The Six Train to Wisconsin

The Six Train to Wisconsin

by Kourtney Heintz

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The Six Train to Wisconsin by Kourtney Heintz

There is one person that ties Oliver Richter to this world: his wife Kai. For Kai, Oliver is the keeper of her secrets.

When her telepathy spirals out of control and inundates her mind with the thoughts and emotions of everyone within a half-mile radius, the life they built together in Manhattan is threatened.

To save her, Oliver brings her to the hometown he abandoned—Butternut, Wisconsin—where the secrets of his past remain buried. But the past has a way of refusing to stay dead. Can Kai save Oliver before his secrets claim their future?

An emotionally powerful debut, The Six Train to Wisconsin pushes the bounds of love as it explores devotion, forgiveness, and acceptance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481884570
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/02/2013
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Kourtney Heintz writes emotionally evocative speculative fiction that captures the deepest truths of being human. For her characters, love is a journey never a destination.

She resides in Connecticut with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, her supportive parents and three quirky golden retrievers. Years of working on Wall Street provided the perfect backdrop for her imagination to run amuck at night, imagining a world where out-of-control telepathy and buried secrets collide.

Her debut novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin, was a 2014 Indie Excellence Award Winner, 2014 International Book Awards Finalist, 2014 EPIC Ebook Award Finalist, 2013 USA Best Book Awards Finalist, and 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist.

She also writes YA gothic mysteries as K.C. Tansley.

