The idea of going to a quiet town and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city draws the family into the web that has been woven to trap them and if necessary destroy them as a family and possibly as individuals. It seems that danger lurks in the bucolic environment that the family has chosen to regenerate themselves after a tragedy in the big city. The book is very interesting and an excellent read. If you are into mysteries and enjoy trying to figure out what is going to happen next then this will be an enjoyable read for you. Jun 21, Jason Maurer rated it liked it.
There were a few parts of this novel that left me wanting that little something "extra", and there were parts that sort of went on a bit too long and dragged the story down, but overall the story itself was good. Some of the other reviews complained about the grammar and spelling issues, but overall the editing wasn't horrible. Not bad for a first novel from someone with English as a second language.
Dec 08, Marcella Giovanni rated it liked it. I decided to buy this book on my phone just because I couldn't find the print version. Based on just the reviews from other, it seems like worth the money. But, it is not. It's a light reading, a very light one indeed.
I don't feel like this is an amazing story. It's too predictable, and doesn't hold much thrill or even darkness. It's just a regular thriller book. Feb 11, Arni Vidar Bjorgvinsson rated it liked it Shelves: I have to say, that this is a pretty well written psychological thriller.
It kept me from putting the book down, and I was actually quite bothered as such a book should do by the events at times. There were some issues in the writing that annoyed me a bit and caused it to drop a star, but all the same it was well worth the read, and I plan to read her next book. Feb 02, Juliko rated it it was amazing Shelves: It has intensive action, really good story and very likable chatacters.
Small town in America, strange neighbors and creepy accidents - all you need for a good thriller. I liked the heroine, I respected her and I really believed her. Jul 28, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: I had a problem getting into the book at first. It seemed slow, but halfway through, it took off and never let up.
I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. Keeps you turning pages to see what will happen next. Natasha Salnikova has the ability to weave a story in a way that will intrigue and capture the reader until the end. May 31, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: Set in and around Seattle, Washington, the Collins are learning to deal with tragedy and move on.
Lisa and Matt work at a small magazine and were expecting their second child until tragedy struck. In recovering from such a loss, Matt buys a small place in Quiet River. They recently had a lovely vacation there and Matt hopes that Lisa and Evan can be happy their during the week while he visits them on the weekends. There was much to like about thi Set in and around Seattle, Washington, the Collins are learning to deal with tragedy and move on. There was much to like about this tale, though it did drag on a bit at times. The story started off very happy happy.
Lisa, Matt, and young Evan are all happily expecting a baby. Eventually, the plot does get a kick in the pants when Lisa unexpectedly loses the baby. Matt feels a lot of pressure and also sadness and loses himself in an affair. This too goes on for a while becoming a bit dull. Then Matt decides that Lisa and Evan would probably be happier out in Quiet River, so he makes it so, and indeed, it does seem to help Lisa.
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She even makes a friend with a lonely neighbor, the elderly Trouby. Meanwhile, Evan has made a few friends with the local kids. Matt called off the affair some time ago, but Kristine is having trouble letting it go. Then someone very unexpected shows up in Quiet River and we have a body! The plot moved forward once again! Nearly all the action happens in the last fifth of the book.
Because the majority of the book was pretty mellow, having all that violence at the end was a little shocking and it was definitely a shift in tone. I would have liked to have things evened out a bit. All around, the story was OK with the best bits being the scenes that got the plot to move forward. I received a free copy of this book. She had distinct voices for all the characters and accents for a few of them. Her recording does sound a bit tinny here and there and the volume does go up and down throughout. Fantastic book just wanted to keep reading.
Nov 29, Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: I am giving this book four stars because of the story and the fact that it was a quick and entertaining read. The characters were relatable, and fairly well developed. I must say I enjoyed the story immensely and read it in a day, it was very fast paced and I kept turning the pages not wanting to put it down. Normally I am a stickler for editing issues, however, seeing that the author is I would guess Russian, I am letting some things slide.
Yes there are grammatical errors in the book, but it d I am giving this book four stars because of the story and the fact that it was a quick and entertaining read. Yes there are grammatical errors in the book, but it didn't detract from the story, it was just obvious that English is not the authors first language. As for the story, great idea, good premiss, however a tad predictable in certain areas. There was one twist I didn't expect, but the rest were easy to figure out.
My only other issue with the book was Evan, while I loved the little boys character, at times it wasn't very accurate. I know it is hard for an adult to write as a five year old child, but Evan came across closer to ten than five. Other than that, as I said I enjoyed the story. I will read more from this author in the future.
However, this one is full of mistakes too, sadly For a start, it wasn't a mistake but at the beginning while near the river, the family kept mentioning "up there" which I didn't really understand and there wasn't really any explanation forthcoming. Then there are the odd remarks which give away the fact that English isn't the author's first language.
Her edi Oh dear Her editor should really pick these up-such as "what if this son of a bitch would kill Lisa"? Just not correct English. Then the word house had a number 6 attached to it and so did the word upset!! No reason, it just appeared! I really couldn't face wading through the rest of it. It's such a pity as the author's ideas for stories are intriguing ones but poor editing lets her books down. Aug 25, Krizia Anna rated it liked it Shelves: It was quiet an intriguing and exciting story.
It was hard to put down because you want to know the answers to the mysteries. However, when the truth unravel it was not what I expected which is good but was actually a let down. It started a bit slow for me and the ending was a bit of a dissapointment. The middle part was good though. Jul 29, Razz rated it it was ok Shelves: I found this book while looking up top rated psychological thrillers and this came up ranked fairly high.
On my list, it would be on the bottom. Lots of violence, bad dialog, and people I didn't really care for. It started out interesting enough but then it faltered and never recovered. Jan 10, Lesia Hanks rated it it was ok.
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I wanted to like it. The characters were likeable, but the plot felt disjointed. As many others have mentioned, I believe the author's lack of English as a first language creates this. She is talented, but I wouldn't read another of her books.
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Dec 26, Liz Chiodo rated it liked it. The author had some pretty neat ideas and interesting twists but unfortunately the odd wording of things which comes from learning English as a non-primary language and grammatical errors really detract from the experience. Deanna rated it did not like it Jun 04, Terri Mellons rated it it was amazing Jun 24, Joe Pearl rated it liked it Jul 28, The books include images, descriptions, and links.
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