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River's Edge

(Cape Refuge #3)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  4,941 ratings  ·  171 reviews
The man Lisa Jackson loved most may have betrayed her. Another used deception to manipulate her. But did one of them kill her? Ben Jackson is sure to defeat Jonathan Cleary in Cape Refuge’s mayoral race, until his wife turns up missing the day before a major debate. Suspecting foul play, Police Chief Cade launches an island-wide search. But it takes a psychic’s “vision” to ...more
Paperback, 361 pages
Published August 29th 2004 by Zondervan
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Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an intense story, with lots of twists and turns! Can't wait to read the finale! ...more
Personally I wish Ms. Blackstock had placed the Afterword before chapter one. It gave great insights into Ms. Blackstock's motivation for writing, and the reader can see where she was going with regard to her faith as she wrote. I found it not only enlightening but encouraging.


Two characters face years of infertility. Their husbands are both vying for mayor of a small town on an island outside Savannah. But that doesn't stop them from being friends and being a support system for the other
Wendy Sparkes
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
#3 Cape Refuge

A series I recommend reading in order, as a lot of the background of this story happens in #1 and #2.

I'm really enjoying this series! I loved being back in Cape Refuge and meeting back up with familiar characters, and getting to know some new ones.

I felt the subject of infertility was handled very sensitively, portraying well the feelings of those who go through this.

The subject of physics and what the Bible has to say about them, and how they can affect us was also dealt with well
Another great installment in the Cape Refuge series. It requires some suspension of belief for the capabilities of a small-town police department, but I bumped it up to four stars because I came to care so deeply about these characters.
Janet Robel
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The third book in this series is just as thrilling as the others. I love these characters and can't get enough of them. The books should be read in order so you don't miss any of the ongoing story. ...more
Randy Tramp
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ben Johnson's wife is missing. A psychic's vision leads police to her body. A national media circus plays out.

What a story. It's great on many levels as a lot happens within the pages of River's Edge. I read Book one and two a few years ago and remembered why I liked this series so much. The characters are memorable and likable.

The plot kept me turning the pages, wanting to find out, "who did it." Great book.

One part of the book spoke to me. I had to be strong with someone I love and who had bee
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is book 3 of the Cape Refuge series. As usual I was kept in suspense throughout the whole story not even realizing who the killer was until the last chapter. Blackstock gives a testimony at the end of the book on her style of writing. No matter how much she mentions her writing, she always gives praise to the Bible and mentions how her books could not even approach the glory of the Bible. She praises the Word of God. Every story I read from her, I can see the providence and sovereignty of G ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots going on in this book.. media is a big topic.. infertility and dishonest doctors..
prisoner rehabilitation.. politics.
The author’s afterword was a highlight for me.
Jul 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Terri Blackstock writes another murder mystery with a Christian perspective. She feels that her books are her ministry. Sometimes when I read this type of book, I find the author very preachy, but she strikes a nice balance between an interesting story and sharing her beliefs.

This story is the third book in the Cape Refuge series. This fictitious island off Georgia's coast has seen a surge of murders recently. Police Chief Cade is now on the hot seat as the mayor's race heats up. Two of the cand
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Once again, Terri Blackstock has created an intricate mystery with several sub-plots weaving their way through the main mystery. She included several sub-plots involving themes you don't often see in Christian fiction: infertility, psychics (palm-reading), and halfway houses. This is the third book in the Cape Refuge series and I have enjoyed them all. ...more
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The further I get into this series, the better it gets! I thought it was a mistake for the author to repeat the plot point of putting the wrong person in jail and just leaving them there for most of the book, like she did in the first book. Both times it just made Cade look inept. However, other than that I really enjoyed this book! Not predictable at all.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
This third book is a bit over the top. This series is set in a small town supposedly. Too much happens in this small town for it to feel even remotely real. I will not read the last book in this series.
Kayla Neal
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read!
Love love love this series! great book!
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable!
Hallie Szott
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-review
This review is also posted on Book by Book.

River’s Edge is the third book in Terri Blackstock’s Cape Refuge series. Starting this novel, I was a tad bit nervous, since I haven’t yet read the previous two books in the series (Cape Refuge and Southern Storm) and therefore was unfamiliar with the recurring characters. But as I read, I felt Blackstock gave me enough information to understand her characters and their recent history (without giving any spoiling details) and I quickly connected with th
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
I have read all the books in this series thus far and I'm such a fan of Terri Blackstock. I do think that her more recent books are my favorite and a bit more suspenseful but this is still a great series. That being said this book is centered around infertility in every way. It was interesting to read about and get into the emotions of the characters. The murder is to a woman named Lisa who has been trying for years to have a child. Add some politics, shady business owners, and media and you hav ...more
Parker Lynn
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alright, I'm a little biased because I absolutely LOVE Terri Blackstock. She's so good at plot twists and the spiritual aspect of people. I loved the twists in this book. First Blackstock has you believing one person did, then the other, then your certain this one person did it, then the final twist. This is a must read for suspense and romance considering everything that happens with Blair and Cade ;)
In the end its a lovely reminder of the importance of family and the sacrifice needed to make i
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense/Mystery lovers
Wow. this was one fast paced read with lots of twists and turns. The ending/revealing of the murderer was totally unexpected.

