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Virtue Falls (Virtue Falls #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,044 ratings  ·  240 reviews
Twenty-three years ago, Misty Banner was brutally slashed to death in her home in Virtue Falls, Washington. Her husband was convicted of the murder. Their four year old daughter Elizabeth witnessed the crime, but has no memory of the killing. Now, two decades later, Elizabeth is back in Virtue Falls. She soon discovers her father is innocent. The real killer is still out t ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published September 1st 2014)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4.5 stars!!


I’m a big fan of this author’s historical romances so I thought to try out one of her contemporary works, especially since this one was a romantic suspense/mystery and I’m a huge sucker for those. Aside from her writing style, I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this book in particular, but let me just say that you won’t be worrying about your expectations once you start reading – the story will grab your attention from the start and though there may be a few times where there are t
Whew. I'm not sure how this book ended up in my pile from the library, but I read it to the end, mainly from a growing sense of "is this book really this bad? surely this is just a bad section!". I like mysteries and somehow missed the fact that this is a mercifully hitherto unknown to me genre of "romance mystery". Painfully awful book. The lead female character alternates between speaking like Spock (to show that she's a "logical scientist") and a sex kitten (if her *man* is around/she's ready ...more
My first Christina Dodd novel and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it! It was a little bit slow getting started but picked up quickly! Good mystery that really kept you guessing until the very end! Looking forward to the next in the series!
Judy Collins
A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Christina Dodd’s VIRTUE FALLS (Virtue Falls #1), is a powerful new series which will blow you away! WOW factor, with a capital W! If you are a fan of suspense, mystery, drama, crime thrillers, and romance – all rolled into one, you will be guaranteed an engaging and satisfying ride!

Prior to reading the ARC, I read the novella, THE LISTENER (0.5 Falls Series) July, 2014, a prequel to VIRTUE FALLS
Emily March

Disclaimer: Christina Dodd and I are in a plot group together, so I knew what was going to happen before I sat down to read VIRTUE FALLS. Nevertheless, she drew me in from page one with a deliciously creepy serial killer and a pair of thrill-ride natural disasters. Great characterization--I want to be Margaret when I grow up--and simply wonderful chemistry between the hero and heroine. As someone who reads across genres, I found the balance between mystery, suspense, and romance just right. In V
Teresa Silva
I won this Advanced Readers' Edition in a Goodreads giveaway. It was the first novel written by Christina Dodd that I've read, & I absolutely LOVED it & am now a fan. As soon as I picked it up to start reading it I could not put it down. It is definitely THAT good & a MUST READ. I loved everything about this novel, the details about the scenery & what is taking place in that scene of the novel. I loved the romance between Elizabeth & Garik, the characters & their stories, ...more
Andrea Corley
I did read the Novella, The Listener, prior to reading Virtue Falls and must admit that it was a great little teaser to get you started and interested in Virtue Falls (stay tuned for a review of The Listener). I do have to admit that the length of this book is what kept me from jumping right to it, as I can get pre-book jitters, especially if it's a long title!

I felt that there were great, solid characters in this book, but I did feel like the story was a little more drawn out than it had to be.
This is Christina Dodd's fiftieth novel and my first look at her writing.

There is a lot to like in this novel. Geologist Elizabeth Banner is back in Virtue Falls, her hometown and the site of her mother Misty's murder. She was the girl who witnessed her father kill her mother with a pair of scissors, or so the legend goes.

We are introduced to a town full of characters who have known Elizabeth since she was young and all have opinions about the young geologist. One of my problems with this novel
This book is sooo similar to River's End in the terms of the plot, that I was put off by it, simply because I kinda new what was going to happen.
Anyway, I didn't really enjoy it - the characters are flat and they do not inspire any kind of emotion. The mystery is not really original and it tends to get predictable.
The main female character is described as a scientist, but the author keeps emphasizing her "curves" and "sex appeal" so much that it becomes uncomfortable.
I'm also not a fan of roma
Darcy Soard
Won this book as an advance copy. It is a longer than normal book but worth reading. It started out a little slow for me but once I became absorbed in the characters I had a very hard time putting it down. Virtue Falls is one of those places where I think anyone could picture themselves has the same issues as any small town in America. It is a great return to non-paranormal romance with well written dialogue between characters and just enough suspense thrown in. Christina Dodd has me ...more
Jane Stewart
A good story. I enjoyed it all the way through. Good character development.

