Bitter River

Keller, Julia (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Bitter River

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In the next stunning novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning Julia Keller, following the popular A Killing in the Hills , a pregnant teenager is found murdered at the bottom of a river Julia Keller's A Killing in the Hills was one of the most acclaimed debuts of 2012. Set in Acker's Gap, a beautiful but poverty-stricken West Virginia mountain town, Keller's combination of shocking suspense and spellbinding characterization garnered her four starred reviews and won over critics and readers alike. Bell Elkins, the county prosecuting attorney, is the main character alongside the town itself, where she grew up-her family story is part and parcel of the tragedy of the place, but she hasn't given up on it. Like Dana Stabenow's Alaska or Dennis Lehane's South Boston, the place defines the people and their stories. Bell's latest case is a bad one: pregnant sixteen-year-old Lucinda Trimble's body has been found at the bottom of Bitter River. And Lucinda didn't drown-she was dead before her body ever hit the water.  But that's not all Bell is coping with these days. Her daughter is now living with Bell's ex-husband, hours away. Sheriff Nick Fogelsong, one of Bell's closest friends, is behaving oddly. Furthermore, a face from her past has resurfaced for reasons Bell can't quite figure. Searching for the truth, both behind Lucinda's murder and behind her own complicated relationships, will lead Bell down a path that might put her very life at risk.
Authors: Keller, Julia
Title: Bitter River
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, c2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: vii, 386 pages ,25 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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ISBN: 9781250003492
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  • reader10000 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book! The author does an outstanding job of creating an image of the small town, to the point where the town is like another character. Characters who are minor to the story - including those who appear for 1 page only - seem to have such depth, because one can see them in the setting. The book - and Killing in the Hills - were both so good that in the end, I didn't really care who the killers were.The overall story and writing took over.


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