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Rachel is finally getting it right. After years of wandering, she's married the perfect man and settled into the ideal life. But as her sleepy little town turns into a killing ground, she realizes that this new life might come at too high a price.Caleb Middleton says he's returned home to set things right. But as her husband's dangerous brother circles like a hungry wolf,Rachel is finally getting it right. After years of wandering, she's married the perfect man and settled into the ideal life. But as her sleepy little town turns into a killing ground, she realizes that this new life might come at too high a price.Caleb Middleton says he's returned home to set things right. But as her husband's dangerous brother circles like a hungry wolf, poking holes in her perfect world, Rachel draws her young daughter in close. The rain and violence keep coming, and Rachel must decide whether to trust her dream life or her instincts…before the town of Silver Falls becomes her grave....

Title : Silver Falls
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ISBN : 9780778325970
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Number of Pages : 377 Pages
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Silver Falls Reviews

  • Auntee
    2019-05-10 18:53

    Right off the bat I'm going to say it--not everyone is going to like this book, even if you're a fan of romantic suspense. Anne Stuart has such a unique take on romance...let's just say she's not for everyone. Her heroes are NOT your typical romance heroes--at times they can be downright nasty! They don't always do the typical romance hero thing, either. I mean in this book, at one point the hero actually leaves the heroine to die. Not your typical action for a hero. It's true that the heroine tells him to leave her (in order to save her daughter), but jeez...I was expecting something more heroic, or more romantic, like "No, I'm not leaving you to die!"So, even with all that, I've got to admit I enjoyed this book. I didn't like everything about it (the heroine got on my nerves, big time), but I found it strangely compelling. The book is about a serial killer from the Pacific Northwest (a la Ted Bundy) who preys on young, slim blondes. Almost immediately Stuart tells you who he is, so there's no suspense there. The suspense is will his recent bride figure out that she's married to a psychopath before he preys on her young, 13 year old blonde daughter. And will she use her head and listen to the clues her bad-boy brother-in-law, who recently returned home to try to put a stop to the killings, is trying to tell her? The answer to that would be a big fat spoiler.To tell any more would reveal the whole plot and some big spoilers, so I'll have to tread lightly. I will say that the heroine's reasons for marrying this guy in the first place were just plain stupid--I never thought that she loved him and she certainly didn't need him, at least for the reasons that she had convinced herself. She was probably the worst judge of character that I've read about in quite a while. Her own 13 yr. old was more savvy than her.I did like the sexy bad boy hero, Caleb. He had some typical Anne Stuart bad boy dialogue and actions, which in turn infuriated Rachel, the heroine, and turned her on. But because he had a bit of a chip on his shoulder and an intense sibling rivalry with his brother David that went on for years, I wasn't quite sure if his reasons for wanting Rachel were because he genuinely liked her, or because she was David's wife. I'm not sure if I was entirely convinced that he was falling for her. They had some sexual tension, which led to one pretty smokin' hot sex scene, but that was about it in the romance department. This book was almost entirely about the suspense.There were a few things in this book that kind of irked me--and one in particular. The author kept referring to Rachel as a big, sturdy girl, taller than her husband and almost Amazonian. Rachel, who was fond of the "f' word, didn't seem delicate at all; the author described her as stomping around, and being quite loud. I figured she was around 5'9" and kind of hefty. So at one point Caleb carries her to the bed, and it's mentioned that she weighs about 130 lbs. I don't know about you, but 5'9", 130 lbs. sounds far from Amazonian to me!There were some funny moments too, especially when Rachel described her husband's orderly life and his eating habits (he was a vegetarian) and her own cravings for an In-n-Out burger. Also, Rachel and her daughter Sophie's feelings about her husband's blowhard father were kind of amusing. Rachel's character was often described as impulsive, and she must have been to marry this guy who was so totally wrong for her. I couldn't believe that she put up with the things that he made her do, and for that reason alone I had a hard time respecting her. Plus she was just totally clueless when it came to judging people.So why did I like it? Pure and simple--it entertained me. Could it have been better? Yes, I think the idea to reveal the killer's identity so early in the book was a bad idea. If Stuart was trying to be different then she certainly accomplished that. I did enjoy reading about the mind of a serial killer. There were some unique plot twists, and the book was definitely suspenseful, so I'll give her high marks for that. The romantic scenes were few, but hot, but didn't quite convince me that the H/H were in love. But I've come across that in a few of Stuart's other books, so it didn't surprise me. That's just how she writes romance.This wasn't the best romantic suspense I've ever read, or even the best I've read from Stuart, but it did entertain me and I enjoyed it enough to recommend it to her fans. Fans of typical romance may have a hard time with it, but if you're looking for something different, and you can get past the frustrating heroine, you may enjoy it. 4 stars.

