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Rapid Falls

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  974 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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  • Rapid Falls by Amber Cowie
    Rapid Falls
    Release date: Dec 01, 2018
    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 year

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    Giveaway dates: Nov 03 - Nov 30, 2018

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    Holly LaPat Oh, I thought there was a LOT of indication that she drank excessively. I suppose it didn't surface until the second half of the book, and her…moreOh, I thought there was a LOT of indication that she drank excessively. I suppose it didn't surface until the second half of the book, and her drinking may have stepped up as her anxiety grew, but it didn't feel like a new thing. As the narrator, she starts off by painting as favorable a picture of herself as possible -- until Chapter 3, I didn't think anything about her personality was "off." Then she starts peeling away the layers, showing the way she irrationally (or when it suits her) blames things on other people. The drinking gets more blatant as the tension mounts, but I think it's been there all along. She just lets her guard down because she's been "around" us, the readers, for long enough. That's how I take it, anyway!(less)

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    Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    My immediate thought after finishing this was, now THAT is how you write a psychological thriller! I’m blown away that this is a debut, Cowie’s writing is polished and sharp and she plotted one hell of a story, if this is how she begins her career as an author I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.

    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
    Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Hypnotic and darkly twisted, Rapid Falls is the true definition of a page-turner. It’s so compelling that you will not want to put it down. Cowie’s smart storytelling and mesmerizing prose paints a stunning debut, making it one of my favorite psychological thrillers of the year.
    Eliza Maxwell
    May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    In Rapid Falls, everyone is the good guy in their own story. Like a spider spinning a web, Ms. Cowie skillfully takes this notion and elevates it to a fantastically dark and dizzying place. Say goodbye to any preconceived ideas about sisterhood, the power of grudges, or happily ever after, because this book will sweep them away and leave you gasping for more.
    Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Wow! Dark and twisted sibling rivalry in my pick for this month's Amazon First Reads. Excellent reading group questions at the end as well.
    Judy Collins
    Make sure to get Amber Cowie's awesome debut thriller RAPID FALLS on your pre-order list. A Q & A Elevator Ride with the Author Coming coming Dec 1. Review to follow!

    Darcia Helle
    Oh, the misery! That about covers the mood of this story and my mood while reading it.

    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,
    Jamie Rosenblit
    Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arcs
    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? W
    Patricia Sands
    Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    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!
    Leanna Mattea
    Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    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 crazine
    Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    "Proof is not the same as knowing."
    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
    Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
    Shelves: first-reads, debut
    **SPOILER ALERT*** While I'm reading this book, my review may contain spoilers. Proceed at your own risk ;)

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    PinkAmy loves  💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    For months I’ve chosen terrible books for my free Amazon choice. RAPID FALLS makes up for my poor choices. Five well-deserved stars.

    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
    Lori Boyd
    Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Twisted debut novel! Things are not always what they seem. Cara has life all planned out after, marriage to her boyfriend...happily ever after. But, as we all know, life never goes as planned. Family has a way of getting in the way!

    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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    Gordon Warnock
    Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    God, what a page-turner. Brilliant new domestic suspense. Sign me up for anything she writes forever.
    Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    What a treat this book is! It drops just enough clues along the way to hint at something darker but without being at all predictable. I just had to keep turning the pages to get to the bottom of it all. The relationships between the characters are fascinating as is how they each deal with the story as it unfolds and I found my sympathies being pulled this way and that as I learned more of what had really happened. Amber Cowie also conjures up the pressures of living in a small town where everyon ...more
    Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
    I Really Wanted to Like This Book

    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
    Nicole Thomson
    Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    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,
    Nov 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
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    Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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    Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
    2.5 STARS

    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
    Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Strap on your seatbelt for this very twisted, winding story in which you will become confused, sucked into the book and unable to let go. I'd relate to one character only to think no, that person is the bad guy and then when I'd catch my breath, I'd decided someone else was the evil one.

    This truly was a great read and one that I highly recommend.
    Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This is a mesmerising debut novel from Amber Cowie. I could not put this down and read it over two days. A fantastic, suspenseful read from start to finish, this is one for all of you who enjoy reading thrillers.

    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,
    Bambi Rathman
    Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Rapid Falls.....what deep, dark, swirling secrets does the river hold? "The river is a part of us all. It was a landscape of our lives for many years. It isn't good or bad; it drowns, it saves, and it never stops." This line in the book said so much to me.
    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
    Cindy Mathis
    Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
    This was my Amazon First Read for November, and all I can say is wow. I enjoyed the book from this debut author for the most part. I thought the first twist was pretty obvious, but was totally shocked as the final twist came rolling around. The family is totally dysfunctional, and I didn’t really like any of them, but you definitely feel what they’re feeling. I’d definitely read another book from this author.
    Kim G. Lindquist
    Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Predictable mystery

    Good book, but with a predictable ending. Does make for good analogy with book discussion groups. Would recommend as a rainy day read.

    Jo Furniss
    Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A great small-town mystery. Cowie lays threads and drops hints to keep the reader on her feet, building to a heart-pounding climax. A rapid ride of suspense!
    Brian prentiss
    Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
    Quick read, fun but a little frustrating

    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.
    Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
    Needs Serious Editing

    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!
    Christine Moore
    Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Wow this book is dark, twisty, and turny! 20 years ago, Cara's boyfriend died in a car accident and her sister Anna went to jail, Now Anna is released from jail but has become an alcoholic. Cara is married with a daughter. The sister's lives couldn't be more different. The book is in dual timelines from the year of the accident and the present. Pay attention or you may miss something! I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it had so many twists and turns and keeps you on the edge of your seat! I rece ...more
    Ken LeMottee
    Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Dark, brooding and twisted, this novel sits with you long after you’ve turned the last page. An amazing story of family and the fighting that happens within it – sometimes explosive, sometimes eerily silent. Presented in two alternating timelines, the story of Rapid Falls unravels itself slowly but all the while building subtle hints along the way into a crescendo finish that will leave you speechless. The characters were so well developed that I felt like I had known them for longer than this n ...more
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