every move Kort makes? A clerk at the motel with his own dark secrets? Or, does the answer lie in the dead bodies that keep showing up? This is the good stuff that swirls around the love that builds between Kort and Grace, who soon find themselves embroiled in the life or death mystery of Riddle. A definite read!
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I have often wondered what America was like far away from the big cities. There have been several films and many books that portray small-town America as somewhere that Trip Advisor might describe as 'best avoided'. Riddle is a small town. Everyone knows everyone else's business. There are some good folk; folk that are as honest as the day is long, they would give you the shirt off their back.Then there are others who pass by on the other side of the road and whisper, nudge and stare menacingly at anyone who dares to stop and stay for a while, uninvited. Riddle is no longer on my bucket list of places to visit
Grace Donahue is forced to stop for a while, when her car dies on her. Grace is escaping a troubled past. Kort Eriksen is a Native American out on parole after serving seven years for the murder of a young girl he was at school with. His former schoolmates that stayed in Riddle are in both camps. The good folk and the others. We meet the cop with a grudge; the girl who still carries a flame for Kort despite his past; the mild mannered desk clerk at the motel, with an alcoholic mother. A handful of townsfolk think Kort was innocent; that it was convenient for the police to pin the murder on him because of his background.
Your past has a way of catching up with you and there are many twists and turns in this excellent thriller. The body count rises. Who is responsible? Were the townsfolk right about Kort all along? Was there another evil force at work? This story will keep you guessing until the end.
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I like romantic thriller and I got hooked from the beginning. Kort, a Native American, served seven years in prison. Out on parole, Kort went back to his home town, Riddle. As the story goes, a question hang on the air, is he innocent as he claims or had him killed his high school girlfriend? People are hostile to him, except a few friends from high school. Grace Donahue is running from her past, and is forced to stop for a while in Riddle when her car broke. Grace and Kort meet at Ollie's dinner and their relationship progress naturally. Grace believes in Kort and decide to help him to prove his innocence. She has no idea what she is getting herself into.
The characters are believable and the story has twisters and turns that keep you hooked. I would like to know more about Kort's family.
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Riddle is a small town in America,but like every small town it has its undercurrents of tension and secrets. Kort, an adopted Native American returning from prison after a conviction of a murder he didn't commit tries to settle back in but he finds he can't shake the past. It's only the friendship of a newcomer, Grace, stranded in town because of a problem car, that he finds hope and discovers that he might find out who the real killer is. But such discoveries can put Kort in danger as well as Grace. The relationship that develops between Grace and Kort is compelling and creates a great chemistry within the book. This is an absorbing story that also addresses the issue of native adoption in non-native families.
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