Dark River Rising is a stand alone novel even though it is number 13 in the series. The author writes each book so the reader understands everything. Much of this novel is a flashback covering three years. This is Ava’s story. A 13 year old corpse that went missing on her tenth birthday. The detective to catch the case is Detective Winston Randhauser, nicknamed Wind or the Cowboy Detective, who lives and works in a small town named Ashland, Oregon.
Detective Radhauser gets a middle of the night call about a body discovered by a homeless man. This starts an intense investigation. This victim is one of the detectives cold cases which raises the already tense investigation to a new level.
This novel highlights the best and worst people found in todays world.
The characters are well developed, and realistic. As I read this book I felt I knew all of them personally. Life is messy even when everything appears perfect. This is an ongoing theme. As Detective Rafhauser works this case he shares his thoughts and memories. Ava, the victim, does the same. The story is heart wrenching page-turner. There’s a lot going on and everyone’s lives get intertwined during the instigation.
Each Radhauser book I read I feel is my favorite. This one absolutely it. Dark River Rising is a fictional book. The story it tells isn’t. This one will stay with me and I will never forget Ava.