The Current

The Current

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"When two young women leave their college campus in the dead of winter for a 700-mile drive north to Minnesota, they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives in the icy waters of the Black Root River, just miles from home. One girl's survival, and the other's death--murder, actually--stun the citizens of a small Minnesota town, thawing memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may yet live among them"-- Provided by publisher.
Winter, outside a small Minnesota town. State troopers pull a car and a young woman-- frozen but alive-- from the icy Black Root River. Another woman is found downstream-- dead. But what happened was no accident, and memories awaken of another young woman who lost her life in the river ten years earlier. One father is forced to relive his agony while another's greatest desire-- to bring a killer to justice-- is revitalized. And the girl who survived the icy plunge cannot escape the sense that she is connected to that earlier unsolved case by more than a river. -- adapted from goodreads.com info
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781616206772 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1616206772 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: M JOHNSTON
Characteristics: 408 pages ; 24 cm

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A small town in Minnesota is forced to reckon with a past death, when one girl dies and another is severely injured in the same river 10 years later. An engaging and intricate thriller.


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anfieldfan
Mar 14, 2019

Beautifully written story. I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end.

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LauraSteinert
Mar 11, 2019

According to Towson University (and every handbook I've ever read), the rule is simple: "A pronoun should refer clearly to one, clear, unmistakable noun coming before the pronoun. This noun is called the pronoun’s antecedent."
Johnson starts nearly every chapter with a page or two of pronouns with no textual clues as to who "she" or "he" is. Clearly one critic's challenging and innovative writing is another reader's pompous, overwritten, self-indulgent dreck.
In one chapter (almost completely lacking in Names) we learn: Their (Marky's and Danny's) friend (Jeff) had stepped up to take care of him (Marky) when he (Danny) left town after he (the former Sheriff) let him (Gordon) down when his (Gordon's) daughter died.
There are also too many passages where it appears two people are talking, then you discover one is a ghost--never identified.

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laphampeak
Mar 10, 2019

Needed to play close attention at first. The set-up of characters starts out with Audrey and Caroline, college roomies, who go over the edge into cold waters. Only Audrey survives. Audrey's father ex sheriff Tom Sutter was Sheriff during a similar event 10 years earlier- an event with Gordon Burke's daughter Holly who died. Let's add new Sheriff, new deputy, Rachel and son's Danny and Marky and various ex-spouses alive or passed. Once I carefully, and with a bit of concentration, determined who is who I couldn't stop reading. Sometimes the time period or character portrayed was not clearly defined but made the concentration and reader involvement more necessary. Glad I stuck with it. Well rewarded.

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mjk236sb
Mar 02, 2019

Audrey is at college in Georgia when she decides that she must return home to be with her father who is dying of cancer. Her friend Caroline decides to drive her home On the way they encounter two men at an out of the way gas station who attempt to assault them. They leave only to end up in the river in Iowa in the midst of a snow storm. They become victims of the river's currents which leads them to different ends. The second story line which intersects with Audrey is about a ten year old murder that had been investigated by her father who was sheriff at the time.

This is a mystery about the murder of a girl in the same river 10 years ago and the families whose lives changed forever at that time and part that Audrey plays in the resolution.

This is a well written book and very well crafted mystery and story of a small town and the people that live there. Kept your attention from the first page to the last. Highly recommend !!!

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