  • Shawna
    2019-05-12 23:56

    4 stars – Romantic SuspenseIf ever there was a heroine worthy of winning an award for being the most clueless, oblivious, in denial, stupid, and choke worthy female, Rachel from Silver Falls would definitely be top in the running. Good lord, but the woman’s idiocy drove me absolutely ‘throw the book across the room’ flippin’ nuts. Oh yeah, and throw in an uber creeptastic, psycho serial killer villain who strangles then rapes his victims post mortem and a classic Stuart gamma anti-hero for the romantic lead, and you get this totally dark, eerie suspense thriller. But it actually works, mainly due to Anne Stuart’s crafty writing and because despite some imperfections, it’s still a gripping and entertaining read. 4 stars.

  • Miss Kim
    2019-05-10 20:52

    The first chapter of this book details a young woman meeting up with a man she thinks is her lover and she ends up being strangled, raped, and thrown over a waterfall.Rachel is a free spirit that roams the globe with her daughter, Sophie. They are supported by Rachel’s photography. Now that Sophie is thirteen, Rachel is starting to feel she needs to give her more stability. She ends up meeting a man she thinks will provide this kind of stability for herself and her daughter and quickly marries him. She never consults Sophie on the matters of settling down and marrying this virtual stranger. New husband David appears to be a mild mannered professor, and the perfect husband. However after a few months, Rachel begins to feel restless and unhappy with her decision, but she tries to push the thoughts away. The reader immediately gets a feeling that David is a controlling jerk, but she doesn’t see it that way quite yet. Sophie does not really like David. Sophie doesn’t know what it is exactly that is off about him, but she feels compelled to sleep with her bedroom door locked at night.One night, at David’s father’s home, his black sheep brother, Caleb, returns to town after a long absence. He is the virtual opposite of David. Tall, rugged, dangerously handsome. However, there is tension immediately between the brothers. Rachel is attracted to Caleb right away but is angry at her self for even having that feeling. There is a lifelong rivalry between the brothers. This same night, the sheriff shows up and tells them there has been a murder. The sheriff suspects one of the brothers is the killer. We begin to learn there is a serial killer in the area, which may have murdered women all over the country. Did Rachel marry a serial killer while trying to give her daughter a better life? Is bad boy Caleb the murderer?This book moves along a very quick pace. I enjoyed Alpha Caleb, and the way he gets under Rachel’s skin. He can be a bit a brute, but then Rachel was sometimes annoying. One gripe I have about the book is that Rachel is constantly referred to as being “an Amazon”, “heavy footed”, “large”, “curvy”. Later in the book we learn she is 130 pounds and nearly 6 feet tall. I was totally appalled at this! Those proportions on a woman would be quite slim!Other than that small issue, I highly recommend this book. I would not really call it a suspense thriller. The killer is known early on. It is more about how long it will take Rachel to figure it out. I want to warn that the killer rapes his victims post mortem. It is not extremely detailed, but if that makes you squeamish—just a heads up.

  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    2019-05-12 16:54

    I liked Silver Falls. There were certain elements that some readers may not like but to me the story worked. There is no real mystery because the author lets the reader know what is going on pretty much from the beginning. Still the story moved at a good pace and kept me reading to the end.

