A Stunning New Novel from the Bestselling Author of DescentTim Johnston, whose 2015 national bestseller Descent was called astonishing by the Washington Post and unforgettable by the Miami Herald, returns with another tour de force about the indelible impact of acrime on the lives of innocent people.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 girls survival, and the others deathmurder, actuallystun 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. One father is forced to relive his agony while anothers greatest desireto bring a killer to justiceis revitalized . . . and the girl who survived the icy plunge cannot escape the sense that she is connected to that earlier unsolve...
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Ever since I was 10 years old I have spent countless hours in the company of rivers. I have fished them, canoed them, floated them, boated them, and waded them. I have been submerged under their surfaces, sometimes by choice and sometimes not. There are times in high water when a river can be frightening, incredibly powerful, and awe inspiring. Then there are other months when the water is so low, it doesn't even appear to be flowing, as if the entire riverbed is one big puddle, left behind by s ...more
From the very first page, I could tell this was going to be an atmospheric read. There's country/small town and big city books. A lot of what we read in the mystery/thriller genre is based in larger cities such as London and New York. Then we get ones like this that are catered to that small town feel. A more intimate setting where people know each other and their families for decades and the sting is sharper and the reveal or overall coming is told in a more subtle, concise way that still leave ...more
When I read Tim Johnston’s prior book, The Descent, I was in awe of his talent. How could an author create a psychological thriller in such a carefully structured and literary way? His latest book, The Current, proves that his debut book was no fluke. If possible, it’s even better than his first book. Once I began it, I didn’t want to come up for air.
The plot, in a nutshell: college roommates Caroline and Audrey take a road trip to visit Audrey’s father, a sheriff with terminal cancer. A car acc ...more
Early in the book a vehicle is pushed into a river that is frozen on the surface but that has a raging current under the ice. The car contains two college girls, one who survives the river and one who doesn't. Ten years earlier another girl, the same age, died in this river, miles upstream, when someone threw her in the river after hitting her with a vehicle.
The writing in this book is different and it took a few chapters for me to get used to the way the book was written but once I got the rhy ...more
If you read DESCENT, you know that Tim Johnston writes anti-thrillers, crime novels that are purposely slow. A mystery may be solved but sometimes it seems that that is secondary to a larger goal. If you use the term "literary fiction," this is certainly a "literary" mystery, with prose worth paying attention to.
THE CURRENT starts fast and then becomes very slow, especially because it considers the way a new crime brings an old one to the surface, which means you have twice as much backstory to ...more
Tim Johnston has written an excellent novel, the kind of book that's timely without being repetitive, and horrifying without being repellent.
The Current is the kind of book that sucks you in and holds you in place until it's finished with you - I read it in one sitting - and it's not until you realise you haven't moved in hours that you notice the grip it's taken on you. It's the kind of fiction that feels like a snapshot of reality; characters and places so real and so perfectly written that y ...more
4.5 *s Enjoyed this on audio quite a lot.
Much more of a character driven novel than you might expect from a "gripping page turner." Outside of the opening chapter and one scene in the conclusion, there is not a whole lot of thrill. That's a plus.
Mr. Johnston is a talented writer, and you might be able to call him a fearless writer. He loves to use second person narrative form, which your English teachers would be quick to tell you is a big no no. I admit I don't love the form, but Johnston works it well.
The title is a nice choice too. ...more