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How It Happened

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  4,215 ratings  ·  594 reviews
"And that is how it happened. Can we stop now?"

Kimberly Crepeaux is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well-known to the rural Maine community where she lives. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the daughter of a well-known local family and her sweetheart, the
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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Mlfitch Mathias misunderstood what he was seeing/hearing on the video and thought Jackie knew about the drugs and would convince Ian to confess and therefore …moreMathias misunderstood what he was seeing/hearing on the video and thought Jackie knew about the drugs and would convince Ian to confess and therefore implicate him (Mathias). Therefore they both needed to die in order for him to most thoroughly cover his tracks!(less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
It seems that I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as my fellow Goodreaders, but that doesn't mean that I disliked it. This was overall an entertaining read, and while I had to suspend some belief in the plot's plausibility, it kept me reading and wanting to know "how it happened". The story did drag a bit in a few spots, and it didn't seem to hold that creepy factor that so many of his other books have, so maybe I'm just more drawn to his books with a borderline (or full on) supernatural threa ...more
Diane S ☔
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A rural community in Maine, Kimberly, a known drug addict, has a story to tell. One that solves the murders of two locals whose bodies were never found. The FBI sends in Barrett, who has ties in this community from the summers he spent here in his youth. He has an unsolved tragedy in his own background, one that haunts him to this day. Kimberly tells her story, who did the murders, and where the bodies can be found, to Agent Barrett. He believes her though many don't. The problem is the bodies a ...more
Debra (having surgery will be back in a few days)
3.5 Stars

Kimberly Crepeaux is well known in her rural hometown in Maine. She is well-known for being an addict, a teen mother, a liar and a snitch. So, when she confesses to FBI agent, Rob Barrett as to her involvement in the killings of Jackie and Ian and the disposal of their bodies - not many people believe her confession or version of events. Except for Barrett, who has been trained in telling a true confession from a false one. He believes her confession and becomes almost obsessed with his
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
3.5 stars

Kimberly Crepeaux is not known for telling the truth. She does the heroin, is a teen mom and now adds jail house snitch to her resume.

FBI investigator Rob Barrett is one of the few people who actually believes her story. After all she IS implicating herself in the murder of two local teenagers. She tells them where the bodies are and now Barrett just has to go find them.

The bodies turn up at a completely different location. Murdered in a different way than Kimmy told. So Barrett loo
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

Normally, a book ends with a confession. Here, that’s the beginning. Kimmy is a “jailhouse snitch”, a druggie with a string of petty crimes a mile long. She confesses to being party to the murder of two teenagers and tells the FBI agent where to find the bodies. Only problem? No bodies. And the other person that she accuses knows to keep his silence. And then, the bodies show up hundreds of miles away and everything is wrong.

This is a great story with firmly fleshed out characters. Each one, ev
Theresa Alan
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, it is so much fun to discover a book that is so well written and a new-to-me talented writer.

When FBI agent Rob Barrett gets a confession from a petty criminal about a double murder, he believes her. He’s an expert at knowing the difference between false confessions and the real thing, after all. But when the police follow up on her tips, things don’t seem to add up.

It’s quite a feat for an author to get the reader so invested in a fictional character you feel bad when they fail, and you de
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
From the beginning of Michael Koryta’s new book, readers know “How it Happened.” At least that’s how it appears. Rob Barrett returns to the small town of Port Hope, Maine where he spent his summers as a teenager and where his former girlfriend Liz lives. In his first murder case as an FBI investigator and interrogator, Rob is able to obtain a confession from Kimberly Crepeaux, something no other law enforcement officer has been able to do. Despite Kimberly’s history as a notorious liar and heroi ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Ashley from @littlebrown #partner for sending me How It Happened by Michael Koryta! I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I haven’t read anything by this author but that will soon change. This comes out MAY 15th! Can we talk about this cover?!?!

