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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  403 ratings  ·  152 reviews
“An intense and engaging portrait of characters driven by—and bound by—the secrets of their pasts . . . an absorbing mystery as well as a gracefully layered story of death and loss in a small town.” —Allen Eskens, USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury and The Shadows We Hide

When Transom Shultz goes missing shortly after returning to his sleepy hometown of Fallen
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Amberjack Publishing
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
”You really never know people, not fully. People are strange. They hold onto things, they have secrets. And trust me we do things we didn’t think we were capable of, good and bad. All of us. People can commit all sorts of atrocities, even normal people, good people. Think of wars. How else could such barbarities occur, if the deep capacity to do evil didn’t exist in every one of us?”


There are all kinds of different secrets. Some of them are merely embarrassing; some of them are compromis
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
5 stars!

I loved every single page of this gritty, backroads story!

Red is the sheriff in Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania. He and his secretary, Leigh, are the only employees of the small town law enforcement office. Red is ready for retirement, his resignation letter typed and waiting to be handed in, when he receives notice that Transom Schultz is missing. Transom is the son of a powerful family that has long ruled the town and also the person who Red reluctantly helped cover up a crime seventee
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The older I get, the more I appreciate main characters that are also of a certain age. Red, the sheriff of Fallen Mountains, is all ready to hand in his retirement letter. And when Transom Schultz goes missing, he wishes he had already done it. Especially since in his early days as sheriff, Red covered up a crime Transom committed.

Transom had left Fallen Mountains years ago. He returns and starts buying up farms and leasing the mineral rights to gas companies. In addition to the ill will genera
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Atmospheric, riveting and intensely entertaining!

I was immediately intrigued by the mystery of FALLEN MOUNTAINS and found the setting to be immensely appealing. I am a total sucker when it comes to dark and gritty tales set in a small rural town. They are by far one of my favorite types of reads and add in great writing, a suspenseful mystery full of secrets and a missing person - well then I am one happy and contented reader!

FALLEN MOUNTAINS by KIMI CUNNINGHAM GRANT is a compelling, dark, grit
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Fallen Mountain is a gripping, gritty, yet simple story that explores the haunting secrets hidden in a small town. The story starts off a bit slow as we get to know our characters allowing us to connect to these flawed interesting and real like characters with some darkness to them.

Kimi Cunningham Grant does a great job creating a realistic down to earth feel through her descriptive atmospheric writing and we could feel the emotional connection the characters had to each other and their surroun
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recently I have started enjoying books set in provincial towns, where everybody knows each other and where the present dynamic is driven by the past events.
The Before and After chapters give insight into the lives of people who had dealings with a man that disappears. As the story progesses, Transom Schultz turns out to be a character that cannot be called likeable, and no wonder there is a suspicion of murder lingering over Fallen Mountains.
Fallen Mountains, a rural town in Pennsylvania, with a
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Secrets and mysteries in a small town. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Wow, Fallen Mountains blew me away! If you are looking for standout in literary suspense, Fallen Mountains is IT.

Transom Schultz is missing. He has just returned to his home town of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania, a quiet, atmospheric place, when he disappears. And Transom has some giant secrets.

Red is the sheriff in Fallen Mountains, and he has his share of secrets, too. He’s worried Transom’s disappearance is related to a crime he committ
Simply put, this book has no flaws in it!

It is a mystery set in the small rural town of Fallen Mountains. A young man, Transom Shultz returns to his home town after years of staying away but soon disappears. At first, no one considers this to be out of the norm since he has done this many times before; that is until his fiance tells the town sheriff Red that she is sure that something is amiss since he was finally ready to settle down for good. As an investigation goes underway, not only Transom
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A character driven novel about a man who goes missing in the small rural town of Fallen Mountains.

The descriptive writing brought both the characters and the setting of the rural community to life. The chapters alternate from Before to After the crime and paint a behind the scenes peek at what went on in the town prior to Transom Schultz going missing. Again.