  • Tammy Walton Grant
    2019-05-09 21:10

    Thank God I got this from the library and didn't actually pay for it. Quite a disappointment for me. The premise was good, but I have no idea what happened to the author when she went to write it. It's a muddled up mess. It's like a Tami Hoag novel for people who don't like character development, violence or sex.The heroine is TSTL in a BIG way - I can accept stupid people, but they have to still be believable in their stupidity. This one was not. The hero had huge potential but the author doesn't give us anything to work with. Barely any background or description. No real lead-in to the "need" he has to be with the TSTL heroine. We're just supposed to accept that it is so. Sorry, I don't like being told what to do.There is no whodunnit - she tells us in the first chapter. The rest of the book seems to be about how everyone knows except the heroine and I can't believe she can't figure it out. The hero won't tell his story to clear things up but the author doesn't tell us why.Ugh. I should stop -- reviews are supposed to be positive, right? To be fair, others have loved this book so maybe it's just me.

  • Booklover, Indianapolis
    2019-05-20 21:16

    (2009) 2.5* **SPOILERS!!** I have read many Anne Stuart books, and have liked them all. This, however, was a mess! You have a heroine who was kicked out of her family for having a baby at 17 - she managed to make a life all over the world for the two of them, raising her daughter in her strong, independent footsteps - but all of a sudden she's a complete idiot doormat? She doesn't get that her daughter is uncomfortable around her new hubby? Daughter is so smart but honestly thinks mom is "madly in love" w/new hubby - yet as we read we never see any sign of happiness between them, so where did daughter get this idea? Police chief suspects hubby of being serial rapsit/murderer, but does nothing about it? Wife tries to convince herself she is happy, even though she's disgusted with her husband's way of eating, the fact that they have NO sex life, his overall weird, controlling, passive-agressive personality, and feels the need to hide all her thoughts, feelings, even her favorite clothing, from this controlling psychopath? Yet she is thinking of letting him adopt her 13 year old daughter? B-I-L shows up and...boom! She's hot for him, vice versa, and at the end, although they've really spent no time together at all, they are in love, and daughter is on board with the whole thing, no residue anxiety about the fact that her former best friend was killed by step dad (who was basically stalking daughter as well), leaving new bff, getting new step dad, and off to New Zealand?? Arggggg! I could not believe this was Anne Stuart! Where were the intriguing characters w/backstories, fast moving but believable plot, etc.? I would not recommend this to anyone!

  • Linds
    2019-04-30 15:52

    I found it hard to believe that this is the same author who wrote the wonderful romantic suspense novel Black Ice. The heroine is one of the hands down dumbest I have ever come across. She could be outwitted by a thirteen year old. Maybe mature ten year olds.

