The River Knows

The River Knows

by Amanda Quick

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Overview

From New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick comes a delightful romp filled with breathtaking suspense, dazzling wit, and steamy Victorian passion...
 
The first kiss occurred in a dimly-lit hallway on the upper floor of Elwin Hastings’s grand house. Louisa Bryce never saw it coming. Of course, handsome, wealthy Anthony Stalbridge couldn’t possibly have had romantic intentions. The kiss was merely meant to distract the armed guard about to catch the two unlikely sleuths. After all, the only thing these two interlopers have in common is a passionate interest in uncovering the dastardly secrets of Mr. Hastings—a prominent member of Society whom they suspect of murder.  
 
Brought together by their desire for the truth, Anthony and Louisa finally discover the incriminating evidence they’re looking for. But bringing Hastings to justice will be more perilous than they anticipate, especially since their thrilling attraction to danger—and, it turns out, to each other—might very well get in the way...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515144369
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/25/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 110,868
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 6.64(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She writes historical romance novels under the Quick name, contemporary romantic suspense novels under the Krentz name, and futuristic romance novels under the pseudonym Jayne Castle. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print.

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River Knows 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Amanda Quick and I really thought this to be an interesting read when I read the synopsis. I liked some of the intrueige though a little more suspense could have been added. I also would have like to have seen some more passion. It did have some of Quick's halmark wit though. It was alright but I have read better from her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters not developed and focused on nothing that really mattered. Surprised by the high rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is maybe the 4th or 5th time I've read this one it is one of my favorites. I have most of Amanda Quick's (and her aliases) books I have read and reread them and am entertained every time.
SSommers More than 1 year ago
Set in the late Victorian era of England, this is a charming romance with a dose of a compelling tale of mystery to boot. The reader will find that the characters are well-developed and realistic. There is humor which I always appreciate and some of the supporting characters actually made me think of someone that I had known over the years. As the story moves along in this enticing story of society's upper-class that is cloaked in dark secrets that are tied to the Thames River, hence the title: The River Knows. The novel has the main character Louisa Bryce, the journalist, and then there's the wealthy Anthony Stalbridge that is seeking answers to his fiancé Fiona drowning that has been ruled a suicide. These two connect and fall in love. I'll stop here. I found that that this tale has plenty of action and a number of surprises. If you haven't read any of Quick's books this is an excellent introduction to her writing skills.
Curly2 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the plot and characters, it was a delightful novel, I will buy more of this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book, and it sounded like it would be intriguing, mysterious and sexy. It wasn't. It was plodding and predictable, with no surprises, and a 'romance' that seemed especially fake. Left me with the feeling that the author needed to crank one out in order to make some quick cash. Waste of time.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Louisa has a secret in her past that could put her away for the rest of her life. Anthony Stalbridge is a member of high society but is not interested in influencing anyone. He is obsessed with finding who killed his ex-fiance because he does not think she committed suicide. Add in some suspicious deaths and there is more intrigue. Anthony and Loiusa join forces to find the answers. Anthony wants more from Loiusa, a real relationship but is that possible if he learns of her past. Will Anthony find Louisa after she is kidnapped? Will he win her over? Great story. Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Louisa is hiding in plain sight as a dowdy widow. Her past is something that she's ashamed of and she holds out little hope for a happy future. Anthony Stalbridge is interested in her and their first real encounter is when he kisses her outside Elwin Hastings' bedroom while they're both attending a ball.His reasons for being there are different to hers. She's investigating for a scandal sheet, while he's trying to find out whether his fiancee's death was truly a suicide. Both of them have an interest in Mr Hastings and they propose to join forces to bring him to justice.With a lot of twists and turns this story brings the two characters together and is quite an amusing read. I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to more of the same.
