The Current

The Current

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"When two young women leave their college campus in the dead of winter for a 700-mile drive north to Minnesota, they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives in the icy waters of the Black Root River, just miles from home. One girl's survival, and the other's death--murder, actually--stun the citizens of a small Minnesota town, thawing memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may yet live among them"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616206772
Branch Call Number: F JOH
Characteristics: 408 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 21, 2019

While I liked the book in general, I hated the ending...or non-ending. Too many questions were left a couple of new ones thrown in for good measure.

Aug 19, 2019

Awesome... terrific writing of a crime and its repercussions! Enough twists to keep interest high; enough of a straight line to encourage self-sleuthing! I love character driven stories where a person's morality and even actions tend toward a grey area...the 'good guys' in this one aren't ALL good, the bad ones aren't ALL bad. Definitely will read more from this author...

Jun 29, 2019

Too many words! Gave up when the women began their road trip.

Mar 28, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Unique, well written drama.

College student Audrey desperately needs a ride back to Minnesota to see her dying father. Even though it is the middle of winter, her friend Caroline offers to drive her. Before reaching home, the unthinkable happens when their car ends up in the river and one girl does not survive...and it’s entirely possible that this was no accident. The scary thing is that it’s not the first time something like this has happened in this part of the world.

Audrey’s father Tom, a retired Sheriff, investigates the accident and is reminded of the last time something like this happened, 10 years ago. That case still unsolved, he vows it will not happen again. But other dynamics are at play; a loyal mother, an angry father, a conflicted brother, a childhood friend...what are they hiding? And after all this time, will the answers be found?

Pros: Personally, I love Johnston’s style of writing. I loved Descent and I loved this one too. It is a slow, detailed read with fantastic characters and a riveting plot.

Cons: This book was a little tough to get into...without the benefit of dates, and with a whole lot of names to absorb, I found it tough to grasp just what was happening, and when. But once you get the hang of it, an amazing story of family ties, doubt, determination and love unfolds that you will not soon forget. There were a few threads left hanging that I would have liked to have explained...but overall this is an excellent book that outclasses many in this genre.

Fantastic! Perfect for a book club because there is so much to discuss...

5 Stars

Mar 14, 2019

Beautifully written story. I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end.

Mar 11, 2019

According to Towson University (and every handbook I've ever read), the rule is simple: "A pronoun should refer clearly to one, clear, unmistakable noun coming before the pronoun. This noun is called the pronoun’s antecedent."
Johnson starts nearly every chapter with a page or two of pronouns with no textual clues as to who "she" or "he" is. Clearly one critic's challenging and innovative writing is another reader's pompous, overwritten, self-indulgent dreck.
In one chapter (almost completely lacking in Names) we learn: Their (Marky's and Danny's) friend (Jeff) had stepped up to take care of him (Marky) when he (Danny) left town after he (the former Sheriff) let him (Gordon) down when his (Gordon's) daughter died.
There are also too many passages where it appears two people are talking, then you discover one is a ghost--never identified.

Mar 10, 2019

Needed to play close attention at first. The set-up of characters starts out with Audrey and Caroline, college roomies, who go over the edge into cold waters. Only Audrey survives. Audrey's father ex sheriff Tom Sutter was Sheriff during a similar event 10 years earlier- an event with Gordon Burke's daughter Holly who died. Let's add new Sheriff, new deputy, Rachel and son's Danny and Marky and various ex-spouses alive or passed. Once I carefully, and with a bit of concentration, determined who is who I couldn't stop reading. Sometimes the time period or character portrayed was not clearly defined but made the concentration and reader involvement more necessary. Glad I stuck with it. Well rewarded.

Mar 02, 2019

Audrey is at college in Georgia when she decides that she must return home to be with her father who is dying of cancer. Her friend Caroline decides to drive her home On the way they encounter two men at an out of the way gas station who attempt to assault them. They leave only to end up in the river in Iowa in the midst of a snow storm. They become victims of the river's currents which leads them to different ends. The second story line which intersects with Audrey is about a ten year old murder that had been investigated by her father who was sheriff at the time.

This is a mystery about the murder of a girl in the same river 10 years ago and the families whose lives changed forever at that time and part that Audrey plays in the resolution.

This is a well written book and very well crafted mystery and story of a small town and the people that live there. Kept your attention from the first page to the last. Highly recommend !!!

Jan 22, 2019

This book uses some current affectations that I hope soon disappear: no quotes for dialogue in some places and switching tenses on a whim. Both are confusing and distract from reading the story.

Also, the overall style was not conducive to my preferred state: sinking into a good story such that I lose track of time. I gave up on this one without getting past page 25.

In my opinion, a good novel has a narrative that flows, a compelling plot, settings that draw the reader into different worlds, interesting if not relatable main characters and ideas to ponder. An excellent book captures and holds my attention from the first page. However, I try to give new authors a bit of time, but if I don't find myself immersed by page 25, I quit reading.

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