It reminded me of a Sandra Brown romantic suspense but with better romance. And the ending was good.

BUT I had a problem with three instances of stupidity. I was willing to go with it, but I was shaking my head. This might have been 5 stars without the stupidity - see Spoilers below.

CAUTION SPOILERS - Stupidity: (view spoiler)
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I loved this book for the chemistry and obvious love between Elizabeth and Garik. Garik is eminently lickable. The mystery wasn't quite as well plotted, but it was still good. I liked the small-town atmosphere of Virtue Falls.

Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine in the September 2014.
I love Christina Dodd. Her writing is gripping and takes you on an amazing journey. Virtue Falls is her newest book and it had me hooked from page one, a thrilling ride of murder, mystery and love. I had been waiting for this book and it didn't disappoint. I couldn't put it down until I finished and now I'm longing for the next Virtue Falls story to see where Ms. Dodd will take us. In this first book, we're introduced to the town of Virtue Falls through the eyes of Elizabeth, who supposedly saw ...more
Ginny Stokes-young
I'd heard great things about this book and I was fortunate to be able to get it quickly through my library system. It starts somewhat slowly with us learning bits about the characters, then BANG, the small tourist town of Virtue Falls is hit by an 8.2 earthquake! The pivotal characters include a man convicted of murdering his wife, her ghost, a sheriff everyone agrees is"strange", waitresses, nurses, an elderly resort owner, Coast Guard members and geologists...oh and a serial killer. Can Elisab ...more
Elizabeth is a geologist following in her father's footsteps and now helping on a project that he started many years before. 23 years prior to when Elizabeth decided to move back to Virtue Falls and work on her father's project, her father was convicted of killing her mother with scissors. Her father is now battling Alzheimer's and making Elizabeth wonder if what he says is true or not. Shortly after the start of the book, the town of Virtue Falls is hit with a massive earthquake and a tsunami f ...more
Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd should appeal to mystery fans, as well as fans of small town fiction. I was engaged right from chapter one, which gives you chills. We're introduced to a serial killer, who goes as far as killing children. The serial killer seems to be connected to a horrible crime decades earlier in Virtue Falls, Washington. We then visit Virtue Falls, and Elizabeth whose mother was beaten and slashed with scissors by her father who was put away in prison for the crime and now suf ...more
Pj Ausdenmore
She's the woman who, as a young girl, watched her father kill her mother with a pair of scissors. He's a man who has never come to terms with his tortured childhood. They used to be married, are now divorced and probably still love each other.

Elizabeth Banner, a brilliant geologist, has come back to Virtue Falls for the first time since her mother's murder 23 years earlier to continue her father's study of the geologically rich coastal area of Washington and to confront the man who brutally murd
Virtue Falls was a very enjoyable romantic suspense. I loved the main characters, Elizabeth and Garik, who were formerly married to one another. They both carried a great deal of baggage, but were very likable. Elizabeth's career as a geologist was a great aspect to the story, and I loved her intelligence. Garik was a very protective FBI agent who harbored a great deal of guilt over the incident that left his career in tatters.

