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The Falls

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  357 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A New York Times Bestselling AuthorIt is the spectacular waterfall that first drew Claire and Keith away from their fast-paced, high-tech careers to pursue the dream of opening a bed-and-breakfast in the rustic lodge above Bloodroot River. But the dream becomes a nightmare when Keith's body is found snagged in the river rapids, his death ruled a suicide. Claire knows her h ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Mira Books (first published 2003)
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You know you’re in trouble when you come across a line like this in a book: “I have a feeling my survival training from years ago and my duty during Operation Desert Storm is going to come in real handy.’

Of course the joke’s on me. The revelation - spoken by hard-as-nails Sheriff Nick Braden doesn’t come until page 285 - but I knew the book was gonna be a stinker by page 10…yet I still kept reading.

Publishers Weekly loved The Falls and said Harper has a fantastic flair for creating and sustainin
I enjoyed the book as well. The chemistry between Claire and Nick was sizzling, but I could understand why nothing happened between them until the end. Remember, Claire just lost her husband (even if it wasn't much of a marriage at the end) and Nick, having previously reprimanded one of his deputies for getting involved with a suspect from a previous case, pretty much refused to put himself in the same position. I completely understood that, and I enjoyed how each were aware of the other but wou ...more
This was very different from other Karen Harper novels that I read which are usually set in an Amish Community. However, this novel was filled was mystery and suspense and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Keith and Claire Malvern have left their Seattle, Washington jobs to restore an old lodge in Portsfalls, Washington and turn it into a B & B.

Shortly after their restorations are complete, Claire's husband Keith is believed to have committed suicide by jumping off the old railway bridge. Clair
Katherine Krige
I was looking for a light read and this was the perfect fit. The action moved well and kept me reading. My only criticism is that I struggled to believe that a new widow would get involved in a new relationship so fast. To each their own though.
We need different categories for ranking. How does one rank a good genre piece against one of the classics? Each suffers by comparison.

Anyway, this is an engaging narrative within its particular genre (romantic suspense). Heroine (Claire) is not overly stupid but does get into trouble (no suspense without that) and the hero (Nick) cares for her but isn't all brawn and testicles (e.g. romance not just sex). The setting in the Pacific Northwest is nicely described with information about salmon run
I enjoyed this book and it kept me guessing until the end. I just finished another book by Karen Harper called "Deep Down" and oddly find the two books to be somewhat similar, though I did enjoy both. They both have a cop as the main love interest, a Native American character that is both suspicious and lives next door, something always happens in a place considered sacred by the Native Americans, the crimes take place in wooded areas with waterfalls and both are set in small towns with a store/ ...more
Sopivan hömppä. Lopussa ei meinannut malttaa lopettaa lukemista.
This book was not about romance as much as solving crime and learning how to move on. I thought it was very well done. I really liked the main characters; they were strong people who had been hurt, and were learning to live again. I really appreciated that the characters were able to develop their relationship in a mature, non-sexual manner.
Nov 13, 2008 Dawn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys romantic suspense.
Recommended to Dawn by: I read all of Karen Harper's books.
Good suspense novel. It took me some time to get into the story, but once I did I found it to be pretty good. Good mixture of romance & suspense. Kept me guessing & I never did guess who the killer was. This was my first book by this author, but I have since read many more from her. I really enjoy her books.
This one took me a little while to get into, but in the end I found it to be a rather enjoyable suspense novel; interesting characters, a typical good-guy-gets-girl romance undertone, and a fairly well-delivered whodunit. Overall, it was worth the reading time
2.5 stars. The premise of the story was good with the whole murder and mystery and so forth. I found the writing lacking. A lot of the dialogue was either pointless or made no sense at all and did not further the story. It was all very disjointed.
Stephanie Strausberger
This is my first book by this author. I am anxious to collect more of her books. The entire story kept you guessing, the plot a twist and turn of constant suspense. Thoroughly enjoyed this quick read.
The main charachter was a super-woman. There was nothing that could stop her: being tasered, plane crash, swimming in a cranberry bog. SO much was going on, I really didn't care who was after her.
I just reread this book and it was great the second time around too. I rarely read mysteries a second time since I know the story already, but this one was worth the read.
Marianne Jay
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I as really disappointed.

The book was, for lack of a better word, annoying.

I won't be reading this author again.
This was an okay book to read. I found it to be a little redundant, however, once I started it, I had to continue reading to see who the killer was.
First time I tried this author. Beautiful setting, nice pace and suspense. I enjoyed it and look forward to trying another book from her.
I love Karen Harper's books- another great read that kept you guessing to the end. Lots of suspense with just a touch of romance!
Mark Giordano
I couldn't warm up to the main character of this book and therefore I wasn't sympathetic to her situation.
Karen Harper writes mysterys that keep you reading all night.
En helt ok deckare. T o m några jättespännande scener...
Gripping! Why have I not heard more of her?
it was ok for me not anyting great
Liked this one alot. Suspense!
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A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scott ...more
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