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Sweet Water

Sweet Water
Cara Reinard By (author)
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Amazon/Brilliance Publishing

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5.5 X 8.2 in
364 pg

FICTION / Thrillers / Domestic
FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological


What did her son do in the woods last night? Does a mother really want to know?

It’s what Sarah Ellsworth dreamed of. Marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Martin. Living in a historic mansion in Pennsylvania’s most exclusive borough. And Finn, a teenage son with so much promise. Until…A call for help in the middle of the night leads Sarah and Martin to the woods, where they find Finn, injured, dazed, and weeping near his girlfriend’s dead body. Convinced he’s innocent, Sarah and Martin agree to protect their son at any cost and not report the crime.

But there are things Sarah finds hard to reconcile: a cover-up by Martin’s family that’s so unnervingly cold-blooded. Finn’s lies to the authorities are too comfortable, too proficient, not to arouse her suspicions. Even the secrets of the old house she lives in seem to be connected to the incident. As each troubling event unfolds, Sarah must decide how far she’ll go to save her perfect life.


“An unsparing account of ‘rich people problems’ that goes on forever, like all the best nightmares.” Kirkus Reviews

“[A] nail-biting psychological thriller…Reinard knows how to keep readers turning the pages.” Publishers Weekly

Sweet Water is electrically suspenseful, impossible to put down until the last gut punch of a killer ending.” —Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

“A remarkable tale of family loyalties and lies set in a fresh new world. Fans of Defending Jacob—both the book and the television show—will relish this sinister story of the lengths two parents will go to in order to protect their child.” —J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author

“Reinard’s domestic thriller Sweet Water, a story about betrayal, murder, and dark family secrets, held me riveted as one woman’s search for the truth threatens everyone she loves.” —T.R. Ragan, New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Sawyer Brooks series

“Hypnotic and absorbing, a compulsive page-turner to the very end.” —Minka Kent, Wall Street Journal bestselling author

Author Bio

Cara Reinard grew up north of Sewickley, Pennsylvania in a steel mill town, raised by a single mother. Sewickley, with its grand houses in the Heights and boutique shops on Main was a magical place, out of reach. Cara then attended a private college, Gannon University, becoming the features editor for the college paper, and receiving a scholarship. The residence in Sweet Water was inspired by the party home of steel mogul B.F. Jones—the property still exists, including the pool and pergola. Cara is the author of women’s fiction and domestic suspense. She currently lives outside of Pittsburgh with her husband, two children, and Bernese mountain dog. For more information, visit