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Thirty years ago a major Thruway bridge was built across a small creek near the town of Fort Hunter, New York. It had its problems with construction delays and local protests, but it was built and it was strong.

Thirty years later the bridge collapses when spring floods transform the meager creek into a raging torrent. The collapse takes several lives and almost includes th
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Published August 27th 2017 by BookBaby
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marilyn
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During the first part of the book, I was getting lost at all the names being thrown at me, people past and present. But once I got everybody sorted out, I had no more problem remembering the characters. This is a quick read about Native American lore, small town politics, betrayal, families, and horror. Aaron, a young coach and volunteer firefighter starts experiencing things similar to what his father experienced 25-30 years ago. His dad's life ended when he raped Aaron's mother (Aaron was conc ...more
Carol Keen
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm happy to say, this book was great! I love the myth, the "legends" if you will, the mystery and the fact that it's based on a true story. I love the Native American people and this author did a good job in this tale. It could easily be on TV. I'm happy I got to read it, the title wasn't attractive to me, but the premise was and it turned out great.

My copy came from Net Galley. (Thank you!) My thoughts and opinions are my own. This review is left of my own free volition.
Nanci Arvizu
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great fiction set against historical events in a small town, a place from the author’s past. Story moves along at good pace, characters are memorable (meaning you can put the book down and pick it up and remember what you’ve been reading). The story digs a little into native beliefs, giving it even more bite.
Jule
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Are you in need for a read-in-one-session magical realism novel about Native Americans, with a crime / thriller element thrown into the mix? Look no further, "The Schoharie" has got you covered!

This novel tells the story of a community in New York and the chaos surrounding the construction and ultimate collapse of a bridge across the Schoharie river. The novel is based on a true story, which makes it so much more interesting. From the first pages, the reader is able to understand the twisted an
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D.L
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This book dives into the dynamics of a small town and the characters within the small town and how history haunts a town forever-- literally and figuratively. As someone from a small town that has a similar make-up as the town in the book, I found it so relatable. There are family feuds that make no sense, a highway that was built through town and rerouted all the traffic around the town where I grew up much like Fort Hunter. That's what pulled me into the story. These characters that s
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Robert
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
*Thanks to Netgalley for the free review copy of this book.

After reading a few of the previous reviews on this book, I wasn't sure what I was getting into. comments about the editing style where it was difficult to follow who was talking, bad spelling, etc., made me cringe. As an editor, that's a big deal for me. But I have to say, unless this copy was re-edited, I didn't think the issues were any worse than any other commercially produced book I have read.

Now for the story. Wow! I absolutely l
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Robert
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading a few of the previous reviews on this book, I wasn't sure what I was getting into. comments about the editing style where it was difficult to follow who was talking, bad spelling, etc., made me cringe. As an editor, that's a big deal for me. But I have to say, unless this copy was re-edited, I didn't think the issues were any worse than any other commercially produced book I have read.

Now for the story. Wow! I absolutely loved it! The Schoharie follows the doomed history of a highw
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Bea
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Schoharie is an intriguing book full of Native American lore and a diverse group of interesting characters. The book intertwines a current perspective with a historical one and the author does a very good job of connecting the two.

Admittedly I found the book a bit slow in the beginning and then about half-way through I was captured by the story unfolding. Others have complained about typos and misspellings; but I didn’t have any issues as it seems most books these days have a few that I can
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Lucia
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be an original and well written story of a group of men in upstate New York who have been struggling with the aftereffects of a bridge built in their community thirty years earlier. There is a good deal of Iroquois mysticism along with a happy balance of romance and fisticuffs. The characters were realistic and I found myself hoping the story would go on longer, even though the primary problems were addressed. I think this would make a great movie or short series on Netflix. I st ...more
Susan
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe Bonner is a Native American whose trespass on private property will cause Joe to never be the same person that he was. When Joe starts sabatoging work on the construction of the Schoharie Bridge in Fort Hunter, he tries to tell the sheriff that he is possessed by an Indian who is making him do these things. The sheriff doesn’t believe Joe. Joe dies. Joe Bonner had a so, Aaron who is now being passessed by the same Indian. Aaron almost dies due to an accident of the bridge. Will Aaron survive ...more
Connie Thompson
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally, I probably wouldn’t take the time to read a book like The Schoharie. However, I received an ARC from NetGalley, so I gave it a chance. I’m pleasantly surprised! I don’t know if the Indian folklore is accurate but it’s definitely intriguing. The events from 30 yrs ago are still impacting the lives of the people in a small town. Someone among them is out for revenge. I’ll admit that there were moments when I thought “What is going on with this book?!” but I kept reading & I’m glad I did. ...more
Victoria
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tasteful blend of Native American folklore and progressive ideals

A resonating example of how little we know of the mind and of our world, The Schoharie captivates anyone bold enough to read this enthralling, spooky tale of modern mentalities at war with ancient mysticism and magic. The use of Native American folklore is intriguing and respectful and it perfectly clashes with all we are learning about the brain and its complex workings and disorders like PTSD. You'll be wondering the whole story
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Katherine Parsons
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Schoharie is a chilling story, combining modern tropes of the psychological thriller genre with an interesting perspective on Native American folklore. The principle characters are somewhat under-developed at times, but often this is to be expected from stories of this genre, and it doesn't detract from the excellent writing and the overall sense of mystery that permeates the entire novel.

I found the potential demonisation of the Native American figure off-putting at times, although this asp
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Caitlin
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fantastic and exciting, this book has a number of elements perfectly suited for a good ghost story. Native American mysticism is featured prominently in this story revolving around a rural town in upstate New York, where the community is reeling from a major disaster. Old memories and feelings rise to the surface as everyone in the town attempts to manage the ongoing tragedy. Definitely spooky, and with a great group of characters, one can practically visualize this spooky story coming to life o ...more
Kathryn West
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
ARC from Netgalley, thank you. An interesting premise, blending the modern day with Native American lore and mysticism. There were a couple of bits to me that weren't full explained (such as the zombie dogs) but generally, the story was unravelled well, with a slow revelation as to how the supernatural elements were achieved. Just to clarify, 3 stars from me is a readable book, just not in my OMG Amazing or Loved it categories!
Michele
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this book. Story is a mixture of recent historical fiction blended beautifully with supernatural horror. Loved the characters and was drawn in by the scary excitement. I really recommend reading this book by a brand new author. You will be pleasantly surprised at how well It was written
Diane Johnson
Dec 16, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Thanks for taking the time to check out my work. I'm not going to leave a real review here. I'm the author, after all. I'm pretty biased. But I encourage and appreciate your reviews! Please feel free to let people know what you liked and even disliked (No Spoilers!).

Thanks again!
Emily Moore
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I was 10 years old when the NYS Thruway bridge collapsed. I remember it like it happened yesterday. Growing up just a few miles from where the collapse occurred , I was eager to read this book after spotting it at a local library.

I feel I would have enjoyed it more if the story has more accuracies about the locale. While I know this is a work of fiction based on true events, it was hard for me to differentiate fact and fiction. I wanted the details to be fact, while the story remained fiction.
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