Crooked Lane Books | 7 September 2021 | 336 pgs
Source: Publisher via NetGalley 

Fourteen years ago, Bryn Collins moved to a quiet place far away from the city in Tennessee to escape and to heal her broken heart after learning that her fiance, Sawyer, had left her for her younger sister, Del. Surrounded by nature and living like a farmer, Bryn thought she's finally found peace and has gradually let go of the past until one day, 14-year-old Josh comes knocking at her door, claiming that he is her nephew and that his mother is missing. Sawyer had passed during a plane crash accident and Josh has no one to turn to, but his mother had left him a note about his aunt in case anything happens and so here he is. 

Bryn would be lying if she admit that she isn't bothered by Sawyer's and Del's betrayal. To this day, she still didn't understand why Sawyer would do such a thing to her. She has no qualms about Del's reckless behaviours though; after all she's always been living a wild and a carefree life. As Bryn wonders about her whereabouts, she is confronted by Carl and learns that Bryn had owed him some money. Carl has always been a hoodlum since they were teenagers; and he threatens Bryn that he wouldn't let things off easily if she couldn't bring Del to him within a week. Bryn and Josh then travel across the states till they stop at Colorado, where they finally find the shocking truth amid the annual Mountain Games competition. 

Over the Falls was a slow burn despite the theme surrounding whitewater rapids and kayaking but it was still an engaging read given the much focus on the characters developments and the interactions between Bryn and Josh. Del's disappearance is the mystery and also a drive to these two characters amid their issues and insecurities in general. Although the mystery intrigued me (and yes, there are some twists as well), I was most drawn towards the growing bond between Bryn and Josh as they race against time in finding Del and the real truth behind her disappearance. 

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12 Responses
  1. Melody, I haven't heard of this one but I'm curious. I went white water rafting once in northern Maine as part of a corporate team building getaway and loved it much more than I expected - chicken that I am LOL

  2. Lark Says:

    It's that relationship between Bryn and Josh that intrigues me and makes me want to read this one. Oh, and the setting, too. :)

  3. jenclair Says:

    Another new author to me--sounds good!

  4. Melody Says:

    Diane - I'd tried water rafting once in NZ. It was very fun though I was a bit scared, too. LOL. This book was readable IMO, though I wished the pace would be a bit faster.

  5. Melody Says:

    Lark - Definitely loved the setting here but it only begins nearing half of the book. And oh, the story features a bit on Bryn's dog, too. :)

  6. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - It wasn't what I expected but still a good read IMO.

  7. Iliana Says:

    I would imagine that the reconciliation with the past is probably one of the most interesting parts of this book aside from the mystery. Great cover but I think I'll stay on land :)

  8. Melody Says:

    Iliana - It sure is regarding the reconciliation part. Despite a slow burn in the beginning, I was glad I stick through it. :)

  9. I haven't heard of this one, but you have piqued my interest. The mystery sounds solid and I like that the characters and their relationships seem so well drawn. I will have to add this one to my wish list. Thank you for the great review, Melody!

  10. Susan Says:

    I hadn't heard of this one before, but it sounds like the type of story I like. I'll be taking a closer look at it for sure. Thanks for the heads-up!

  11. Melody Says:

    Wendy - Thanks, Wendy! I'll be curious of your thoughts if you do read it at some point.

  12. Melody Says:

    Susan - Hope you'll enjoy reading this book when you get to it, Susan.

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