Click on title for synopsis via PICT.
Click on title for synopsis via PICT.
Attorney Olivia Sinclair is shocked when she receives an anonymous video showing her husband Richard sleeping with someone else. After years of handling other people’s divorces, she thought she could recognise a marriage in trouble.
She angrily throws Richard out of the home they share. But days later she’s arrested—for the murder of his mistress.
Olivia knows she’s innocent but, with all the evidence pointing at her and an obvious motive, she must find the real killer to clear her name.
She may be used to dealing with messy divorces, but this one will be her most difficult case yet. Olivia’s husband has already betrayed her—but would he set her up for murder?
I had seen many posts about this book on FB groups I belong to, and seeing it was a thriller, I requested it. I did not know at the time that this was the debut novel of this genre and that the author has written other books, which I have to admit, I have not read.
From the start of the book, I was hooked. The writing was smooth, which I enjoyed. The suspense was constant and captivating. It definitely was a thrilling read.
However, and this could be that for the past year or so, thrillers are all that I have read that I figured out the who and why very early in the book. If my memory serves me correctly, in the past I read another book with a plot very similar to this one, which is another reason why I might have figured it out.
Would I recommend it, yes!!!! And I will be looking up this author’s other books because I did really enjoy her writing style.
What did her son do in the woods last night? Does a mother really want to know?
It’s what Sarah Ellsworth dreamed of. Marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Martin. Living in a historic mansion in Pennsylvania’s most exclusive borough. And Finn, a teenage son with so much promise. Until…A call for help in the middle of the night leads Sarah and Martin to the woods, where they find Finn, injured, dazed, and weeping near his girlfriend’s dead body. Convinced he’s innocent, Sarah and Martin agree to protect their son at any cost and not report the crime.
But there are things Sarah finds hard to reconcile: a cover-up by Martin’s family that’s so unnervingly cold-blooded. Finn’s lies to the authorities are too comfortable, too proficient, not to arouse her suspicions. Even the secrets of the old house she lives in seem to be connected to the incident. As each troubling event unfolds, Sarah must decide how far she’ll go to save her perfect life.
“An unsparing account of ‘rich people problems’ that goes on forever, like all the best nightmares.” —Kirkus Reviews
Genre: Domestic Thriller, Crime Fiction
Published by: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: January 1st 2021
Number of Pages: 364
ISBN: 1542024935 (ISBN13: 978-1542024938)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Cara Reinard is an author of women’s fiction and domestic. She currently lives north of Pittsburgh with her husband, two children, and Bernese mountain dog.
Welcome and thank you for stopping by CMash Reads
Reading and Writing:
What inspired you to write this book?
It all started with a short story I published in the Mindful Writer’s Into the Woods anthology (2018), a compilation of stories, poems & essays. My story was about two college kids who messed around with drugs in the woods in a park outside of Manhattan. Only one of the kids left the woods alive. It was a premise that stuck with me long after the story was published and one I thought could expand on. I moved the setting to Pittsburgh, thought of the most beautiful, affluent wooded area around, and started drafting Sweet Water.
What was the biggest challenge in writing this book?
I’ve never written anything with an alternating timeline before. Sweet Water flashes back to 1987, the 90s and the early 2000s. Even though I’ve lived during all those eras, it was challenging keeping my historical facts straight. For instance, I had a lot of musical references in the book and I had the copyeditor flag me a couple of times because I used bands who existed but weren’t “known” yet. On top of the alternating timeline, I had a dated journal and I had to make sure my days of the week accurately synched up.
Give us a glimpse of the research that went into this book.
Because the book was set in a real town and I used a lot of historical references I had to fact check everything. I also had to research laws and other criminal cases like the one in my book to make sure they were factually represented.
How did you come up with the title?
At last, an easy question! Sweet Water is the Native American translation for Sewickley, the name of the town where the book is set. Water is a present theme throughout the book so it seemed like a fitting title.
Your routine in writing? Any idiosyncrasies?
I wish had a set routine! I work full-time in an unrelated field and have two elementary-aged children (and a husband I talk to occasionally). I write when I have the time, although the colder months are often more productive because I’m forced inside more. I also attend one writing retreat a year where I’m usually able to crank out a lot of words. If I’m on deadline, I join other fellow authors on Twitter for #5AMwritersclub and get in some early morning edits.
Tell us why we should read your book?
Sweet Water is a domestic suspense novel and book club fiction. The alternating timeline and town, which is described as a character itself, sets it apart from other books in the same genre. I’d say readers who are fans of Kimberly McCreight and Ruth Ware will enjoy this book.
Are you working on your next novel? If so, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Yes, I’m working on my edits for Into the Sound, my second book to be released through Thomas & Mercer on December 1st, 2021. It’s a novel of domestic suspense in which a woman is forced to expose long-buried family secrets to find her missing sister after she’s suspected of being swept away during a Long Island superstorm.
Your novel will be a movie. You would you cast?
Sarah, my main protagonist – Rosamund Pike. Martin, her husband – Hugh Jackman. Joshua, Sarah’s ex – Josh Hartnett.
Favorite leisure activities/hobbies?
Running, going to shows with my husband, playing with my Bernese mountain dog and kids (cheer and hockey mom).
Anything Mediterranean, especially Italian! Or anything my husband makes for me, he’s the resident chef!
Visit these other great hosts on this tour for more great reviews, interviews, guest posts, and giveaways!
Click on title for synopsis via GoodReads.
You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon~ ARC from Harper Collins
Debut author Darby Kane thrills with this twisty domestic suspense novel that asks one central question: shouldn’t a dead husband stay dead?
Lila Ridgefield lives in an idyllic college town, but not everything is what it seems. Lila isn’t what she seems. A student vanished months ago. Now, Lila’s husband, Aaron, is also missing. At first these cases are treated as horrible coincidences until it’s discovered the student is really the third of three unexplained disappearances over the last few years. The police are desperate to find the connection, if there even is one. Little do they know they might be stumbling over only part of the truth….
With the small town in an uproar, everyone is worried about the whereabouts of their beloved high school teacher. Everyone except Lila, his wife. She’s definitely confused about her missing husband but only because she was the last person to see his body, and now it’s gone.
I requested this book via NetGalley after seeing quite a lot of buzz about it in the book blogging community because I didn’t want to miss out in case it was as good as people were saying it was. At the time, I didn’t know it was a debut novel. Was it? I’ll answer this question in a bit. I will say, upfront, is this will be very vague because there is no way I want to give even a smidgen of a spoiler.
Aaron is a bit controlling when it comes to his wife Lila. That is, until the day she finds some shocking and horrendous videos that she found on a phone that he thought he had hidden from her. From that moment on, things in the Ridgefield home change. Change so much that Aaron goes missing. But it isn’t Lila who reports this. It’s the Principal at the school where Aaron is a teacher.
A local Podcast, that has been following the case of missing high school students, now add Aaron into the mix. Are these cases connected?
The reader learns that Lila changed her name 13 years ago, but no history before that. Until the police department starts investigating. The reader also learns that Lila’s early years were tied to a man who now sits in prison.
The suspense in the book did not let up. As more evidence came forth, the more my head spun. As more of the history was told, the more I didn’t know what characters to like or dislike. And who of the characters were the suspects or the victims, or even who was truly the murderer ( oh yes….the bodies start to pile up!!!!).
Was there someone in this cast of characters that had a wrong to right? Maybe even a hero? Does the truth finally reveal itself?
If this was Ms. Kane’s debut novel, then I can’t wait for what the future holds. But I know one thing, she is now on my “authors to read” list.
Was the buzz correct about this book? ABSOLUTELY and then some!!!!