By the River
It was supposed to be a relaxing early morning run, but the path along the river trail quickly turns into the scene of a nightmare for recent college graduate Kira Paxton. An unintended exploration of a secluded riverbank leads to a gruesome discovery that sets her on a collision course with danger: it is the body of a young woman. In shock, all Kira can manage to do is scream . . . From the moment Ford Kettering hears the cries for help along the trail, he is drawn irrevocably into a mystery in which he plays a shocking role. Ford, a local high school teacher, had a recent classroom clash with the victim—now, he’s a person of interest. As Ford and Kira bond over their shared ordeal, they work together to prove Ford’s innocence—and soon, their attraction is undeniable. But it seems that Kira’s nightmare is far from over. What begins as a series of close calls and acts of vandalism soon escalates, putting Kira’s own life in jeopardy. It appears that Kira saw something that day along the trail, something that has made her a target. With Ford’s help, she is determined to track down the killer—before she becomes the next victim.
Size: 6" x 9, 240 pages
Audio running time - 7 hours, unabridged.
|Published||Covenant Communications (November 2, 2015)|
|Audiobook Narrator||Luan Ingram|
|Runtime||7 Hrs. 8 Min.|
By Melanie, Submitted on 2015-11-28
This book starts off fast--Kira has just discovered the body of a young woman. Actually, her brother's dog, Jasper, has due to his fascination with shoes. Kira's screams attract the attention of Ford, a local high school teacher. He realizes that he knows the victim and has had some negative interactions with her recently. He does become a suspect but I didn't feel that he was looked at seriously past the first interview with the detective.
Things start heating up for Kira as all sorts of crazy things start happening. She is constantly fighting her father and brother for her independence. Unbeknownst to her, her father sets up security for her. By the time she learns of it, though, things have gotten to the point where she is grateful for it.
The characters we get to know in this book are all likable. Jasper, the dog, was particularly fun to read about. He annoyed Kira and didn't obey her at all. I understand why she didn't want him around, but there were times she was glad he was there. Kira and Ford were attracted to each other and it didn't take long for them to start dating. There was a lot going on which made for some challenges but they were willing to figure things out.
The pace of the book was fast and there was quite a bit going on. There was someone trying to keep Kira quiet and it was difficult to pin down who it was. I was ready for some answers at the end and was a little disappointed in the reveal. I'm not sure what I was expecting but after all the craziness Kira went through, it seemed like it would have been something different.
Overall, it's a great read, especially if you enjoy clean, romantic suspense. This is the first novel I've read by Jennie Hansen and I look forward to reading more in the future!
I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.
By Katie, Submitted on 2015-11-24
I couldn't help but to find this story a little creepy, which is probably how it was intended to be. I don't live far from where this story takes place and let me just say--I will not be taking any jogs along the river trail by myself anytime in the near future!
I love how the story starts right off into the thick of things, with a suspenseful discovery of a body. That chance discovery leads to a chance meeting between Ford and Kira. The attraction is instant and a relationship soon develops. I love a good suspense with a little romance woven neatly between the lines and this one delivered.
Ford is a school teacher and is a suspect in this case. I love how strong, smart, and protective he is of Kira, yet not overbearingly so. There are many twists and turns in the story and I just couldn't help but hope that Ford is innocent of committing the murder. Kira has been sheltered by an overprotective father and brother for her whole life and is trying so hard to stand on her own. In the middle of proving her independence, she finds herself in some scary and dangerous situations, but still holds firm. She's so tiny and petite, yet is a ball of determination.
At times, I wondered if there were too many mishaps, but they really helped drive the suspense and added to the story. The climax was great and I loved the resolution.
Content: mild romance (kissing); no language; mild violence (not graphic--murder, other violent crimes); mild religious elements (nothing preachy--just casually mentioned). Clean!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
By Aimee Brown, Submitted on 2015-11-24
Jennie Hansen is an author I always look to for a good romantic suspense story. She knows how to weave in the perfect balance of suspense and romance.
This book jumps right into the thick of things. I love that. I open the book and immediately I am sucked right into the mystery and suspense. Consequently, I read through this book quickly (in one day!) because I just didn't want to put it down.
I liked Ford. He saw Kira, was interested in her, and asked her out. Just like that. He saw something he was interested in pursuing and just went for it. He is a guy any girl would love to have on her side. Solid. Honest.
Kira is small but mighty. Being independent is so important to her and she struggles with the tight hold her father tries to keep on her. Kira is a thinker though, and a doer. She doesn't just sit around and let things happen. I liked that.
I enjoyed my day reading this book. It was perfect for the mood I was in.
Content: Clean. No swearing or sexual content beyond kissing. LDS fiction although nothing preachy or particularly religious.