River's Edge (Cape Refuge Series #3)

River's Edge (Cape Refuge Series #3)

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by Terri Blackstock
     
 

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The man Lisa Jackson loved most may have betrayed her. Another used deception to manipulate her. But did one of them kill her? Ben Jackson is sure to defeat Jonathan Cleary in Cape Refuge’s mayoral race, until his wife turns up missing the day before a major debate. Suspecting foul play, Police Chief Cade launches an island-wide search. But it takes a psychic

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The man Lisa Jackson loved most may have betrayed her. Another used deception to manipulate her. But did one of them kill her? Ben Jackson is sure to defeat Jonathan Cleary in Cape Refuge’s mayoral race, until his wife turns up missing the day before a major debate. Suspecting foul play, Police Chief Cade launches an island-wide search. But it takes a psychic’s “vision” to point police to the riverside—and Lisa’s body. The evidence implicating Ben in his wife’s murder is convincing. But as a local scandal escalates into a national media circus, Cade’s instincts tell him to dig deeper. And he’s not the only one. Blair Owens of the Cape Refuge Journal is using her investigative skills to uncover a rat’s nest of dirty secrets—and more than one person with a motive for murder. But Blair’s methods are jeopardizing her relationship with Cade, and an unsolicited prediction from the psychic only adds to her troubles. Is the man’s so-called gift truly from God, as he claims? Did Lisa’s murder have anything to do with the mayoral race, her husband’s alleged affair, or her decade-long struggle with infertility? Whoever the killer is, he’s about to take his evasion of justice to the next, lethal level. And someone else is going to die.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310860129
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
07/27/2009
Series:
Cape Refuge Series , #3
Sold by:
Zondervan Publishing
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
37,440
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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The cramps woke Morgan at 3:30 a.m., startling her out of a deep slumber. She'd been immersed in a dream about a little girl on a swing set, her long brown hair flowing on the breeze. She knew without a doubt that the child was the baby she was carrying.
The cramps offered a stark warning, as if her anxiety had shaped into a blunt instrument that bludgeoned her hope.
She sat up, her hand pressed over her flat stomach, and looked at Jonathan, who slept peacefully next to her. Should she wake him to tell him she was cramping, or just be still and wait for it to pass?
She had taken the home pregnancy test yesterday morning, then followed up with a blood test at her doctor's office that afternoon. Jonathan sat in the examining room with her, fidgeting and chattering to pass the time. When the nurse came back with the verdict, he sprang to his feet, muscles all tense, like a tiger tracking a gazelle.
'Before I tell you the results, I need to know if I'm bearing good or bad news.'
Jonathan glanced at Morgan, and she knew he was way too close to calling the woman a smart aleck and warning her not to toy with them. 'Come on, just tell us.'
'But do you want to be pregnant? Is good news a yes or a no?'
Before he could grab the nurse by the shoulders and shake the playfulness out of her, Morgan blurted out, 'Yes! More than anything!'
'Are we going to have a baby or not?' Jonathan asked.
'Congratulations!' The word burst out of the nurse's mouth, and Morgan came off the table, flinging herself into his arms, and they yelled like kids as he swung her around.
They agreed not to announce it until today, so they could share that first night of giddy excitement, crushing the secret between them.
They waited until Caleb, their eighteen-month-old foster child, was sound asleep, then went across the street to Hanover House's private stretch of beach. They giggled and danced under the May moonlight, to the music of the waves whooshing and frothing against the shore. When they'd finally gone to bed, they lay awake until close to midnight, wondering if it would be a girl or a boy, and how soon they would be able to see their child on a sonogram. Jonathan held Morgan and whispered about soccer games and ballet, piano lessons and PTA.
Finally, they had both fallen asleep, and now she didn't want to wake him. It was probably nothing. Just something she ate last night. She would have to be more careful now.
But as the moments dragged on the cramping grew worse, and she couldn't ignore it. She folded her arms across her stomach and slid her feet out of bed. She sat up and realized it was worse, even, than she thought. There was blood.
'Oh, no.' The words came out loud and unbidden, and Jonathan turned over and looked up at her in the night.
'Baby, what is it?'
She turned on the lamp. 'Oh, Jonathan ...'
