When Time Is a River

When Time Is a River

by Susan Clayton-Goldner

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When Time Is a River by Susan Clayton-Goldner

On a bench at the edge of the Lithia Park playground, someone is stalking two-year-old Emily Michaelson as she plays with her eighteen-year old half sister, Brandy. The child’s laughter curves through the sunlight, as if on wings. The stalker is more enamored than ever, but aware of Brandy’s vigilance with Emily, knows a kidnapping won’t be easy. Planning to gain Emily’s trust, the stalker gives her a necklace—little girls love pretty things. A few days later, Brandy and Emily arrive at the park for the Children's Health Fair. When the stalker sees them enter the public restroom, the opportunity is seized.

Not long after Emily's disappearance, Detective Radhauser finds her rainbow-colored sneakers in Ashland Creek, their laces tied together in double knots. Brandy’s father and stepmother blame her for Emily’s disappearance. Radhauser feels sorry for Brandy, but insists she stay out of the investigation. Brandy can’t do that. She is obsessed with finding out who took her little sister, and why. Will Emily be found in time?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154462423
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Publication date: 09/06/2017
Series: Winston Radhauser Mysteries , #2
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 819 KB

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When Time Is a River 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite When Time Is A River by Susan Clayton-Goldner is a mystery that you won’t want to put down. Emily Michaelson, just 2 years old, is playing innocently with her half-sister, 18-year-old Brandy, at the Lithia Park playground. Someone is watching, someone is stalking Emily, but knows that it isn’t going to be easy to kidnap her. However, he has a plan – a pretty necklace that will entice Emily to the coffin he has bought. His chance arrives when Brandy stains her jeans at the park and goes to the bathroom to clean them. She was only gone a minute, but Emily has disappeared. Detective Radhauser is on the case and tells Brandy to stay out of the way of the investigation, even though she is being blamed for it by her stepmother and father. Brandy can’t sit still, she has to do something, but can she and Radhauser find Emily before it is too late? When Time Is A River by Susan Clayton-Goldner is a gripping mystery, with two plots cleverly intertwined – the disappearance of Emily and the relationship Brandy has with her dad. Both plots are pretty explosive, and both culminate in one dangerous and violent ending for all concerned. Ms. Clayton-Goldner has a very descriptive way of writing, a way of drawing a reader in and making them experience everything she writes. This is not your average whodunit; this has twists and turns that will keep you guessing, often wrong guesses, and wonderfully developed characters. This is one of those stories that I couldn’t put down and I defy any reader to give up on it. Excellent writing and an excellent story, highly recommended for any mystery fan.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
When Time is a River by Susan Clayton-Goldner is a mystery for adults and young adults alike. The story begins with Brandy in the office of a plastic surgeon. She's suffering from the results of an accident that has changed her face and she wants to look like she used to. She's babysitting her two-and-a-half-year-old half sister, Emily, at the park during a community Teddy Bear Picnic and while Brandy is in the bathroom stall, someone takes Emily! She overheard Emily talking about Pooh Bear not taking a nap and the detective found flat shoe prints in the restroom. Two witnesses claimed to have seen Emily with a Pooh Bear getting into a car. I didn't imagine the turn of events that unfolded as the mystery progressed. The unpredictability built suspense and my appreciation for the author's ability to spin a riveting story! An impressive mystery that is part of the Redemption Lake series but can be read as a stand alone book also. 5 stars for a perfect mystery! I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
EPClark More than 1 year ago
In "When Time Is A River," teenager Brandy wants to be an actress more than anything. But her dream may have been dashed before it was even formed: she has a noticeable scar on her cheek from a childhood accident. Now she's going through plastic surgeries and trying not to feel resentment towards her pretty young stepmother and her perfectly beautiful little sister, Emily. When Emily is kidnapped while Brandy is babysitting her, Brandy finds herself digging into the past to try to rescue her before it's too late, while her family threatens to crack up around her. "When Time Is A River" is a child-snatching suspense story, and it works very well on that level, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat as everyone races to find Emily, with surprise plot twists and a couple of genuinely nail-biting moments. At the same time, it's more than just a simple suspense novel. The real story is about Brandy, as she is in the process of transitioning from a girl to a young woman, and her struggle to get past her physical and mental scars, her guilt over what has happened to Emily, and to make other people take her seriously. The question of what will happen to Brandy and her family is just as tense as what will happen to Emily, and the two stories are intertwined without making the connection overly heavy-handed. "When Time Is A River" is a detective novel, but it's also an examination of the pressures that can hold families together or crack them apart, written in a simple, affecting prose style that allows the characters, especially the teenage Brandy, to shine through. My thanks to the author for providing a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.