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The Salt Maiden [Kindle Edition]

Colleen Thompson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Deep beneath the desert lies a woman's body, mummified by salt, abandoned by those who ought to seek her. With her rests a secret that someone will kill to keep buried.

Devil's Claw

It's a barren wasteland, the dead center of nowhere, and the last place Dana Vanover wants to be. But it's also the last known address of her missing sister. Determined to locate Angie, Dana won't be deterred by suspicious rednecks, snakebite, or even the grim prognosis of Sheriff Jay Eversole: no woman could survive more than a week alone in the burning heat of Rimrock County . But the endless sands aren't the only thing hotter than the chili served up in the Broken Spur café. Despite small-town dirty politics, a deadly car chase and a dangerous paternity search, Dana and Jay can't keep their hands off each other. In the least populated area of the country they've managed to find love. Now all they have to do is stay alive long enough to uncover...The Salt Maiden

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Arriving in the barren wasteland called Devil's Claw to find her missing sister, Dana Vanover must deal with the town's hostile inhabitants and finds an ally and lover in Sheriff Jay Eversole.

About the Author

Colleen Thompson lives in the Houston area with her husband, son, and two rescue dogs that keep life interesting. A former teacher, Colleen lives, breathes, and dreams books, and shares this obsession with like-minded friends whenever possible.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2009 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (1 Dec. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001HBI6L6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,848 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Award-winning Amazon bestseller Colleen Thompson writes stories that explore how love can kill, and how it can also empower us to seek healing and justice. From her fast-paced contemporary romantic thrillers to her sweeping historical romances (written under the pseudonym Gwyneth Atlee) she puts the reader in the heart of the story... when she's not busy exploring remote corners of her adopted home state of Texas, working with her rescue dogs, or speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not gripping 18 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Storyline at first leaves you not sure what is going on as if you had missed something, but once you get into it, it works well enough. It has its moments of being cheesy - in particular the first love scene and was a little too schmaltzy for my tastes, but having said that, some of the action is well paced and written. Give it a go but don't pay too much for it (I got it for 99p...)
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 15 Nov. 2007
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Colleen Thompson is an author waiting to "happen". Oh, she has been out there, is well respected as a growing talent. She has a solid backlist of amazing tales; only, she just has that presence of an author ready to have that break out novel. The Salt Maiden is that book. Her skill and flow of the prose marks her as a master wordsmith. She weaves an intricate plot into this eerie, sinister tale that kept me spellbound. This simply is Colleen Thompson at her very best.

Dana Vanover is resolute to find her sister. Her determination takes her back to the desert town of Devil's Claw, where she encounters nothing but resistance to the answers she's come to find. The strongest stonewalling to her prodding and probing for an explanation about her sister's disappearance comes from Sheriff Jay Eversole. The sheriff makes no bones about it - he wants her gone for more reasons than one. However, Dana is not leaving without her sister. As she continues the hardheaded pursuit of the riddle of the mystery, Jay causes other problems - namely the passions he provokes in her. Lives are at peril in this deadly sinister story, and under the careful crafting of this very talented writer, the reader is guaranteed a tale that will keep them on the edge of the seat, with temperatures rising, as they turn page after page unable to put this novel down.

Very highly recommended.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal. 11 Sept. 2007
By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is a small place, Devil's Claw, Texas. Sheriff Jay Eversole, of Rimrock county, knew it better than most. Full of venomous snakes, scorpions, coyotes, bobcats, an occasional mountain lion or rabid bat. But there may be hope. A company called Haz-Vestment has been sniffing around the area. The locals are thrilled about a salt-dome project that the company was considering for their county. For now, it is still a barren wasteland in the center of nowhere. All was pretty quiet until the veterinarian, Dana Vanover, showed up looking for her missing sister, Angie. Angie spent the last five months in Devil's Claw. The lady spent her time weaving tapestries and causing all sorts of trouble for the locals. She had been totally against the salt-dome project, claiming it defiled the Salt Woman of legends. Anyone who thought Angie had any real sense never thought so for long. Angie has a drug-addled and drunken history. Everyone was glad the lady left. That is, until the sister, Dana, showed up looking for Angie.

Dana Vanover did not want to go off looking for her sister again. But her mother, Isabel, convinced Dana to look at Nikki Harrison, the daughter Angie never told anyone she gave birth to and gave up for adoption. Now Nikki fights cancer; her only hope is bone morrow from Angie. So off Dana goes to Rimrock. The locals are all but hostile from the start, except for the sheriff. However, Jay has not been sheriff for too long. Yet Jay is the only one willing to keep looking for Angie. The two end up dealing with a sniper, a deadly car chase, a scam involving the FBI, and so much more. But through it all, Jay and Dana cannot seem to keep their hands off each other. Their start may have been rocky, but their feelings for each other seem to grow stronger with each hour that passes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars kindle book review 8 April 2013
By myak
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Enjoyed the twist.Confusing using journals at beginning of chapters. Felt this was not required. Needs work on layout of presentation
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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One of those books I hoped would get better as I went along but didn't. I enjoyed the opening scenes, I enjoyed the whole intrigue of the missing sister with drug and alcohol related issues. The 'salt dome' project and the possibility of what it might uncover, was nicely worked but, for me, the novel was let down by the schmaltz and 'will they/won't they' scenes between lead characters Jay Eversole, Sheriff, and Dana Vanover, veterinarian. Everything about them is predictable until some odd scenes involving a sniper and then the FBI creep in to further blur the lines of reality. I could have enjoyed the mystery at the heart of this novel had it been further worked. Problem is; The Salt Maiden is neither romance nor thriller and at times I felt as lost as the plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as original as I hoped 8 April 2013
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This was a fairly routine thriller/romance set in the desert country of Texas. The promise of some interesting anthropological elements was not borne out in the plot and in spite of a deal of biographical detail, the characters did not seem to me to come alive.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The salt maiden 10 Dec. 2013
By eve
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This was an ok book with a good story line. It was a bit slow at the beginning but got better as it went along
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 12 Aug. 2013
By Kevin
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Enjoyable and interesting,especially the flash backs of a traumatised soldier.

A bit too nice and romantic at the end which in my view made it all a tad unrealistic. At the very least the dog should have died!

Good page turning holiday read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I don't hate it. You do not have something to say ...
I don't hate it . You do not have something to say not read yet
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Salt Maiden
A thoroughly good read. Keeps you guessing right to the end.
A good mixture of crime amidst a harsh climate and romance.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Ann C. Innes
5.0 out of 5 stars Salt maiden
once started had to keep reading, couldn't put it down till l had finished it.
Excellent read.
colleen Thompson is a good writer
Published 8 months ago by nanliz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good holiday read.
Published 8 months ago by Anniemac
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I didn't like this book it was so predictable.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. S. K. Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
maybe a little predictable
Published 9 months ago by jacqueline herbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An enjoyable read, enough intrigue and mystery to keep you from putting it down.
Published 10 months ago by mrs. S Howson-Green
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as I expected
not as good as I expected, but if you like that sort of thing , not for me wont read that author again
Published 10 months ago by patricia bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not read yet
Published 11 months ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual but good story
This was a very good story although some of the characters needed a bit more fleshing out. It held my interest right to the end as I had to find out who the perpetrator was. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Christine N. Hull
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