He looked at her with an innocent, terrible dread, expecting something, though not clear what. Slowly, he sat up. 'What?'
A sob rose in her throat as she pointed to the mattress.
For a moment they both just stared at it, the blood-spot of a dream dying.
Their unformed, barely real, secret baby dying.
Then he jolted out of his stunned stupor and sprang out of bed. 'Are you okay?'
'I'm losing it.' The words bubbled up in her throat. 'Jonathan, I'm losing the baby!'
'We're going to the hospital. Maybe it's not what you think. Maybe they can stop it.' He pulled on the jeans hanging over a chair by the bed.
Maybe he was right. Maybe the baby was still there, nestled in its little sac, unscathed by whatever thing had broken loose in her. Or if not, maybe the medical staff could ward off danger, stop the impending doom, give her some magic pill to make it hang on.
She quickly got dressed while Jonathan woke Sadie---their seventeen-year-old foster daughter and Caleb's sister---to tell her of the emergency and ask her to listen for her little brother in case they weren't back when he awoke.
Then Jonathan helped Morgan out to the car as though she were a sick woman who couldn't walk on her own. She tried not to make sudden moves, not to walk too hard, not to cramp so tightly.
But it all seemed out of her control.
'It's okay, baby,' Jonathan said as he drove at breakneck speed across the island. 'We'll be in Savannah in no time.'
Was it already too late? The drive from Cape Refuge to the closest hospital was too far. She cried quietly, staring out the windshield, praying that God would intervene.
'God's going to save her,' he muttered as he drove. 'He has to.'
Morgan's face twisted. 'Her ... you said her.' She looked over at him and saw the tears on his face. 'You think it's a girl?'
He didn't answer. 'God, please ...'
She sobbed as he drove, her hand pressed against her stomach. What kind of mother am I? I couldn't keep it safe for a day? Her tears were cold against her face in the breeze of the air-conditioner.
Jonathan's lips moved in some silent monologue---a desperate preacher's prayer of faith and hope---or the angry railing of a seaman who saw terror coming and believed he could head it off with enough threats. His hands clutched the steering wheel, and occasionally he reached over to touch her with fearful reassurance.
Finally, they reached St. Joseph's, and Jonathan pulled up to the emergency room door. He got out and ran to Morgan's side, helped her out. There was blood all over the back of her robe, and some of it had soaked into the seat.
'I need help here!' Jonathan helped her through the sliding glass door. 'Please, someone help!'
But Morgan knew there was no help for her baby. It was already too late.
@1BM_FIRST = Two hours later, they rode home in silence, each mired in their own despair. As she'd known he would, the doctor confirmed her fears. She had miscarried her child.
Guilt and anguish ached through her body.
How would Jonathan ever forgive her?
They both wept quietly as the sun rose over the Atlantic, heralding a day that others would find beautiful and welcome. But she would do anything to turn the clock back to this time yesterday.
Jonathan pulled their car into the shade of the red cedars at the end of the gravel driveway. Their house loomed big in the morning light, the yellow paint glowing like the sun, the Victorian trim clean and white. Gus---one of the home's residents---had done some repairs on the house and coated it with fresh paint a couple of weeks ago. The full ferns on the porch overflowed their urns in bright, life-filled green. Impatiens in yellow, red, and purple lined the front of the house, well cared for by the home's other residents. It was one of those chores that helped their charges integrate back into the world after time on the streets or in jail. Cause-and-effect lessons about working hard, taking care, cultivating and nurturing, and reaping good results. The testimony of a job well done.
She spoke that lesson to them so many times, reminding them that obedience to God, self-discipline, and love all added up to blessings too numerous to count.
Yet here she was, a poster child that the opposite was true.
The front door to the big yellow house was still closed. Maybe that meant that no one was up yet. If they were, the door would have been open, letting in light, along with the ocean sounds from just across the street, through the glass storm door.
Morgan hoped no one knew where she'd been. She didn't want to explain this to anyone but Sadie.
Jonathan helped her out of the car and walked her up the porch steps.
Sadie met them at the door, her eyes red-rimmed and worried. 'I'm so glad to see you, Morgan!' She threw her arms around her. 'I thought you were dying or something.'
'I'm sorry we worried you, honey.' Morgan held her in a tight, reassuring embrace.
'Jonathan didn't say what was wrong. I saw the blood on your bed ...'
'I'm fine, really.'
'But what's wrong? What happened?'
Her effort not to cry twisted her face.

