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Sweet Water [NOOK Book]

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Both a Southern literary saga and a psychological thriller, this beautifully wrought novel recounts a daughter's search for the truth about her mother's death.

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Overview

Both a Southern literary saga and a psychological thriller, this beautifully wrought novel recounts a daughter's search for the truth about her mother's death.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062020765
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 6,775
  • File size: 752 KB

Meet the Author

Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels. She lives out-side of New York City and on the coast of Maine.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 14, 2011

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    good read

    Twenty seven year old Cassandra Simon is lost. Her life in NYC is mundane at best. Both her professional and personsal lives are lacking. Cassie isn't sure what is lacking. So when an unexpected bequest from Amory Clyde, she decides to go to Sweet Water TN. Her father warns her that she may not find what she's looking for. Her friend Drew cautions, "Sometimes we are running from something or we are running towards something." For Cassie the truth may be both.

    Haunted by the death of her mother 24 years, she is running from the unspoken grief that she and her father shares and toward answers to the questions she desperately needs. Her Grandmother, Constance Clyde is afraid of those answers too. Clyde is beyond forgiveness. She just wants to forget. Betrayal, revenge, and guilt are best forgotten. Clyde understands why Cassie is coming back after all of these years, but she can't allow her to find out her secret - she is responsible for her daughter's death. Amory knew Cassie would come to claim the family's old homestead and the land. But she searched the house and the land. Even her Aunts and Uncles are wary of Carrie.Why is she coming after all this time? As Cassie settles in the old house, her grandmother becomes distant and hostile, especially when her grand-daughter discovers Bryce Davies. And Cassie wonders could one grandparent be responsible for his daughter's death, while the other murdered her best friend? Could Mae be right? Sometimes family secrets are best left buried.

    Christina Baker Kline weaves together a fine Southern family saga and mystery by alternating Cassie and Clyde as narrators. Both are very strong characters and their telling of their own stories adds suspense to the novel. Readers will need to suspend belief of a subplot concerning one of Cassie's cousins though. I had to scratch my head on that one and looked at my cat saying, "Huh? Really? She went there? Other than that SWEET WATER is a good read.

    26 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Worth reading.

    Very enjoyable. Didn't want to put it down and wished it didn't have to end.

    21 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Almost 300 pages

    This almost 300 page book was very dusjointed. It jumped from person to person and different time frames wuthout any transitions or letting reader know a change had been made. I became bored very soon after starting this book and after page 83, I began to skip pages and scan, hoping to catch a glimpse of something interesting. I didn't. There were two pluses to this book, it was well edited and had a conclusion. I paid $1.99 for this book as a special offer. The five real reviews were positive ones, three others were gamers. I was looking forward to a cozy read, what I got was a strange one. This was a pretty clean read. There was only a little bit of mildly detailed sex. Some moderate violence and a ho-hum mystery. I did not like any of the characters. The heroine seemed a little slutty. There was no cursing, religion, not much in the way of romance or suspense, not all sub plots were concluded. This books covers four generations of family, if including the great grand child. The matriarch is nuttier than a March hare. For ages 16 and up.

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    19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    A good read!

    This was a good read, but after reading the Orphan Train which was exceptional, I was a little disappointed. I still enjoyed it.

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Terrible

    This was a terrible book. It was disjointed, jumping from past to present and the past story never really told who was narrating so it was unclear who it was about until almost the end. The story itself made little sense, and the ending left absolutely no resolution. Its as if the author got tired and just quit writing in the middle of a chapter. Would not recommend this at all. Thank goodness it was free or i would be highly ticked off that i had wasted money on this junk.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Great read!

    This book was difficult for me to put down! I highly recommend it!

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Very good read

    I enjoyed this book very much!

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Oo

    I enjoyed except I thought it ended rather abruptly with too many questions unanswered...like why Troy and Cassandra looked so much alike if he was adopted.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Good

    I enjoyed this story. It was told by two people, one present, one from past. The two tellings collided. It was touching and confusing, exactly like life. The story unfolded and had an ending that was different than expected. I look forward to reading more by this author.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Slow & Incomplete

    Very slow read that leaves you frustrated. It never really peaks and leaves lots of unanswered question

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Dissappointed

    I did not enjoy this book at all. It was as if she ended the novel in the middle of the plot. Many characters were underdeveloped, and you were left with more questions than answers. I do not intend on reading any more books by this author!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Disappointing...

    This book was confusing at times with the way it jumped between different characters points of view and flashed from past to present with each chapter. I was expecting more from the story. The plot was built up and intriguing but when it all came together in the end its like there was more of the story that needed to be told and it left me with no closure. Read it if you want but I feel like I wasted my time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Very Disappointing

    This book started out great... But the end was completely unbelievable!!! The characters were developing and were interesting people... But then it was as if the ink ran out of the press or the allotment of paper had been reached and it just was over... all neatly tied up with a now that didn't fit!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Boring

    This just didn't move fast and the characters didn't get my interest. Every time I put it down and went back to it, I couldn't remember what was happening.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Easy Read

    I found the book interesting for the most part. I thought it ended abruptly with a lot of unanswered questions. Parts of the book were very predictable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Ok read

    This is an OK book, but the ending left a lot to be desired. There was no conclusion, it just ended and left you hanging. Not sure I would want to read anything more by this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    This book was very interesting and I enjoyed it very much, but I

    This book was very interesting and I enjoyed it very much, but I concur with another review that stated that it ended to abruptly. I was very disappointed in the ending and felt that I was left hanging with many unanswered questions.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Excellent writer; huge talent; crappy story line! Ms. Kline see

    Excellent writer; huge talent; crappy story line! Ms. Kline seems to have forgotten why most people read books. They are looking for entertainment or inspiration or information. This book almost provided all that... almost. To excel in any of those areas, a book has to bring closure to its story arc. There's no closure in this book.

    Does Clyde live or die? What is the "Troy Decision"? Does Elaine ever get put in her place? Fortunately, I do not have to worry about "spoiling the ending" for anyone -- because there was no ending! The last time I was this disappointed with a book, it was a used paperback that was missing its last 20 pages! This one was an excellent and entertaining read, that could have been a great book, had it not simply stopped about two chapters before its conclusion.

    I seriously wish I had not wasted my time on it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    A solid 3 stars

    This is the first book written by Kline, who wrote The Orphan Train. They're giving away the ebook version now, I think mainly to provide an intro to that other book in case you're one of the few yet to read it. Many typos and unintended bolding of random words were a bit distracting.

    I felt the writing style was inconsistent, and it seemed the author wasn't sure what kind of book she wanted this to be. It is touted as a mystery, but the mystery wasn't that great, and it seemed a little Harlequiny to me in parts. I liked the main character, Cassie, who leaves NYC to go live in a house she inherited in Tennessee among her mother's folk, hoping to get to know the family and the story behind the night her mom died in a car accident. She tells her side of the story in alternating chapters with her grandmother, a very unhappy, disturbed old woman.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Enjoyable

    I enjoyed reading this. It had it's good points.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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