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Blind River

(Mackley and Lassiter #1)

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Curtis Mackley left Blind River the moment he turned eighteen, fleeing to Manhattan to follow his dream of being an FBI agent. Fourteen years later, he's a respected member of the Bureau, married to the woman of his dreams, and soon to be a father. He's inches away from everything he ever wanted.

Then he and his partner, Frankie Lassiter, are sent to Blind River to
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Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published May 23rd 2017
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Tulay
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Don't waste your time.

Small town full of people with many secrets. Good plot but author needed a editor. Hopefully he'll get the help for his second book.
Ed
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
FBI Agents Curtis Mackley and Frankie Lassiter are assigned to the small town of Blind River to assist the local PD searching for four missing teenage girls. Not coincidentally, Agent Mackley was born and raised in Blind River but has no desire to ever return. His backstory gets complicated by the failing health of his father, a former police chief, the disappearance of his older brother and the incarcerated cartel middleman Curtis testified against as a teenager. His sister Monica desperately ...more
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Dec 27, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Blurb:
Curtis Mackley left Blind River the moment he turned eighteen, fleeing to Manhattan to follow his dream of being an FBI agent. Fourteen years later, he's a respected member of the Bureau, married to the woman of his dreams, and soon to be a father. He's inches away from everything he ever wanted.

Then he and his partner, Frankie Lassiter, are sent to Blind River to investigate the disappearances of four young women, and Curtis's visceral hatred for the
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JD Sutter
DNF
Too much foul language, punctuation errors galore, clunky sentence structure. I'm bailing.
Kymberli Ward
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Very poorly written. The grammar errors alone were distracting, and some of the sentences just didn't make sense. Once I got past that, the story seemed to be very disjointed, with too many characters, most of whom were not well developed at all. When I was in grad school, I wrote a paper on which my advisor commented in several places: "this is a thesis; this is a thesis; this is a thesis." That's the way this book struck me. The author seemed to be trying to offer too many plot lines, some ...more
Jessica
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quick, easy to read thriller!

This book hooked me from the first page, due to so many mysteries within the main storyline. Why was FBI agent Curtis Mackley so reluctant to return to his hometown, Blind River, to help solve a series of kidnappings of four local teenage girls? Why had he stayed away so long? Why didn't he want his father, the retired police chief, or his sister, a police officer herself, to know about his marriage to Melanie, or that she was pregnant? Who was Amber, why had he left
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Eirlys
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book that really thrills

I liked the storylines and the characters . Curtis was a complex character who had built a shell around himself. A FBI Agent, he was assigned a case in the small town that he had left years ago. His partner, Frankie, was in the dark about his past, but found that Curtis had a sister and father in Blind River. Curtis found his past was intertwined in the present case of four young girls who had disappeared over a matter of weeks.
I am usually very good at solving
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Jennifer
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yes this book needed better proof reading as there were a few errors in terms of words missing in sentences. However, I found that easy to ignore. The book was a non-stop thrill ride from start to finish! Many plot twists and I never guessed at all who the killer was right up until the end! Loved it and can't wait to read more from this author!! 🙂
Jeanette
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Small town serial killer...

Curtis Mackley and his FBI partner Frankie are headed to a small town to help in the investigation of an abduction of 4 teenage girls. The only problem? Blind River is Curtis's hometown which he left years ago & swore he would never go back. Now he's back...to face his family & the problems he left behind. Is there a serial killer in his hometown or is it someone from his past?
For a first time author the storyline was interesting, the characters likeable and
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Brandi  Martin
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling ride that keeps you guessing until the end.....

Blind River is a superb thriller by author Ben Follows that will grab you and not let go. Four missing girls, a town living in terror and an FYI agent coming to terms with his past.
This book had it all and is definitely one of the best I've read in a while. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great psychological thriller.
ErikaShmerika Wine
Feb 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: to-acquire, 2020
Omg. This was laughably horrible. I cannot say enough bad things about it. The story is cliche, the action is juvenile, the dialogue is ridiculous. Its full of one dimensional characters and poor grammar. The author has zero understanding of any branch of law enforcement and even less of human psychology. I only finished this because I couldnt believe how bad it was. Is the author very young? Even so, I cant believe this was published. Whos there? Its an old friend. Oh, its you. Is that any way ...more
Sharon
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This book provides a lot of action as two FBI agents are called into a small upstate New York town to investigate the serial murders of 3 young girls. One of the agents grew up in the town, a fact which both helps and hinders the case. If you enjoy a suspenseful mystery, you should like this book.
Joyce
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A solid four stars!

Mackley and Lassiter are FBI agents brought back to Mackleys home town because of four missing teenage girls. The story is basically a procedural filled with the day to day humdrum every missing persons case entails, however, two of the police officers working with them are siblings of two of the missing girls. Mackleys estranged sister is one of the detectives and is also caring for his father who is in the early stages of dementia. Obviously, the plot is complex and will
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Sonia Singh
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good book.
Joy
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
A book that should have been 5*
Great story, the characters were mostly believable, if not entirely likeable. A whodunit that didn't giveaway the big reveal too soon. Though some of that may be do to the fact that we don't "interact" with that character much as we're mostly following Curtis and/or Frankie around.
I really didn't like Natasha, she's representative of the worst of the bottom feeder reporters out there, and exactly the type of person who has no qualms using another's misfortune to
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Denise Zendel
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four teenaged girls disappear in Blind River, the crime-infested town where FBI Agent Curtis Mackley grew up, where his father was sheriff, and where his sister is a detective. Mackley isnt too happy when he and his partner, Frankie Lassiter, are sent to investigate. He left Blind River as soon as he could, and never looked back. Plus, the assignment takes him away from his very pregnant wife and hes not liking that either.

