Rapid Falls

Rapid Falls

by Amber Cowie

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ISBN-13: 9781503903869
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 252,376
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Amber Cowie is a graduate of the University of Victoria and was short-listed for the 2017 Whistler Book Award. She is a mother of two, wife of one, and a debut novelist who enjoys skiing, running, and creating stories that make her browser search history highly suspicious. Amber lives in the mountains in a small West Coast town, but you can find her online at www.ambercowie.com.

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Rapid Falls 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KindigBlog 5 months ago
Cara has it all – a good marriage, a successful job but her sister, now out of jail and an alcoholic keeps invading her life. But what really happened to send Anna to jail? Rapid Falls is another victim of books whose blurb gives away slightly too much of their plot and make reading the story a little too predictable. Although it’s an easy and engaging read that has good pacing, I had already guessed the twist and was waiting for something bigger to come along to make me gasp. I liked how the story alternated between past and present perspectives and enjoyed the build up to the final scene, I just wish I hadn’t seen it coming! Cara is an interesting, unreliable narrator. We get glimpses of the many sides of her personality in places which makes you uneasy as a reader. I liked how addiction and suicide was portrayed in breaking up the family and the setting of Rapid Falls being such a small town which added to the claustrophobic air. Overall, Rapid Falls is a somewhat predictable read, but engaging none-the-less. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Nanna51 5 months ago
As a debut author, Amber Cowis shows her skill and talent in her writing. This is a psychological triller that will be great for young adults as well as adults to read, if they enjoy thrillers. The story is one of two sisters who are rivals from childhood, especially for the attention of their parents. Cara is the older sister and suffers from trying really hard to get her parents to notice her instead of spending all of their time watching Anna, the younger sister. Their competition seems to come to a head when Cara has a boyfriend whom Anna wants. Then, the night of prom (maybe graduation? Both were referenced in the book), Anna is the designated driver, drives off a bridge and Jesse, Cara’s boyfriend, dies. Cara continues with her life, establishing a career and a family while Anna goes to prison and even when released can’t leave behind her guilt. Instead, Anna turns to drugs and is depressed, ending up with a therapist who is trying to help her remember that fateful night. As Anna remembers more, Cara feels more threatened by her recall. This book seemed to be predictable, but it wan’t for me. In fact, the twist at the end was unbelievably shocking. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. The author’s style of switching from the girls’ high school years to their current adulthood. This time switching back and forth definitely kept my interest as I tried to gues what really happened to Anna and Jesse that night. The competition between the sisters continues to the revelation at the end and is woven so well into the story that it becomes a theme of the book. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions 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 Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
Nanna51 5 months ago
As a debut author, Amber Cowis shows her skill and talent in her writing. This is a psychological triller that will be great for young adults as well as adults to read, if they enjoy thrillers. The story is one of two sisters who are rivals from childhood, especially for the attention of their parents. Cara is the older sister and suffers from trying really hard to get her parents to notice her instead of spending all of their time watching Anna, the younger sister. Their competition seems to come to a head when Cara has a boyfriend whom Anna wants. Then, the night of prom (maybe graduation? Both were referenced in the book), Anna is the designated driver, drives off a bridge and Jesse, Cara’s boyfriend, dies. Cara continues with her life, establishing a career and a family while Anna goes to prison and even when released can’t leave behind her guilt. Instead, Anna turns to drugs and is depressed, ending up with a therapist who is trying to help her remember that fateful night. As Anna remembers more, Cara feels more threatened by her recall. This book seemed to be predictable, but it wan’t for me. In fact, the twist at the end was unbelievably shocking. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. The author’s style of switching from the girls’ high school years to their current adulthood. This time switching back and forth definitely kept my interest as I tried to gues what really happened to Anna and Jesse that night. The competition between the sisters continues to the revelation at the end and is woven so well into the story that it becomes a theme of the book. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions 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 Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
lee2staes 5 months ago
This is an awesome thriller disguised as an ordinary story. The beginning of this book is riveting and then it becomes more and more suspenseful. I was sure I had this book all figured out but then it twisted into something entirely different. The ending is totally awesome. I really enjoyed this book, the characters were well developed. It had a very interesting and unexpected twist. I would be interested in reading more of this author. I loved it.
SuZ2Reader 6 months ago
I had heard Rapid Falls was a good psychological thriller. It is the debut novel of writer Amber Cowie. The book follows Anna and Cara, two sisters born a year apart, through dual timelines (the late 1990s and 2016). They are involved in a fatal accident the night of Cara’s high school prom. Anna, who was supposed to serve as the designated driver, is charged with a felony DUI and sentenced to three years in prison. the story moves between the late nineties and 2016. Cowie reveals the events leading to the accident slowly, so the reader begins to parse together what really happened. Anna’s life goes down the drain after her term in prison while Cara achieves her perfect life with a wonderful husband, daughter, and job. However, not all is as it seems, and twists are rampant. Rapid Falls deals with unpleasant topics as revealed by two unpleasant sisters. Sparked by a truly toxic family background, sibling rivalry, drug and alcohol addiction, and jealousy percolate through the book, slowly simmering to a full-blown boil. Anyone who has experienced challenging relationships with their parents and/or siblings will immediately recognize the authenticity of the family dynamics. It’s difficult to spend much time at one stretch with the book. In the beginning this is because Anna is such a noxious personality. As Rapid Falls progresses, Cara, the protagonist, becomes the more unlikable character. Many of the other characters, like her husband, are minimally developed, seen only through the narrow slit of Cara’s point-of-view. , making it difficult to spend an entire book with her. None of the other characters are well developed. We only get to know them through the narrow spectrum of Cara's viewpoint. I would not consider this so much a thriller, as an intense, tense family drama about a sociopath. If you are feel a villain should get a just punishment, you'll probably be disappointed by the ending.
