Forgive and forget? The past and present collide for two sisters who survived a tragedy—and must now survive the truth behind it.
It’s been twenty years since Cara’s boyfriend died in a horrible accident and her sister, Anna, went to prison. The tragedy has become a local legend, but Cara has moved past her grief to have a successful career and a happy family. Pity about...more
This follows two sisters, Anna and Cara and flips between the late nineties and 2016. The girls were in high school in 1997 and were both in a tragic accident that killed Cara’s boyfriend. A ...more
Cara is thrilled that prom night and graduation are fast approaching. On the night of prom, however, a terrible tragedy occurs. Anna, the younger sister, promised to be the designated driver for Cara and her longtime boyfriend Jesse. So how is it that their car went off the road plunging to the river below? Jesse dies, Anna went to jail, and Cara was fo ...more
Upon reading the blurb for this book I immediately had a suspicion of what the entire plot would revolve around, including the so-called twist. Then I thought no way, it would be ridiculous to write a book that holds no mystery between it's covers. I mean, why would you write it? Why would anyone want to read it? That's preposterous, right?
So my next thought was wow, this book must have a twisty dark plot, the description only SEEMS straightforward. It's a tri ...more
Rapid Falls by Amber Cowie had a slower pace than I was expecting, but WOW. The story kept me interested the entire time and it was a bit like watching a train wreck.
What it's about: Anna and Cara are sisters, and much to Cara's annoyance Anna seems to want everything she has. When Anna kills Cara's high school boyfriend on graduation night in a car accident, the family basically falls apart. Anna goes to prison for 3 years and their parents get a divorce; plus the story becomes a town ...more
Terrifying and satisfying! 5 Stars + Debut novelist Amber Cowie delivers a “knockout” —dark and gripping new suspense novel of sibling rivalry (on steroids) and what happens when greed and jealousy take control. Two sisters with twisted relationships and long-buried secrets are at the h ...more
The writing is fine. I was initially pulled into the story, but it derailed pretty quickly.
For starters, the timeline is all over the place. The chapters alternate between 2016 (present) and 1997. The present timeline is told in first person present tense, and the 1997 chapters are told in first person past tense. That would have worked out fine had we stuck to those two timelines. But within the present tense, ...more
The plot is intricately designed, and the tension is palpable throughout and Anna is such a clever antagonist. In par ...more
”I was trying to help her. That’s what good sisters do.”
Cara Piper’s high school boyfriend drowned in a car accident the night of their graduation - but - her sister Anna was driving the car...
This plot point intrigued me instantly (and is revealed very early so is not a spoiler) - especially since 20 years later, the relationship between the sisters is definitely unique. Anna struggles with addiction after the accident and Cara is always saving her ... but at what cost? W ...more
This quote will probably be best understood at the end of this remarkable book. It is indeed an amazing novel- intriguing plot, splendidly written, unusual characters and a definite page turner.
It is basically a story of a dysfunctional family. Selfishness, anger, hatred, jealously and betrayal are fostered by their inability to communicate truthfully with each other. Alcoholism and sibling rivalry add to the stress and eventually help to lead to the staggering ...more
In 1997, driving drunk, Anna kills her sister Cara’s boyfriend on graduation night. Now in 2016 Anna struggles to maintain her sobriety relying on Cara to bail her out.
RAPID FALLS is the best kind of psychological thriller. Cara appears to have it all, a great husband and toddler daughter. She has survived losing her boyfriend, the guy she thought she’d marry. Or ha ...more
It is a story of sibling rivalry, parental favoritism, teenage crazine ...more
Pay attention while reading this book! Ms. Cowie throws subtle hints thoughtout the story, so pay attention. Found myself a few times going back to see if I missed something. Tragic family dynamics, great character development.
Thanks to NetGalle ...more
A wonderfully twisted debut, Rapid Falls is one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year.
Thanks to Lake Union and NetGalley for a copy of this ...more
This was an up all night thriller about two sisters so twisted up in lies and jealousy. I loved it! It left me deeply wounded and so full of emotions that were hard to shake. I can't believe this is a debut. It's perfect from cover to cover. We voted it Best Debut 2018. Novels & Latte Book Club.
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The book blurb intrigued me as did the promise of a suspense-thriller, and I was pleased that there was a mystery. I love mysteries and suspense-thrillers, so I settled down with a mug of tea to enjoy this book.
I expected a moderately paced suspense-thriller, but the story movement was often glacial, because of lengthy personal stories of characters that were not likable. There were mind-numbing repetition about sibling rivalry, dysfunctional family dynamics, pl ...more
This was an interesting story dealing with family dynamics and small town expectations. I didn't see all the twists coming and though my attention held to the end. I felt like s ...more
Without giving anything away, the story focuses on Cara, whose sister is released from prison, after being put away years ago for the death of Cara's first love. The book takes you through Cara's journey, ...more
I chose this suspense novel from the November selection of Amazon First Reads.
Rapid Falls is a seductive, hypnotic and twisted thriller about two sisters in the aftermath of a tragedy. This is a wonderful piece of writing where the author tells the story from the current time and twenty years previously. Whilst it is somewhat predictable you never really know if it will go the way you expect it to go - and NO I am not giving any spoilers.
Amber Cowie has produced a very prom ...more