Right in the first chapter we are given a story of “how it happened” from a drug addict named Kimberly. She tells a long tale of what happened the day two people go missing. She even tells where to find them. FBI agent, Rob Barrett, believes her imm
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’ve been in a pretty serious book slump. I’m trying to catch up on reviews and when I came across this book on my currently reading shelf, I had honestly forgotten all about it. Hmmm. Not a great sign! Implausible and at times outright dull, I barely remember the plot, so I will just say that this one didn’t work for me. 2.5 stars
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I received an ARC of this one about a century ago and promptly put it on the backburner due to my friends’ “meh”-ish ratings and reactions. But then something popped up on my radar that changed my mind . . . .

Uncle Stevie don’t spout off too often and I most certainly drink his blend of Kool-Aid.

The story here starts with a young woman in an interrogation room confessing her part in a pair of murders. She provides every detail re
J.K. Grice
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I do not think that Michael Koryta is capable of writing a bad book. I am always so impressed with his intelligence, his characters, and his intriguing plots. HOW IT HAPPENED is as good as any mystery you will read this year, and will more than likely stick with you for the foreseeable future. I know it will remain in my mind for some time to come.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it did not like it

Yes, I'm rating this harsh. No, I don't care.

To say that this was a disappointment is an understatement. Even when I discovered this was more like a police procedural than his usually bout of mysteries I still kept HOW IT HAPPENED on my TBR. I usually like PPs, I can roll with this. But this was pushing it.

Koryta knows how to keep his readers hooked- I'll give him that. With (bordering on unnecessary) short chapters, you feel compelled to finish if for no other reason than to get this ove
Patrice Hoffman
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whoa! What a fun ride How It Happened was. I am familiar with Michael Koryta's writing and I haven't been disappointed yet. The depth that Koryta goes into with regards to character development is top-notch for a suspense thriller such as How It Happened.

Early in the novel we're reading Kimberly Crepeaux's confession of how she, along with a couple accomplices, killed Ian Kelly and Jackie Pelletier. Ian and Jackie have been missing and finding their bodies would help to bring resolution to their
Liz Barnsley
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
How It Happened was a really great twisty, crime character drama, centred around Rob Barrett, an FBI agent searching for the truth behind the deaths of a local couple in a tight knit rural Maine community. A place he knows well, where a few characters from his past linger, this becomes somewhat of an obsession..

I love crime novels like this one that are beautifully written and manage to create a lot of character depth and engagement whilst also twisting a mystery cleverly enough to keep you unsu
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-release
Why have I not discovered Michael Koryta sooner? How It Happened was my first book by this author and it definitely won’t be my last! What a absolutely gripping fast-paced thriller! He started it off perfectly. Laying out all his cards and then backing up it up with this intense narrative. I literally read it in A DAY. The story kept developing and taking twists and turns that I DID NOT SEE COMING!! I really LOVE that!! ( I feel I can pretty much predict any plot these a shocking revela ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book begins with Kimberly Crepeaux, a heroin addict and jailhouse snitch, telling a highly seeming probable story of the death of a young couple. At first, when I was reading this very first part, I wasn't sure what was going on. However, I soon figured out it was the junkie's testimony. And away, the book went.

This book was outstanding! I think it is Mr. Koryta's best book yet.

You just know that the murder is solved very early in the book, but your questioning it. How can the author tell y
David Putnam
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. I think I've found my book of the year. I'd read Koryta's first and part of his second book and thought Meh. I picked this one up off the self at Barnes and Noble, started reading and couldn't put it down. The writing craft is sensational. I went and bought all of his other books. I can only hope they are of this same craft level.
Highly recommend.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dark, twisty, thrilling, plus beautiful sentences. One of my favorite crime novels of the year.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was excellent. 4.5 stars. I could not round it up but I considered it. Possibly I balked from giving it that fifth star because of the explosive italics bomb start. That's becoming a trend (3 books I've read in the last 3 weeks have done this action, crime, chewy, grizzly witness beginning; I find that really an odd coincidence? ) Or is that the new trend for the ADHD attention span of the common modern psychology thriller reader? Or for the dual or triple narrator switching field advo ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-books, 2018
4 star

Michael Koryta's latest book begins with a confession. A young couple from Port Hope, Maine have been missing for some time. Kimberley Crepeaux, a well-known untrustworthy resident in Port Hope is currently in custody and claims to have information on what happened to Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly. Kimberley tells an amazing story to FBI Agent Rob Barrett who has been assigned the case. Barrett knows the area and some of the people because he would spend his summers in Port Hope with his
Linda Boyd
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always forget how much I enjoy Michael Koryta and this one was so so good. It kept me on the edge of my seat.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 I don't know why I didn't like this more than I did, but...