The situation is complicated by a local newspaper reporter who has inside
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Tobyann Aparisi
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a really good story that keeps you guessing from the minute you get to the town until the surprising conclusion. The characters are well developed and you do get a good sense of who they are. With that said, the reason our main character does not return to town until this horrific series of crimes is kind of lamely explained. The main character's distaste for his home town is not as clear as it could be. I mean I understand that there was a crime lord there for some time and yes it would ...more
Jerry Mount
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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Ladyreadalot
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Reading this book was like watching a movie in black and white, rather than color. Just kind of lack luster and flat.

Ben Follows has written a mystery thriller about an FBI agent who must go back to his hometown to investigate the disappearance of four teenage girls, while facing demons from his past. Curtis Mackley left 13 years ago and has not been in touch with his father or sister since. Paired with a seasoned partner Frankie, they begin uncovering the town's secrets.

The story was somewhat
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Jan
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Curtis Mackley left Blind River the moment he turned eighteen, fleeing to Manhattan to follow his dream of being an FBI agent. Fourteen years later, he's a respected member of the Bureau, married to the woman of his dreams, and soon to be a father. He's inches away from everything he ever wanted.

Then he and his partner, Frankie Lassiter, are sent to Blind River to investigate the disappearances of four young women, and Curtis's visceral hatred for the town are the least of their problems.

There
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Holly Wilson
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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Bob
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
An FBI agent is sent back to his old home town to investigate the disappearance of 4 local girls. He left the town under less than happy circumstances, being estranged from his father and sister, who still live there. On his return he finds that the shadowy figures of his past still lurk. So he must try to solve the current problems while protecting himself from the past.
This isn't a bad book at all if you don't think about it too hard, but it needs a good editing. There are misspellings and
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Brandon
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought the book was very satisfying for what I was after. It reminded me a bit of True Detective. I would reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys a good whodunit, or fans of serial killer/kidnapper books that involve cops as the main characters. There was lots of action and twists and enough mystery to keep you interested the whole time.

THE SPELLING MISTAKES ARE NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE THE BOOK NOT ENJOYABLE. The people who overly complain on here about the spelling mistakes are from the grammar
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Lynn
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Going home again, damn!

Excellent book! I just couldn't put it down. When I started the book I was very surprised that it caught my attention right away. All the characters were believable and real. This could have been any small town, hopefully not, but not unimaginable. I truely liked many of the characters and of course every story needs a love to hate person, which this had. The killer was not obvious to me at all, one of the reasons I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Great job. I'll have to
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Mcf1nder_sk
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the tale of Curtis Mackley, an FBI agent who returns to his hometown of Blind River to solve the case of four missing teenagers. Mackley had not been back home in over 15 years, and he must deal with the ghosts of his past while trying to save the girls. The sins of the past sometimes don't remain in the past.
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Ben Follows has created a gripping thriller, with the twists expected in the best of the genre. The story is nicely paced, with the suspense kept at a steady rate. The characters
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Laurie Hanan
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I would like to give it more stars. The story has potential, with a good and unique plot that would work well as a movie. There were some typos, but not a remarkable amount so possibly its been re-edited. The characters are interesting, though I had trouble keeping track of so many names that start with M: Mackley, Marshall, Monica, Marino, Miriam, Miranda, Melanie, Matheson, Martha. For me this books big downfall is the lack of knowledge of police and FBI procedure. There were so many ...more
Angie Godfrey
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
FBI agent Chris Mackley is sent back to his hometown, along with his partner,Frankie, to solve the case of the disappearance of four young women. He left years ago, the friends, family and memories he wanted to forget. All these things come rushing back again as he tries to solve the mystery. He must face a convict he had put away, when he was just a boy, his dying father, he hadn't seen or spoken to in two decades, a sister he had left behind and the disappearance of his brother twenty years ...more
Robyn Lippert
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the plot, good premise and overall storyline. The author did well in regards to giving you just enough info to keep you guessing versus being able to figure out who the kidnapper was. I think the family dynamic could have been better developed as it was central to the main character. It certainly have been written with a bit more attention to detail and better proofreading, as noted in other reviews, there are some errors that should have been caught. I also don't think the ending needed ...more
Caleb Halstead
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I tend to agree with other commentary that states that the author and this book need a good editor. Grammar, punctuation, syntax were uniformly poor. The plot could have been very good, but so much of it, along with character descriptions and events were very poorly developed and abandoned without any apparent reason. The reader is left thinking, "What was that about and why?" I have participated in interviews/interrogations and I have never even read about any that were as short and pointless ...more
Darsie
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this!

Curtis is a complex man from a small town who has escaped to better things.. his life is just falling into place, when a serious case drags him back to his old stomping ground and the scene of many past and current crimes.

What follows is a thriller that takes the whole town and chews it up as the local police and FBI work together to find four missing girls.

The characters are real, the tension and suspense builds and layers up as more and more things go wrong.

An exciting read and
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“Curtis tried to remove his hand from Melanie’s stomach, but her grip held firm. She looked at him with a doubt that hurt his soul, but he knew it was justified. He thought of Amber, of the same moments with her. That child would be eight now. He didn’t want to think of that.” 1 likes
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