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Bleeding Through: A Rachel Goddard Mystery (Rachel Goddard Mystery #5)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  149 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
When veterinarian Rachel Goddard and Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger take teenagers on an outing to clean up roadside trash in rural Mason County, Virginia, they make a grisly discovery: the plastic-wrapped body of a young woman. One teen peers at the face through the plastic and screams. The dead girl is her sister, Shelley, a law student who has been missing for a month. As T ...more
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Published September 4th 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published September 1st 2012)
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Debbie Oxier
Aug 09, 2015 Debbie Oxier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read of the authors but it won't be the last. However, it was the fifth book in the series, unbeknownst to me, so now I am going back to the beginning to read the rest.

I really liked the characters. Rachel Goddard, we learn, is a veterinarian, currently involved with Sheriff's Deputy, Tom Bridger. She just recently moved in with him. While the two of them are out with a group of teenagers picking up trash along a roadside, they stumble upon the body of a young woman
Carl Brookins
Dec 11, 2012 Carl Brookins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

One of the advantages as well as one of the difficulties of writing a series character is the judicious use of background information in succeeding novels. An author knows that a new reader may come to her series after one or more unread books have established a main character or even an important minor character. In the present case, the reader is presented with a deeply troubled pair of sisters. Their previous troubles have considerable influence on the events related in “Bleeding Through,” so
Carla Patterson
(If you have already read my review of Book 2, Disturbing the Dead, please skip to paragraph I listen to a lot of audiobooks after having had a neck injury which makes reading a regular book painful - before that, I roamed libraries far and near for new books to read. Now, I end up browsing the online offerings at all of the SF Bay Area libraries to see if I can find something I haven't read yet and might enjoy. It's can be a daunting task since my tastes don't fit what's popular a lot of the ti ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Marcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was definately a great read. I started on page 40 last night and literally couldn't put it down. It had everything a great mystery has.I can see why it won the Agatha Christie award. It actually had me checking to make sure my door was locked at 2am:) I would highly recommend it. There are four other books in the Rachel Goddard series, I can't wait to read the next one.
Kait Carson
Mar 14, 2015 Kait Carson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The arc of this series just keeps getting better and better. The book begins with the discovery of a local girl who was last seen in Fairfax. Rachel, Tom and a group of high school students doing roadway litter clean up discover the body under a mattress. It is immediately evident who the body belongs to. A young woman who has been involved in the innocence project. Her client, a local boy sentenced to life in prison for the beating death of another man. That's all I'm going to say about the plo ...more
Brad Larsen
Every mystery requires some suspension of disbelief. This one is equal parts preposterous and ridiculous.
Oct 29, 2012 Toby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Starr Gardinier
A teenager’s body is found in Mason County, Virginia and Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger is called in on the case. To his dismay, he discovers that it is a local teen that has been missing for the last month. Unfortunately, a group of teens are cleaning up the trash along the highway and are the ones who discover the body. One of the girls screams, realizing it’s her missing sister.

