Finding Katarina M.
"An amazing accomplishment."
From the author of the acclaimed NORTH OF BOSTON comes a riveting new thriller about an American doctor who travels to Russia to meet her estranged grandmother, only to uncover dark family secrets and a dangerous international plot.
Natalie March is a successful doctor enjoying a busy life in ...more
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For me, Finding Katarina M “felt” like a mix of Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone (for the sheer shocking vividness of geography and setting you IN a foreign gorgeous scene) and a Ludlum Bourne no-brakes international spy chase. I could not put down this book. Truly. I skipped dinner last night because I just could not believe Elo placed the main character in the situations she did (a bit of a lovely shock every few chapters leaving me wholly surprised) a ...more
Finding Katarina M. is an unexpected and deeply complex mystery/thriller, with a plot that unfolds like a Matryoshka (Russian nesting) doll. Just when you think you have it figured out, the story cracks open and reveals a surprise inside. At first, you think FKM is a murder mystery, then it becomes a spy novel, then it shift ...more
I could not stop reading this book. It had it all non-stop action packed excitement with a enriched history that was so interesting and unexpected. While reading this book, it reminded me a lot of a Patterson series and how stories will take unexpected twists and turns just when the reader is starting to pick up on it. Who would have thought a w ...more
Author: Elisabeth Elo
Length: 332 pages
Publisher: Polis Books LLC
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Historical
My rating: 4/5
Dr. Natalie March residing in Washington DC has a visitor Saldana who introduces herself as her maternal cousin. Natalie, who always thought her grandmother to be deceased in the Russian camp is astonished about the same. Her mother compels her to go in search of her grandmother which she does. Little does she know that her life is going to change upsi ...more
This novel has an amazing sense of place, due undoubtedly to Elo’s obviously careful research and personal travels to Russia. Once protagonist Dr. Natalie March arrived in Russia, every chapter chilled me and I don’t mean just the description of the weather.
Westerners assume that everyone lives similar lives to what they experience and nothing could be more wrong. Elo does a ...more
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
However, if you don't mind an action-thriller with tones of espionage in Russia, Finding Katarina M. is that. It's a narrative you've probably heard before too: middle-aged American foreigner lost in ...more
Thank you to Polis Books and the author for providing an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
What would a successful, American single doctor, Natalie March, do when a distant, unknown relative shows up claiming knowledge of Vera, her own mother’s history, being that her grandmother Katarina M. supposed for decades dead, is apparently alive! Relative wants to defect to America but is murdered before she ca ...more
Synopsis: The book follows Natalie March, an American doctor, who goes to Russia to find her estranged grandmother. However, what she really finds are dark family secrets and a dangerous international plot.
Review: I would give this book 4 amazing ⭐ Prior to rea ...more
Man I love books about Russia. I honestly don't know what it is about them but I absolutely adore them. This book was so full of Russia: language, scenery and some of the more shady aspects.
I really enjoyed this book because I could feel like i was immersed in this Russian culture.
Now plot wise i feel like things happened very rapidly and felt like logically it wouldn't work like that. Obviously things happen in Fiction that happen for story purpo ...more
It was a quick & easy read.
But then it went off the rails.
Poor lady does not know much about the way things work in Russia.
It was pure fantasy - being hired by the CIA for spying,
and getting arrested & put in prison, then escaping &
helicoptering around Siberia.
Just highly unbelievable.
Dr. Natalie March is s renowned doctor. Her grandmother, Katarina Melinkova is beleived to be dead. She was sent to a gulag is Russia when she was young. Her daugher Vera - Natalie’s mother - defected to the United States. And then one day a woman comes to Natalie’s office claiming to be her cousin and asking for her help to defect the United States. Natalie says no but she want to help her an ...more
Elisabeth grew up in Boston, attended Brown University, and earned a PhD in American Liter ...more