A Book in Review.



Brief Summary:

After ending a dysfunctional affair with a powerful movie producer, feisty Hollywood makeup artist Bella Webber finds herself back in the quaint Oregon town of River Valley, the location of a famous director’s latest film. Despite trying to distract herself with work, Bella is unnerved by the proximity of Benjamin Fleck – a man she fell instantly in love with during a chance encounter at her brother’s home. Unfortunately, he sees her as nothing more than a heartbreak waiting to happen. When an actress is found murdered after she’s seen leaving the restaurant Riversong with Ben, he is accused of the crime and arrested. Convinced of his innocence, the River Valley friends band together to find the real killer, and Bella must face her biggest fear to ensure the truth is revealed. Romantic, suspenseful, and engaging, bestselling author Tess Thompson’s third novel in the River Valley Collection delivers another tribute to the power of community and the bonds of friendship.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Riverstar was a good, quick mystery that would be perfect to throw in your bag for a weekend get-away. The main character, Bella is extremely likeable. I wanted to hang with her and have her do my make-up. Her back story is tragic and sad, so it’s really hard not to like her. I love her closeness with her best friend, Gennie. Reminded me of me & btooth, how we can just sit in silence and know what the other one is thinking. I figured out the killer pretty early on, but was interested to know all the tidbits that went along with the mystery. This 3 star book is jam-packed with different characters, food, and hometown comradery. You’ll find yourself wishing you could take a trip to the town, xo.

Author Bio:
Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright with a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2011, she released her first novel, Riversong, which subsequently became a bestseller. Like the characters in the River Valley collection, Tess is from a small town in Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, Emerson and Ella, where she is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.
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