Shelley-S-Reviewer 6 months ago
The beginning of this book is captivating and then becomes more & more suspenseful. The characters are engaging and, even the minor ones, are sharply drawn. I suppose when the main characters are so relatable that you wish no harm to befall any of them, you know you are reading a good book, and the author provided enough back story of them to justify each character’s actions. The plot is intricately designed, and the tension is palpable throughout and Anna is such a clever antagonist. In particular Ms. Cowie excels at describing life in a small town like Rapid Falls, where all sorts of secrets are at work beneath the surface. The setting is expertly rendered and becomes a character in and of itself. All in all, this is a very entertaining novel and a wonderful writing style, with Amber Cowie deftly switching between past and current events, slowly revealing bits and pieces until the entire tale is laid out in front of us.
KerryACroucier 6 months ago
Wow, what a ride! This debut novel was a dark and twisty ride that kept me on my toes. Carefully crafted with a dual timeline, this novel was fast-paced and unexpected. Interestingly complex characters and an intricately woven story full of secrets and lies kept me turning the pages until the conclusion that left me stunned and breathless. #RapidFalls #AmberCowie #LakeUnionPublishers
lsmoore_43 7 months ago
What a book! This was my first book by this author and it will not be my last. I sure hope she writes many more. Even a sequel to this possibly?? A real page turner from the very start. You won’t want to put it down. This is a very intense story of two sisters. Two very different sisters. The older one, Cara,seems to be jealous of the younger one, Anna, in almost every way. Cara has a good life and to me it seems like she does not know it. She has a loving, caring, handsome, husband. A beautiful, healthy daughter. And a life that Anna would love to have. Anna has spent three years in prison for driving under the influence and killing Cara’s high school boyfriend. Cara saved Anna from drowning only to lose her to prison. As they grow up each has their opinion of who was loved the most by their parents. Anna has a lot of problems to overcome and guilt is right up at the very top. She want’s so bad to remember what happened the night of the accident and begs Cara to tell her the whole story. Cara has secrets of her own and has no intention of letting Anna find out any of it. Could there be a dark side to this accident? Could Anna have been so out of it she never remembers. Does Cara hold enough responsibility? Could Cara be as guilty as Anna or maybe even more so. Jealousy is a very ugly thing to have and especially between sisters. Cara and Anna have so much to overcome and should work together to heal. But sometimes sisters just can’t seem to find that closeness that should be there. In this case there is just to much. To many lies. To many secrets. This was such a good book. I enjoyed it so much and hated for it to come to an end. It held many surprises along the way and in some parts I knew what was coming. It was well written and the characters were so real. It made me feel like I was right there. I could hear the falls and the atmosphere the night of graduation/prom. My heart broke in places. For the parents, the girls and the husband. For Jesse, and yes for Anna. It was one of those books that I won’t forget. I highly recommend this book. It’s filled with so much. Thank you to NetGally, Lake Union Publishers and Amber Cowie for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. A 5 star book indeed!!
Holly 7 months ago
Rapid Falls is not the book that you think it is when you first start reading it, it's so much more of a thriller that will leave you with a huge shocker that you won't see coming at all! It's only been 20 years since Cara was in a car accident with her boyfriend and sister, Anna that ended his life and sent Anna to prison. Cara somehow managed to move past the grief to find her happy ending with a successful career and a family that she adores but Anna never got over it. Instead of trying to live a life outside of prison successfully, Anna turned to drugs and self-hurt in order to cope with that grief that happened with the accident. It's when Anna tries to pull herself together and remembers what really happened that dark night, that is when everything starts falling apart for Cara. Only when the real truth is revealed about what really happened that night is when this story will leave you with your mouth on the ground. I can't reveal much more than that but this is a story that you are going to want to have a couple of free hours just to get to that shocking ending that even I didn't see coming. If anything, Amber Cowie has become my new favorite thriller of an Author that I can count on to give me a ending that you will still be thinking about in the days after reading it! Thank You to Amber Cowie for this awesome thrilling story that I so can't wait to see what is next from you in the future!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
lauriesophee 7 months ago
"Proof is not the same as knowing." This quote will probably be best understood at the end of this remarkable book. It is indeed an amazing novel- intriguing plot, splendidly written, unusual characters and a definite page turner. It is basically a story of a dysfunctional family. Selfishness, anger, hatred, jealously and betrayal are fostered by their inability to communicate truthfully with each other. Alcoholism and sibling rivalry add to the stress and eventually help to lead to the staggering tragedy that will haunt the family and the town of Rapid Falls and never really be resolved. Actually there is more than one tragedy that is not even recognized. There are so many twists in this plot, so be prepared to stay glued to the book. Not only is this an engrossing story, it has a moral or two we can learn from: honesty, acceptance, and self knowledge to name just a few. Excellent!!