I enjoyed following the lives of Morgan, Jonathan, Blair and Cade and to see how their characters developed through struggles and set backs.

Another great read from Terri Blackstock.
Mar 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Another decent read on the Cape Refuge Series. It was a bit predictable but still had me surprised by "who done it"! The relationship between Cade and Blair is getting a bit tedious. I hope now that they've declared their love they can get on with life! ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This the third book in the cape refuge series. It is a christian based murder mystery. I found I could not put it down. I am on the last book in this series and its only been four days. Well worth reading if you like a little mystery!
Rachel Penny
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Cape Refuge: 4 stars
Southern Storm: 5 stars

I’ll write more of my thoughts later!
Barbara Schultz
This is #3 in the “Cape Refuge Series”. I am reading them in order and love the main characters. Enjoy getting to know & love them more in each novel. They are memorable and likeable ~ well most of them. The main character certainly are folks I would want to know for real!

I love author Terri Blackstock ~ this is novel #9 for me.
Ms. Blackstock is a Christian Mystery writer. She started out as a romance writer but didn’t like the direction that profession was leading. She was able to get back he
Danielle Turko
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cape Refuge has been without a mayor ever since the previous mayor was arrested nearly a year ago and it's finally time to elect a new one. The race is tight between Ben, Sam, and Jonathan but without the same budget as Ben and Sam Jonathan is starting to fall behind. When Ben's wife Lisa disappears without a trace, the town is divided into thinking something awful has happened or it's all just a ploy for more votes. When her body is discovered, Ben is the lead suspect as the husband usually is, ...more
Danielle  Emily
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reread, sept-tbr
3.25 Stars
This book is the story the infestation of the murder of Lisa Jackson , the wife of Ben Jackson. As he first two nooks in this series there are multiple subplots.. Blackstock is excellent at making every part "the important part".

The new characters in this book are well written and clear. I found Sadie's Mother to be very immature and unappreciative of the the second change she is given.

This one not all about the murder . There is at lest one more crime committed in the course of this
Erika Hayes
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great story. I had never read a Terri Blackstock book until March of this year. I have truly fallen in love with the characters and am pretty much devouring anything I can get my paws on. This was the third in the Cape Refuge series. My only regret is I don't think there are more! I truly have enjoyed reading the ongoing story. I can recommend if you are looking at this book be sure to have read the previous two it will be a bit confusing if you start here. Some book in series can stand ...more
Geneva Carney
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Its hard to give a review. I had enjoyed the first 3 books and can't wait to dive right into the 4th. Each book has the little island of Cape Refuge on edge with another murder which the writer tends to begin the chapter with to get you hooked. Chief Cade has his work cut out with not only the citizens but how quickly news spread throughout the small town. Hanover House's owners Jonathan and Morgan is busy with their tenants, most excons and the election for new Mayor of which Jonathan is a cand ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
So far the best of the series - I like the pace & flow of it better than the other two. This small town has a exorbitant amount of murders & bad characters in it, the 3rd murder mystery of the series & a 4th still to be read. The mom coming out of jail was very childish, more like a rebellious teenager, but not as flaky in some ways as her daughter was in book 2. The fertility doctor is definitely scary in his own way - what a nightmare for those poor couples! Morgan & her husband's issues are v ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another one of Terri Blackstock’s great reads.

With the mayoral race in as the background Ben Jackson is the top dog but this all changed when his wife goes missing. Did he have a motive for killing his wife? I love how Blair Owens the newspaper owner kept digging. I kept guessing but yes I was wrong again, and this is what I enjoy in a mystery especially one that keeps me guessing from page to page. I will now have to go back and read some of the other books in this series.
Carolyn Scheidies
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This further the stories of the characters of the Cape Refuge Series. Several threads run through this book and all combine to solve the murder that appears so baffling. The plot deals with Psychics in a Biblical manner, how they differ from God's prophets and how God views Psychics. This book also kept me turning pages and forgetting time. The wrap up was much more satisfying than for #2 in the series. ...more
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Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over seven million books sold worldwide.. She has had over thirty years of success as a novelist.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest

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