Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman (Narrated by January LaVoy)

Knocked My Socks Off

5 out of 5 stars

So, off the bat I need to let everyone know that I’m either going to royally spoil this book or die trying not to. There’s some major stuff that happens in it (granted a lot of it happen in the last few chapters) but just understand that I need to talk about the craziness and the amount that this book threw me for a loop.

Lisa Power is an author who lives in a small town, but she’s from an even smaller town known as Thief River Falls. She wrote her fourth book, which has just been optioned by Reese Witherspoon’s production company. This book is based on the sleepy town she grew up in named Thief River Falls.

The story tells of a little boy who was buried alive, escapes, and ends up being saved by a woman living alone. Suddenly, one night things from the book start to play out similarly in her own life. A little boy shows up at her house. He can’t remember his name and he won’t talk about wha happened to him, but it’s obvious it was something awful. Lisa is forced to help him while also freaking out that the stories seem to be matching up.

The story itself is fast-paced and had me on the edge of my seat throughout. I couldn’t wait to figure out just what was going to happen. Freeman was able to write about Lisa in a way that made her feel real. The whole book felt real. It really started to freak me out.

And, as I mentioned above, when it got to the ending. Holy crap. I honestly guessed it early on but I thought it was the most ridiculous thing. So when it was finally all revealed I was absolutely floored. Like had to pause the audiobook. I couldn’t deal. Freeman completely and utterly played me and I loved it.

It’s rare that I fall for a book this bad. It’s even more rare that a book has me pause it in the throws of its reveal because it was such a 180 from what I was expecting.

Overall, if you like a deeply twisted, psychological thriller – this one should be right up your alley.

Book Description:

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.

Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman
Narrator: January LaVoy
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
Published by Brilliance Audio on February 1st 2020
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Format: Audiobook

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