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River Whispers

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  157 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Covenant Communications (first published April 26th 2011)
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Kathi Oram Peterson

It’s a wonderful thing to find a book you can become so immersed in that laying it aside is a burden. Kathi Oram Peterson has written such a book. ”River Whispers” is one of my favorite reads this year, and if I could give Peterson a 4.5, I would. Let me tell you why.

The storyline is engaging, the list of suspects is endless, and Peterson's setting in small town Trailhead, Idaho’s Snake River country provides a complicated web of tangled lives and plot lines, b...more
This exciting novel mixes the mysticism of Indian lore with modern day mystery. In her River Whispers’ novel, Kathi has brought in a socially unaccepted woman who is strange and holds to the traditions learned as she lived among the American Indians. She also brings into the suspenseful plot, old loves of times past. Capturing an element of romance, intrigue, murder, mystery/suspense, and real life situations, Traci has developed a well-written, captivating clean, mystery/suspense novel.

The Tit...more
Linda Trionfo
I liked this book a lot and the characters were great,My first book by this author and I hope to read more. I liked the goofy small town people and the locals. The dialouge was believeable and smooth and the love story was realalistic. I gave it 4 stars because I really could not put it down, it was funny and the plot thickened at the right points in the book for me. However a few things were a little distracting. The religious aspect was a little off for me, could have been great with out it an...more
Elizabeth Mueller
Kathi's River Whispers had me turning its pages!

Regina Bernard struggles from the death of her husband and blames many of her problems on her old flame, Samuel Tanner. The sudden murder of Ranger Curtis Romney is pinned on poor Regina, and while she fights to clear her name, Samuel thinks of ways to rekindle their passion.

I enjoyed the intricate thought patterns as Regi reasoned how every person around her could've murdered the poor Ranger. Her stubbornness, I have to admit, made me want to beat...more
I enjoyed this book although it was kind of unbelievable, and the main character, a mother of grown children, acted like a teenager most of the time. Also, her sister's terrible secret about her husband turns out not to be so terrible.

Regi finds a body in the river, and she is the prime suspect since the knife he was stabbed with is found in her Jeep. So she tries to find the murderer on her own. At the same time, her old boyfriend, who deserted her many years ago, is still in love with her, but...more
Hilary Roberts
I don't think I've ever given a book one star before. I'll admit I read the first third waiting for the book to get captivating, but it never did. I completely skipped the middle third and very briefly skimmed the last third. I realized I would have been just fine not knowing "who did it." The problem with this book is that it is so predictable and set up. The characters are really annoying because their relationships with each other get really old -- I felt like I was reading the same thing ove...more
Andrea Smith
I love the flow of Kathi Oram Peterson's writing. It just seems smooth and flawless to me. I really liked the small town,cowboy and ranch setting with the river. I enjoyed the characters and thought that the author did a great job of throwing around blame. I suspected everyone in town. This was an LDS Romance/Suspense. I almost would have preferred it without the LDS part. Though,I did like the references to prayer during the climax of the story. It wasn't too preachy but the Epilouge felt like...more
Jill Kemerer
Ienjoyed reading River Whispers. Kathi has a knack for writing small town characters and gripping suspense. The heroine Regi has plenty of conflict in her life--including a dead body, an annoying, yet hunky, ex-boyfriend, a business to run, oh, and that pesky little problem of being a murder suspect. Her tenacity and faith work together to convince her to trust the ones who can help her. While Regi's faith rests on the Book of Mormon and mine rests on the Bible, I found the religious journey of...more

River Whispers is a novel very different from anything that Kathi Oram Peterson has ever written. She has written two young adult time travel books, The Forgotten Warrior and The Stone Traveler, and a best selling Christmas book, An Angel On Main Street. Now with River Whispers, she has written her first romantic suspense.

