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December 2, 2021

Into the Sound by Cara Reinard ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

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Into the Sound
December 2021; Thomas & Mercer; 978-1542029742
audio, ebook, print (349 pages); psychological thriller

In the middle of a superstorm, Holly gets a phone call from her sister Vivian telling her where she is and that she needs help and ended up with the words "There's somebody coming".  Holly grabs the car keys and rushes out the door despite her husband Hal's anger and goes to find her sister.  When she gets to the marina, Vivian's car was there but there was no sign of Vivian.   Holly reported her sister's disappearance to the police but they didn't think it's a priority so Holly decides that she has to do some investigation on her own. Vivian's husband Clay, won't return her calls so she thinks that he has hurt his wife. When the police start working on the case, Clay is their main suspect.  But no one remains the main suspect for long because the author gave us so many red herrings, you aren't sure who to trust and where Vivian has disappeared to.  Has Vivian been killed or has she run away - the reader may guess but it isn't clear until the very end.

Most of the characters in this novel aren't very likable but it's all part of the plot.  Holly and Vivian were raised by their parents, two psychologists who used their daughters as test cases and frequently pitted them against each other.  Their mother was a terrible person and a worse parent.  Holly and Vivian had been so psychologically abused that it makes sense that they'd have chosen such horrible husbands.  Holly is a ball of fire -- she and her sister are no longer close but they had been through the bad upbringing together and Holly feels that it's her job to find her sister.  She even breaks the law in her quest to find her sister - breaking and entering and hiding evidence are only the beginning.

I thought that this was an interesting and exciting book.  The author wanted her reader to know that Holly and Vivian acted the way they did because of their abuse.  Will the search for Vivian find her alive and well or has someone killed her?  If she is alive, will the sisters be able to renew their sisterly love despite their pasts?

I read some of the reviews for this book and it appears to be a 'love it or hate it' book with very little middle ground.  I fall into the 'love it' category because I thought it was well written and enjoyable.  There were a few times that I thought the characters were acting in an unbelievable way but it was easy for me to overlook.  If you enjoy suspense books about sisters, you need to give this one a try. I enjoyed it so much that I plan to check out some of this author's previous books.
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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.

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  1. I read and reviewed this book as well and would rank it as good. The mother was just so awful!