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
When Jenna’s hostility and anger levelled b ...more
"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 ...more
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 a ...more
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.
In the wake of the car crash, the close-knit family is tested like never before. Jenna, Travis’s mother, blames ...more
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 ...more
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 Sis ...more
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 ri ...more
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 thre ...more
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 mothe ...more
Faultlines is an extraordinary novel that plays your heart stings like a fine violin. Barbara Taylor Sissel knows just what buttons to push to put you into the driver's seat of this story, from the viewpoint of every protagonist. You see how they see, feel what they feel, cry when they cry, connect ...more