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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Seven years ago Kort Eriksen went to prison for killing his girlfriend Desiree. Now he’s back in Riddle and some people think he got off easy. Others, including long time friend Norma, think he was railroaded because he’s the only Native American in town. Grace Donahue is running away from her past. Trapped in Riddle until her car is repaired she develops a friendship with ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published June 20th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing (first published June 18th 2015)
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Mark Fine
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
They say judge a book by its cover. No kidding! The sumptuously designed cover for “Riddle” sucked me right in. And boy, this romantic thriller did not disappoint. In fact it had me truly committed to carve out time in my busy days in order to read it.

From the first page I found myself channeling “The Master of Suspense” himself, Sir Alfred Hitchcock. I’m convinced he would have reveled in the psychological twist and turns, portrayed by the gifted Elizabeth Horton-Newton, in her small town of R
Anita Kovacevic
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
Ah, the secrets that lie beneath the surface...

Four things drew me to this book - the fabulous title, recommendations from some friends, an amazing cover, and the teaser chapter posted on the website. It was intriguing, and the author's style seemed so easy to read through and visualize, carrying hints of picturesque bitterness and ominous gloom which confirmed Riddle was not your typical romance, but much more. If you take the time to read the foreword, which I do, out of respect for any author
Ted Tayler
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Dictionary - a riddle is - a puzzle to be solved. 'Riddle' is a very apt title!"

I have often wondered what America was like far away from the big cities. There have been several films and many books that portray small-town America as somewhere that Trip Advisor might describe as 'best avoided'. Riddle is a small town. Everyone knows everyone else's business. There are some good folk; folk that are as honest as the day is long, they would give you the shirt off their back.Then there are others w
Jackie Parry
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating, Thrilling, Intoxicating

Well, I could certainly drink up Kort, and Grace is so appealing too. With these two characters and other enigmatic players, Riddle will pick you up and carry you along a road of deceit, lies, cheating, love and passion – tinged with hate.... and confusion.... this has you guessing until the very end. At one point I thought they all did it!

With firm subplots that don’t meander or confuse, a small American town with all its compromises and real life drama unfol
Marcia Martins
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like romantic thriller and I got hooked from the beginning. Kort, a Native American, served seven years in prison. Out on parole, Kort went back to his home town, Riddle. As the story goes, a question hang on the air, is he innocent as he claims or had him killed his high school girlfriend? People are hostile to him, except a few friends from high school. Grace Donahue is running from her past, and is forced to stop for a while in Riddle when her car broke. Grace and Kort meet at Ollie's dinne ...more
Wendi Wilson
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riddle is a fast-paced story full of twists and turns. The characters were well developed and believable. The suspense was intense and the mystery twisted and turned. You think you know what's going on, then it twists again. I loved Kort and Grace and thouroughly enjoyed their blossoming relationship.

I gave this book four stars instead of five due to it needing some serious editing. There were quite a few punctuation errors (missing commas, periods and spaces, formatting issues, etc), but these
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 5-star
A well-written book, with an intriguing storyline and a great cast of fleshed-out characters.
The book has believable romance and unpredictable mystery.
A true riddle with many twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.
Kerry Reis
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-version
After over seven years in prison for a manslaughter conviction in the death of his high school girlfriend, Kort has just been paroled back to his hometown of Riddle. Despite his adamant protestation of innocence, Kort feels that his being a Native American child raised by white parents was an underlying prejudice that the town, police, and jury against him, but upon his return to the town, he discovers that a small group of town residents who believe he was innocent, including a high school frie ...more
Carole Parkes
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging with the characters from the very first page, I couldn’t wait to read more and see how this story developed. ‘Riddle’ didn’t disappoint. In fact, in some ways it exceeded my expectations. The characters are realistically portrayed and believable, so much so I became quite attached to them. Also, the locations were sufficiently described for me to be there with them as the story is acted out. Just as all good books should do, it kept me interested right until the end even though I’d gues ...more
Jessica Wren-Wilson
If you interview every inmate in any given prison, I would estimate that nine out of ten would tell you they were innocent, they were framed, that evidence was planted, that the defense lawyer was incompetent, and on and on. While no one believes that this many people are wrongfully convicted, it does occasionally happen. In Riddle by Elizabeth N. Newton, Kort, a twenty-ish man of Native American origin, is returning to his home town of Riddle (in an unnamed state but hinted to be Nebraska) afte ...more
Cori F
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story!

I couldn't put this book down. It left me in suspense until the very end. Great characters. Very well written.
Michelle Medhat
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An intense, thrilling ride of passion, prejudice, obsession and revenge.
Riddle is an incredible book and one that should not be missed. When I started reading, it seemed like a superb dramatic romance. But the more I was swallowed into the story, the more I was aware of an undercurrent of something else. Written with sweet charm, Riddle is a story that appears to be a chocolate pudding, but dig deeper and the maggots start to crawl out. Think David Lynch and then some. Mrs Newton has created a l
Claire Stibbe
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kort Eriksen returns home having served seven years of a twelve year sentence. It’s been a long stretch inside and now he’s back in Riddle, soaking up the sights, remembering how it was. This time, he’s vulnerable, the object of everyone’s scrutiny ‒ his mother, the girls across the street, Butch. The only person pleased to see him is Jack of the Sky Harbor Diner.