  • Arch
    2019-05-17 16:09

    Hero: Caleb MiddletonHeroine: Rachel MIddletonWarning: Adultery & Pedophile content. No Suspense.I want to start off by saying that this book doesn't sound like Anne Stuart wrote it. Anne Stuart is a good writer. I like her Ice Series and her voice in her Ice Series is totally different than it's in this book. It seems as if someone else wrote this book. This isn't the first book that I have read by an author, where the book seemed as if it was written by someone else.The story is about someone going around killing young women. Not only is the man killing young women, he is having sex with them after he kills them. The man is a pedophile. But, who is he? I like a good suspense rather it's a movie or book. I don't like to guess or even know right off the bat, who the killer is. Well, in this book, the killer is known right off the bat. That's not suspense!Characters:David Middleton: Husband and killer. Rachel Middleton: The wifeSophie: Rachel's daughter, David's stepdaughter. Stephen Henry Middleton: Father. Caleb Middleton: Bad boy. BrotherMaggie: PoliceRachel gotten pregnant when she was 17 years old and because of it, her parents kicked her out of the house. She traveled with her daughter, but that came to an end, after her daughter's best friend Tess - who was 15 years old, was killed. Rachel met David and married him. Little did she know that the man was a serial killer and so happen to come into her life through Tess. He wanted Sophie. He wanted her to be his next victim, but was willing to wait until she gotten older to kill her. He married Rachel - a woman he didn't love, just so that he could get Sophie. He constantly bugged Rachel to let him adopt Sophie. He wanted to become Sophie's father and if that would have happen, he would have killed Rachel to get her out of the picture. The man was truly sick.As for Rachel, she wasn't thinking clear as to what she was getting herself into. She married David for security for her daughter. She wanted the best for her daughter - who was smart in math. She didn't love David either. But why marry the man? When a woman and man marry for the wrong reason, they will never be happy. Rachel was David's puppet. She would do things to please him. He was a vegetarian and she wasn't, but she had to be a vegetarian in his present. She had to do other things in his present as well. She had to live uncomfortable in his house. They slept in separate rooms. The only time they would get together is when they wanted to be intimate, but even that was weird. David couldn't perform, because he was used to having sex with dead women.Rachel was annoying and her mouth needed to be washed. She tried to be tough, but she wasn't. Caleb was David's older brother. He was adopted, because Stephen and his wife was told that they couldn't have any children, but it wasn't long after the adoption that Stephen's wife has gotten pregnant with David. Caleb was the black sheep of the family. He left Silver Falls, when he was a teenager and never looked back, until he came back to correct a wrong that was done 20 years ago. Caleb was blamed for killing his mother in a car accident, but it wasn't his fault. The day he returned back to Silver Falls, a young woman's body was found and immediately he was suspected of being the one that killed her. Three people knew that Caleb didn't kill the woman and they were: Caleb, David and Stephen. Caleb and Stephen knew that David was the killer. That had known for years that David was sick and going around killing people, but it was a family secret. Well, up until Caleb decided that he wanted to put an end to the killing. He came back to meet his sister-in-law and niece. He came to warn Rachel about David.Caleb was the bad boy. Every woman that David went out with, wind up with Caleb. David knew about it and in a way he didn't care and in a way he did. He claimed to have had feelings with the woman, after seeing her with Caleb, but he didn't have feelings for Rachel. Because, every woman that David was interested in fell for Caleb, Rachel had to be warned about Caleb stealing David's women and become Caleb's woman. Caleb basically told Rachel that he was going to sleep with her and they did. Rachel did tell Caleb no, but the sex wasn't rape, because she wanted it. She was just trying to fight the sexual feelings for Caleb. They had sex more than once. There was no chemistry between the two of them what so ever and plus, they shouldn't have been thrown together, because she was married and although, she didn't love her husband - she still was committing adultery. Rachel didn't love Caleb. They were just thrown together and the words "I love you." were added to them. The relationship was forced.Caleb was supposed to be the bad boy, but what didn't make him the bad boy? David's women falling for him or even him talking nasty to Rachel or even being around to rescue Rachel from danger. He really didn't have to return back to Silver Falls, so that the police could capture David. Caleb was away from Silver Falls for 20 years and although, he did visit David prior to his return - it didn't leave room for him being the killer. Right off the bat, the reader finds out that David is the killer - even David's POV lets this be known, but for some reason and although it's impossible for Caleb to be the killer - Caleb is thought as being the killer, even Stephen is thought as being the killer, because after all the man was pretending to be in a wheel chair, when he could walk. There was no twist. There was never going to be a twist.Rent this book from the library. I bought it at a library sale.