Chelsea Humphrey, Diane S., and Shelby *trains flying monkeys* all wrote real reviews that, although not quite as good as my stunner of an incomplete sentence review, are quite excellent. : ))
Paris        (kerbytejas)
To use the words of another Goodreads reviewer - How It Happened by Michael Koryta is NOT one of my favorite books by the author. I found it difficult to become engaged with the characters,(view spoiler) and although the mystery was interesting, I missed some of the edgy, descriptive & creepy feelings that Mr. Koryta can add to his stories. The story has the hero, his past girlfriend, a sad & misunderstood character, the bad guy, and a high bod ...more
Bruce Hatton
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us-crime
FBI investigator Rob Barrett heads back to Port Hope, Maine to try to solve the murders of two young lovers. It is the small coastal town where Rob spent much of his childhood in the company of his grandfather; a man he grew to despise.
Rob stakes his reputation and career on the confession of a young dope addict and petty criminal, Kimberly Crepeaux. However, her account of the murders doesn’t tally with later evidence. The bodies being found 200 miles from where she says they were dumped. Natur
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This was sure shaping up to be a 5-star read for over 50% of this novel.

Michael Koryta can certainly hook you into a story with a great plot and characters you can care about, as he did in his terrific The Prophet.

The story starts off with a confession of "How it Happened", and FBI agent Rob Barrett, who specializes in confessions, sets off to validate the words of an imprisoned junkie.

Excellent plot developments pulled me along this story, but unfortunately things got a bit too convoluted once
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
FBI agent Rob Barrett gets a detailed confession about the disappearance and murder of a local Maine couple from a young woman involved in the crime. But, unfortunately for Kimberley Crepeaux, her details don’t support the facts and officials deem the story as made up. Rob believes her though, and even after being reassigned to Montana in disgrace, he returns to the small Maine town to find the truth.

First, I love MK’s books! He has a unique ability to bring the reader into the story’s setting t
Sharon May
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to NetGalley, Little, Brown and Company, and Michael Koryta for the opportunity to read his latest work. A great, twisty crime drama! 4.5 stars

The first chapter gives us a version of the story - a drug-fueled night that ends up with two people dead. The problem? The person telling the story, Kimmy, is an addict, a known liar and is in jail. She tells the story to FBI Agent Rob Barrett, who is making a name for himself for being able to decipher the truth - and he believes Kimmy. He's
Mal Warwick
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The ingredients of a top-notch thriller include:

an opening scene that grabs attention;
believable characters who act in plausible ways;
a steady drumbeat of revelations that build suspense;
and a fiendishly complex plot that is only resolved as the novel comes to a close.

The latest thriller from Michael Koryta, How It Happened, fits the bill in all these respects.

As the novel opens, a young woman named Kimberly (Kimmy) Crepeaux is confessing to taking part in a pair of gruesome murders. Rob Barrett
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it

How It Happened opens with a confession, closes with a confession, and in between the reader finds out … how it happened! Unfortunately for me, the story sandwiched between opening and closing admissions was as dull and flat as a carbonated beverage sans all the bubbly fizz.

Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the young Port Hope, ME couple, have gone missing and the opening confession details how it happened. Rob Barrett, the 34-year old FBI agent without any homicide experience but well tr
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
The rain had tapered off overnight and given way to a gorgeous day, the sky and sea competing for the deepest blue, a light wind pushing off the water, temperature nearing eighty. The air was scented with ocean breezes and pines and held only the faintest trace of humidity. A quintessential Maine day, more suited to July than May.

If you weren’t looking for a drug addict and self-confessed murderer, it would be a day to treasure.
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Michael Koryta (pronounced Ko-ree-ta) is the New York Times-bestselling author of 14 suspense novels. His work has been praised by Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, Daniel Woodrell, Ron Rash, and Scott Smith among many others, and has been translated into more than 20 languages. His books have won or been nominated for the Los Angeles Times Boo ...more

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