Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Rachel Caine
- Genre: Women Sleuth Mysteries, Psychological Fiction, Crime Thrillers
- Publish Date: 21 January 2020
- Size: 2 MB
- Format: PDF / EPUB
- Status: Avail for Download
- Price: Free
When my personal phone rings, I check the caller ID. Force of
habit. There are only six people in the world I take calls from
on this number. Sure enough, it’s Sam Cade. A little bubble of
warmth explodes inside me as I hit the button and lift the
phone to my ear.
“Hey, stranger,” I say. I hear the purr in the back of my
“Hey yourself,” he replies. I hear the husky tone in his
voice too. Oh, subtext. So sexy. “What’s going on?”
“Right now? Exactly nothing,” I say, and yawn. It’s three
thirty in the morning, and I’ve been sitting in this chilly rental
car for three hours, not counting a quick dash into the
convenience store down the road for a pee and a giant coffee
I’m going to regret. “I’m waiting for my guy to make a move.”
“A move to do what?”
“You’re not going to tell me?” He sounds amused.
“Well, you know. Not until I’m sure. Anyway, you’re up
late. Or early. Which is it?”
“Early. Just getting some paperwork ready for the day,” he
says. “Kids are still fast asleep, by the way. I checked.” My
kids are my life, and he knows that. Sam’s also well aware that
he’s one of a very select group of people I trust with my
children. My daughter, Lanny, is at a difficult sixteen-feelslike-twenty.
My son, Connor, is too adult for his age at thirteen
and too young for it at the same time. Not easy people to
handle, my kids.
There’s no reason they should be. They’ve spent half their
lives now with the horrifying knowledge that their father was a
serial killer, and with the equally heavy burden of having
people unfairly hate them by association. I want to protect
them from the world. I can’t, of course. But I still want to try.
“You going to be home before six?” he asks me, and I
sigh. “Okay, fair enough. You want me to wake up Lanny
when I leave?”
“Yeah, better plan on that. I can’t trust her to hear the
alarm and get Connor up too. I’ll text and let you know when
I’m on my way.” I want to let my kids sleep. They have to be
up at seven, but an extra hour of sleep to a teenager is like ten
Neither of them will want to get up, and still less head to
school, but they’re used to facing unpleasant situations. I flatly
refuse to homeschool them. Their lives are going to be
incredibly difficult given our family history. I want them to
learn how to handle it now, not hit eighteen as protected little
There lie monsters.
Counseling has done all of us some good. I started the
kids in individual therapy for a few months, then together,
while Sam and I met with another counselor as a couple. Now
we do it as a family once every other week, and I dare to think
things are . . . better.
If not for the fact that town itself has closed ranks against
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