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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,705 ratings  ·  409 reviews
It’s the phone call every parent dreads: in the middle of the night, Sandy Cline learns that her twenty-year-old son, Jordan, has been in a car accident. Her nephew, Travis, was also in the car, along with Travis’s girlfriend. All three are alive—but barely. The car was smashed against a tree along a remote and winding road, beautiful but deadly, in their rural Texas Hill ...more
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Published September 6th 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Mr. Humphrey took the kids out for a few hours so that I could have some time to relax; I couldn't settle with my other books so I picked this up expecting to skim a few pages and nap. No go on the nap; I legit couldn't put this book down, so much so that I finished reading this cover to cover in about 2 hours! It's early days, but it's nice to have a clear favorite book of the year that's stands out above the rest. I'm new to the author but decided to give this one a go after all the ...more
leslie hamod
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when I thought I had read her best, Barbara Sissel astounds me again! A call in the night, a teenage car accident, secrets, lies and relationships. She gives the reader an emotional ride so realistic and believable, the reader becomes part of the story. Her characters are so very human! There is something so humbling about her ability to give us real human emotions with undercurrents of secrets and deception. When a child is hurt, who is to blame? Can we place blame? This book was so ...more
Around 4am Sandy and Emmett Cline’s lives were shattered when they received a call to let them know their son Jordan, his cousin and best friend Travis, and Travis’ girlfriend Michelle had been in a serious car accident. The race to the hospital where they met up with Jenna, Sandy’s sister and mother of Travis was a long and grief-filled one. All three were severely injured and the two boys were airlifted to the larger trauma hospital a few hours away.

When Jenna’s hostility and anger levelled
Christine Zibas
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"Her mind circled the word trauma, keeping a distance from it. It might have been a snake, coiled and ready to strike."

Can there be anything worse than a phone call in the middle of the night about a loved one in a serious auto accident? In this case of Sandy Cline, it's her son, along with her nephew and another young female passenger, who have smashed into a tree along a rural Texas Hill Country road.

The accident is so serious that all three young people have to be transported by helicopter to
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
This was a sad and depressing read. And now I feel sad and depressed especially on this gloomy, rainy day. I need to find a fluffy funny read in my TBR pile! (Or take a nap!) 2.5 stars
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Lake Union and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Nice Cover!

Barbara Taylor Sissel delivers an emotional, gripping domestic suspense, FAULTLINES –how hidden fault lines and secrets threaten families.

From teens to parents—betrayal, guilt, trust, blame, forgiveness. A character-driven tale of how the secrets we hold closest, are the ones that can most tear us apart.

A heartfelt, moving and cautionary tale, of the lasting effects of grief and betrayal
Barbara White
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous story of suspense, family drama, and long-buried secrets. FAULTLINES opens with a horrific single car wreck that appears to be a tragic--but straight forward--case of underage drinking and speeding on a dangerous rural road. And yet nothing in this gripping novel is quite as it seems. As accusations of blame rip apart the families involved, Barbara Sissel masterfully unravels a shocking truth. Filled with twists I didn't see coming, this novel kept me flipping pages way past my ...more
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Faultlines was a decent book, a good read, a nice mystery story with all kinds of family issues woven into it. And I think that sums up my feelings on it: nice--not great, not bad, not outstanding, not horrible. To me, nothing stands out about it as far as the writing goes, or even the storyline. Even the character development wasn't what I would call deep. Still, it's a decent book if you have an afternoon to kill, just don't mistake this for literary fiction or a great mystery/thriller.

Faultlines focuses on a serious car accident involving young adults and the consequences of the incident.

This was a character led mystery that didn’t completely grip me, but I did find it quite enjoyable to listen to.

I borrowed this book in audiobook format through Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s the phone call every parent dreads: in the middle of the night, Sandy Cline learns that her twenty-year-old son, Jordan, has been in a car accident. Her nephew, Travis, was also in the car, along with Travis’s girlfriend. All three are alive—but barely. The car was smashed against a tree along a remote and winding road, beautiful but deadly, in their rural Texas Hill Country town.

In the wake of the car crash, the close-knit family is tested like never before. Jenna, Travis’s mother, blames
Karen McQuestion
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Barbara Taylor Sissel is one sneaky author. She creates a world where things look fairly straightforward, but be aware, reader, that this book is about far more than you'd think at first glance.

Personally, I tend to avoid books I think might be sad. The real world has enough dark shadows that I don't seek it in my fiction. So a book that starts with a tragic car accident wouldn't be something I'd normally seek out, which in this case, would have been a shame because that's just the jumping off
Laura Rash
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once again, Sissel turns out a story of complicated drama, family, secrets & love. Never a dull moment. At some pages I went back to be certain I actually read the words I did. That many subtle twists in the plot.
Renita D'Silva
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stark. Sad. Beautiful.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a Book Blogger at For the Southwest By the Southwest Book Corner. I read this book thru Kindle Unlimited.

This was the first book that I read of Barbara's and I have to say I enjoyed it very much.