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From the Publisher
This well-crafted suspense novel picks up immediately following the second installment in the Cape Refuge series: Blair has just become a Christian and a newspaper owner; Morgan struggles with infertility; and Jonathan faces two opponents in his quest to become the mayor of Cape Refuge, their small Georgia island town. When the wife of one of Jonathan's opponents goes missing, among those the chief of police suspects are the third mayoral candidate (who is, unsurprisingly, an atheist), a prosperous fertility doctor and a local psychic who appears to have uncanny knowledge about the case. Despite some didactic moments (a biblical exposition of the dangers of divination, for example), the novel manages to be more plot-driven than message-driven, a step forward for evangelical Christian suspense. Numerous red herrings in the meticulously plotted story will keep readers guessing, and they will be delighted by the skillful surprise ending. (Sept.) -- Publisher’s Weekly

Meet the Author

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of InterventionVicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series. Visit her website at www.terriblackstock.com Facebook: tblackstock Twitter: @terriblackstock

 

 

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River's Edge 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 65 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. A great mystery thriller filled with a number of suspects with understandable motives with twists and turns that kept me reading through the night! I just knew I had solved the crime until I reached the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story line with many twists in the plot keeps the suspense up until the end. Enjoyed the infertility subplot and the inquiring news reporter. Good light reading.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Sorry was eating lol))) "this place is AWESOME!!!" He mewed excitedly as he took in the scenery
Anonymous 12 months ago
(Matty) smiled." Lets do something fun!"
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She paded in
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VicG More than 1 year ago
Terri Blackstock in her new book, “River’s Edge” Book Three in the Cape Refuge series published by Zondervan gives us another adventure with Blair Owens and Police Chief Cade. From the back cover: Was Lisa Jackson s disappearance related to politics, her husband s affair, or her long-term infertility? Ben Jackson is going head to head with Jonathan Cleary in Cape Refuge s mayoral race and he s even expected to win when his wife Lisa turns up missing the day before the major debate. Suddenly the town is in turmoil as proof of an alleged affair surfaces, indicating that Ben Jackson might have had motive to kill his wife. Meanwhile, newspaper owner Blair Owens has other suspicions and so does Police Chief Cade. Together they dig deeply into the mysterious disappearance that soon spirals into a web of confusion, dark secrets, and unsettling fraud. Then the town s psychic reveals the location of Lisa s body at the bottom of the river. Even though Blair doesn’t believe his paranormal gift is real, she can t imagine how he knew where the body was. The small-town scandal quickly turns into a national media event. Is the murderer one of the obvious suspects . . . or someone they have no reason to doubt? I have to confess “River’s Edge” is my first introduction to Cape Refuge and its people. And what an introduction it is. Ms. Blackstock makes us hit the ground running and just does not let up with the suspense. Politics, infertility, missing wife and a psychic all this and more rolled up into one storyline. I think it takes a highly skilled author to pull of something like this and let me tell you I think Ms. Blackstock is one highly skilled author. Blair Owens and Police Chief Cade are well-defined characters that know what they are doing and whom we root for to figure out just what is going on. Once the action gets going Ms. Blackstock revs up the thriller quotient considerably which will have you reading and flipping pages as fast as you can. Don’t start this book late at night because it will be very difficult to put it down or stop thinking about it. I recommend this book highly and am greatly looking forward to the next book in the series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Woodworker37 More than 1 year ago
AGAIN A VERY HARD BOOK TO PUT DOWN, READING IS ABSORBING.
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Steve_Doc_Hilton More than 1 year ago
Where do YOU go for YOUR information?  Cape Refuge is experiencing another storm, and it isn’t caused by natural phenomena.  As the political race for mayor between Ben Jackson and Pastor Jonathan Cleary heats up, more lives stand to be impacted by the outcome of the election.  Police Chief Matthew Cade knows that if Jonathan doesn’t prevail, his job is on the line as well.  When Ben Jackson’s wife goes missing, the rumor mill begins.  And when a local psychic leads authorities to the river’s edge – directly to the location of Lisa Jackson’s body – it’s only adds fuel to the fire.   Amidst swirling accusations, suspicious minds, and chaotic lives spinning out of control – there is still The Truth. The Truth will set you free.  Free indeed. Exploring a variety of real-life issues, and written with Terri Blackstock’s trademark for deep characters, realistic relationships, and suspense that holds you to the very last page, RIVER’S EDGE will impact your life long after you’ve put the book down. 5 Stars for Christian Suspense at its finest!
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My first book with this author. Was a good story even though I didn't read the first two books of this series. I would read another book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has become my favorite of all time. I am about to start on the fourth book. I am also looking into other series by this talented writer. I've read up to this point in a little under a week, you'll be hooked! Highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Religious theme does nothing for story but suspect put in to get readers who avoid mysteries. Just poor writing and should have had an editor revise manuscript before printing actually the murder is never mentioned in story ubtil the very last and even then he still never shows up only his assistant! and has no relation to anyone or anything in past or present all being red herrings and poor plot
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Good mystery, always enjoy her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, couldn't put this book of Terri' down. Another winner that needs to be in every fan's collection, and if you're not a fan, start with any series, and you soon will be.
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