What was supposed to be an easy transition into retirement and Red’s last day on the job as Fallen Mountain Sheriff, has turned ou
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story!
Red, Sheriff of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania is ready to retire, has his resignation letter in hand, when news comes that a local young man is missing.
Red has been sheriff here for many years in this small rural town and in his early days he covered up a crime this missing man committed.
Red must put off retirement now to get to the bottom of what has happened and the book goes back and forth between BEFORE and AFTER the occurrence in alternating chapters.
This is a
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
First thing that needs to be said is that I absolutely despised Transom Shultz. Unfortunately, I loved just about every other character in this story. This filled me with an awful dread. I did not want anyone to be caught for "doing Transom in." Sometimes a person just needs a good old fashioned killing....I'd have happily helped this man on his way. I could go on and on about all these people, and their decisions that kept me groaning at their stupid decisions, but I won't. The sheriff? Argh! P ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania is a small town holding secrets and regrets, memories and things best forgotten. It is made up of family histories and friendships false and true. It’s a small town like any other, and when one of its members goes missing, questions and suspicions are laid bare like the neighboring forests that are being systematically mowed down by outsiders.

Possum, Transom, Chase and sheriff Red all have their family histories and secrets, some of them overlapping. When Transom
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fallen Mountains is the powerful, poignant debut novel of award-winning writer Kimi Cunningham Grant, and although it doesn't quite fit my usual go-to genres, I was mesmerised from the first few lines. It's a novel all about how the secrets of ones past have the capability of reemerging to impact your future regardless of how deeply you believe you've hidden them. The reason why so many of us are drawn to books in which secrets and lies form a substantial part of the plot is because we all have ...more
Susan's Reviews
Transom reaped what he surely sowed!

Transom Shultz was a charming bully who couldn't see beyond his own selfish needs and desires. He justified his many betrayals by assuring his unwitting victims that the end result - financial prosperity - was worth the carnage his tactics left in their wake.

Chase Hardy had trusted his childhood friend - and foolishly believed that Transom loved the Hardy family farm as much as Chase did. He agreed to sell Transom the failing farm, naively believing that Trans
Janet Newport
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Amberjack Publishing for this arc.

A very compelling and atmospheric read for me. Great characters, fully developed, some likeable some not so much, but all of them wholly human and understandable. The story starts off with loss and grief and all the repercussions thereof but morphs into a human study of people just trying to cope the best they can in a world they don't fully understand. It bobbles into three different time periods with the characters' histories and the de
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

4.5 Stars

In the small town of Fallen Mountains, everyone knows their neighbor and most disturbances are of the minor infraction. However, when Transom Shultz is reported missing only after having recently returned to his hometown all doesn’t seem as it appears. As such, motives are questioned and secrets threaten to expose many. As Sheriff John “Red” Redifer leads the investigation, he hopes the past will remain silent.

“And here in Fallen Mountains, you don’t really get to unhitch yourself f
Genre: Murder Mystery
Type: Standalone
POV: Third Person

Fallen Mountains was a sleepy backwater town with just over nine hundred populations. After being the town’s sheriff for years, John (Red) Redifer was ready to hang his badge. But when town royalty Transom Shultz was reported missing, skeletons from the past threatened to emerge. Burdened by his conscience, Red must now solve the case before he’s buried by guilt.

I’ve always love books with small town setting due to the different ambi
Lindsey Gandhi
Secrets on top of secrets with a side of secrets sprinkled with secrets and a big heaping scoop of secrets for dessert!!

"The past is never dead. It's not even past."

That quote from the book is so true. It could even be the subtitle to this book. (Read the book and you'll understand why.) This riveting mystery just sucks you in and I loved every minute of it!!! The characters come to life right off the page and are so well developed they add such depth to the plotline. While reading this book I
4,5 stars

What an impressive debut!

I'm a sucker for mystery novels set in a small town with its own hidden secrets, a story line full of unexpected twists and characters that are complicated enough and full of surprises. With her gripping and atmospheric debut novel Kimi Cunningham Grant has really hit the mark.

Trust but verify. Is one of the messages this book delivered. But not only.
Excitingly suspenseful, very good written, with multilayered characters and absolutely unputdownable. I read i
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant is a novel based in the mountains of Pennsylvania during modern times and one commonly referred to as "country" or "rural" noir.

