Rapid Fallsby Amber Cowie Published 01 Dec 2018
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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 Anna. Recently released from incarceration, she’s struggling with addiction, guilt, and shame—a shattered life. Cara’s forgiveness seems to be the only thing that helps her pick up the pieces.
But as Anna pulls herself together, her memories of that night on the bridge start to come into focus. And few of them match her sister’s.
As past secrets unfold and nothing is what it seems anymore, Anna desperately searches for the truth. But what if Cara doesn’t want her to find it?
"Rapid Falls" Reviews
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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 heart of this smashing debut.
An intriguing "killer" psychological thriller— RAPID FALLS examines the explosive potential of dark secrets to destroy families, sisters, marriages, and everyone near to them. The author slowly and expertly reveals the (chillingly-real) truth that could be ripped from today's headlines.
Where nothing is as it appears.
Rich in place and character— loaded with lyrical prose and stunning metaphors. Complex and profoundly emotional, there is much beneath the surface of this domestic psychological suspense.
Two sisters are coping with the aftermath of a tragedy. However which sister is more sinister and evil? A dangerous game of cat and mouse betrayal where there may be no winners.
Meet the Piper family.
They are a family of four living in a small town of Rapid Falls. As small towns go, everyone knows everyone else’s business. Besides, the town has only one entry, a bridge over the Rapid Falls. A town named after its waterfalls. Most teens want to escape for a bigger and better life. How do they go about achieving this goal?
RAPID FALLS is written with two timelines: 1992-1997 and 2016-2017. Two sisters are craving attention. It all started with prom night. When past and present collide, the sparks ignite.
Cara and Anna. It was Cara’s prom night, and she has convinced Anna her sister to be their designated driver. Jesse was the town athlete and Cara’s boyfriend. After all, Anna was going to film school and Cara and Jesse would be getting on with their future.
However, things are not as they seem on the surface. Everyone is keeping secrets. That night ended in tragedy. Anna sent to prison for the death of Jesse (Cara’s boyfriend). There was a fatal car accident, and Cara saved Anna from the water and from drowning.
A family imploding.
Now, fast forward Anna has been released from prison and has a drinking problem. She is back living with her dad. She is self-destructive. Her dad has also turned into an alcoholic, and the mom left them behind for a better life. What happened to this family?
The town shuns Anna. She has served time for murder. A town favorite now dead.
Cara for some reason is always there to help rescue her. She has moved away. Married the rich guy, Rick. (she does not tell him about her past). She has a great job. The perfect life. The perfect wife. The perfect mother (Maggie). She cannot allow anything to disrupt her life.
However, Anna does not remember everything that happened that night. Cara may be hiding events of the night long ago. What if the truth is revealed? What if she remembers?
The truth is bloody good, and you will be holding your breath until the final scene! (it is a good one)! Your loyalties may change from the beginning of the book compared to the end. What happened prom night so long ago, and how far will one go to hide the truth?
WOW! Complex and emotional. From tough love, sibling rivalry, resentments, betrayal, obsessions, narcissism, alcoholism, addictions, dysfunction, denial, selfishness, jealousy, love, hatred, fear, lies, secrets, tragedy, revenge, survival, plus more. 🏆
Where nothing is as it appears in this twisty psychological thriller that will keep you glued to the pages to the explosive “hold your breath” conclusion (literally edge of a cliff).
Being true to one’s self. Duality plays a big part in the narrative, making this an ideal choice for book clubs and further group discussions. (a great reader group guide included). Rock-star quality writing.
I really enjoyed the strong metaphors as relates to water, the characters, and the town of Rapid Falls. Just as waterfalls can be beautiful, peaceful and mesmerizing; they can also be dangerous. As can be humans, animals, and families. They can turn toxic— a sharp contrast between good and evil (as the sisters). Darkness and light.
Cowie’s skillful characterization and her shocking final twist make this a “must read” standout debut suspense thriller, landing on my Top Books of 2018. You will be shocked to learn this is a debut. We can only imagine what is to come. 😍
An author to follow (she is so much fun on social media). RAPID FALLS is prime for the big or small screen. (fingers crossed) Delighted to learn there will be more books coming soon!
"RAVEN LANE (2019) and THE MINES (2020). Both are in the domestic suspense genre and focus on strong, but surprisingly complex, female narrators that find themselves in extremely complicated relationships with their loved ones and the world at large."
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For fans of Michele Campbell's She Was the Quiet One, Victoria Helen Stone's Jane Doe and Kaira Rouda's The Favorite Daughter.
Also, fans of AJ Banner, Mary Kubica, T.Greenwood, and Heather Gudenkauf (some of my favorites) will enjoy this one. Move this author and RAPID FALLS to the top of your reading list! PS: The hardcover is stunning!
Family drama, hidden secrets, dual timelines ... what more could you ask for?!
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? What toll has the accident taken on all the members of the Piper family and the town of Rapid Falls? This story unwinds so fast you will be on the edge of your seat with excitement and speeding to get to the next chapter!
I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
Often I can’t get into fiction, because I find that stories proceed without giving me enough reason to ‘care’ about the characters. Rapid falls is nothing like that. I’ve never read something where the characters have been so relatable yet extreme, so loveable at times, and shocking at others.
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, fighting to keep the perfect life she's worked so hard for, while her imperfect past catches up, threatening her happiness all over again.
Cowie skillfully alternates a gripping present day storyline, with a deeply secretive backstory. As a reader, I've never experienced this, but I loved it. Between the layered character development and the unraveling mystery, the two timelines tie together seamlessly. This was a page turner! I actually can't wait to read it again. Obviously, recommended.
God, what a page-turner. Brilliant new domestic suspense. Sign me up for anything she writes forever.
With the deft touch of a magician's sleight of hand, Amber Cowie spins a dark tale of deceit where it is least expected. Secrets and lies unfold in ways that leave the reader gasping. Rapid Falls is fast-paced, startling and not to be missed. A brilliant debut!
Wow, this is a real psychological thriller, alternating between two time periods, twenty years apart. Sisters, Cara and Anna are in a fatal accident that claims the life of Cara’s boyfriend Jesse and Anna is charged with a felony DUI. The time frames relate incidents over the period prior, during and following the tragedy, then covers twenty years later, as the participants continue to struggle in their lives in the aftermath.
It is a story of sibling rivalry, parental favoritism, teenage craziness and the toll bad choices take on young lives. This is a debut novel by Amber Crowe, but had all the maturity and poise of an experienced novelist. Her character development was wonderful, as we saw the growth that came from love, life and experiences, during the twenty year span. But unresolved questions involving the tragedy, have prevented those involved, from moving on. Her descriptions of the town and the scenery of Rapid Falls, made me feel as if I had been there, an observer of this bizarre tale.
The twists and turns of the story kept me reading, and anticipating the ending that was going to be a gut check, and it was!
I received this ARC from Lake Union Publishers and Net Galley and I thank them for the opportunity to read this 5 star thriller.