High Water

High Water

by Lynn Hightower, Henny Holt

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ISBN-13: 9780805067569
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/02/2002
Series: Lena Padget Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 10.78(h) x 1.16(d)

About the Author

Lynn Hightower is the author of six previous novels, including Satan's Lambs, which won the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel. She studied creative writing with Wendell Berry at the University of Kentucky and holds a degree in journalism. She lives in Tennessee.

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I was angry with my mother the night that she died. Angry because I had been made to feel guilty, frustrated, and helpless. Guilty because her life seemed to me a form of undeserved hell; frustrated and helpless because she would not change it according to my dictates.

The drive to the hospital is etched in my memory — the flat, tarry pavement, a straight stretch down highway 17, the newly settled dark riding softly on the treetops and sandy soil. I think of that drive as the last normal moment, before the slow, heart-nailing realization that the things I took for granted, the things everyone takes for granted, did not hold true. But I did not look, then, to find treachery among my own. You don't look for bloodstains, or double bolt the doors, when you know it's only family coming.

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High Water 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
CatieN on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Georgie Smallwood's mother has just died. Did her father kill her mother? Her son, who ran away from home two years before, suddenly shows up at her door. Then her father....then her father's mistress...then the police chief....I won't give any more details so as not to spoil the book for those who might want to read it, but all of that happened in the first 75 pages. Way too many major plot points thrown at the reader way too fast with very little page time given to story development or character development so that you actually care about what happens to any of these people.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the finest work of genre fiction I've found since moving from Mary Higgins Clark to 'Oprah books' and more literary fiction some years ago. Lynn Hightower writes beautifully and tells a suspensful story well. Every page was a pleasure. I'm only sorry that reviews indicate confused expectations. Maybe High Water's dual identity should be better publicized to draw new readers and avoid disappointing those who prefer her series mysteries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a satisfying psychological mystery but what was even more fascinating was the writer's ability to capture a small Southern town atmosphere and people. I look forward to reading her other books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Her first person character is witty and insightful and very real. Her attention to the details of moods and relationships and everyday life is refreshingly simple, yet right on the mark. The family relationships are especially vivd. reading it reminded me of Tennesee Williams' plays; warm and southern and full of human humor. It's the first time I've read Hightower; I guess I have some catching up to do. A great ride!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why didn't Georgie just tell the truth. Of course, if she had, there would have been no story. I found it extremely aggravating to read all through the book and then realize that everything that happened was for no real reason. It just didn't make sense. Very disappointing--I waited so long for another Lynn Hightower novel. I think she shines with her PI Sonora Blair. Hope to see more in that vein.