  • MBR
    2019-04-27 17:04

    Silver Falls by Anne Stuart is one of those novels by her that I have tried to steer clear of because of the bad reviews this one has received. Even fans of Anne Stuart seems to have one reason or the other for giving this a bad rating which made me reluctant to pick this up for a read because I didn’t want to ruin the fascination that I harbor for Anne Stuart as an author. Perhaps I should have trusted a bit more in an author, even whose novels that can be classified as “mediocre” have wooed me more than any other author in the romance genre. From the moment I picked this up to read till I was done and beyond, I couldn’t help but wonder why most readers found this read to be so lackluster.Based in Silver Falls of Washington where its always gloomy and always rains, Silver Falls tells the story of a creepy serial killer and the heroine Rachel Chapman Middleton and her daughter who gets caught in the web of deceit that the killer weaves so thoroughly. Up till four months prior to the start of the story, Rachel had brought up her daughter Sophie all by herself, having led a nomadic existence, traveling all over the world which had seemed to suite them both. Tragedy sends Rachel into the arms of David Middleton, who materializes at just the right time and woos Rachel into believing that its time that she settle down somewhere in order to give Sophie a more stable home.When the murder of a young girl sends fear rolling through Silver Falls, along with it comes home the black sheep of the Middleton family; Caleb Middleton. A war correspondent who has traveled extensively around the world, Caleb comes home to put the demons that have haunted him to rest once and for all. The truth that has been staring him in his face for more than half of his life, a truth that he had been unable to get on board with and come to terms with, Caleb realizes that he has already left it to chance for far too long.The minute Caleb crosses paths with Rachel, his brother’s wife, sparks fly between the two. Rachel doesn’t want to care overly much about how Caleb makes every cell in her come alive with his presence, nor does she want to acknowledge the fiery attraction that simmers and makes her want Caleb and no one but him. Caleb’s intentions aren’t that clear to Rachel who suspects him of being the one behind that vague sense of discomfiture and feeling of being unknowingly hunted that had been the norm ever since Rachel had moved to Silver Falls. And when the inevitable happens, there is no going back for Rachel who would do anything to keep her daughter safe.Silver Falls is a tad different from most of Anne Stuart’s romantic suspense novels. From the beginning of the story, readers know who the killer is. Didn’t make an iota of a difference where the creepy factor was concerned as Anne Stuart managed to reel the me in with that hypnotic talent of hers that only she is capable of weaving. The town itself and the killer whose seemingly normal facade that fools Rachel into believing otherwise sent chills up and down my spine and I enjoyed the thrill that aspect of the story gave me.One factor that seems to have not worked for most readers turned out to be Rachel. She was too stubborn and TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) in a lot of readers’ opinions. But I think Rachel fit into the mould of a typical Anne Stuart heroine. They tend to be pretty stubborn, independent and refuse to give into the hero’s demands until there is no fight left in them. And I think Rachel being a wife together with the fact that she thought she was doing what was best for her daughter played a huge role in her reluctance to face the truth which was glaringly obvious to everyone but her.I loved Sophie. It would be hard for anyone to find fault with someone who is as intelligent, sweet and the perfect daughter for someone like Rachel. Sophie is wise beyond her years; there is a grace and poise to her character that is charming in itself. Caleb of course turned out to be sexy and just the right amount of “bad boy” in my opinion. Caleb might think he is just using Rachel to further his agenda, but as it turns out he is way more smitten and drawn into Rachel than he would like to admit. Caleb is a bit more toned down than the usual variety of Anne Stuart heroes. Nevertheless he appealed to my senses just the same.Recommended for fans of Anne Stuart.For more reviews & quotes, visitwww.maldivianbookreviewer.com

