This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Found, Near Water is a psychological thriller set in Christchurch, New Zealand written by Katherine Hayton. Christine is a fully-certified psychiatrist; however, she stopped practicing when she became pregnant with her daughter and is now a volunteer victims support counselor for North Christchurch. In that role, she works closely with Detective Erik Smith. He's asked her to interact with a young woman who was brought into a hospital in an unconscious state and who, when she awoke 4 days later, reported that she had been hit by a car, and her daughter was in the back seat. The four-year-old has not been seen since. The police aren't totally convinced that a child actually lived in the victim's house as there were no traces left in the abnormally clean house. Christine agrees to meet with the woman, who exhibits symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but is clearly telling the truth about her daughter's existence.
Katherine Hayton's psychological thriller, Found, Near Water, is dark and uplifting all at once. Christine is a complicated character whose personal tragedy has forever impacted on her personal and professional life. Her support group is made up of women whose children are missing or dead, and, while Christine's nominally the group leader, it soon becomes obvious that there's more going on. Hayton occasionally interrupts her story of the ongoing investigation of a pond a psychic leads the police to with stories of the women who belong to that group. Reading their stories impressed me with the complete unfairness of biology and the lack of technology that made these young women pay so dearly for a night's excess. Hayton is a grand storyteller; her characters are compelling and the plot is believable and marvelous. She grabbed my attention from the very beginning of the book and kept it through to the last page. Found, Near Water is a taut, well-crafted thriller and is a very impressive debut offering. It's highly recommended.