River’s Edge by Terri Blackstock (Book Summary)

Jonathan Cleary is running as a mayor, and his competitors are Ben Jackson & Sam Sullivan. A week before their scheduled debate, Ben Jackson’s wife, Lisa Jackson – went missing. The debate was postponed and everyone focused on helping the police find Lisa.

Lisa’s bestfriend and business partner, Rani, was very worried that she tried figuring out where Lisa has gone. She showed the letters that Lisa received to the police. For weeks, Lisa has been receiving letters claiming to be sent by Ben’s mistress.

Rani also tried getting help from a psychic named Carson Graham. He asked for a sweater owned by Lisa to help him track her. On the same day he was able to know where Lisa is by the help of his ‘gift’ . He told Rani that he saw Lisa in a river, inside her car & she’s already dead. The police checked the river and they were able to confirm that what Carson saw was true.

The police, led by chief Cade, arrested Ben Jackson since they found a pair of his shoes that matches the footprints found in the river.

Their second arrest was Dr. Sims. He is Lisa’s fertility doctor. For years, Ben & Lisa tried to have a baby but were having problems, so they relied on Dr. Sims to help them. However, Lisa decided to have a second opinion and was informed that her problem is minor and she does not have to undergo everything Dr. Sims put her through. Dr. Sims was lying about her condition to get more money from her. The police found out about this and they also found out from Dr. Sims’ previous housekeeper that on the day Lisa died, she was looking for Dr. Sims. She went in the doctor’s house and was very angry at him. When the housekeeper found out that Lisa died, she decided to stop working for Dr. Sims.

The investigation is still ongoing even if there was already an arrest made. The progress of the case is no secret to the media no matter how Cade insists to keep things from them. Cade is seeing Blair, who owns Cape Refuge Journal. Even though Cade and Blair are dating, Cade does not disclose to her everything. Blair still has to work hard on acquiring content for the news she’s gonna write – but another reporter is always steps ahead from her. The reporter’s name is Vince Barr and ever since the Lisa Jackson murder – he is already all over the television. He knows any recent development the police have made and makes sure he is the first one to tell everyone through television.

During the elections, Cade went to the Hanover House and talked to Sheila. She just casually mentioned that she saw Carson near the river where Lisa was found, and he was with a blonde woman. Cade assumed that the woman was Melanie, and they could be having an affair.

Cade immediately went to Carson’s house to interrogate them, but they found him dead. A gunshot to the head. Even after the arrests, it looks like the case is not solved.

While further investigating, Cade saw Vince Barr in the news again, talking about the Lisa Jackson murder. In the interview, Vince mentioned about the telephone cord being used to kill Lisa before being dumped to the river. Cade was sure that they the telephone cord has not been disclosed. He realized that Vince may not have a source, because he orchestrated the murder.



Cade was right, it was Vince Barr who killed Lisa all for the sake of his career. It looked like he killed Lisa in her own home and framed Ben. When Vince pushed the car in the river, Carson Graham witnessed it because he was with Melanie that night. Carson made a deal with Vince. He paid Carson $30,000. At the night in the Hanover house where Sheila mentioned about seeing Carson, he immediately left to kill Carson because he is afraid that Carson may tell the police the truth.

Vince resisted arrest at first but still ended up being caught.

As for the letters that Lisa received, it was revealed that it wasn’t really from a mistress – it was just from Sam Sullivan because he wanted to mess with Ben. He thinks a controversy involving Ben will help in the elections. This is what the police believes to have given Vince Barr the idea for his crime. Sam Sullivan confessed to this and Blair found out about it – so she published it in her paper.

Jonathan lost the elections and it was Sam who won. However, Sam resigned because he could not work well with the backlash he received regarding the mails he sent. Jonathan was later on declared as the new mayor.

Jonathan and Morgan (his wife) used to have the same doctor as Lisa. They found out that he tricked her too to get more money from them. In a second opinion, Morgan was informed of his correct diagnosis and will now have a higher chance to carry a child.

Dr. Sims has nothing to do with the murder but he is facing lawsuits for fraud. The End.


List of Characters:

          • Jonathan Cleary – candidate for mayor
          • Morgan Cleary – Jonathan’s wife, Lisa’s friend
          • Ben Jackson – candidate for mayor
          • Lisa Jackson – Ben’s wife, the woman who went missing
          • Sam Sullivan – candidate for mayor
          • Rani – Lisa’s bestfriend
          • Carson Graham – the psychic
          • Blair – Morgan’s sister, dating Cade
          • Cade – chief of Police
          • Dr. Sims – Lisa and Morgan’s fertility doctor
          • Vince Barr – reporter who rose to fame
          • Melanie – Carson’s mistress
          • Sheila – a new resident at Hanover House

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Eva Harmoni

There was one night when the rain poured so hard, and i didn't want it to stop. Weird, because i was afraid and amused by the sound of the rain and thunder. The sound of it made me less alone that night. The next day i woke up to find my collection of journals soaked. I keep it near the window to make sure no one could read it. The writings can still be read but i was devastated by the damage. I wanted it preserved but i don't want it published. Still amused by the rain but afraid of the wrath it could bring to my journals, i created this blog.

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