To read more about this book and my full review, please go to my blog where you can also enter to win some fun prizes. You can only do this May 23-27th 2011. http://whynotbeca...more
Tamera Westhoff
I liked it! It wasn't a favorite, but it was a great read! I love how Regi (Regina) has a temper, yet everyone knows she would never hurt anyone. There were a ton of people who were happy that Curtis died, so it wasn't much of a surprise that there were a lot of suspects! There was so many different people and situations in this book, that it wasn't easy to keep on the same track and it made it harder to guess at who did it! Great for the mystery, the little romance, and not preachy! It was clea...more
Regi, a widow with grown children, in my opinion, acts like a teenager most of the time in this book. While fishing she finds a dead body in the willows and runs through most of the town as suspects and takes off on tangents. She refuses to accept that some aren't likely just because she is carrying a chip against them. Romance, though I don't see why he keeps trying, rounds off the story. Wow, in reading this over it doesn't sound like I enjoyed it much. It was a little better than that but not...more
Charlene Raddon
That Kathi Oram Peterson knows her subject is evident in the details of her book River Whispers. She's familiar with the setting obviously knows fishing. I enjoyed this read very much. Kathi's words flow as smoothly as the river she writes about, making her story an easy and pleasant read. I loved the rural setting and the characters were great fun. Who couldn't love Wakanda? Or Regi, with her fiery temperament? Personally I can't wait to see what Peterson comes up with next.
The good: It was a nice clean read with a little romance. I was surprised by the "who done it".

The not so good: It was sooo repetitive (reminded me of another popular LDS writer that I have given up reading for that reason).

I guess if you are planning on just reading a few pages at a time over a month or two then repetition is good so you can recall the storyline, but for someone who likes to read through a book in a couple of days, it is REALLY annoying.
3.5 stars

This was an LDS suspense book with a bit of romance. Even though I didn't really connect with the main characters, I thought it was a good, fast paced read. I did like that the main characters were more my age (ahem). I mean, it's nice to read about new, young love. It really is. But I liked this more mature approach to love and life probably because that's where I am.
May 24, 2011 Shauna added it
I was excited to be able to review this book! I love the suspense and romance in it. I found it very touching and liked the characters. Regi's strong faith and trust in prayer was amazing! I really enjoyed reading this book. Thank you Kathi Oram Peterson for sharing your talented writing! Shauna from http://bookgiveaways.blogspot.com/
An intriguing mystery that I couldn't figure out "who-dun-it" until almost the very end. Author Kathi Oram Peterson does a great job at characterization and crafting a compelling read. I loved how she incorporated the setting into being an important part of developing the storyline: thus, the title, River Whispers.
I liked the tension between the two main characters. The author did a good job throwing blame at several people so I couldn't figure out the murderer. The romance part was a little too predictable. It would seem more natural without the religion added in. Still I liked the book and would recommend it.
Kari Garrett
I was home sick with a cold and read this book in one day. It has the feel of a great Perry Mason episode. It had lots of twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out, something else happened to change the outcome. It was a great book!
It's great to read a book--especially a mystery--that has a twist at the end of every chapter. The main character is quirky and strong and I cared about the romance (always important!). I know Kathi Peterson's working on a sequel and I'm excited to read it.
I really wanted to like this book, but I just didn't. There wasn't anything wrong with it, other than I disliked a couple of the characters I gather you were supposed to like, causing me to root for a more twisted ending.
This book has so many twist and turns you don't know "who did it" until the very end...
A small town with a mystery and the one being framed must help clear her name.
A little romance along the way makes it all the better.
Not bad for a first novel. It definitely kept my interest. I kept changing my mind throughout the book as to who "did it". Great if you enjoy murder mystery novels. :)
Really good story, I was shocked to find out who really was the killer. I think that I will enjoy reading more from this author.
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. Actually one of the better LDS fiction books I've read...not too much preaching and a good plot.
I loved that I did not solve this one as I was reading it! I would have given it four stars, but for the epilogue.
A suspense/murder mystery with choppy writing and plot. I didn't like the story right from the start.
This was an interesting book. You don't know who is the bad guy is until the end of the book.
Better than her other novels. Don't know who dunnit until the very end. Never suspected it.
Rebecca Dean
Good read, liked the development of the small town characters. Interesting plot.
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