She tried to forget the horrors of war–but her quiet hometown conceals a litany of new evils.
Sergeant Camille Waresch did everything she could to forget Iraq. She went home to Eastern Washington and got a quiet job. She connected with her daughter, Sophie, whom she had left as a baby. She got sober. But the ghosts of her past were never far behind.
While conducting a routine property tax inspection on an isolated ranch, Camille discovers a teenager’s tortured corpse hanging in a dilapidated outbuilding. In a flash, her combat-related PTSD resurges–and in her dreams, the hanging boy merges with a young soldier whose eerily similar death still haunts her. The case hits home when Sophie reveals that the victim was her ex-boyfriend–and as Camille investigates, she uncovers a tangled trail that leads to his jealous younger brother and her own daughter, wild, defiant, and ensnared.
The closer Camille gets to the truth, the closer she is driven to the edge. Her home is broken into. Her truck is blown up. Evidence and witnesses she remembers clearly are erased. And when Sophie disappears, Camille’s hunt for justice becomes a hunt for her child. At a remote compound where the terrifying truth is finally revealed, Camille has one last chance to save her daughter–and redeem her own shattered soul.
Praise for Little Falls:
"The tight, well-constructed plot complements the searing portrait of Camille as she deals with the guilt she feels over her daughter and her general rage at the world."
—Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review
"Little Falls snaps with suspense from beginning to end. With skilled execution of setting and plot, Elizabeth Lewes shuttles the reader between continents on a thrilling journey that reveals haunting secrets. I couldn't put this book down!"
—Margaret Mizushima, author of the award-winning Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries, including Hanging Falls
“A dark, dangerous read populated by distinct, well-drawn characters. The tormented heroine is a woman on the edge and fascinating in her unpredictability. You’re rooting for her, afraid for her, but never fully confident that she won’t succumb to her multiple demons. There is a desperate sense of urgency right up until the very end.”
—P. J. Tracy, New York Times bestselling author of the Monkeewrench series
This novel was a little dark for me. The heroine, Camille is a troubled woman and inadequate mother to her young teen. She certainly suffers from PTSD and that is portrayed well. She makes many wrong decisions and says things she shouldn't up to the very end. That just did not sit well with me. I like characters who, though deeply flawed, try to be the best they can be. I did not see much of a character transformation here.
I liked the location in my native Washington State. I do wish Lewes had described the area a bit more. The Okanogan has a beauty all its own and descriptions of the farm lands and hills would have added to the uniqueness of the setting.
Though the plot is quite character focused, there is a great deal of action in the novel. I appreciate Camille pursuing the safety of her daughter and getting into all kinds of dangerous situations doing so. I did find the flashbacks to her military experiences a bit confusing, just as they were to Camille.
This novel travels through the darker side of a drug cartel. It is for readers who like a deeply flawed heroine obsessed with finding out who murdered a young man in a manner eerily similar to a death she had seen on her military tour.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Mystery, Rural Noir
Published by: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: August 11th 2020
Number of Pages: 311
ISBN: 1643855069 (ISBN13: 9781643855066)
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Elizabeth Lewes is a veteran of the United States Navy who served during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. An analyst and linguist by training, she now practices law in Seattle. Little Falls is her debut novel.
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