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...more
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This follows two sisters, Anna and Cara and flips between the late nineties and 2016. The girls were in high school in 1997 and were both in a tragic accident that killed Cara’s boyfriend. A ...more
The writing is fine. I was initially pulled into the story, but it derailed pretty quickly.
For starters, the timeline is all over the place. The chapters alternate between 2016 (present) and 1997. The present timeline is told in first person present tense, and the 1997 chapters are told in first person past tense. That would have worked out fine had we stuck to those two timelines. But within the present tense, ...more
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? W ...more
It is a story of sibling rivalry, parental favoritism, teenage crazine ...more
This quote will probably be best understood at the end of this remarkable book. It is indeed an amazing novel- intriguing plot, splendidly written, unusual characters and a definite page turner.
It is basically a story of a dysfunctional family. Selfishness, anger, hatred, jealously and betrayal are fostered by their inability to communicate truthfully with each other. Alcoholism and sibling rivalry add to the stress and eventually help to lead to the staggering ...more
Alcoholic/drug addicts. Self esteem issues definitely played a huge role in this story line. It's almost like it was its own character. ;) Jealousy. Sibling rivalry.
Friendly competition can be used a motivator, but in this dark and twisted tale of revenge, sibling rivalry turns deadly. Sisters, Cara and Anna, are obsessed with being their parents’ favorite. Shocking ending.
In 1997, driving drunk, Anna kills her sister Cara’s boyfriend on graduation night. Now in 2016 Anna struggles to maintain her sobriety relying on Cara to bail her out.
RAPID FALLS is the best kind of psychological thriller. Cara appears to have it all, a great husband and toddler daughter. She has survived losing her boyfriend, the guy she thought she’d marry. Or ha ...more
Pay attention while reading this book! Ms. Cowie throws subtle hints thoughtout the story, so pay attention. Found myself a few times going back to see if I missed something. Tragic family dynamics, great character development.
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The book blurb intrigued me as did the promise of a suspense-thriller, and I was pleased that there was a mystery. I love mysteries and suspense-thrillers, so I settled down with a mug of tea to enjoy this book.
I expected a moderately paced suspense-thriller, but the story movement was often glacial, because of lengthy personal stories of characters that were not likable. There were mind-numbing repetition about sibling rivalry, dysfunctional family dynamics, pl ...more
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, ...more
I though this would be a psychological thriller, but it was more of a family drama about a sociopath. The book goes back and forth between the present day and 1997, when Cara was graduating high school and her sister Anna was just a year behind.
Cara's boyfriend died in a car accident where Anna was the driver, but of course there's more to the story. It's pretty easy to guess what the "more" is, so it didn't hold too many surprises for me. The chapters that focused on the past seemed t ...more
This truly was a great read and one that I highly recommend.
It is an interesting narrative that focuses on the constant strive for perfection from Cara, the elder sister. Grief-stricken from the death of her boyfriend after a tragic car accident, Cara is desperate to build a life for herself that not only has approval from her mother and father, ...more
This book had me riding the rapids of a very dark, dysfunctional, and jealous sibling rivalry between two sisters, Cara and Anna. Each one has pushed and vied for the love and attention that they believe the other sister is not deserving of. W ...more
I had a hard time dealing with the made up towns for one. I would love to know the author's motivation for this. The narrator was impossible to sympathize with and so deluded that it's hard to buy her fooling so may people. And, the murder that begins it all is a bit far-fetched.
There was a good premise here,but... There was way too many mix ups in the feelings. Starts out as a lovely family with problems, then as a family that hate each other, back to good relationships among family. Totally crazy plus so confusing because part of the time it's prom where the story actually starts and other times it's graduation! I was shocked when I saw the thanks to the editors cause I was sure there wasn't any!