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The Six Train to Wisconsin 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didnt like that each chapter was written about a different character. It disrupted the flow of the story too much and the ending was rushed and had no resolution. Would not recommend this.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
This is a difficult story to read because of the intensity of the material and some of the actions described. However, once you get past learning the contents of someone's mind during periods of stress, it becomes an interesting mystery as a young boy is kidnapped and cannot be found. The story has many twists and turns, romantically as well as physically. Hard to read, but impossible to put done.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Oliver would do anything for Kia, including re-entering the place he ran from when it became his personal Hell. She is his world, his heart and soul and she is in danger of losing her mind or worse. Kia is a telepath and the weight of the crush of thoughts from thousands of minds in Manhattan are driving her mad, drowning her in depression and suicide is becoming the only way she can see to escape the mental onslaught. Devoted to her job and life, Oliver knows the only way to save her is to trick her into moving to his quiet hometown in Wisconsin. His only thought and only goal is to let Kia revive her inner strength to hold out others thoughts, little did he know, his past would come back to haunt him an threaten all that he holds dear. Secrets have a way of growing ugly the longer they are kept, high school sweethearts can become excessive stalkers and Oliver will learn how human both he and Kia really are. Kourtney Heintz’s The Six Train to Wisconsin is a tale of desperate love, lies of omission, infidelity and the lengths people will go to seek revenge all woven together with a paranormal thread. Brilliant characters come together in a small town where everyone knows everyone elses business and if they don’t, they make something up. Imagine being taken from the lights and frenzied pace of the big city and being plopped down in a smallminded town whose open arms of welcome are non-existent. How would you handle and old flame coming on to your spouse? Could you live with hearing everyone’s thoughts? Oliver has gone above and beyond to save the woman he loves, but his methods leave something to be desired. Kia is not only a wreck, but an outsider to the dark secrets buried in Butternut. Her reactions to events were like playing with fire in the most vicious way. Still, one must ask, what would I do? What am I willing to forgive? Flawed characters in a town crippled by isolation and insecurity, liars, cheaters and players, everyone has an agenda and Kourtney Heintz has rolled the dice and come up with a suspense filled winner that guards the end like Cerberus! I received this copy from Kourtney Heintz & Aurea Blue Press in exchange for my honest review.
ReadingGrrl More than 1 year ago
After reading this book I can honestly say that having telepathy would be the worst super power in the world. Knowing everyone's thoughts, would be torturous. Heintz has created a great story, mixing the supernatural with a modern day mystery romance. The story is told in alternating voices, Kai and her husband Oliver. It was really nice to have both sides of the action so I appreciated the way this was written. Great writing, great mystery. The ending is left on a bit of a cliff hanger but that was okay. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in this series.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Ever wish you could be invisible or read minds? The Six Train to Wisconsin explores what happens to a marriage and a person's sanity when a mind is able to "suck thoughts like a vacuum". This series has a second installment to be published in November 2016 called Highway Thirteen to Manhattan. Six Train ends with not so much a cliffhanger but a .......hummmm wonder what happens next? The title to this novel was a mystery to me until it is mentioned in Highway 13 to Manhattan. Heinz kept me reading at an alarming rate to find out how these amazing characters survive. Thanks to Aurea Blue Press and author through Netgalley for an opportunity to review. Loved looking in the key hole at the lives of Oliver and Kai.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story. I live in Wisconsin, but have never been to Butternut. Not sure why, but now I have an overwhelming urge to make the 3 hour drive and check it out. Maybe there's a train I can take!  
bespectacled_nerd More than 1 year ago
The Six Train to Wisconsin transports the reader into the world Kai and Oliver share in a unique way. Ms. Heintz has taken two locations with nothing in common except two characters and has made them feel completely opposite (which Manhattan and Butternut, Wisconsin should be) but somehow similar at the core. In Manhattan, the reader feels as cramped and confined as Kai does when her shield is down and the world tumbles into her mind. Butternut, conversely, is less cramped than Manhattan with less for Kai to hear but it is just as confined--this time by lack of people, loneliness, and lack of purpose. This unexpected juxtaposition of duality enriches the already wonderful story Ms. Heintz has created. Character development takes the stage in this novel, with extraordinary attention to detail. From the ways dialogue is written (both the spoken and projected) to how each person deals with betrayal, loss,  and forgiveness differently speaks to how we function as humans--each with a unique way of phrasing and coping. Ms. Heintz has taken many perspectives of the human experience and woven them into her characters with the skill of an artisan working a loom. The research put in to this novel to accurately portray those with abilities that are often seen as other-worldly (like telepathy, dreamwalking, etc) is tremendous as is the characterization of the geography. The dedication to get things write, even down to the geology of a location, is too often overlooked but in Six Train it is layered throughout the novel giving her words an extra level of fullness. Ms. Heintz has given readers a novel with soul. It unabashedly explores love, life, relationships, and the occult without dumbing them down for easy digestion or moving through them too quickly. She has created a story that one can easily relate to and hard to put down.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
This book had an interesting storyline, but never the right combination of trust between anyone. The ending resolution seemed flimsy to me.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite The Six Train to Wisconsin by Kourtney Heintz reminds us that sometimes when you save the person you love it can cost you everything else. Oliver has one person that means the most to him in the world; the woman he loves, Kai his wife. Kai is also a telepath and when her abilities start to spiral out of control Oliver takes her to Butternut, Wisconsin, a town he long left behind along with the secrets of the past. What was supposed to be a trip to keep Kai safe becomes a journey for Kai to save Oliver before he is overtaken by the secrets of the past. Does love conquer all? I love paranormal and, as someone who grew up in Minnesota, the idea that one of the settings in this book was Wisconsin appealed to me. I always like being able to identify places when I am reading. The story itself is compelling and interesting. Kourtney Heintz is able to transport you into a world and invest you in the characters within the first chapter. I know I found myself rooting for the characters and seeing the devotion between them right away. Oliver would literally do anything for Kai and she in turn is devoted to having a future with him. This story as a whole is going to stay with me for a while and I do not find many paranormals that I will say that about. The way that the fantasy aspect is wrapped into the real world and the very real love between the characters is seamless. For me it was the glue that held this story together.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Six Train to Wisconsin (Volume 1) by Kourtney Heintz is the story of Kai and her husband Oliver. They share an amazing relationship based on love, respect, devotion, and acceptance. Oliver is the keeper of Kai's secrets. It is at a time in their peaceful life that Kai's telepathy gets out of control. In a bid to save her, Oliver takes her back to Butternut, Wisconsin, his hometown. Many of his past secrets are buried in that town and the past never dies. It keeps cropping up at inappropriate moments.  The story is a compelling read. It takes you to a different plane. Being telepathic or psychic is different. Readers can experience Kai's paranormal powers in the story, setting her apart from the rest of the characters. It is thrilling to know that one can access the thoughts and space of another person. The author has love, adventure, intrigue, sacrifice, and acceptance all woven together to make a riveting story. The plot alternates between Kai and Oliver telling their story in first person. The book is action packed and fast paced. The writing is crisp. The characters, plot, and subplot are described well. Both the characters, Oliver and Kai, and their story keep readers glued to the pages. The story has a fantasy-like, surreal element running through it. Will Oliver and Kai be able to hold their lives together amid all the drama? This is a thrilling novel with an original theme.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite In The Six Train to Wisconsin by Kourtney Heintz, Oliver and Kai seem like your average couple living in New York City; he is a financial adviser and she helps at risk children. But there's more to the two of them than what first meets the eye. Kai is a telepathic and the pressures of blocking out eight million voices is beginning to get to her. After a particularly bad night, Oliver takes her away from the city and to his childhood home in Butternut, Wisconsin, but there is more to that small town than you think. The Six Train to Wisconsin is one of those novels that has blurbs all over the back saying things like 'evocative', and 'brilliant', and 'I couldn't put it down' - praise that is well deserved. A richly layered novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin gently pushes at the reader's expectations, then exceeds them, turning what could almost become kitschy in more inexperienced hands to something with an almost literary bent (if the literary genre ever decided to dabble in the paranormal). It was an enjoyable read, and I can see why The Six Train to Wisconsin was the 2012 semifinalist for Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. My only complaint is that I wish the ending had stretched on a little longer. I was dying to know how everything was resolved with the characters but who knows, maybe I’ll get lucky and Ms. Heintz will pen a sequel (both fingers crossed).
AJGarland More than 1 year ago
It's not often that you find an author who can hook you on the plot from the start - Kourtney did just that! Her writing is exceptional and she is a master at creating a picture with only her words. I enjoyed how she wrote each chapter by alternating between Kai and Oliver's perspectives...it made me want to keep reading to find out what happened next. If you are in need of a good read, look no further. You will NOT be disappointed and once you start reading, you won't put this book down. Tell your friends, your family, strangers, anyone who will listen - Kourtney Heintz is on to something. I can't wait to watch this on the big screen! Well, what are you waiting for? Buy it already!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! It typically takes me months to finish a book. I finished this one in less than 2 weeks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not enjoyed a book this much in years. I could not put it down. I read it in one day. Abdolutely amazing!
CarrieR1 More than 1 year ago
The Six Train to Wisconsin has one of the more original premises I've encountered in a while. One of the main characters, Kai, is a telepath, but rather than being a gift, this talent is a curse in that she feels the emotional pain of others within a certain geographic radius. As such, her husband moves her from New York City, where she's bombarded with other people's pain, to Wisconsin, where her telepathy is less of a problem, but where her husband must now face his own demons. Old histories resurface and new tragedies arise, until it all comes together in a climactic end. In fact, the last 25% of the book really had me on the edge of my seat. The author has a knack for crisp writing with no fluff. Her characters are well-developed and her settings descriptive without being excessive. I definitely look forward to future books by this author.