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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
When Time Is A River by Susan Clayton-Goldner is a mystery that you won’t want to put down. Emily Michaelson, just 2 years old, is playing innocently with her half-sister, 18-year-old Brandy, at the Lithia Park playground. Someone is watching, someone is stalking Emily, but knows that it isn’t going to be easy to kidnap her. However, he has a plan – a pretty necklace that will entice Emily to the coffin he has bought. His chance arrives when Brandy stains her jeans at the park and goes to the bathroom to clean them. She was only gone a minute, but Emily has disappeared. Detective Radhauser is on the case and tells Brandy to stay out of the way of the investigation, even though she is being blamed for it by her stepmother and father. Brandy can’t sit still, she has to do something, but can she and Radhauser find Emily before it is too late?
When Time Is A River by Susan Clayton-Goldner is a gripping mystery, with two plots cleverly intertwined – the disappearance of Emily and the relationship Brandy has with her dad. Both plots are pretty explosive, and both culminate in one dangerous and violent ending for all concerned. Ms. Clayton-Goldner has a very descriptive way of writing, a way of drawing a reader in and making them experience everything she writes. This is not your average whodunit; this has twists and turns that will keep you guessing, often wrong guesses, and wonderfully developed characters. This is one of those stories that I couldn’t put down and I defy any reader to give up on it. Excellent writing and an excellent story, highly recommended for any mystery fan.