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2019-04-25 18:53

    I am a huge fan of Anne Stuart and I was so disappointed in this book, which I reread hoping I would find something new that would make me maybe like it a bit more. But no, it did not!!!!It wasn't so much that we know right from the beginning who the villainous serial killer is but the fact the heroine, Rachel has to be one of the most stupidest women ever!!!!!!!! A world traveler who is suppose to be independent, strong and adventurous and spends the whole time in total bliss…..everyone knows that her bland and boring husband is the killer except her!!!! You figure that out!!!!!!!!! And Caleb, the dark and good and sexy brother to the killer….I wanted to get so much more about him….but instead there’s so little about him except that he’s the good guy who wants his brother’s wife!!!!!! I wanted more hotness, more sexiness but each scene between Rachel & Caleb just fell flat for me……because I had these thoughts in my head………”come on Rachel, wake up!!! Get real!!!”Thank heavens for her daughter Sophie, who was the one character I really liked and despite the initial dislike for Caleb & David’s (yes the said serial killer husband of Rachel) father, I kind of warmed up to him in the end…….at least he gave us readers a bit of a surprise……..you’re gonna have to read to the book to find out what it was!!!!!!!!!!!So, whilst not being an awful or horrible book, it’s certainly not one of this author’s amazing books….and I have to be honest and say that I didn’t exactly hate it……..I did learn a bit about the Northwest “liquid” sunshine!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Crista
    2019-05-14 22:56

    I am an Anne Stuart "groupie". I read a few of her earlier books...loved them....and went on to purchase her entire backlist. I've been slowly and surely been working my way through all her earlier books. When I saw that she just came out with Silver Falls, I decided to fast forward to her newest work of fiction. I should have stayed in the past!!!!!!! This just isn't that great of a book.....(shocking coming from a reviewer who at worst gives Stuart 4 star reviews). There is very little suspense, and David is just downright creepy. Rachel is a character I never connected to. She seemed a little "to stupid to live" and claimed to want what was best for her daughter while making all the wrong decisions. Her language is vulgar, and her "tough girl" act just didn't work for me at all. Caleb is another one of Stuart's bad boys, and I have to admit that I liked him...but I like all of Stuart's heroes. His arrival to the plot is this book's only redeeming quality, but I did question why he was into Rachel....was it because she was David's wife or in spite of the fact?... I just don't know. I'd skip this one....or check it out from the library if you must read it. Early Stuart books like Nightfall, Ritual Sins, and Lord of Danger made me a fan for life. Luckily Silver Falls wasn't my first Stuart book because I would've missed the brilliance of this author's breath of talent.

  • Shanon
    2019-05-12 17:02

    This book was ok. My biggest complaint is that I found the main character, Rachel, to be very weak. Through most of the book we follow her around listening to her miss the sunshine, try to conform to a controlling husband, and have EVERYONE tell her to keep an eye on her daughter and not trust ANYONE. Blah, blah, blah. The sex scene walked a fine line between reluctance and rape to begin with… I don’t know which partner in that scene pissed me off more; him for continuing to push sex on a woman that was saying “no” with every word that came out of her moth, or her for saying “no” while pulling him closer. Luckily, by the time the big event took place they were on the same page. I guess the verdict is – not rape – just a pushy man hooking up with a weak woman.Overall, I wasn’t very impressed and will not be seeking out other books by the author.

  • Christine
    2019-05-04 17:14

    This book was okay, but it was definitely not of the caliber of Anne Stuart's older titles. While there was the 'dark' hero, he wasn't as dark as others that Ms Stuart has written.Also, there wasn't the element of 'could it possibly have been the hero who did the bad deeds' to the story. At least there wasn't to me. There was just too much 'creepy' behavior from Richard and the father.The heroine, Rachel, kind of annoyed me. She made poor decisions in the name of 'doing the best thing for her daughter' and talked herself out of seeing the truth many times. I couldn't believe that, after realizing what was really happening, she turned around and 'believed' that it was the hero doing the murders.I didn't completely want to throw the book against the wall, but it is definitely not a keeper/re-read for me.

  • Darcy
    2019-04-25 21:06

    I was very disappointed by this book, this author can and has done so much better, this book was just dreadful. She exposed the bad guy right away and then pitted the brothers against each other with the wife in the middle. And the wife, Rachel, OMG, she is one of the worst, stupid, put your head in the sand heroines I have encountered! I wanted to reach in the book and thump her head like a melon hoping that would make her get a clue. The only somewhat interesting person in the book was the kid, Sophie, who unlike her mother did actually have a clue with what was going on. So why did I keep reading, I ask myself that now, knowing how much I love this authors other books I kept hoping that this one would get better, sadly it didn't. Take my advice, if you are a Anne Stuart fan skip this one!

