Lies a River Deep
women's fiction · historical mystery · contemporary women · crime fiction · past traumas
“This was a great book. Back to the 50s with Roland's 1959 convertible and an era where women were either ‘good’ or ‘bad’ girls. I enjoyed the distinct neighborhoods with the 1930s Cape and Colonial houses with well-manicured lawns. The river was real but symbolic. Cook did a fabulous job of conveying the complicated relationships between people, especially the bond between mother and daughter…Lies a River Deep is highly recommended.” —★★★★★ Review by Danita Dyess for Readers’ Favorite
In the summer of 1962, at a high school graduation party, Bessie Day Hardy is brutally raped. Fifty years later, the consequences of that horrific night will transition into unforeseen events that will shatter her serene and uncomplicated life.
Content warning for sexual assault.
“Lies a River Deep is a challenging but incredibly rewarding read. The novel deals with some very dark themes, and Cook is unrelenting in her honesty and assessment of these. The novel works so well though because of the excellent central character that Cook has created. Bessie is a beautifully written protagonist and it is this that makes the exploration of her past so devastating…It’s a thrilling read but one that is not for the faint of heart when it comes to certain subject matters.” —★★★★★ Reader Review
“Lies a River Deep…is a heart-wrenching novel…compelling and authentic, with an amazing protagonist in Bessie Day Hardy…The emotional novel was so well-written and the subject of rape was handled sensitively by the author, without shying away from the impact it can have on the victim throughout the course of their life. Seamlessly moving between the past and present, the plot took numerous twists and turns, adding to the suspense in the build-up of the full truth finally being revealed. A great read, with a strong and inspirational female protagonist.” —★★★★★ Reader Review
“Vera Jane Cook not only writes well; she also allows her readers to explore too seldom viewed vistas of life’s slings and arrows. Her presence is a significant contribution to expanding our thoughts.” —★★★★★ Reader Review
“Through an intricate weaving of characters, a dramatic event, and fresh information, Vera Jane Cook constructs Lies a River Deep…This novel will affect you; parts are emotional and other parts will make you question humanity…” —★★★★★ Reader Review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vera Jane Cook is an award-winning hybrid author of southern and women's Fiction, including Dancing Backward in Paradise, The Story of Sassy Sweetwater, Where the Wildflowers Grow, Pleasant Day, Marybeth, Hollister & Jane and Lies a River Deep. She was born in New York City and grew up amid the eccentricity of her southern and glamorous mother on the Upper West and Upper East Side of Manhattan. As an only child, she turned to reading novels at an early age and was deeply influenced by an eclectic group of authors. Some of her favorite authors today are Nelson DeMille, Wally Lamb, Anne Rice, Sue Monk Kidd, Anita Shreve, Jodi Picoult, Alice Walker, Anna Quindlen, Lianne Moriarty and Anne Rivers Siddons.
The first novel Vera ever wrote, Dancing Backward In Paradise, won an Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence and an Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction, 2007. The Story of Sassy Sweetwater and Dancing Backward in Paradise received 5 Star ForeWord Clarion Reviews and The Story of Sassy Sweetwater has been named a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards.