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Title: Rapid Falls
Author: Amber Cowie
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date: December 1, 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.88
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?
Twenty years ago, a tragic accident killed Cara’s boyfriend. Cara’s sister Anna was driving. They were teenagers at the time, and Cara and Anna’s lives went in very different directions following the accident. Anna has suffered with guilt and shame for years, and uses alcohol and drugs to ease her pain. Cara moved on, and now has a husband, child, and a successful career. When Anna starts to ask questions about the night of the accident, Cara takes measures to make sure her sister doesn’t remember what happened.
The story is told from Anna’s point of view, and includes the present day story plus flashbacks to when they were teenagers. I absolutely loathed Anna. She is manipulative and self-serving. Cara is harder to explain. She’s self-destructive, which I don’t like, but she also has struggled with guilt for years, so I felt for her. The sisters have a complicated relationship, where they don’t necessarily like one another, but they rely on each other.
A twisted psychological thriller. Dark, dramatic, and complex.
This was my pick for Amazon’s First Reads in November 2018.