Bitter River

Bitter River

Book - 2013
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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.

Phone calls before dawn are never good news. And when you're the county's prosecuting attorney, calls from the sheriff are rarely good news, either. So when Bell Elkins picks up the phone she already knows she won't like what she's about to hear, but she's still not prepared for this: 16-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.

With a case like that, Bell knows the coming weeks are going to be tough. 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.

In Bitter River , Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Keller once again weaves a compelling, haunting mystery against the stark beauty and extreme poverty of a small West Virginia mountain town.

Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250003492
Branch Call Number: MYS F KEL
Characteristics: vii, 386 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 14, 2015

Absolutely no need episodes associated with terrorism inserted in the narrative. A lot of obscure, pretentious descriptions: space, appearance, etc. Not interesting ending.

Jan 06, 2015

Very Good!

mko123 Sep 23, 2014

not as good as others but a page-turner. I like this feisty, independent gal with a lot of hard-won wisdom.

Feb 17, 2014

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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