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Publisher's Summary

What did her son do in the woods last night? Does a mother really want to know?

It’s what Sarah Ellsworth dreamed of. Marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Martin. Living in a historic mansion in Pennsylvania’s most exclusive borough. And Finn, a teenage son with so much promise. Until...A call for help in the middle of the night leads Sarah and Martin to the woods, where they find Finn, injured, dazed, and weeping near his girlfriend’s dead body. Convinced he’s innocent, Sarah and Martin agree to protect their son at any cost and not report the crime. 

But there are things Sarah finds hard to reconcile: a cover-up by Martin’s family that’s so unnervingly cold-blooded. Finn’s lies to the authorities are too comfortable, too proficient, not to arouse her suspicions. Even the secrets of the old house she lives in seem to be connected to the incident. As each troubling event unfolds, Sarah must decide how far she’ll go to save her perfect life.

©2021 Cara Reinard (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“An unsparing account of ‘rich people problems’ that goes on forever, like all the best nightmares.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“[A] nail-biting psychological thriller.... Reinard knows how to keep readers turning the pages.” (Publishers Weekly)

Sweet Water is electrically suspenseful, impossible to put down until the last gut punch of a killer ending.” (Luanne Rice, New York Times best-selling author)

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waste of money, even on sale

ridiculous. no one speaks like this, even the monied. great work with thesaurus. wasted time.

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I hate stupid leading ladies

and this one, is REALLY REALLY stupid. Like..ruins the whole story, stupid.
I just wanted to shake her the whole time and tell her to wake up! I would not of finished listening to this, but I'm cheap and paid for it. Not worth it.

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Frustrating at best

The narrator did as good as expected. But my gosh the story was frustrating. The main character seems to never mature. In fact so many times I just want to shake her. I was reading as a book club post otherwise I would have stopped and returned it.

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I couldn’t finish it. I struggled in the first 10 minutes.

This failed in less than 10 minutes.
What mother thinks about shopping on a murder scene, while her son is injured and his girlfriend is dead.

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Interesting

I did like the story, it was interesting and different. I really liked the main characters relationship with her dad but the relationship with her busband seemed flat. You could tell what was happening towards the half of the book so it was not a surprise.

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Interesting concept

This story has movie potential, especially because it contains didactic overtones. It grabbed my attention right away and once I got to the final 10 chapters, I could not put it down. I especially like the descriptive writing, as well as the narrator’s soft spoken approach. I always like stream of consciousness writing because it’s necessary for character development. However, it tends to be overused when it is inserted in the middle of dialogue between two characters. This takes away from the conversation which is more of a distraction, making it difficult to follow the discussion. I found it particularly annoying during a conversation between Sara and Josh when they were driving to Alicia’s house. This was an important discussion that lost it’s essence because we were more in Sara‘s head, rather than invited into the conversation. There was also an inaccurate statement that Sara made in the final chapters regarding her discussion with Josh in the car that was contradicted based on what she had earlier stated. The over abundance of stream of conscience writing and the inaccurate fact is why I am not able to give this book 5 stars. I do, however, believe this writer has great potential and that a possible sequel is in her future.

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ewwe

it would really drawn out and sappy and kind of annoying I was not really impressed with this book at all a single father with his daughter who get to scholarship and goes out with a frat boy and they get married and all the truths about him and his family come out in the end not that great

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family and suspense

this book had so many surprises and unfolded the secrets well. such a good book. very real. easy to visualize throughout.

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Good quick read

Overall it was good. A little predictable but had a good storyline. Very quick read.

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i loved this book!

Couldnt stop listening, actually sat in my car listening for 2 hours after work tonight because I had to hear what happened next. I loved the humbleness of the main character and the never ending suspense of this book. Great writer! .Im looking forward to her next book.

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  • 09-04-21

Terribly boring. I gave up half way

Really dull story with unsuccessful use of flashbacks. The narrator does not help at all, just makes be boat sink faster.

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  • dehenzil
  • 04-30-21

Not worth it

Pretty dreadful main first person character completely irritating and story very long winded took a long boring self involved route to get to the end. Would not recommend