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Found, Near Water

(Christchurch Crime #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  932 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma to discover her daughter’s been missing for days. No one’s noticed, no one’s complained, no one’s searching. The victim support officer assigned to her case, Christine Emmett puts aside her own problems as she tries to guide Rena through the maelstrom of her daughter’s disappearance. A task made harder by an ex-husband desperate for contro ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published July 2nd 2014 by Katherine Hayton
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: crime-books-read
This book is one of those that I loved more and more as I kept reading. I admit at the start I was a touch unsure and was a bit confused by the many character introductions but I soon found my groove and the plot and pace of the book began to really take off.

Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma into a mother’s nightmare. Her daughter is missing – lost for four days – but no one has noticed; no one has complained; no one has been searching.

As the victim support officer assigned to her case, Christi
Linda Strong
When Rachel wakes up in the hospital four days after an auto accident, her first words are .. Where's Chloe, where's my daughter?

Christine is an ex-psychiatrist who now volunteers as a Victim's Advocate, working along side local law enforcement. She is called upon to speak to Rachel. Police have contacted her ex-husband, who makes no mention of a child. When they look at Rachel's residence, there are no obvious signs of a child living there. Throw in a history of depression, and the reader has t
*NetGalley book review*

The MC runs a support group for woman who have lost their child/ren. Very sorrowful and thought provoking book on the subject. It would have been a good read if not for the areas of lagging big time. Some scenes were drawn out too long. But all in all a good book.
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REVIEW: FOUND, NEAR WATER by Kathleen Hayton

This is only the second mystery author I've read who uses Christchurch as a setting (the first, Paul Cleve). FOUND, NEAR WATER was engrossing, but some threads (Christine's marriage, the losses suffered by her support group) were depressing, or sad. Certainly the revelations to come later in the story are gritty and horrifying. Yet Ms. Hayton weaves them generously into a tale I could not set aside. I would like to see this extend into a series.
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
This odd book. I’m still deciding what I think about it. Even though it is relatively short, it had so many twists and turns that I had trouble keeping up with everything. By the end, when all of the reveals were coming fast and furious, I had to stop a couple of time and page backwards to try to catch up with what was going on and keep the characters and their stories straight.

It is very intense and has some very graphic elements to it, enough to be very disturbing and possibly trigge
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I had the pleasure of receiving this book from the author for an honest review. I hadn't realized that I had already got this from Net Galley too. That means I can spread the news of this debut novel widely!

I am always apprehensive when reading and reviewing a debut novel. I know the author is sitting on the edge of his/her seat wondering how the book is going to be received by the reader.

I started to read it with an open mind. I liked the blurb and it didn't disappoint me one iota on the insid
eileen rideout
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very impressive

Unusual and enthralling. Superior plot and characterisations. Looking forward to reading subsequent novels in this series hoping the standard of writing is as enjoyable.
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her debut novel, Found, Near Water, author Katherine Hayton weaves a riveting and powerful crime thriller set in Christchurch, New Zealand, that follows the emotional stories of six women in a victim support group, who are connected through the shared bond of having gone through the tragedy of the disappearance or death of their daughters.

Christine Emmett is a former psychiatrist turned victim support counselor, who began a victim support group after the drowning death of her daughter. The su
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Found, Near Water by Katherine Hayton is a highly recommended, well-paced mystery/crime novel set in New Zealand.

As a former psychiatrist, Christine Emmett should be the best victim support counselor around, but as the leader and member of a support group for women who have lost daughters, she is dealing with past trauma of her own that is still playing havoc with her life. When DSS Erik Smith of the Christchurch Police Department contacts her to talk to Rena Sutherland as her victim support off
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I Recommend This Book





Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC of Found Near Water in return for an honest review. A harrowing tale of mothers affected by the death or disappearance of their children, this book focuses on members of a support group set up by Christine, who now works in Victim Support after she could no longer face her job as a psychiatrist. The book is interspersed with the stories of the women and what happened to them, it is in these stories that the strength of the book li
Ted Mcdonnell
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The title is the first thing about this book to catch the eye. The phrase that seems to be used by every psychic that offers to help to find a missing person (or body) sets the theme right from the start.

The victim support group where every member has a story to tell and the detective who seems unable to show empathy to anyone all revolve around the main character, who’s own story evolves as the plot progresses. There are twists and red herrings, I pride myself on being able to work out who’s l
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. I received it as part of a Goodreads giveaway and as I'm not familiar with many New Zealand authors, I was very happy to have the opportunity to read this novel.
I don't want to put in any spoilers, because this is really a worthwhile book and I'd hate to give too much away. While the subject matter can be sad it was a compelling read and a good mystery. The characters were believable and more importantly wanted to find out what happened next.
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma she insists that her daughter was also in the car, when they had an accident and caused her into a coma. Christine Emmett, a victim support officer is assigned to her case and she and the police try to unravel the truth.
But beneath this there is the stories of Christine's support group, what tragedies will they reveal.
Took a while to get into the story but it was worth it.
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An amazing story of six lives. A heartbreak story of six lives. Emotionally challenging. Katherine Hayton has a remarkable book that will take you through a the lives and journey of each story. You feel each and every one of their pain or their emotions. This is a great read.

