by Cara Reinard
January 1-31, 2021 Tour
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.
Sweet Water Reviews:
“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.
Q&A with Cara Reinard
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!
For more information, visit:
BookBub – @CaraReinard
Twitter – @carareinard
Instagram – @carareinard
Facebook – Cara Reinard, Author
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This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Cara Reinard. There will be two (2) winners each receiving one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card. The giveaway begins on January 1, 2021 and runs through February 2, 2021. Void where prohibited.