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Salty Like Blood

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  107 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
David Conners, M.D., is on the fast track to creating a perfect life when his seven-year-old daughter disappears. David's all-consuming quest to find her -- dead or alive -- threatens to destroy everything he has left: his medical practice, his marriage, his integrity, and even his soul.

If Rachel is dead: Can a parent forgive someone who has done the unthinkable?

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ebook, 304 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Howard Books (first published 2009)
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Dr. David Conners has a good life -- a successful medical practice, a stable marriage (although it has had its ups and downs in the past) and a young daughter. But when he travels to the coastal town of Tippins (off the Chesapeake in Virginia) to assist his ailing father, his life comes to a halt when his 7-year-old daughter Rachel disappears. His wife and the local police believe Rachel was swept away by the Chesapeake tide, but David is unwilling to believe that. He becomes obses
Carla Stewart
Jun 20, 2009 Carla Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the back cover: When does a parent’s love for a child who’s missing cross the line into obsession?

When the daughter of David and Joanne Conners disappears from her grandfather’s waterfront property on the Chesapeake Bay, panic and shock turn quickly to grief and despair. David is convinced his child didn’t drown, but his wife, Joanne, refuses to hold on to false hope. Their search for closure leads them down different paths, threatens their already strained marriage, and brings them both to
Annie Fyfe
I was a little confused by this book. I really enjoyed the whole book as I was reading it and I wanted to know what happened at the end, but when I got there I was confused and disappointed. With the way the book ended (trying not to give away spoilers) it should've resolved itself better or ended another way. It was just very frustrating to me not to know what happened and to have everything just be ok. Also there were way too many story lines going on, you really didn't need the whole thing wi ...more
Oct 04, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Salty like blood is not your typical suspense novel. It's a story written with deep insight into the human soul and is one of the most emotionally moving suspense stories I've ever read. There is such a deep point of view and gut-wrenching honesty throughout the pages that it's totally engrossing.

While I identified most with the main character, the husband, I found it easy to slip into other characters' points of view when needed. I appreciate that ease of transition in a novel. I also apprecia
Sep 26, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read many of Harry Kraus's books over the years; he is a local doctor who has become a popular writer. His books usually deal with some part of medicine, whether research, abortion, gene manipulation, Huntington's disease, etc. I would say this book was a bit different than others; the main character, David, is a doctor, but that is not the focus. David's daughter disappears and with that, David's marriage becomes rocky, he loses his job, etc. The book is interesting because some of the sec ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tackles the horrifying prospect of losing a child and the uncertainty that comes with a disappearance. David and Joanne’s marriage was in trouble and it was shown, warts and all. It shows happens when two partners need to grieve or fight in two different ways.

There were so many storylines that it was almost too much. Losing a parent, losing a child, racial prejudice, small town expectations, betraying a friend, and social pressures are just some of the main themes. The multiple storyl
Nov 01, 2009 Becca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I received this book at the end of March and put off reading it for reasons unknown except that it just wasn't calling me. The cover wasn't inviting and neither was the title. Once I picked it up though and got into it I read it quite quickly. It was a nicely written suspense story with characters I liked and ones that I hated. The book did have a little bit of what I call "fluff" though..paragraphs that didn't contribute to the story, but just seemed to draw it out. I did do some skimming in th ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, exciting, page many surprises, but also left with a few frustrating questions at the end. Overall a very good book and would recommend.
I won this book from Librarything, and very much enjoyed it. I have never read any of Harry Kraus' books before, but look forward to reading them in the future.
I loved that the ending was unexpected and surprising. The book had a nice cast of characters and a beautiful setting. I loved that is not a preachy Christian fiction book, but a regular people struggling with their faith throughout the circumstances.
Howard Books
From the best-selling author of the Claire McCall novels comes a page-turner of a story about loss, hope, and forgiveness. After the horrific abduction of his young daughter, Dr. David Conner struggles to keep his marriage, and his faith, intact.
Julie Reveles (ILST BLOG)
was really good.. kind of like the shack but I liked this one better...
Mar 24, 2009 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would love to give this 4.5 stars but that's not an option.
Valerie Teeling
great mystery with a surprise ending and a faith lesson
Aug 04, 2009 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book. A little predictable, but decent.
Sep 11, 2009 Elaine marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Harry Kraus, M.D. is a board-certified surgeon, medical missionary to East Africa, and accomplished writer of both non-fiction and fiction. Medical realism and gripping plotlines distinguish his writing, as he gets most of his ideas with a scalpel in hand. Dr. Kraus resides in Virginia with his wife Kris and the youngest of his three sons.
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