Bitter River (Bell Elkins Series #2)

Bitter River (Bell Elkins Series #2)

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Bitter River (Bell Elkins Series #2) by Julia Keller, Shannon McManus

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469216515
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Series: Bell Elkins Series , #2
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

JULIA KELLER spent twelve years as a reporter and editor for the Chicago Tribune, where she won a Pulitzer Prize. A recipient of a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, she was born in West Virginia and lives in Chicago and Ohio. Bitter River is her second adult novel.

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Bitter River 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
DrDWebb More than 1 year ago
Bitter River is one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. It is a haunting mystery that jumps off the page. I love Julia Keller’s writing style. She weaves a cleaver mystery with distinct characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read. Looking forward to reading more by Julia Keller. She kept me in suspense right until the very end, just as a good mystery should.
readergirllp More than 1 year ago
I love this new series. It's got some interesting twists and turns and just enough edgy stuff to keep me going, but not get grossed out. I hope Julia Keller can write her next novel quickly!
chafinwood More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! I could not put the book down. Great description of the coalfields of West Virginia, my birthplace.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, engaging story. On page 88 where Maddie opens the door to Lucindas room, it needs to be corrected to "flattens herself against the door jamb" She cannot flatten herself against the threshhold unless shes lying across it on the floor. Jambs are the vertical members of the door frame. Otherwise. Great story, would definately recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
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READ IT!
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John_F48 More than 1 year ago
Admittedly it has been a month or so since I indulged my guilty pleasure of reading a Nook novel on my tablet. It captured my attention and kept me glued to the story that was over with too quickly. I tend to merge the two novels, 'A Killing in the Hills' and 'Bitter River', into a continuous stream of events. So, please bear with me. The story begins with the death of a gifted young woman that has a chance to breakout of poverty in West Virginia. She was apparently pregnant and the assumed father is the son of the town's car dealership owner. It continues with identification of various individuals, their relationships in the past, their self serving confusing of the case, and finally the identification of the unexpected perpetrator. A second plot begins with someone in Bell's past re-entering her life in the process of CIA retirement hiding his recent past that causes many unforgivable obscuring tragedies. He knows he is being hunted and arrogantly believes he can control the situation. He dies because he does not ask for help, does not tell his story, and finally must ask to be forgiven in the classic movie western cowboy sense of the word. The story also demonstrates what we know, that when a crisis happens even a mentally ill person can rise to the occasion and act in an appropriate way. In conclusion, I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to next installment of Bell's story when it becomes available.
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This was a great read, the end was awesome her sister came home woohooo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just discover Louise Penney, a and her prose is wonderful. Of course as in any mystery there are plots and sub-plots well woven an not predictable. She mays every detail of the story alive and papalpabe. Vivid details of the surroundings in Three Pines, it eclectic residents,the description of the foodis so well done., it's a pleasant read, tense at times, but thoroughly enjoyable.. I have read several more books by this author and plan to continue
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