- File Size: 2873 KB
- Print Length: 286 pages
- Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (September 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0741DSKCK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
When Time Is A River: A Winston Radhauser Mystery: #2 Kindle Edition
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A five star study of family relationships fought out against a desperate timeline
By Helen M. Hogan
Ms. Goldner juggles two plots with expert skill as they commingle. The obvious plot for Detective Radhouser is the disappearance of two-year-old Emily Michelson from the restroom at Lithia Park. And of course that is the immediate problem for eighteen year old Brandy Michelson who had taken her baby sister into the restroom in the stroller. Someone had stalked little Emily enough to know what temptation to use to gain her acceptance and whisk the child out of the stroller while Brandy was in the stall.
But always underlying Brandy’s struggles is the underlying plot of her relationship with her father who refuses to tell her details about her mother and has recently married one of his students, Christine, Emily’s mother, and only four years older than Brandy.
In the course of searching for the baby sister she feels so guilty over losing Brandy also uncovers facts about her mother and the childhood accident with an escalator that left Brady’s face scarred, a problem for the aspiring actress. Goldner uses the girl’s acting skills to help her uncover facts. Brandy has catered to the little girl’s love of Pooh Bear and Tigger for the child’s whole life. She interviews a very observant if slightly alarmist old lady and empathizes with her loneliness. She gets the woman to trust her and confide meaningful facts about a person in a bear costume loading an child in a stroller into a dark Volvo. It takes a while for Radhouser to accept these clues because of the old lady’s history of reporting inconsequential events.
The second plot moves in as Brandy discovers her parents’ wedding album and sees her mother’s picture for the first time. Radhouser relates personally to the crime because of his second marriage and his young child nearly Emily’s age.. He grudgingly accepts Brandy’s help. The climax involves violence and danger for Brandy and Emily.
Clayton Goldner uses sensual details to keep the reader feeling every experience. As Emily drives over the wooden bridge on a country road the boards rattle under the wheels and she feels a shiver of danger Her sometimes metaphoric language also enhances the prose, “new softness toward her step-mother as if they were survivors in the same life raft.”
In the process, Professor Michelson realizes his deception has hurt his daughter rather than protecting her. The family unit holds despite the rivalry of Brandy and Christine and the anxiety of all. The story reinforces the value of family and questions the value of absolute truth when love can strive to protect with dubious means.
I did receive a free book in exchange for this review, but lost it before I could finish the review and spent an hour on the phone with a wonderful tech from I’ll never guess where getting it back in my library..
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