In the meantime, Rachel Goddard, a local veterinarian and special friend of Tom’s, has a surprise visit from her sister,
Feb 18, 2013 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rachel and Deputy Chief Tom Bridger are living together and life has settled down into a satisfying routine, Rachel's sister, Michelle, fears she is being stalked. Michelle hopes that her stay with Rachel and Tom will discourage the stalker. This is the first time that Michelle has visited and Rachel is on edge about the visit and Michelle meeting Tom. Rachel and Michelle also have past issues that they have never satisfactorily worked out. Michellel's visit gives the two sisters the perfect opp ...more
Gloria Feit
Sep 18, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This suspense-filled novel is built around characters you care about, especially its protagonist, Dr. Rachel Goddard, veterinarian extraordinaire. The book opens when Rachel and her significant other, Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger, working with a group of teens cleaning up roadside trash in a rural area in southwestern Virginia, discover the body of Shelley Beecher. The girl, a 22-year-old first-year law student, had been missing for a month, having disappeared after leaving her volunteer job at an
May 17, 2012 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored Sandra Parshall's first novel The Heat of the Moon, but I could not imagine how she could possibly maintain this kind of intensity in a series. She has, and she has done a suberb job with all her subsequent novels featuring veterinarian Rachel Goddard and Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger. Bleeding Through, the fifth in the series, reflects back to the action of that first novel more than in the intermediate books. Rachel's sister, Michelle, may have a stalker. Even Michelle's husba ...more
I stayed up far too late finishing this book! It's the fifth in a series featuring veterinarian Rachel Goddard and Sheriff's Deputy Tom Bridger. It might be best to begin with The Heat of the Moon, the first in the series; Bleeding Through wraps up some previous storylines, and it would be a shame to spoil the suspense in the earlier books by having read this one first. In Rachel and Tom, Sandra Parshall has created a sleuthing pair, each with his/her own difficult history, whose relationship is ...more
May 29, 2014 Eileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Sandra Parshall has managed to produce an incredible mystery brimming with psychological suspense, compelling characters, and unique local color. The Rachel Goddard series is one of the best contemporary mystery series around. Star with Heat of the Moon and read them all!
Ada Iaboni
A good continuation of the Rachel Goddard Mystery series.
These books are fast moving, easy to fallow and fun to read.
Another cousin of the Hitchcock's film: Strangers on a Train, with some variations.
Fun to read.
Georgiana Huizenga
Didn't like this one quite as much as her other books, but for the most part, it was a good read. It resolves some of the issues that Rachel has had with her sister Michelle, so that was a good thing.
I just love this series! In this installment, we have a chance to really get to know Rachel's baby sister, Michelle. I almost hate to read the next book in the series since I have no idea when or if another one will be published.
Andy Plonka
Feb 06, 2016 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: src
A convoluted ending and not much to do with the main protagonist's profession, but a plausible plot .
Had it from the library and was not making enough progress on it, will edit to want to read list again, and start from the beginning of series if I can.
Magic Mary Austin
Feb 16, 2013 Magic Mary Austin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author got me to care about veterinarian Rachel Goddard right off the bat, and expertly wove in details from preceeding novels in this series so that I could enjoy this one, which was my first. Despite the fact that I now know the conclusion of her lifelong mystery I am going to go back and read the earlier novels because the author is that good.
Oct 30, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book moved quickly, but didn't really pull me in. The characters seemed two dimensional. I had a tough time believing that law enforcement can't trace a cell phone call if the caller had "blocked" the number. It was such a big part of the story, my doubt made the plot less believable.
Apr 13, 2013 Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the end of the library mp3, but not excited by the characters or the ending. Since it's described as a series, you know the central character will survive her "perils of pauline" ending, which was implausible.
Nov 08, 2012 Marca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really, really annoying main characters. They argued about everything. Very strident and big on drama – acted and sounded like children. Got to the point where I no longer cared.
Feb 16, 2013 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This is a fine example of this genre. I will look for earlier books in this series. Wonder how seemingly mild-mannered authors think up these blood-curdling plots and details.
Sarah Seeberg
Enjoyed the book and got the ending I wanted. Would be great in the next book if there was a murder/corpse at say the engagement party and got adventurous from there.
Leslie Angel
Oct 15, 2012 Leslie Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like her characters, and this one ties up some ends from the first book. Hope she can go on to more mystery, less sister.
Debbie Stephens
Mar 26, 2014 Debbie Stephens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Found Sandra Parshall book by accident and have now read everyone. Enjoy the characters and storylines. Great read.
Theresa Garrido
Jun 03, 2013 Theresa Garrido rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another mystery with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. And, another sleepless night!!
Amy Dawson
So-so. I finished it but didn't think it was particularly well written or well plotted.
Marylee Raymond
interesting read, but I'm still glad it was a library book...
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Sandra Parshall is the author of the Rachel Goddard Mysteries: The Heat of the Moon, which won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2006; Disturbing the Dead; Broken Places; Under the Dog Star; and Bleeding Through (Sept 2012). A former reporter on newspapers in her home state of South Carolina as well as West Virginia and Baltimore, MD, she now lives in the Washington, DC, area with her journ ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Rachel Goddard Mystery (6 books)
  • The Heat of the Moon (Rachel Goddard Mystery #1)
  • Disturbing the Dead (Rachel Goddard Mystery, #2)
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