It’s the phone call every parent dreads: in the middle of the night, Sandy Cline learns that her twenty-year-old son, Jordan, has been in a car accident. Her nephew, Travis, was also in the car, along with Travis’s girlfriend. All three are alive—but barely. The car was smashed against a tree along
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In FAULTLINES, Barbara Taylor Sissel brilliantly weaves a compelling, suspenseful, and emotional family drama around teenagers and drinking and the aftermath of a horrific car accident. Through a multitude of twists and turns, each character is faced with difficult decisions that fracture family bonds while wondering who they can trust, let alone whether or not they can recover from the tragedy. As the parent of a teenager, I immediately connected with the story and the characters, and was ...more
Colleen Thompson
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was completely sucked into Barbara Taylor Sissel's Faultlines, the story of a family ripped apart after a devastating accident involving three college students--two of them cousins as close as brothers.
Told with great skill and compassion, Faultlines had me feeling for so many of its flawed, but very human characters, each of them struggling toward the grace that can only come of forgiveness. My favorite of
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I do not understand how this book got so many good reviews. What am I missing?
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't really know why I didn't like this book but I didn't. I found myself skipping paragraphs to get to the point of the story.
At 20, Jordy Cline's life should be just beginning. Instead, it seems as if he's looking at a long period in jail and a lifetime of guilt. It all begins when his mother, Sandy, receives the call every mother dreads: there's been a car accident. Jordy and his cousin, Travis, were thrown from the vehicle, and their passenger, Michelle, is in a coma. Both boys are seriously injured and even worse, it looks like they were drinking. Local law enforcement seems to think Jordy was drinking and ...more
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Firstly I'd just like to say thank you to Barbara Taylor Sissel, Netgalley, and the publishers for allowing me to read this book ahead of publication, for review purposes.

As usual, no specific details will be given in the below review so it's quite safe to read.

For me, this book just didn't grab me. It's not that I didn't empathise with what the characters were going through or find a tangible connection with them. It's just that it didn't do "it" for me... Whatever "it" is.

The storyline was
Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
"I'm sorry." Jenna squeezed Sandy's hand, and she look over at her, seeing her through a prism of tears, the tine faultlines of their shared love and sorrow."

The one phone call every parent hopes they never get. It's 3am when the police notify Sandy and Emmet that their 20 year old son, Jordan, his cousin Travis, and his girlfriend, Michelle, have been in a horrible wreck.

Of course the questions begin. It's a small rural Texas town. Who is to blame and why? Alcohol, and or drugs? Will the
Susan Salter
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Barbara Taylor Sissel's books and followed her writing career for many years. I have to say each book she writes gets better and better. Faultlines is her best yet! The only reason it took me four days to read it was life got in my way. I truly wanted to just sit and turn the pages as fast as I could read. There were characters that I grew to care about, and would think about when I wasn't reading. There were cliff-hangers that I couldn't wait to find out what happened! There ...more
Linda Zagon
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Barbara Taylor Sissel's novel "Faultlines" is a suspenseful and intriquing read. The author writes about a current day topic that concerns all parents of teenagers and young adults: drinking and driving.(In my mind that could be drugs and driving or cell phone usage and driving) In addition, the worst case scenario plays out, a tragic accident. Who is reponsible, ,or guilty.? Family relationships, betrayal, secrets, manipulation, and circumstances weave together to make this a complex novel. I ...more
Mary (Marbear)
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read. Characters that will make you laugh and cry. They will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Kids that drink and drive. How one awful mistake can hurt so many people and tear families apart. Can there really be forgiveness? Read the book to find out.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, from-ku
Blood is not thicker than water, when the loss is too huge.

Sandy and Jenna are sisters and close. Until it happens. Their sons are involved in a car accident, drunk driving and a secret - one of them dies. A mother lost her only son and reveals her sisters biggest secret. Suddenly she’s on the brink of losing everything.

Jordy has a history of getting himself in trouble but small-town Detective Huckabee has given him an especially hard time lately. He also knows why, he just can’t tell his
Joni Rodgers
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Jodi Picoult
FAULTLINES takes on a scenario that feels familiar at first: three teenagers go out partying and end up in a driver's ed cautionary tale, their truck wrapped around a tree, their lives hanging by a thread. Heartbreak and legal hassles that ensue put a microscope on the tensions, secrets, and dormant issues that might haunt any family of overwhelmingly good people. What makes this book such a compelling read is the emotional wringer these people are put through. All the defense mechanisms fall ...more
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Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-own
This book was a bit of a let down. To start, the author introduced so many characters in the beginning that it became so confusing to keep track of who was who. The story is told from two points of view; Sandy and Libby. For the first half of the book I couldn't figure out the Libby story line and found it boring to say the least. It seemed completely unrelated to the rest of the story. Of course these two story lines do eventually come together, thankfully, and I did end up enjoying the end of ...more
I only had one major issue with the story, that was the fact that there were so many characters introduced that I had a hard time keeping them straight and realizing exactly where they fit in with Jordan's character. That being said, I did enjoy the story. I thought it moved at a fast pace and held my interest throughout. The mystery aspects were well done. I had some things figured out quickly, but others surprised me. I could sympathize with the characters and felt saddened that they were ...more
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Barbara Taylor Sissel writes issue oriented, upmarket women’s fiction that is threaded with elements of suspense and defined by its particular emphasis on how crime affects the family. She is the author of seven novels, THE TRUTH WE BURY (coming July 25, 2017) FAULTLINES, CROOKED LITTLE LIES, SAFE KEEPING, EVIDENCE 0F LIFE, THE NINTH STEP, THE VOLUNTEER, and THE LAST INNOCENT HOUR.

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