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Title:
Thief River Falls
ISBN:
9781978669932
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Unabridged.
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8 audio discs (9 hr., 42 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Lisa Power is a tortured ghost of her former self. The author of a bestselling thriller named after her rural Minnesota hometown, Lisa is secluded in her remote house as she struggles with the loss of her entire family: a series of tragedies she calls the Dark Star. Then a nameless runaway boy shows up at her door with a terrifying story: he's just escaped death after witnessing a brutal murder, a crime the police want to cover up. Obsessed with the boy's safety, Lisa resolves to expose this crime, but powerful men in the town are desperate to get the boy back, and now they want her too. Lisa and her young visitor have nowhere to go as the trap closes around them. Still under the strange, unforgiving threat of the Dark Star, Lisa must find a way to save them both, or they'll become the victims of another shocking tragedy she can't foresee. --
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Harrowing loss, psychological trauma, and a deadly mystery test the human will to survive in this electrifying novel from award-winning author Brian Freeman.

Lisa Power is a tortured ghost of her former self. The author of a bestselling thriller called Thief River Falls , named after her rural Minnesota hometown, Lisa is secluded in her remote house as she struggles with the loss of her entire family: a series of tragedies she calls the "Dark Star."

Then a nameless runaway boy shows up at her door with a terrifying story: he's just escaped death after witnessing a brutal murder--a crime the police want to cover up. Obsessed with the boy's safety, Lisa resolves to expose this crime, but powerful men in Thief River Falls are desperate to get the boy back, and now they want her too.

Lisa and her young visitor have nowhere to go as the trap closes around them. Still under the strange, unforgiving threat of the Dark Star, Lisa must find a way to save them both, or they'll become the victims of another shocking tragedy she can't foresee.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Thriller writer Lisa Power, the heroine of this strong standalone from Thriller Award--winner Freeman (the Jonathan Stride series), hits the jackpot with her latest book, Thief River Falls, the success of which allows her to move to a house near her hometown of Thief River Falls, Minn. Then an amnesiac little boy appears one autumn night, claiming that he witnessed a hideous murder. He says he's being chased by the killers, who include the local police and Denis Farrell, the most powerful man in town--who already was Lisa's mortal enemy. Her attempts to flee with the boy are thwarted by bad weather, and they can't hide because everyone in the area recognizes the famous author. Besides, all Lisa's allies seem determined to betray her, as she strives to act as heroically as her novel's lead character. Readers will admire the skillful way Freeman plays tricks with thriller conventions. Agent: Deborah Schneider: Gelfman Schneider Literary. (Feb.)


Kirkus Review

After a runaway boy shows up at her home in rural Minnesota, thriller writer Lisa Power is pulled into a murder plot that is eerily similar to the one in her breakthrough bestseller.The frightened boy, who is about 10 years old, is unable to say what he is running from because he can't remember anything, including his name. A former nurse, the now famous Lisa takes him in, naming him Purdue (it's from a French word for "lost," she explains). She also gave that name to the boy in her bestseller, in which bad guys bury him alive after he witnesses a killing. As bits and pieces of the real-life boy's memory return and the threat to him becomes clear, Lisa encounters cops who are not good and friends who are not trustworthyincluding one who tells her not to make things hard on herself because "all they want is the boy." For Lisa, there seems to be no escape from the "Dark Star" she has been living under since two car accidents, a stroke, and a suicide claimed everyone in her family but her twin brotherwho hasn't been heard from in years. Even if Lisa does give the runaway boy and the boy in the book the same name, she seems largely oblivious to the ties between her fiction and her reality. That's odd considering the pains Freeman (The Crooked Street, 2019, etc.) takes to link them via excerpts of Lisa's novel. His own plot is both shaky and stale, characterizations are not his strong suit, and he seems to have little understanding of how young boys speak.A workmanlike thriller ruled by clichs and missed connections. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.