  • Jenny
    2019-04-29 15:52

    The more of Anne Stuart's books that I read the more I realize I really only love her ICE series. The rest of her books are okay but there's just something about her ICE series that's better than her standalones. This particular book is more of a suspense than a romance. You know within the first couple of pages who the killer is. The main character doesn't until almost the end of the book. I guess I like my books to be romance with a splash of suspense not a suspense with a splash of romance.

  • Hilly
    2019-05-08 16:06

    Not for me.

  • Connie
    2019-05-08 19:18

    I kept thinking I had read this story before. The plot was familiar and I knew where it was headed.

  • Jaylea
    2019-05-13 17:57

    Felt like I was reading an idea for a book.Just not thought out as well as her others.Or maybe it was the hero.Yes, he was a tortured soul following in line with most of Ms.Stuarts other hero's, yet..I just was not feeling it.Not drawn to him irregardless of his failings.Ms.Stuart can usually make me fall in love with the man I hated at the beginning of each book.Not so here.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-25 21:07

    Sometimes I wish the time between receiving a book recommendation and actually reading the book wasn't so long. For the life of me, I can remember why I got Silver Falls, or more realistically who I have to blame for these last few hours of my life.Let me get the problem with the book out in the open, right away. The heroine is Too Stupid to Live. Fiesty, world-traveller Rachel Middleton has a brush with death when her daughter's best friend (of a few months) is murdered while they're living in San Francisco. So what does a concerned mother do, fall into the arms of a controlling man who can move them to a safe, small town in the Pacific Northwest, that has a college with classes that can finally challenge her mathematical genius daughter. After all she's only known him four months, marriage and adoption of her thirteen year old daughter sounds like a good idea.Are you kidding me. He prohibits meat, swearing, and make up. And our TSTL heroine falls into line - after all - it's all for her beloved daughter. And no spoilers here: she's married the killer she sought to leave behind. And the killer's next intended victim - dum, dum, dum - her daughter. Yada, yada - inappropriately falls in love with brother in law - because if four months seemed like a rushed courtship, then two weeks is even better. Finds out husband is killer, everyone waltzes off into the sunset . . . or rather specific to the rainy, dreary, Pacific Northwest - waltzes off into the sunlight.I like a good hunt for a killer, and a good romance. This book is another genre crosser that doesn't work in either genre. I'd definitely skip it.

  • Nina
    2019-05-12 23:56

    I knew her the killer was before the first chapter had finished just by the prologue alone and this kind of disappointed me. I like to be held in suspense, but this held nothing of that for me. The husband's control issues are made obvious in the first chapter, his not wanting to clean his car. Hell, the fact it's mentioned the kiler is married in the prologue followed by the first chapter gave it completely away.Major disappointment in that aspect. The rest of the novel was okay if you take away the fact the plot pretty much was given away straight away and was the whole husband is a serial killer, girl is absolutely clueless and marries the killer of her daughter's friend and then falls for his brother. And of course, husband - serial killer married her because he wants her daughter and she's to be his next victim. Ane Stuart is usually a good writer but this just did not work for her.

  • Angela Wade
    2019-05-08 20:11

    I am sad to say that while this book was an interesting concept, the final product fell maddeningly flat. The dialogue was stilted, the heroine was nearly TSTL and the romance went way too fast (there was a marriage proposal by the end of the book, even though the H/h hadn't known each other for more than a month...wasn't that naive spontaneity what got the h in trouble in the first place??). Oh, and I don't agree that the H is gamma. He reads more like a man who knew people were dying and didn't do a damn thing about it. His choice to seduce the h instead of just telling her what's what made him seem cowardly: definitely NOT the characteristic of a gamma.Anne Stuart is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I was surprised that this novel just didn't flow like her other efforts. Do not judge her by this effort alone - she usually does much, much better.

