Paradise Falls

Paradise Falls

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Paradise Falls is the riveting and provocative tale of a family torn apart by divided loyalties and a dedicated detective who meets her worst fears head on. The razor-sharp twists and turns will hold readers captive until the book's final, explosive conclusion.What would you do if your daughter disappeared? What would you do if you believed your stepson killed her? Fifteen-year-old Caitlin Whittington, last seen waiting for a ride home from school, is the second girl in Paradise Falls to disappear in five months. Fears grow that she won't be the last as the town begins to suspect a serial killer might be loose. With her daughter's disappearance, Grace Whittington makes some surprising and unsettling discoveries about her stepson, Adam.When she uncovers information that seems to implicate him, the fault lines of a happily blended family crack wide open. The case falls to Detective Rayna Godwin, who is hampered by memories of her own murdered daughter and the suspicion that there is more to the string of unsolved disappearances than meets the eye. When her ex-lover, FBI agent Neal Cody, is called in against Rayna's wishes, her job becomes even more difficult. And Adam, scared and stung by the distrust of those closest to him, is afraid to speak the truth.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Five Star, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781594153785
1594153787
Characteristics: 393 p. ; 22 cm

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Aug 12, 2012

This was my introduction to the work of Jonnie Jacobs and I found Paradise Falls a riveting suspense novel difficult to put down. A second teenage girl in five months goes missing in a small town usually noted for its low crime rate. The investigation seems to stall with no leads, no bodies, scanty evidence when suddenly everything seems to break and suggests a surprising criminal. The lead investigator finds herself more personally involved with the crimes and the families of the victims than she would like.
The plotting is complicated as are all the characters, their circumstances and relationships. Jacobs wraps up the case with an ending also complicated as well as surprising, but thoroughly satisfying.

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