The Drowning of Corinne Porter by Sara L. Foust – Book Review

Posted June 8, 2021 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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The Drowning of Corinne Porter by Sara L. Foust – Book Review

The Drowning of Corinne Porter

by Sara L. Foust

Series: Smoky Mountain Suspense #3
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Published by Silver Lining Literary Services
Publication Date June 7, 2021
Genres: Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Setting: Tennessee Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 185


When an unreliable witness reports a body that they can’t find…Special Agents Annalise Baker and Zachary Leebow will be stretched to their physical and emotional limits, testing not only their tenuous new relationship but their faith too. Deep in the wilderness near Cades Cove, Tennessee, the Smoky Mountain Investigate Force’s spotless track record is on the line if they fail. …But how do they solve a crime when there is no victim?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: The Kidnapping of Cody Moss, The Vanishing of Olivia Beck

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The Drowning of Corinne Porter combines action, suspense, and personal conflict as Annalise and Zach are once again faced with a missing-persons case. Only, this time around, all they have to go on is a body which is no longer where the witness found it… Things move quickly as their search escalates and circumstances begin to point to a much bigger problem than a missing corpse.

As with the other stories I’ve read by Sara L. Foust, the descriptions of the locations in the beautiful Smoky Mountains were intriguing. I was able to picture the area quite well!

The conflict between Zach and Annalise was intense as they both needed to work through the grief that resulted from the action she had to take at the end of The Vanishing of Olivia Beck. The pain they each experienced and the hurt they caused each other was palpable.

I was delighted with the surprising manner in which a new character was introduced to the team and enjoyed getting to know him. His idiosyncrasies were fascinating and I hope to learn more about him later in this series.

What was not described in detail were the unpleasantries of the crimes – thankfully! While providing enough information to show how heinous they were, the author didn’t revel in them. I still caution the more squeamish or younger readers to carefully consider whether this is a story that they want to read. The crimes were pretty awful and I am glad I was able to read this through early enough in the day so I had time to fill my thoughts with other things before trying to sleep that night!

Readers who love suspense and the great outdoors will certainly want to consider reading The Drowning of Corinne Porter and the entire Smoky Mountain Suspense series. But be sure to read them in order!

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About Sara L. Foust

Sara writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Tennessee Mountain Writers. Her debut novel Callum’s Compass won second place in Deep River Books’; 2017 Writer’s Contest. She also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone.

Sara finds inspiration in her faith, her family, and the beauty of nature. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family. To learn more about her and her work or to become a part of her email friend’s group, please visit

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