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The Scent of Rain and Lightning: A Novel (udgave 2010)

af Nancy Pickard (Forfatter)

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The man convicted of murdering Jody's father, Billy Cosby, is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. Crosby has been granted a new trial, thanks in large part to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father's innocence. As Jody revisits old wounds, startling revelations compel her to uncover the dangerous truth about her family's tragic past.… (mere)
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Titel:The Scent of Rain and Lightning: A Novel
Forfattere:Nancy Pickard (Forfatter)
Info:Ballantine Books (2010), Edition: 1, 337 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
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The Scent of Rain and Lightning af Nancy Pickard

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Believable characters, we'll written, interesting storyline, a great read ( )
  Jeff_Simms | Jun 9, 2021 |
This satisfying novel is more character study than whodunit, though it has elements of both.

Twenty-three years before the book begins, Jody Linder lost both parents in a night of shocking violence – her father shot to death in the family home, her mother disappeared without a trace. As the novel opens, Jody receives the horrifying news that the man convicted of her father’s murder has had his prison sentence commuted due to irregularities in the trial, and is returning to their home town. No one knows if he plans revenge on those who put him behind bars, or whether he simply means to resume his former life of drinking, beating on his wife, and terrorizing anyone who crosses him.

Pickard does a good job with virtually all the characters – the Linder family members, the townspeople who are still agitated over the trial, Jody herself, and the man to whom she is drawn despite a personal history that makes their relationship impossible. Even the returning prisoner manages to be more than a straw man. (He’s still totally unpleasant, but his whining, bullying, everybody-picks-on-me attitude is, unfortunately, all too recognizable). The setting – a small Kansas town surrounded by cattle and wheat ranches – is always present and is itself another character, indelibly marking those who live there.

The observant reader will probably have come to some conclusions at about the halfway point of the book, but it’s unlikely they will get all the details right. The conclusion, where secrets are revealed and lives are shattered, is probably the weakest part of the novel, as some of the characters’ actions seem unlikely, or contradictory to earlier characterizations.

It’s still a worthwhile read, and the characters will stay with the reader for a while. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | May 24, 2021 |
I was lukewarm to this story at first, but pretty soon I couldn't put it down. Quick, easy read with some page-turning grippers. ( )
  pmichaud | Dec 21, 2020 |
The Scent of Rain and Lightning. Nancy Pickard wrote a solid one here. I usually can figure out who-dun-it very quickly, though I love reading through to see how the author gets there, and to make sure I am right of course. I can honestly say, I thought just about every character in this book "dun-it"! The plot was well played out. The characters were likable/lovable and hated/pitied. The story compelling. The twist at the end, now that I did not see coming. Well done Ms. Pickard, well done! I encourage you to read this one!
~Michele
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  RowleyWrites | Sep 28, 2017 |
I'll admit I liked the idea of this plot more than the actual execution. Jody Linder was raised by her Grandparents after her father was murdered and her mother disappeared on the same horrible night. Just as Collin Crosby has grown up in that same town as the son of the murderer. One day Jody's three uncles come to visit with news: Billy Crosby, the man convicted of murdering her father, has been released from prison and is returning to Rose.

The characters were fairly well developed but I never felt a high degree of empathy with any of them, except perhaps Jody's father. Although a love story is a large part of the resolution you don't get to witness a whole lot of time the two characters spend together, and so the sudden profession of love doesn't seem very convincing. But the storyline was interesting and held my attention. Three and a half stars. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
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The man convicted of murdering Jody's father, Billy Cosby, is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. Crosby has been granted a new trial, thanks in large part to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father's innocence. As Jody revisits old wounds, startling revelations compel her to uncover the dangerous truth about her family's tragic past.

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