Split River Kindle Edition
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Top customer reviews
Rarely do I finish a book in a weekend. This mystery/thriller held my attention! Don't want to give away too much, but I was thrilled with the direction the heroine evolved throughout the story. I am a Stephen King, Dean Koontz fan, this book was right up my alley. Can't wait to download my next book by Riley Hill!
Cayenne Jensen, a child of part blood of an extinct Indian tribe indigenous to the area, is on a trip to the prominent lighthouse on the island when her mother disembarks telling the four-year-old to wait and they would look for treasure. A descending storm causes the improperly secured boat to slip its mooring and drift down the roaring Columbia River. She is rescued by a mariner, the mother never reappears, she is raised by her grandmother, has two close friends while growing, the boy she eventually marries and the attachment to the girl remains strong. However, the marriage dissolves, the friend initiates activities that prove dangerous, strange characters appear, the ex-husband's girlfriend is murdered and all seem somehow to be relevant in her shadowy beliefs about involvement of the lighthouse and the reason for her mother's abandonment and disappearance.
With respect to the mechanics, the book presents a well-written, plot driven venue that deals with a number of individuals on the fringe of normalcy and some beyond, most of whom in this reader's opinion, could benefit from a more extensive characterization. Bits and pieces are supplied as the story advances, but much is left to conjecture. Cay, admittedly grossly psychologically scarred, still appears almost too naïve in too much of her activity. Action by some other characters also requires the reader to `fill in' material. Description of police procedure and dealing with associated affairs additionally is quite loosely handled and credibility occasionally is stretched. In spite of these various shortcomings, many readers and especially plot-driven enthusiasts will enjoy this book because of the somewhat dark `mystical' air surrounding the plot and the meaningful manner in which the writing propels the story at an enjoyable pace. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning author of fiction/non-fiction.
The story begins with a disturbing relationship breakdown which leads into a mystery. It's written with some really wonderful descriptive phrases and a flair for word usage that I normally wouldn't associate with books that relate disturbing scenarios and dead bodies, but the hint of supernatural goings on at the beginning perhaps explains why it is better written than the average crime drama. I would love to see what this author could do with a supernatural story.
I did like the fact that I wasn't sure for some time whether there would be some supernatural activity or whether a more mundane explanation for the mysteries would arise. I'll leave that for the reader to discover for themselves, but I will say that the twist about 60% through kept my attention on a very high action sequence of events that resulted in me finishing the book in one sitting from that point.
While murder mysteries are not my favourite end of the Horror spectrum, this was well executed and kept my interest. The writing itself is exceptional and I will look forward to reading more from this author. I give it a strong 4.5 out of 5 stars.