  • Gretta
    2019-04-23 19:08

    I wanted to jump in the book and shake Rachel most of the way through this book. But, then I continually questioned myself about David and his father because the author kept indicating them. I guess if I was questioning my instincts, I had no right to be so frustrated with Rachel flip flopping. Caleb was also suspect, but for some reason I just knew he was a good guy. The ending certainly kept me on the edge and I was extremely anxious to find out what was going to happen. I'll definitely read another of Anne Stuart's novels. I've read reviews that her "ice" books are the best.Thank you Mira!

  • Sadaf
    2019-05-11 20:50

    The whole idea of the book is that how even killers have families. This is perhaps the first romantic suspense novel I've read. But the serial killer family bit was done in Dexter,and much better, so I was disappointed at that front. but the book scores well on the building up of mystery and anticipation. the characters are detailed and diverse. However, there is no character development and the ending kind of disappoints because you don't expect such an easy one after the whole book talking about the difficulty of the situation. One time read.

  • Lyndsay
    2019-04-20 20:16

    It was ok.I like a good Suspenc. Normally a fan of Anne Stuart. However, she spent way too much time talking about the Protagonists misgivings. Her personality was a contradiction. Wanting whats best for her daughter, but getting married to the first man after the tragedy. Kind of feeds into the, need a man to be safe. Anyways. besides that. I thought Stuart did a good job of keeping our suspicion bouncing between brother and father.Recomend reading it when its raingin. Books are more enjoyable when you share weather conditions with the characters. :)

  • Kathy
    2019-05-06 20:03

    I was fortunate to win this book in a goodreads giveaway. I have to admit that it took me a while to get past the first chapter, but once I did I was hooked. Silver Falls is a thriller where the suspense comes not from figuring out who did it but from wondering how the bad guy is going to be stopped and just how far he's going to go. The book was engaging and I read most of it in one sitting. There are just enough twists and turns to make you wonder what's going to happen, right up until the very end.

  • Lana
    2019-05-18 21:11

    This was a rather uninteresting book. It was ok, something to kill few hours when you have nothing better to read. The heroine was seriously getting on my last nerve with her infinite stupidity, obliviousness and denial, hero was trying to be bad but not doing convincing job at it and villain was practically tepid.It had potential to be a really good thriller but it was poorly executed. The author seriously needs to decide whether she wants to be romance or suspense writer because she's not all that good at mixing the two genres.

  • RebeccaPorter
    2019-05-06 22:06

    I enjoyed this thoroughly. I was surprised to find out who the killer was so early in the book as usually these things are revealed in a big twist at the end, but really it didn't take anything away from the plot. Rachel didn't annoy me at all but I seem to be alone on that as I've read that she is generally rather unpopular. I thought David was very well rendered (and so easy to dislike!) and that Caleb, though a pretty typical bad boy character, was awesome too. I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would and will definitely re-read at some point. Great book!

  • Jenn
    2019-04-23 23:06

    This was a different type of book. Normally it would be a mystery where you try to figure out who the killer is, but with this book, the killer is revealed at the beginning. I found it sort of boring since we knew who the killer was and the only unknown part (which wasn't really unknown) was who was going to die. No one important died and everyone had a happy ending. It was very predictable which equals boring.

  • Maranda
    2019-05-04 16:10

    Maybe it's because I, too, am a red-headed photographer with a temper that really hooked my interest in the main character, but I don't think that's totally it. ;)The characters in this book are so odd and so interesting you almost want a longer more detailed look into their point of view. I guess I would have liked a little different of an ending, but over all I really enjoyed this book. I definitely recommend this one.

  • Jen
    2019-05-21 23:53

    I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure I was going to since you knew who the killer was by page 50 (not just thought you knew but knew for sure), but it still kept you on your toes. I really liked the characters, but I do have to admit Rachel got on my nerves. The one thing you have to keep in your mind about Rachel is the fact that everything that could point to her husband also pointed to Caleb. She really didn't know either of them that well, but Caleb seemed more likely to everyone.