*Received For An Honest Review*
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read without any lagging spots. The action definitely propelled you forward. I liked all the different stories of women, but I found them a little hard to keep track of. At first I was just reading them, but then as the stories were woven together, I had to go back and reread. It is set in New Zealand - need I say more! I will be looking for more from this author.
mrs nicola cuckow
Slow burner

This book quietly picked up pace and was amazing!. This was my first book by this author and I have to say I really enjoyed it! In fact I'm definitely going to buy another book because I can't wait to see what happens next in Christchurch!!
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Felt disjointed and hard to follow. Didn't hold my interest. It was difficult to follow to its conclusion. I would not recommend this one to friends.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can usually read anything but I stayed confused

Even now I'm unsure who stole the children and who was narrating the story & why! Truly don't waste your time.
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Overall, this was a rather twisted version of six degrees of separation theory but fell flat in a few places. The book focuses more on the mental state of the moms of the missing kids, and not on the horrors of the child abductions, and culprit. So it wasn't thriller paced, more hollow and going through the mindless nuances of life paced. There was very little time spent on culprit, or why the police never caught wind of his activities prior to the events in this book. Which was disappointing.

Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I definitely enjoyed how the stories of the different characters were woven together. I think this writer has great potential, but still needs more growth. I did however, recommend the book to my teenage girls. There's nothing too explicit or gruesome, but still a chilling tale. But I think that's what I was missing from the story. I wanted my senses to be awakened. I wanted to be able to visualize the crime scene, feel as though I can smell the stench of the rotting corpses or something. I know ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars: A few too many errors for a higher rating

I liked many things about this novel: the plot, the Christchurch setting, the strong main character, the cast of well-rounded secondary characters, and the author's general sensitivity to certain issues and their effects on the human psyche.

I did grind my teeth at the constant punctuation and usage errors: for example, missing or misplaced apostrophes and commas, "lay" for "laid," and "council" for "counsel," amid scores of others. To say nothi
Ana-Maria Bujor
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, crime
Whenever there are free crime or horror ebooks on Amazon, I get them all. Most of them are hilariously bad, some are some bad they're good, while some are infuriatingly bad. This one is actually quite good and does not offend the term "book". The story is interesting, the backstories of characters depressing (but in a realistic way), no one is stupid, people follow police procedure, the killer does not suddenly have superpowers, no stupid love stories. It's not a masterpiece, as few in this genr ...more
Joe Vitucci
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young child goes missing. Her parents have recently separated, but the mother says her husband is very supportive. The case doesn't go anywhere. They are interviewed, and the magazine article puts them in the public's eye again.
A support group in the area has women that also suffered losing a young child. One of the women is a victim's advocate, and she is supporting the young mother. A "psychic" makes contact with the mother, saying she knows where the body is,
Then all hell breaks loose.

Quentin Feduchin
I found this a complicated story. Some things happened without apparent reason, as in the epilogue: why?
I found disjointedness happening in many places, as the story seemed suddenly to take off with little preliminary explanation.
The whole thing is quite interesting and certainly represents unpleasant police searches and attempts to examine events. Without wanting to spoil the narrative, it has the confusion that one might expect in similar situations. The suffering and the general beastliness o
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an intriguing psychological thriller with some rather gruesome parts. Christine is an ex-psychiatrist who now volunteers as a victim's advocate. She is called in on a case in which a woman who was found in a car wreck claims that her 4 year old daughter had been with her and is now missing. The police are not sure, however, if that is true, since her ex-husband did not mention a daughter. Christine runs a little support group for women with missing children and the book examines their st ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Christine was hired by detectives to assist in an ongoing investigation of a missing child. As a psychiatrist, she was trained to handle such things. However, as the mother of a missing child, she was not. Her home life was certainly not ready either. Her husband now a raging alcoholic, with his license revoked before killing someone. She was in no mood to entertain a psychic who claimed to know where Rena’s daughter was located. Nor was she ready to accept the same psychic’s claim that her own ...more
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Will Decker
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was not a light read. Although it started off being a challenge with so many characters and so many interwoven sub-plots, the author does a smashing job pulling them all together with a flair for the dramatic. It's very cleanly edited and although there isn't much in the suspense department, there is no shortage of real-life horror that will keep you turning the pages while pulling the bed-sheets up tighter around you. My first by Hayton, but I'll be keeping my eyes open for more from this ...more
Bernadette Demone
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. I thought the plot was well developed through the book although at first it seemed just a lot of very sad people. It explored both the children and the mothers' explanations of what happened in their lives although the 'here and now' of the characters' lives was not neglected. I appreciated that the intensity of feeling changes over the years since the events that occurred to these people but still their lives are so terribly affected by what was a pivot point of t ...more
Dana Sullivan
It took me awhile to get into the writing style -- there were parts where I had to go back and re-read a chapter or remind myself of what had happened prior, or to assure myself I hadn't missed a section because of something that had happened that seemed significant only to be sort of dismissed in the next chapter ---

But even with that said, overall this was a good story packed with a lot of action in 200ish pages. And even with the the back and forth as described above, everything felt like it
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