The Scent of Rain and Lightning

The Scent of Rain and Lightning

A Novel

Book - 2010 | 1st ed
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Convinced of his father's innocence in the killing of Jody Linder's father, Collin Crosby returns Kansas with his ex-con father and provokes Jody to face the stunning mystery behind her tragic past, an investigation that endangers both Jody and Collin.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345471017
Branch Call Number: F PIC NVD
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Scent of rain & lightning


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Jody ‘s father was murdered and her mother disappeared when she was just a baby. Now, the man convicted of the murder has been released and granted a new trial. Jodi has to face once again all the anger and sadness related to the trauma of losing both parents. I couldn’t put this book down – it was absolutely compelling. (submitted by WC)

Jun 09, 2017

Nothing awe-inspiring here, but a good, quick read. I liked the big close-knit family, I liked the small town and ranch settings. The mystery kept me turning the pages and I did not guess who-done-it before it was revealed.

lbarkema Apr 02, 2015

I really enjoyed this book for the most part. The first 2/3 were great but it wrapped up a little too conveniently and quickly for my taste. Pickard could have easily stretched this out to 350-400 pages and I really wish she would have. The back story was great and detailed and I just wish that the present would have had as much detail. I didn't guess the reveal though, which I'm not sure if that's just me or it surprised a lot of people.

Jan 08, 2015

Lots of tension with just a touch of romance. It kept me guessing.

Nov 28, 2014

I remember when "The Scent of Rain and Lightning" first came out about 4 years ago. The cover and title intrigued me and I added it to my "to read" list. For some reason, I never got around to reading it. After finally having the chance to read it, I'm not sure it was worth the wait. I think I was expecting something a bit deeper. The characters seem a bit one-dimensional (or if they have dimension it is pretty stereotypical). The protagonist--Jody--who I should have felt some sympathy for, didn't draw me in. I found I didn't really care (for her sake) whether she found out what happened to her parents. When you don't like your protagonist (or at least feel interested in them--because some protagonists really aren't very likable), it takes a lot away from the reading experience. What did I like? It was fairly fast paced. And, while not the best mystery in the world, I did find myself trying to put the pieces together. If you're on a plane or at the beach, this is a book you can get through quickly.

This is an OK mystery, but I don't feel the need to pick up any of the author's other books.

Nov 01, 2014

Very well written, suspenseful.

Aug 11, 2012

Enjoyed this book, a very nice weekend read. The characters are so vivid, the location appears so real. A bit simple in the whodunnit end however.

tak127 Oct 11, 2011

This book grabs you from the beginning and doesn't disappoint. Well written with wonderful characters.

BookEnthusiast Sep 12, 2011

An unpredictable tale that affects two families in a small town; the ending was a real shocker!

Jan 25, 2011

Excellent book. Mystery plus romance !

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Jul 13, 2011

One beautiful summer afternoon, from her bedroom window on the second floor, Jody Linder is unnerved to see her three uncles parking their pickups in front of her parents' house, or what she calls her parents' house, even though Hugh-Jay and Laurie Linder have been gone almost all of Jody's life. "What is this fearsome thing I see?" the young high school English teacher whispers, mimicking Shakespeare. Polished boots, pressed jeans, fresh white shirts, Stetsons, her uncles' suspiciously clean visiting clothes are a disturbing sign. The three bring shocking news: The man convicted of murdering Jody's father is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-three years since that stormy night when her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead. Neither the protective embrace of Jody's uncles nor the safe haven of her grandparents' ranch could erase the pain caused by Billy Crosby on that catastrophic night. Now Billy Crosby's sentence has been commuted, 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 lives only a few doors down from the Crosbys, she knows that sooner or later she'll come face-to-face with the man who she believes destroyed her family. What she doesn't expect are the heated exchanges with Collin. Having grown up practically side by side in this very small town, Jody and Collin have had a long history of carefully avoiding each other's eyes. Now Jody discovers that underneath their antagonism is a shared sense of loss that no one else could possibly understand. As she revisits old wounds, startling revelations compel her to uncover the dangerous truth about her family's tragic past. From the Hardcover edition.

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