The River Knows

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A lady with a secret past.

A man in search of a killer.

They thought they had nothing in common-

until their first kiss.

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Overview

A lady with a secret past.

A man in search of a killer.

They thought they had nothing in common-

until their first kiss.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The suspense begins with the first sentence of this romantic mystery from the pseudonymous Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz uses this pseudonym for her Victorian novels). Gossip spreads fast about the liaison between "unimportant, unfashionable, excessively dull" Louisa Bryce and wealthy, handsome Anthony Stalbridge. In reality, their first kiss was a spur-of-the-moment coverup when the two are caught snooping around Elwin Hastings's mansion. Louisa, an undercover reporter for the sensational newspaper, Flying Intelligencer, is investigating Hastings's crooked financial dealings, while Anthony seeks the truth about his fiancée, one of three society women who supposedly committed suicide a year ago. Under the guise of their romance, Louisa and Anthony expose Hastings's many criminal schemes. Their relationship isn't all business, however, and Louisa's profession isn't her only secret. Quick's tightly woven tale allows little room for extraneous subplots—every cracked safe and mysterious prostitute plays an important role. Light humor and playful love scenes temper the more gruesome moments for an alluring combination of foggy nights and steamy afternoons. (Apr.)

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Louisa Bryce works hard at being unnoticed, and with her frumpy clothes and retiring manner, she generally succeeds. But not with Anthony Stalbridge. He knows she's up to something and follows her into the shadowy upper floors of the mansion where they are both attending a ball. An impulsive, passionate embrace is all that saves them from being reported by the guard. It seems they are on the trail of the same man and warily join forces. A daring hero searching for answers, an intrepid journalist heroine with dangerous secrets of her own, and a complex plot involving some of the darker realities of late Victorian society combine with Quick's wicked wit, inviting sensuality, and stellar sense of timing. Another winner for a top writer in the field. Quick (Second Sight), a.k.a Jayne Ann Krentz and Jayne Castle, lives in the Seattle area. [See Prepub Alert, LJ1/07.]


—Kristin Ramsdell
Kirkus Reviews
A bookish undercover reporter teams up with quirky gentleman to uncover the truth behind the suspicious drownings of several young ladies in late-Victorian-era London. After his fiancee, Fiona, is pulled from the inky Thames, Anthony Stalbridge must endure rumors that his imminent jilt caused her suicide. An independent thinker wealthy enough to know that his standing in society is assured, Anthony is driven less by concern for his reputation than by his growing suspicion that Fiona was murdered. His digging leads him to a party at the mansion of high-profile investor Elwin Hastings, whose wife Victoria also plunged into the Thames. There, Anthony crosses paths with Mrs. Louisa Bryce, a bespectacled, unfashionably dressed young widow (and proto-feminist) who believes Hastings is a partner in a well-known brothel catering to respectable gentlemen's darker impulses. The two forge an unlikely alliance, and Anthony finds himself increasingly fascinated with the elusive Louisa. It turns out that she is secretly I.M. Phantom, popular columnist for a tabloid dedicated to scandal among the upper crust. She is also, under her glasses and plain gowns, quite a sexy minx. Mistaking her for a woman of the world, Anthony attempts an al fresco seduction, only to discover that she is not as experienced as he thought. His miscalculation matters naught to Louisa, who gamely throws herself into their "illicit" affair. In fact, she is almost disappointed when Anthony introduces her to his charming, unconventional family. Could he possibly have real feelings for her? Meanwhile, bodies connected to Hastings pile up as the lovers get close to some very shady characters in organized crime, and Louisa has evenmore surprises in store for Anthony. Quick (Second Sight, 2006, etc.) does it again with a naughty-and-nice romp.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515144369
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 617,258
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.64 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Quick is the pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author, under various pen names, of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers; there are more than 35 million copies of her books in print. She lives in Seattle.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2008

    decent

    I'm a big fan of Amanda Quick and I really thought this to be an interesting read when I read the synopsis. I liked some of the intrueige though a little more suspense could have been added. I also would have like to have seen some more passion. It did have some of Quick's halmark wit though. It was alright but I have read better from her.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

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    Lots of Suspense and a wonderful story woven by Amanda

    Set in the late Victorian era of England, this is a charming romance with a dose of a compelling tale of mystery to boot. The reader will find that the characters are well-developed and realistic. There is humor which I always appreciate and some of the supporting characters actually made me think of someone that I had known over the years. As the story moves along in this enticing story of society's upper-class that is cloaked in dark secrets that are tied to the Thames River, hence the title: The River Knows.
    The novel has the main character Louisa Bryce, the journalist, and then there's the wealthy Anthony Stalbridge that is seeking answers to his fiancé Fiona drowning that has been ruled a suicide. These two connect and fall in love. I'll stop here.
    I found that that this tale has plenty of action and a number of surprises. If you haven't read any of Quick's books this is an excellent introduction to her writing skills.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    Sort of Let Me Down.

    There were a few things that bothered me about The River Knows. First the story just seemed to grope along at a snail's pace. I didn't find to many parts in the story that kept me in suspense, which is unusual for Amanda Quick. She always seemed to have knack for blending, suspense, romance and humor with characters that you enjoy. I've always enjoyed Amanda Quick and normally the heroine is strong, with a mysterious flare, but this book sort of let me down. But despite these criticisms, I still thought the book was a worthwhile read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    Very Good Romance

    I enjoyed the plot and characters, it was a delightful novel, I will buy more of this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2007

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    I really wanted to like this book, and it sounded like it would be intriguing, mysterious and sexy. It wasn't. It was plodding and predictable, with no surprises, and a 'romance' that seemed especially fake. Left me with the feeling that the author needed to crank one out in order to make some quick cash. Waste of time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

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    Sort of Let Me Down.

    There were a few things that bothered me about The River Knows.

    First the story just seemed to grope along at a snail's pace. I didn't find too many parts in the story that kept me in suspense, which is unusual for Amanda Quick.

    She always seemed to have a knack for blending, suspense, romance and humor with characters that you enjoy. I've always enjoyed Amanda Quick and normally the heroine is strong, with a mysterious flare, but this book sort of let me down.

    But despite these criticisms, I still thought the book was a worthwhile read.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    An Entertaining Escape

    A diverting romp with resourceful and capable female characters set in the late Victorian era. The eccentrics are beguiling and amusing. The rouges dabble in blackmail and murder. The mystery surrounds the suicides of three women from different stations who end up in the River Thames. Louisa is a bookshop owner forced to flee to preserve her virtue and life. Anthony is haunted by the death of his fiancée. As their romance simmers to a boil Louisa and Anthony team up to unravel this well woven blanket of deception and questions. Are they suicides? Have they fingered all of the villains?

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    love, love love, anything by amanda quick!!!! and also enjoy her contemporary counterpart - jayne ann krentz!

    wonderful!!!!!!!!!! great for historic lovers, but want some fun and romance also- her characters are always so down-to-earth. But there is always a great storyline or two-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Its' okay but I have read better books from this arthor.

    It was a fairly good book, but not too much in originality except for the female character's profession at that time of the century. The other books from Fern Michaels - the Sisterhood Series, and Texas, was more gripping.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Okay

    I was okay.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2007

    The best book I have read in awhile.

    RIVER KNOWS started out VERY slow, but I hung in there and was very glad I did....I could hardly put this book down once it got going. One of Amanda Quick's better books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    Excellent Book

    I agree that it started a bit slow, but it turned out to be a page turner and excellent book.

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