LYNNE | REEVES | GRIFFIN
A new novel of domestic suspense
from Lynne Reeves
DARK RIVERS TO CROSS
This thriller sensitively explores inherited trauma and the stories we tell the ones we love. It’s about what one mother is willing to sacrifice for her children.
Lena Blackwell has kept her sons sheltered and close by her side for over two decades, working and living at their successful Maine river lodge. She’s raised them to be kind, hard-working, and caring young men—and she’s determined that they never learn of their true origin story, even though that’s meant erasing every connection she has to her own past.
When old friends unexpectedly arrive at the lodge, a series of events is put into motion that Lena is unable to halt, jeopardizing the very relationships she’s lied to protect, forcing her to sacrifice everything, even her life, to protect her sons.
A novel of domestic suspense from Lynne Reeves
THE DANGERS OF AN ORDINARY NIGHT
This twisty and affecting thriller combines a meticulously constructed crime story with a devastating domestic drama about the blind spots in our most precious relationships. With this novel, I wanted to explore the impact of addiction and betrayal on marriage. As a counselor working with families, I see the ripple effects of addiction on partners and children. I wanted to explore this reality through a fictional lens in hopes that the characters’ struggles will resonate with what readers may be going through in their own lives.
“...a sensitive examination of a dysfunctional family and a full-of-secrets community that claims to be seeking the truth.”
—The New York Times
“Shatteringly original, intensely suspenseful, and written with a tender eloquence that will break your heart. The talented Lynne Reeves—a master of subtext—weaves her brilliant insight into a riveting story of best intentions, unintended consequences, and devastated families.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today Bestselling author of Her Perfect Life
“Both tender and tense, this novel trembles with the secrets lying under its many perfect facades. Lynne Reeves writes a thriller like no other: informed, nuanced, and forever keeping you at the edge of your seat. Grab this one!”
—Rene Denfeld, bestselling author of The Child Finder
“The Dangers of an Ordinary Night is a riveting page turner that explores the many masks we wear. It’s a mystery, a marriage story—a great read on many levels. You won’t put it down.”
—Erica Ferencik, author of The River at Night
“In her suspenseful new novel, The Dangers of an Ordinary Night, Lynne Reeves brilliantly demonstrates that, in the theater of life, it is so often the people we’re closest to who are the most convincing actors of all. Lies, deception, a marriage in disarray, and the ruinous consequences of long kept secrets propel this novel to its tragic and startling end.”
—Elizabeth Brundage, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Vanishing Point
“In The Dangers of an Ordinary Night, Lynne Reeves pulls at your heartstrings, and she leaves you at the edge of your seat, turning the pages. In this thriller that explores the dark underpinnings of family, Reeves captures the nuance and fear we feel as we look deeply at the ones we let into our lives.”
—Elizabeth L. Silver, author of The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
“As the suspects add up, the suspense and mystery escalate until the unexpected and shocking conclusion, making this a true nail-biter.”
—New York Journal of Books
"…an extraordinary mystery. If Agatha Christie had lived in Boston, she would’ve written a mystery similar to this one."
"…a three-act tragedy that peers beneath every parent’s worst nightmare…with chapter titles drawn from twenty-seven plays…Reeves’ uncommonly assured novel, by turns sensitive and scarifying, identifies an elusive target and hits it dead on."
“Reeves writes a powerfully moving exploration of how far a mother will go to keep her children safe–an intimate portrait of a family defined by secrets and lies. Riveting, propulsive, and haunting, with bonus points for its wilderness setting, I loved Dark Rivers to Cross!”
—Karen Dionne, international bestselling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter
“With an obvious love of Maine’s wilderness, Lynne Reeves delivers a heart-in-your-throat page-turner that shines a compassionate light on the injustices surrounding domestic violence and the failures of our mental healthcare system. A story about resilience and love, identity and self-discovery, Dark Rivers to Cross hits all the right notes and will keep readers guessing until the nail-biting end.”
—Julie Carrick Dalton, author of Waiting for the Night Song
“An emotional and thrilling story about the ghosts that carry and bury trauma in our own lives, and the role this plays in the choices we make. Dark Rivers to Cross will keep you turning pages into the night to discover what Lena will do to save her children from their past and the truth.”
—Catherine McKenzie, USA Today bestselling author of I’ll Never Tell
NOVELIST & FAMILY COUNSELOR
LYNNE REEVES GRIFFIN
Lynne Reeves Griffin is an internationally recognized family counselor, public speaker, teacher and writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in Parents, Psychology Today, Solstice Literary Magazine, Chautauqua Journal, Craft Literary, Fiction Writers Review, Brain, Child and more.
Writing as Lynne Griffin, she is the author of the family-focused novels, Life Without Summer (St. Martin’s Press), Sea Escape (Simon & Schuster), and Girl Sent Away (SixOneSeven Books).
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EDITING | WRITING COACHING SERVICES
Lynne provides coaching on fiction and nonfiction book projects. She can also assess and provide a thorough manuscript read, developmental edit, and coaching feedback to help you take your fiction and nonfiction writing to the next level. Her clients have gone on to publish their work in all kinds of publishing venues.
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PARENT | PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Lynne Reeves Griffin RN, MEd has over thirty years experience as a registered nurse, school & family counselor, and differentiated-learning specialist. She is available for individual parent coaching, education consultation, as well as for parent and professional development programs.
Lynne's Other Books
"In Girl Sent Away, Lynne Griffin takes on a topic that's rarely discussed but which richly deserves our attention: the fear-based teenage boot camps that serve as a dark undercurrent to our domestic culture.
A terrific and terrifying story, and one that should be told. Brava to Griffin for having the courage to do so." --Roxana Robinson, author of Cost and Sparta
Acclaimed novelist and nationally recognized family expert Lynne Griffin returns with Sea Escape--an emotional, beautifully imagined story inspired by the author's family letters about the ties that bind mothers and daughters.
Entertainment Weekly says, "Sea Escape is a multigenerational family story that will pluck the heartstrings."
Life Without Summer tells the story of Tessa, a mother who has lost her four-year-old daughter in a hit-and-run accident and the grief counselor, Celia, who tries to help her to put her life back together. When their lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, each woman's intensely personal journey reverberates with universal themes about the connections between love, truth, and forgiveness.
Nonfiction | Parenting
Nationally recognized behavior management expert Lynne Reeves Griffin RN, MEd offers a proactive plan with tools to reclaim parental authority, establish boundaries, tactics for ceasing negotiation or reliance on rewards and punishments. Based on the specific ages and temperaments of children. Featuring anecdotes from more than 20 years of parental consulting, the author reveals the real struggles parents face in raising today's children.
May 19, 2022
VIRTUAL EVENT | Belmont Books • MA
Lynne will be in conversation with Connie Mayo, author of The Sharp Edges of Mercy. Event is virtual and begins at 7 pm EST.
July 12, 2022
IN PERSON EVENT • Scituate Public Library • Scituate, MA
Lynne will be in conversation with the library’s bookclub about her new novel The Dangers of an Ordinary Night.