Crooked River

Crooked River

A Novel

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062326591
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 24 cm.


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Nov 08, 2017

This was a great novel - the characters were cleverly devise and described, the plot developed well, and everything came together in the end. As an Oregonian who has been to all the locations in the story, I was impressed that the author nailed them all in her descriptions, from flora/fauna, to geology and terrain, to weather and culture (I've known men like "Bear"). I'd give the mystery itself a B+, since there were some overly obvious hints but also nuances that unsuspectedly turned out to be integral parts of the climax. I'd recommend this book to anyone I know, but highly recommend it to anyone who has lived here in the Pacific Northwest.

Dec 07, 2016

I enjoyed reading this book very much. I live in Oregon and have visited central Oregon many times which helps in relating to the setting. I thought the characters, and their flaws were believable as well. It kept me turning the pages, and I do encourage reading it and will look at other books by this local author.

PimaLib_JB Aug 17, 2015

Grieving sisters are sent to live in a tent with their eccentric, damaged father, in small-town Oregon in the late 80s. I couldn't put it down after a few chapters!

The sisters have very different perspectives: one's more of a Sixth Sense-esque ghost story, and the other is more of a Donna Tartt / Harper Lee coming of age mystery.

Apr 18, 2015

This book nicely blends mystery and a coming-of-age story. Told in alternating voices of Young Ollie, ten, who sees ghosts and has them trailing after her and Sam, a teenager dealing with her first crush while trying to clear her father of murder. Each girl’s perspective feels unique and brings not only the narrators to life, but the other characters as well.


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