Crooked River: A Novel

Crooked River: A Novel

by Valerie Geary


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Crooked River: A Novel by Valerie Geary

With the inventiveness and emotional power of Promise Not to Tell, The Death of Bees, and After Her, a powerful literary debut about family and friendship, good and evil, grief and forgiveness.

He is not evil. I am not good.

We are the same: broken and put back together again.

Still grieving the sudden death of their mother, Sam and her younger sister Ollie McAlister move from the comforts of Eugene to rural Oregon to live in a meadow in a teepee under the stars with Bear, their beekeeper father. But soon after they arrive, a young woman is found dead floating in Crooked River, and the police arrest their eccentric father for the murder.

Fifteen-year-old Sam knows that Bear is not a killer, even though the evidence points to his guilt. Unwilling to accept that her father could have hurt anyone, Sam embarks on a desperate hunt to save him and keep her damaged family together.

I see things no one else does.

I see them there and wish I didn’t. I want to tell and can’t.

Ollie, too, knows that Bear is innocent. The Shimmering have told her so. One followed her home from her mom’s funeral and refuses to leave. Now, another is following Sam. Both spirits warn Ollie: the real killer is out there, closer and more dangerous than either girl can imagine.

Told in Sam and Ollie’s vibrant voices, Crooked River is a family story, a coming of age story, a ghost story, and a psychological mystery that will touch reader’s hearts and keep them gripped until the final thrilling page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062326607
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 558,465
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Valerie Geary is a full-time writer and a fair-weather gardener. Her stories have been published in The Rumpus and Day One. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family. Crooked River is her first book.

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Crooked River 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
RichardSutton More than 1 year ago
She had me as soon as I read the setting description. Not only was delivering the Eugene Register-Guard my first job, but years later, I had a friend named Bear when I lived on a commune south of Eugene, completer with a tipi in the meadow. What Ms. Geary's publisher didn't imply in the description was the fine balance in her writing between narrative and active voices resulting in flawless pacing. She also conveys a reassuring, grounding sense of setting which took me back and set me right down in the middle of Terrebonne. I literally would have read this in one sitting except for the need for meals and sleep. The story of two sisters living through a very difficult patch of loss and isolation teaches the importance of loyalty and love to bind a family together. The circumstances, while unusual were certainly recognizable to me. I especially appreciated the split Point of View, crafting alternate chapters from the two sisters' very different perspectives. The suspense builds especially toward the end, and the layer of paranormal awareness of the younger sister lays a compelling layer on everything. The very touching ending was very satisfying to this reader.I'm now a confirmed Valerie Geary fan, and will look forward to her next book. I can recommend this to readers who appreciate a close mystery in a family/rural setting. I think it would also be a good choice for older YA readers even though there is a tiny bit of appropriate obscenity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great new fiction, love when it all comes together!
Anonymous 10 months ago
What a well written book. You will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the development of the sisters' characters. I could feel the emotions that both were experiencing. However, the story was somewhat predictable. The father's innocence is seldom questioned and there are only a few other possible suspects.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read I really enjoyed it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Constant, continous happenings. Five stars and I can count how many books I have given
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jonilynn1978 More than 1 year ago
For the most part this is a decent book, easy read with good character development however, it's a little slow in the beginning. It doesn't really get good until the middle to the end. There are parts that are suspensful and the ending isn't terrible however, the ghosts, totally unnecessary in this entire book which was one of the reasons I only gave it 3 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only just started reading, the book will grab you instantly. I am sure it will become a can't put it down read. Crooked River take me away.