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3.33  ·  Rating details ·  569 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Rachel is finally getting it right. After years of wandering, she's married the perfect man and settled into the ideal life. But as her sleepy little town turns into a killing ground, she realizes that this new life might come at too high a price.Caleb Middleton says he's returned home to set things right. But as her husband's dangerous brother circles like a hungry wolf, ...more
Paperback, 377 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Mira (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the author
Right off the bat I'm going to say it--not everyone is going to like this book, even if you're a fan of romantic suspense. Anne Stuart has such a unique take on romance...let's just say she's not for everyone. Her heroes are NOT your typical romance heroes--at times they can be downright nasty! They don't always do the typical romance hero thing, either. I mean in this book, at one point the hero actually leaves the heroine to die. Not your typical action for a hero. It's true that the heroine t ...more
4 stars – Romantic Suspense

If ever there was a heroine worthy of winning an award for being the most clueless, oblivious, in denial, stupid, and choke worthy female, Rachel from Silver Falls would definitely be top in the running. Good lord, but the woman’s idiocy drove me absolutely ‘throw the book across the room’ flippin’ nuts.

Oh yeah, and throw in an uber creeptastic, psycho serial killer villain who strangles then rapes his victims post mortem and a classic Stuart gamma anti-hero for the r
Miss Kim
Apr 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The first chapter of this book details a young woman meeting up with a man she thinks is her lover and she ends up being strangled, raped, and thrown over a waterfall.

Rachel is a free spirit that roams the globe with her daughter, Sophie. They are supported by Rachel’s photography. Now that Sophie is thirteen, Rachel is starting to feel she needs to give her more stability. She ends up meeting a man she thinks will provide this kind of stability for herself and her daughter and quickly marries h
I liked Silver Falls. There were certain elements that some readers may not like but to me the story worked. There is no real mystery because the author lets the reader know what is going on pretty much from the beginning. Still the story moved at a good pace and kept me reading to the end.
Tammy Walton Grant
Thank God I got this from the library and didn't actually pay for it. Quite a disappointment for me. The premise was good, but I have no idea what happened to the author when she went to write it. It's a muddled up mess. It's like a Tami Hoag novel for people who don't like character development, violence or sex.

The heroine is TSTL in a BIG way - I can accept stupid people, but they have to still be believable in their stupidity. This one was not. The hero had huge potential but the author doesn
Silver Falls by Anne Stuart is one of those novels by her that I have tried to steer clear of because of the bad reviews this one has received. Even fans of Anne Stuart seems to have one reason or the other for giving this a bad rating which made me reluctant to pick this up for a read because I didn’t want to ruin the fascination that I harbor for Anne Stuart as an author. Perhaps I should have trusted a bit more in an author, even whose novels that can be classified as “mediocre” have wooed me ...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
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I found it hard to believe that this is the same author who wrote the wonderful romantic suspense novel Black Ice. The heroine is one of the hands down dumbest I have ever come across. She could be outwitted by a thirteen year old. Maybe mature ten year olds.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Most of the rating is due to personal nit: I loath stupidity and this heroine was the perfect example of a TSTL woman and not because of her marriage to a killer. She was overall stupid in every sense. And a pushover for most of the book.

But I honestly think this isn't such a good RS, you know from the start he is a serial killer and being a romance there is no doubt of the end. So that didn't leave much else to focus on. Except the weather I guess. As I wasn't invested in the heroine and I kne
Alex is The Romance Fox
I am a huge fan of Anne Stuart and I was so disappointed in this book, which I reread hoping I would find something new that would make me maybe like it a bit more. But no, it did not!!!!

It wasn't so much that we know right from the beginning who the villainous serial killer is but the fact the heroine, Rachel has to be one of the most stupidest women ever!!!!!!!! A world traveler who is suppose to be independent, strong and adventurous and spends the whole time in total bliss…..everyone knows t
May 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
I am an Anne Stuart "groupie". I read a few of her earlier books...loved them....and went on to purchase her entire backlist. I've been slowly and surely been working my way through all her earlier books. When I saw that she just came out with Silver Falls, I decided to fast forward to her newest work of fiction. I should have stayed in the past!!!!!!!

