Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Publisher: Crooked Lane/Penguin Random House
Publication date: August 11, 2020
Little Falls is a hard-hitting, fast-paced novel describing the debilitating effects of PTSD on war veterans and the trouble they face reintegrating into regular society. I remember phrases like “battle-crazy” being used in the book to describe how the psychological troubles of soldiers are viewed.
The book also describes the undeniable bond of love between mother and child, which causes people to move mountains, if necessary. Camille (the main character), while attempting to find her daughter who’s gotten mixed up with drug abusers, repeats to herself– “Sophia (her daughter) is the mission.” Meaning she’s only interested in rescuing her daughter; she doesn’t care about the drug cartel.
The story moves fast, with Camille feeling compelled to investigate the matter despite local police repeatedly warning her to stay away. You can feel every word and every emotion deeply, as if you’re right there with her.
The abrupt ending leaves many loose ends untied and does not give me a sense of closure. Many things are implied, but not clearly spelled out.
It’s a gripping story with danger and urgency at every turn–one that you wouldn’t want to put down!
(I received a review copy from Kristen at Mindbuck Media Book Publicity in exchange for an honest review.)
Sergeant Camille Waresch did everything she could to forget Iraq. She went home to Eastern Washington and got a quiet job. She connected with her daughter, Sophie, whom she had left as a baby. She got sober. But the ghosts of her past were never far behind.
While conducting a routine property tax inspection on an isolated ranch, Camille discovers a teenager’s tortured corpse hanging in a dilapidated outbuilding. In a flash, her combat-related PTSD resurges—and in her dreams, the hanging boy merges with a young soldier whose eerily similar death still haunts her. The case hits home when Sophie reveals that the victim was her ex-boyfriend—and as Camille investigates, she uncovers a tangled trail that leads to his jealous younger brother and her own daughter, wild, defiant, and ensnared. The closer Camille gets to the truth, the closer she is driven to the edge.
Her home is broken into. Her truck is blown up. Evidence and witnesses she remembers clearly are erased. And when Sophie disappears, Camille’s hunt for justice becomes a hunt for her child. At a remote compound where the terrifying truth is finally revealed, Camille has one last chance to save her daughter—and redeem her own shattered soul.
About Elizabeth Lewes
Elizabeth Lewes is a veteran of the United States Navy who served during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. An analyst and linguist by training, she now practices law in Seattle. Little Falls is her debut novel.
“Little Falls snaps with suspense from beginning to end. With skilled execution of setting and plot, Elizabeth Lewes shuttles the reader between continents on a thrilling journey that reveals haunting secrets. I couldn’t put this book down!”—Margaret Mizushima, author of the award-winning Timber Creek K-9 mysteries
—P. J. Tracy, New York Times bestselling author of the Monkeewrench series
“A dark, dangerous read populated by distinct, well-drawn characters. The tormented heroine is a woman on the edge and fascinating in her unpredictability. You’re rooting for her, afraid for her, but never fully confident that she won’t succumb to her multiple demons. There is a desperate sense of urgency right up until the very end.”