Advance reader reviews of The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard.

The Scent of Rain and Lightning

A Novel

By Nancy Pickard

The Scent of Rain and Lightning
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2010,
    336 pages.

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  • Nancy, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

    Scent of Rain and Lightening
    A beautifully written story of a small town, a powerful family and a long ago murder that continues to effect the lives of those involved

    Jody Linder has spent most of her life thinking she knew who killed her father and longing to know what happened to her mother that stormy night 26 years earlier.

    One beautiful summer Kansas day events begin which reveal new truths and which compel Jody to uncover the dangerous truth of her family's past.

    This will be a Store Pick when it is released and would make a great book club book.
  • Dorothy M. (Maynard, MA)

    The Past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.
    Lots of mysteries seem based on William Faulkner's quote and the latest from Nancy Pickard is another story where things that happened years before have come back to haunt everyone involved. Twenty three years ago when she was three, Jody Linder's father was murdered and her mother disappeared. Her family - the richest and most powerful in town - helped to convict a drunken ne'er-do-well of the murder and he was sent to a maximum security prison for 60 years. Jody, raised by her grandparents and extended family, has come back to teach at the local high school when she learns that the conviction was overturned and the man she has hated for years will be given a new trial.

    Nancy Pickard has created a wonderful sense of place in this book, set in Kansas in ranch country and, in the Linders and in Billy Crosby (the convicted killer) and his family has developed believable characters.

    She has also created an interesting discussion of what happens in a small town when a single family has such power. Is that power alone enough to corrupt others in the town.

    I really enjoyed this book, as I have many of Nancy Pickard's, and would recommend it. And while she plays fair and I was pretty sure of the outline of what happened, she managed to surprise me.
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