SharonSommers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lots of Suspense and a wonderful story woven by Amanda Set in the late Victorian era of England, this is a charming romance with a dose of a compelling tale of mystery to boot. The reader will find that the characters are well-developed and realistic. There is humor which I always appreciate and some of the supporting characters actually made me think of someone that I had known over the years. As the story moves along in this enticing story of society's upper-class that is cloaked in dark secrets that are tied to the Thames River, hence the title: The River Knows. The novel has the main character Louisa Bryce, the journalist, and then there's the wealthy Anthony Stalbridge that is seeking answers to his fiancé Fiona drowning that has been ruled a suicide. These two connect and fall in love. I'll stop here. I found that that this tale has plenty of action and a number of surprises. If you haven't read any of Quick's books this is an excellent introduction to her writing skills.
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know if I can read Amanda Quick any more. I hadn't read her books for a while (a good few years) finding the serial aspect of the crime solving that clearly inspired her didn't interest me. But someone told me this was good, so I got it from the library. Hmm.... Just didn't work for me at all, on any level. Really not interesting mystery, no sexual tension, irritating heroine, uncharismatic hero, cardboard villain. . I read the first 100 pages and then skimmed, then read the back, then couldn't be bothered going any further. I think she's just not my cup of tea anymore. This was totally forgettable and bland, and felt like 100 other books, some of which were better written. C-Even this critique is generic. The book was about the 'murderess' who 'drowned herself' to escape punishment, and the hero who wants to avenge his drowned fiance.
punxsygal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The flowing Thames holds the secret of the deaths of two women, Anthony Stalbridge¿s fiancee and Elwin Hastings¿ wife. One woman was found, the other was not found. Louisa Bryce is the reincarnation of a third woman who has supposedly committed suicide in the river. The charade was necessary after she bludgeoned a ¿Lord¿ who attacked her in her home. She now lives as the poor country relation/companion to a society lady. Louisa also writes as a reporter for a sensational newspaper and uses her connections on the fringe of society as the source of her stories. While attending a party at the Hastings¿ home, Louisa begins to snoop around on the second floor. Just outside a bedroom, she runs into Anthony Stalbridge who sweeps her into a kiss as a guard enters the hallway. The kiss leads to their collaboration to seek the reason behind the death of Anthony¿s fiancee.As the river flows, so does the story. The witty, spirited conversations between Anthony and Louisa were enjoyable, particularly as she was unaware of the effect that she was having on Anthony. As the mystery unfolds, many of the incidents are predictable, but entertaining nevertheless.
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great story, and kept me enthralled to the end. Only thing I didn't like was that the male character didn't really discuss his emotions with the female character till the very end of the book. Kinda got the shrift in my opinion.
love2laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast, pleasant read, good for the dock.
kerrycarter76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sort of Let Me Down.There were a few things that bothered me about The River Knows. First the story just seemed to grope along at a snail's pace. I didn't find to many parts in the story that kept me in suspense, which is unusual for Amanda Quick. She always seemed to have knack for blending, suspense, romance and humor with characters that you enjoy. I've always enjoyed Amanda Quick and normally the heroine is strong, with a mysterious flare, but this book sort of let me down. But despite these criticisms, I still thought the book was a worthwhile read.
pmgaecon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great Amanda Quick hard back book, that measures up to her previous works
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The river is a common last resort for young women in trouble of one sort or another with no apparent way out But when the Thames claims the life of three women, two of them from Polite Society, in a short period of time, Anthony Stalbridge is suspicious. After all, he had been intending to marry one of them. His investigation leads him to the home of Edwin Hastings, husband of one of the other deceased women, and a hallway encounter with the widow, Mrs. Louisa Bryce. Louisa has her own reasons for being in the hallway -- she's also searching for evidence against Hastings, and has her own secrets to hide. Anthony and Louisa join forces, and ultimately wrap up all the loose ends in what has become traditional Amanda Quick style.There's little that's new in Quick's plot, including the main characters. Anthony's family is interesting, but the members get short shrift. Not her best work, although the preview in the back of her latest entry in the Harmony series, Dark Light (written as Jayne Castle) sounds a bit more fun.
roxiereads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Typical Amanda Quick. Quite entertaining. Our hero and heroine meet while investigating the bad guy, for different reasons, and join forces. Set in Victorian England. Worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot, interesting characters. Fun!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her relatable characters and that work together from the start.
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