Dark Rivers to Cross: A Novel (Hardcover)
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For fans of Hannah Mary McKinnon and Kimberley Belle, this emotionally charged thriller explores long-buried family secrets and the deadly reckoning that often follows their explosive reveal.
For two decades, Lena Blackwell has kept her sons at her side, teaching them everything she knows about running their successful river lodge in Northern Maine. But what she really wants is to keep her boys in the dark about their tragic past.
Her son Luke is right where he belongs, working at the family inn sheltered by acres of pine forest that stretch along the Penobscot River. So when his adopted brother, Jonah, threatens to upend their peaceful life by searching for his biological parents, Luke refuses to help.
Lena is determined to thwart Jonah’s search to uncover his own history. But the unexpected arrival of old friends at the inn for a weekend off the grid throws her plans into disarray. Little does she know, Jonah has already gleaned enough information to set in motion a deadly reckoning.
Luke may not want to know anything about his family, but he’s caught between the hard truths his brother is determined to expose and the devastating secret his mother is desperate to keep—at any cost.
Dark Rivers to Cross sensitively explores inherited trauma and the stories we tell the ones we love. It’s about what one mother is willing to sacrifice for her children.
About the Author
Lynne Reeves is an internationally recognized family counselor and novelist. Her short fiction, essays, and articles have appeared in Parents, Psychology Today, Solstice Literary Magazine, Chautauqua Journal, Craft Literary, Fiction Writers Review, Brain, Child and more. Lynne regularly appears as a media guest expert to discuss contemporary family life and preventive mental health.
Praise for Dark Rivers to Cross:
“Riveting . . . Recommended for those who enjoy a thriller which gradually ramps up the tension and sense of menace.”
—Mystery and Suspense Magazine
“[Lynne Reeves] is showing herself to be competently in control of domestic suspense.”
—The Cullman Times
“For [readers] who enjoy strong protagonists digging their way out of tough circumstances.”
“The main characters in Dark Rivers To Cross compel your interest and the setting is nicely realized.”
“A thriller that is easy to read and a story you will not want to put down.”
—Red Carpet Crash
“[A] beautifully crafted mystery.”
“Riveting, propulsive, and haunting, with bonus points for its wilderness setting, I loved Dark Rivers to Cross!”
—Karen Dionne, international bestselling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter
“An emotional and thrilling story about the ghosts that carry and bury trauma in our own lives, and the role this plays in the choices we make. Dark Rivers to Cross will keep you turning pages into the night."
—Catherine McKenzie, USA Today bestselling author of I’ll Never Tell
“A heart-in-your-throat page-turner that shines a compassionate light on the injustices surrounding domestic violence and the failures of our mental healthcare system."
—Julie Carrick Dalton, author of Waiting for the Night Song
Praise for The Dangers of An Ordinary Night:
“The shock of the opening gradually recedes into something else — a sensitive examination of a dysfunctional family and a full-of-secrets community that claims to be seeking the truth.”
—The New York Times
“Shatteringly original, intensely suspenseful, and written with a tender eloquence that will break your heart. The talented Lynne Reeves—a master of subtext—weaves her brilliant insight into a riveting story."
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life
“In her suspenseful new novel, The Dangers of an Ordinary Night, Lynne Reeves brilliantly demonstrates that, in the theater of life, it is so often the people we're closest to who are the most convincing actors of all."
—Elizabeth Brundage, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Vanishing Point
“Both tender and tense . . . Lynne Reeves writes a thriller like no other."
—Rene Denfeld, bestselling author of The Child Finder
“A riveting page turner that explores the many masks we wear."
—Erica Ferencik, author of The River at Night
"Lynne Reeves pulls at your heartstrings, and she leaves you at the edge of your seat, turning the pages."
—Elizabeth L. Silver, author of The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
“Peers beneath every parent's worst nightmare . . . Reeves’ uncommonly assured novel is by turns sensitive and scarifying.”
"A true nail-bitter."
—New York Journal of Books
“An extraordinary mystery.”