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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.

©2021 Cara Reinard (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Kentucky Bohemian
  • 18-02-2021

Geez.

I'm a little unsure how I feel about this story featuring a twisted little world full of people and their agendas. The characters were interesting, especially the mother, Sarah, who I could relate to on such a personal level it was a bit scary. She's smart, and driven. But her control isn't what she thinks it is.

I'm finding that I can't really share my thoughts without getting into spoilers. So I'll just say this is a haunting tale of secrets, lies, schemes, and control freaks. Who wins? The one with the most money... the most secrets... nothing to lose?

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  • Heather Williams
  • 22-01-2021

Frustrating at best

The narrator did as good as expected. But my gosh the story was frustrating. The main character seems to never mature. In fact so many times I just want to shake her. I was reading as a book club post otherwise I would have stopped and returned it.

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  • Dianne L.
  • 18-01-2021

Interesting concept

This story has movie potential, especially because it contains didactic overtones. It grabbed my attention right away and once I got to the final 10 chapters, I could not put it down. I especially like the descriptive writing, as well as the narrator’s soft spoken approach. I always like stream of consciousness writing because it’s necessary for character development. However, it tends to be overused when it is inserted in the middle of dialogue between two characters. This takes away from the conversation which is more of a distraction, making it difficult to follow the discussion. I found it particularly annoying during a conversation between Sara and Josh when they were driving to Alicia’s house. This was an important discussion that lost it’s essence because we were more in Sara‘s head, rather than invited into the conversation. There was also an inaccurate statement that Sara made in the final chapters regarding her discussion with Josh in the car that was contradicted based on what she had earlier stated. The over abundance of stream of conscience writing and the inaccurate fact is why I am not able to give this book 5 stars. I do, however, believe this writer has great potential and that a possible sequel is in her future.

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  • Shawna Godsy
  • 14-01-2021

Sweet Water runs a little slow

I don't want to leas you into not choosing this book, but just want you to know it is a little hard to get into. I feel it is a little slow and I almost felt like I wasn't in on all the story line, like I must have missed some chapters. I did finish it and did like the ending.

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  • Ashley
  • 11-01-2021

I hate stupid leading ladies

and this one, is REALLY REALLY stupid. Like..ruins the whole story, stupid.
I just wanted to shake her the whole time and tell her to wake up! I would not of finished listening to this, but I'm cheap and paid for it. Not worth it.

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  • Mark D
  • 03-01-2021

Sophomoric effort

This sounded good, then I listened to it. So many things wrong with this. I go through over a hundred books a year. That means I have to listen to a lot of crap. I'd put this in that category.

Sara is an annoying and whiny woman. I don't know if the author intended to write this like the 1950's. It's her always doing what her husband tells her. Then whoa is me moments. Then back to being a flashback housewife.

I struggled with the verbiage that also sounded corny and a chore to get through. Again, I just can't stand books where the woman has no ability to think for herself.

Definitely won't be buying any more from her.

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  • Cheryl
  • 03-01-2021

I couldn’t finish it. I struggled in the first 10 minutes.

This failed in less than 10 minutes.
What mother thinks about shopping on a murder scene, while her son is injured and his girlfriend is dead.

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  • J J
  • 03-01-2021

A Great story of family, and a thriller from beginning to end!

I could not stop listening to Sweet Water and finished it in two days. The narrator was superb and I was able to visualize, the Author, Cara Reinard’s words. It is an excellent story about Sarah, who marries into a rich family and finds out years later it was not the family she thought it was!. It is for anyone that likes thrillers. I highly recommend it for a great read!

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