The story is told in alternating chapters titled as "Before" and "After" and seeks to tell the tale of the disintegrating friendship of Transom Shultz and Chase Hardy. The two have grown up together, with Transom coming from an unstable home of plenty and Chase a poorer family of quality. The two are more like brothers than fri
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A solid mystery that did a good job in capturing the essence of small town politics and conflict. Red, sheriff of Fallen Mountains, is on the cusp of retirement when a missing persons case falls on his lap. Transom, the local high school superstar 18 years ago, has recently moved back to town. In his sudden departure years ago, he left all of his friends and the town without so much as a goodbye. After being back now for several months, Transom is picking up where he left off and making more ene ...more
Thank you to Amberjack Publishing and Netgalley for this ARC to review. For a first novel this was wonderful.
I loved the split narrative - past and present mixing the double narrative nicely so you can understand events in their entirety without compromising the pace.
The fact that you never really know until the very end what has happened to Transom is well planned and executed by Grant. You can understand why every character in the novel would want him gone. He was a horrible human-being with l
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sacred Ground

Farmers look at their land as holy ground. The roots are deep. Generation after generations working the soil. They are in harmony with nature and the things which surround them, the grass under their feet, the rivers that water their crops, and the blue sky above them. They put their heart and soul into the land. Farmland is not something you disregard like a used car.

This was a well crafted soulful book. Strong complex characters. Loss of loved ones, loss of a way of life, loss of
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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"An intense and engaging portrait of characters driven by—and bound by—the secrets of their pasts . . . an absorbing mystery as well as a gracefully layered story of death and loss in a small town.” —Allen Eskens, USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury

When Transom Shultz goes missing shortly after returning to his tightly knit hometown of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania, his secrets are not the only ones that threaten to emerge.

Something terrible happened seventeen y
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
5 amazing stars to Fallen Mountains!

I knew my Goodreads friends wouldn't steer me wrong, so many 5 star reviews for this one! Count me in that number now, I loved this book, the writing and pacing were brilliant.

The book alternates with a before and after storyline. I really liked the character of Red, a 60-year-old small town sheriff who was ready to retire, even had the letter written, when a new case lands in his lap.

Transom Shultz is missing, and part of the mystery is whether this is simila
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so good. Such a great debut. Techincally the author has a memoir under her belt, so let’s say fictional debut. Small town stories (and this is very much a small (population around 950) town story, it’s title is the name of one) are conducive to a sort of almost forced intimacy, where lives are interwoven, fates interconnected and secrets seldom properly covered up. And so when the prodigal son of the wealthiest man in town returns only to disappear soon after, it brings up a lot of dirt ...more
A small town atmospheric mystery. Set in the mountains of Pennsylvania, the local high school football star and son of the major domo in town (Transom Shultz) returns after a long absence. One of his best friends (Chase) has lost his grandfather and may lose the family farm too, but is bailed out by Transom, who then sells the timber and sells fracking rights. Another classmate (Possum) has a score to settle from events in high school, and then Transom disappears, leaving a mystery for the sheri ...more
The past is never dead. It's not even past. All of us labor in webs spun long before we were born, webs of heredity and environment, of desire and consequence, of history and eternity. Haunted by wrong turns and roads not taken, we pursue images perceived as new but whose providence dates to the dim dramas of childhood, which are themselves but ripples of consequence echoing down the generations. The quotidian demands of life distract from this resonance of images and events, but some of us feel
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
I was really enjoying the first half of this. It was so atmospheric, easily capturing a small town setting and creating a tone similar to classic mystery novels. Grant is able to craft incredibly specific details that greatly enrich the storytelling.

However, for whatever reason, this book was unable to hold my interest for more than a few pages at a time, and I found myself pretty checked out by the time I reached the second half.

Recommended to fans of classic mysteries for the writing alone.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-netgalley
I received this from in exchange for a review.

The sleepy town of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania is home to many secrets, some are even deadly. The chapters alternate from Before and After the crime. Quick and easy read.

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Kimi Cunningham Grant is the author of three books. Silver Like Dust is a memoir about her Japanese-American grandparents and their experience in the internment camp at Heart Mountain during World War II. Her second book, Fallen Mountains, is a literary mystery set in a small town in Pennsylvania, where fracking has just begun. In her third book, These Silent Woods (October, 2021), a father and da ...more

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