Horton-Newton’s writing is crisp, grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let up. With the plot picking up speed and the suspense f
Anita Kovacevic
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
Ah, the secrets that lie beneath...

Four things drew me to this book - the fabulous title, recommendations from some friends, an amazing cover, and the teaser chapter posted on the website. It was intriguing, and the author's style seemed so easy to read through and visualize, carrying hints of picturesque bitterness and ominous gloom which confirmed Riddle was not your typical romance, but much more. If you take the time to read the foreword, which I do, out of respect for any author, you will b
Ann Fields
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I’ve read by Newton and like the first (View from the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale), it did not disappoint. Riddle is the story of Kort, an outcast even among outcasts and Grace, a young lady running from a hurt-filled past. A chance meeting at a small town diner kicks off the fireworks of this story. The couple moves tenuously toward a friendship, then onto a romantic relationship as the plot thickens around who killed Kort’s high school sweetheart and who is now trying t ...more
Sanna Hines
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First-rate Storytelling

My only complaint with Riddle is that it kept me up until 2 a.m. Thought I’d just dip into the first few pages to get the flavor of the story, but I was hooked. I HAD to know what would happen to Native American Kort Ericksen in the all-White town of Riddle when the convicted murderer returned from prison.

Kort’s homecoming is chilly. His adoptive mother treats him like a boarder. Only high school friends Norma, who wrote to him while he was “inside”; Chad, now owner of th
Gloria Antypowich
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
An entertaining read!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was hooked by the summary—Kort Eriksem, a young Native American man who had been adopted by white parents returning to the small town, where he had been raised, after spending seven years in prison for murdering his girlfriend. A small town where everyone knew (or thought they knew) what everyone else was doing—old hatreds, mistrust, those who supported him or always suspected that he was innocent but hadn’t had the guts to say so, and a mot
Karen Mossman
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
This was a very engrossing story with a bit of everything in it. The mystery of who killed Desiree, if it wasn't our hero Kort, who was it? Why were people quick to accept that he was the killer? And why those who had doubts hadn't spoken they spoken out? Norma was there to welcome Kort home, but did she have an agenda? Why was the Police Chief, Butch, also Desiree's boyfriend, following Kort? There are so many questions at the start of this book and that's what keeps the reader going.

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Glen Barrera
A love story within the mystery of Riddle.

The title first caught my interest, and the rest fell into place. I really liked this book. The relationship between Kort and Grace was realistic and fit perfectly with his past as a convicted killer, and her running from her past. With nowhere else to go after his release from prison, Kort returns to his hometown of Riddle, where he meets Grace, in town only because her car had broken down and is not repairable for a few days. Both are strangers in the
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Horton-Newton does it again!

I haven't been much for romantic novels and wasn’t sure I’d enjoy “Riddle” by Elizabeth Horton-Newton, but I really liked her book “View from the Sixth Floor” and wanted to check her new book "Riddle" out. After I started to read, it didn’t take me long to become intrigued by and involved with the main characters Kort and Grace. And soon enough, the suspense of the story gripped and held me all the way till the satisfying end. It seems I’m a fan of romantic
Lavern Winters
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story. A good mystery/thriller romance. A young man released from prison on parole, a young woman from out of town both stuck in a small town. Mysterious events begin to occur as these two strangers become friends and a romantic relationship develops between them. With a town full of suspicious residents, some who hold grudges makes life difficult for the couple. The plot development was great and most of the characters were developed well enough to be believable. The main charact ...more
Teresa Derrick
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous mystery and suspense

An injustice done to a Native American , going back to just after his birth, may never be set right. Or could they ? Kort served seven years for the murder of a teenage girl whom he had been linked romantically to, but he also being a teenager at the time had been the only suspect and was different from the rest of the town. When he gets patrolled he comes back to the only home he has known, back to the same prejudices and hatred towards him. He meets Grace who is do
Mistral Dawn
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Riddle is a story based in a small town and the author does an excellent job of adjusting her characters to this setting without making them stereotypical. Although there are difficult subjects such as racism that are dealt with throughout the book, this is overall not a book that is meant to deal with those topics and that are woven into the background more than the forefront of the story. This is most certainly a mystery with some romance and a few adult scenes and the twists the story takes a ...more
Latoya Wilson
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twists and turns galore!!!

Newton has done it again with the twists and turns until I had to read to the very last page of this whodunit. Riddle is a horrible place to live for an outsider that was forced to live there and never knew that he was being forced. Then he's punished for being an outsider in the most horrible way possible. I was little sad when the book ended, but at least Kort and Grace found each other in this hateful town, so the ending is alright in my book. What's next, Author Eli
Paula Baker
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took my breath away!

riddle is a true mystery set in a quaint little town. The minute Grace's car breaks down, things begin to happen. By the last few chapters, I found myself holdings breath, praying the good guys would come through! Great book and highly entertaining.
Sheri Reynolds
Lots of editing issues

The story is played out well and I enjoyed it I didn't enjoy all the missing/duplicated/mispelled words. It messes up the flow of the read. One part has them coming out of the hotel but she's not staying there, had already moved.
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Elizabeth Horton-Newton has been called the Seductress of Suspense because she draws readers into her stories, builds the suspense, and just when the solution seems to be obvious, she pulls the rabbit out of the hat and reveals a dark truth. Her lifelong interest in the Kennedy assassination conspiracy resulted in her first novel, "View From the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale". With the release of he ...more
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