The story had some great supporting characters, namely Garik's foster
Rhonda Jones
Intense, Fast Paced, Well Written

Wow. I was shocked from the beginning to the end. I could not put the book down. Evil happens to good people. And good people do things they will regret their entire lives. That is all I am going to say about the plot. Absolutely a great book.
Gerry Bartlett
Ignore the insipid title. This is a good mystery by the ever entertaining Christina Dodd. A little girl witnesses her mother's murder but doesn't remember it and her father is convicted of the grisly murder. Now, 23 years later, the girl is a woman and returns to the town of Virtue Falls an accomplished geologist. When an earthquake shakes the town and a tsunami follows, the town is cut off from the rest of the state. A body is found and there are clues that hint that the woman's father might no ...more
My first Christina Dodd, I'm adding her to my favs list! Complex plot with deep characters and constant tension/anticipation.
Sep 23, 2014 Linda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
I received a copy for review from the author.
There’s a serial killer in town. The book starts out with a murder then goes into the story of the main character, Elizabeth Banner and her ex-husband, Garik Jacobsen. Elizabeth is a smart woman who became a geologist like her father, who had been convicted of murdering his wife when Elizabeth was a small child. He has been released from prison to a nursing home in their hometown of Virtue Falls. Elizabeth moves back to Virtue Falls to see her father
Nicki Noo
I received an ARC, which was such a lovely opportunity since I'm in Australia. I have finished and now can go to work on time! It was fantastic. I love how Dodd has the ability to write different genres of fiction but still maintain her style. It's kind of like varying shades of the same colour. She writes heroes so well. Garik is human. A man who has his frustrations and demons but one in whose core is integrity. Elizabeth's character is fascinating. She is a patchwork of different personality ...more
Sep 10, 2014 SandraE rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Virtual Falls is a fast paced suspense that will keep you guessing until the end. The book follows Elizabeth Banner as she tries to solve the mystery of her mother’s death with the help of her ex-husband Garik Jacobsen. There are a lot of great supporting characters that help make Virtue Falls an interesting town as well as laying the ground work for more books in the series. By the time you get done with this book you will be looking forward to the next one. You will spend a great deal of your ...more
Betty Spates
Liked it a lot but it was a long book.
solid suspense
Janet Robel
Fantastic and compelling! Once I started reading, I could not put this book down. I love how the story is solid and richly detailed without being over done. The characters and their backgrounds are vividly written. In the beginning, I wasn't sure if I was going to like Garik but he redeems himself quite nicely. This was by far, one of the best suspense books I've read so far this year with an ending I did not see coming. Lately, I've been in a slump where some books have not held my interest. So ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Gina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Gina by: Marilyn Michalski
This one hit all of my sweet spots: great dynamic characters, science (especially geology!!), a great mystery, and inspiring events that really make the characters seem REAL. The character development is really not a surprise. Christina Dodd always creates characters that are a little battered and bruised, like real people are. She then proceeds to put them through crazy situations, often dangerous ones, that make them all the more appealing. Most times, the characters at the end of the book are ...more

I love Christina Dodd stories. I read her Romantic Suspense,Paranormal and now Suspence.

Virtue Falls is a small town full of great characters. And mystery...

Elizabeth has had quite the life. Her dad is in prison for killing her mom. She's super smart but not good with people. Elizabeth is really into science, earthquakes, rocks, etc.

Then there's Garik!! He's yummy!! Elizabeth was married to him. He's got his own troubles! But he's still in love with her.

Virtue Falls has a large earthquake a
Sep 30, 2014 Anita rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sandra Brown Fans
I loved Christina Dodd's Fortune Hunter series. I'm not a fan of the paranormal stuff. I love Virtue Falls, it is a real good romantic suspense. My kind of book. It is right up there with the best of Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts. Sweet romance and a suspense that keeps you off balance right to the end.

Elizabeth Banner, a very analytical geologist, has returned to Virtue Falls to work on a geology project started by her father 26 years ago. She has also returned to being the object of the town'
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Christina's 2015 List of Stories:
Christina's 2015 List of Stories:
-- Out now! A PIRATE'S WIFE FOR ME: A new, full-length, Governess Brides historical
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-- Out now! VIRTUE FALLS in paperback and eBook
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“All I wanted was a man who could love and who loved me, who I could share my secrets with and know his.” 4 likes
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