This just isn't that great of a book.....(shocking coming from a reviewer who at worst gives Stuart 4 star reviews). There is very little suspens
Mar 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed by this book, this author can and has done so much better, this book was just dreadful. She exposed the bad guy right away and then pitted the brothers against each other with the wife in the middle. And the wife, Rachel, OMG, she is one of the worst, stupid, put your head in the sand heroines I have encountered! I wanted to reach in the book and thump her head like a melon hoping that would make her get a clue. The only somewhat interesting person in the book was the kid ...more
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book was okay, but it was definitely not of the caliber of Anne Stuart's older titles. While there was the 'dark' hero, he wasn't as dark as others that Ms Stuart has written.
Also, there wasn't the element of 'could it possibly have been the hero who did the bad deeds' to the story. At least there wasn't to me. There was just too much 'creepy' behavior from Richard and the father.
The heroine, Rachel, kind of annoyed me. She made poor decisions in the name of 'doing the best thing for her da
May 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
This book was ok. My biggest complaint is that I found the main character, Rachel, to be very weak. Through most of the book we follow her around listening to her miss the sunshine, try to conform to a controlling husband, and have EVERYONE tell her to keep an eye on her daughter and not trust ANYONE. Blah, blah, blah. The sex scene walked a fine line between reluctance and rape to begin with… I don’t know which partner in that scene pissed me off more; him for continuing to push sex on a woman ...more
May 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
The more of Anne Stuart's books that I read the more I realize I really only love her ICE series. The rest of her books are okay but there's just something about her ICE series that's better than her standalones.

This particular book is more of a suspense than a romance. You know within the first couple of pages who the killer is. The main character doesn't until almost the end of the book. I guess I like my books to be romance with a splash of suspense not a suspense with a splash of romance.
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Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Entertaining story, had a certain creepiness to it that I really enjoyed. The wet and rainy setting added to that eerie feeling. Characters were fun. This was a real quick read. Almost like watching a movie on a the Lifetime Network.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I kept thinking I had read this story before. The plot was familiar and I knew where it was headed.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Felt like I was reading an idea for a book.Just not thought out as well as her others.Or maybe it was the hero.Yes, he was a tortured soul following in line with most of Ms.Stuarts other hero's, yet..I just was not feeling it.Not drawn to him irregardless of his failings.Ms.Stuart can usually make me fall in love with the man I hated at the beginning of each book.Not so here.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Angela Wade
Apr 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense-romance
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May 23, 2009 rated it liked it
I wanted to jump in the book and shake Rachel most of the way through this book. But, then I continually questioned myself about David and his father because the author kept indicating them. I guess if I was questioning my instincts, I had no right to be so frustrated with Rachel flip flopping. Caleb was also suspect, but for some reason I just knew he was a good guy. The ending certainly kept me on the edge and I was extremely anxious to find out what was going to happen. I'll definitely read a ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
The whole idea of the book is that how even killers have families. This is perhaps the first romantic suspense novel I've read. But the serial killer family bit was done in Dexter,and much better, so I was disappointed at that front. but the book scores well on the building up of mystery and anticipation. the characters are detailed and diverse. However, there is no character development and the ending kind of disappoints because you don't expect such an easy one after the whole book talking abo ...more
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a rather uninteresting book. It was ok, something to kill few hours when you have nothing better to read. The heroine was seriously getting on my last nerve with her infinite stupidity, obliviousness and denial, hero was trying to be bad but not doing convincing job at it and villain was practically tepid.
It had potential to be a really good thriller but it was poorly executed. The author seriously needs to decide whether she wants to be romance or suspense writer because she's not all
It was ok.
I like a good Suspenc. Normally a fan of Anne Stuart. However, she spent way too much time talking about the Protagonists misgivings. Her personality was a contradiction. Wanting whats best for her daughter, but getting married to the first man after the tragedy. Kind of feeds into the, need a man to be safe. Anyways. besides that. I thought Stuart did a good job of keeping our suspicion bouncing between brother and father.

Recomend reading it when its raingin. Books are more enjoyable
May 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a fast paced thriller
I was fortunate to win this book in a goodreads giveaway. I have to admit that it took me a while to get past the first chapter, but once I did I was hooked.
Silver Falls is a thriller where the suspense comes not from figuring out who did it but from wondering how the bad guy is going to be stopped and just how far he's going to go.
The book was engaging and I read most of it in one sitting. There are just enough twists and turns to make you wonder what's going to happen, right up until the ver
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who love a good suspense-romance novel
Recommended to Annabelle by: GoodReads
How intriguing! Silver Falls captured me with its title, and as I started reading it, I got enraptured by the setting. It was suspenseful, and surprising, once I realized how different it was, compared to my first perception.

It might have been a bit too easy to read, but it kept you on your toes near the beginning that made you want to read it through to the end, and see the dance complete full circle.
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure I was going to since you knew who the killer was by page 50 (not just thought you knew but knew for sure), but it still kept you on your toes. I really liked the characters, but I do have to admit Rachel got on my nerves. The one thing you have to keep in your mind about Rachel is the fact that everything that could point to her husband also pointed to Caleb. She really didn't know either of them that well, but Caleb seemed more likely to everyone.
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Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic sus