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Author Lisa O’Donnell on Crooked River by Valerie Geary
I was privileged enough recently to read an advanced copy of Crooked River by Valerie Geary due out in October. It is a mesmorizing read and I’m compelled to share.
Set in rural Oregon, Crooked River tells the tale of sisters, Sam McAlister, who is 15 years old and Ollie who is 12 and who sees ghosts or as she calls them “the shimmering” When their mother dies they are sent to live with their beekeeper father Bear, a local eccentric who lives with his two daughters under the stars in a meadow in a tepee, but soon after they arrive the girls find a young woman’s dead body in the river and instead of telling anyone they let it float away. The body is soon discovered and all evidence points at Bear. He is quickly arrested, but Sam believes her father is innocent and embarks on a desperate hunt to keep her family together. Ollie also believes her father is innocent; the spirits who surround her have told her so and are guiding her towards the truth placing both Sam and Ollie in real danger.
Embroidered in immaculate prose, this enchanting supernatural thriller engaged me from the first paragraph when the girls discover the body washed up on the banks of Crooked River. Told in the first person and from each sisters point of view thus vibrant literary debut will reward lovers of psychological mystery and with a pen so tender it will break your heart.
You can find Valerie Geary at:
Author site: http://valeriegeary.com
Lisa O’Donnell won the Orange Screenwriting Prize in 2000 for her screenplay The Wedding Gift. Her debut novel, The Death of Bees, was the winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize. She lives in Scotland.
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