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Finding Katarina M.

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"A heart-stopping saga."
--Booklist

"An amazing accomplishment."
--Elizabeth George

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
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Polis Books
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  • Finding Katarina M. by Elisabeth Elo
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    Release date: Mar 19, 2019
    "A heart-stopping saga."
    --Booklist

    "An amazing accomplishment."
    --Elizabeth George

    From the author of the acclaimed NORTH OF BOSTON comes a riveting ne
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    Shannon Kirk
    Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Magnificent. Shocking. Compelling. Vivid.

    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
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    Hallie
    Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I got up at 5 AM to finish reading FINDING KATARINA M. - it's such a page turner. It's a gripping thriller about a Washington DC surgeon whose search for her grandmother takes her to Russia. Scary believable. Really, brilliant. DO NOT READ ANY SYNOPSIS OF THIS - Just read it and be surprised. (I read an advance copy.)
    Amanda
    Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I received an ARC from the author. I was not asked to write a review in exchange, but I wanted to anyways because I am having a lot of thoughts and emotions about this novel.

    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
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    Meghan
    Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: library
    This book was received as an ARC from Polis Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

    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
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    Roma
    Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Title: Finding Katarina M

    Author: Elisabeth Elo

    Length: 332 pages

    Publisher: Polis Books LLC

    Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Historical

    My rating: 4/5

    Summary:

    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
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    Linda
    Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you to Polis Books and author Elizabeth Elo for providing an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

    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
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    Rachel Emrick
    Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book kept me up late- it was very intense and addictive. I enjoyed the plot twists and the mystery. It was clearly well-researched, and seemed very believable.

    I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
    Jypsy
    Feb 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Finding Katarina M. was not what I expected it to be. The description of Russia and life there were fantastic. I think it's a good story, but I got bored with it. It's a good read for the right reader. Unfortunately it's not me. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
    Cavak
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
    One word of warning: check that need for a realistic or "believable story" in Finding Katarina M. at the door; any notion of a grounded plot is ditched by the first thirty pages. If you wanted a fictional narrative that includes serious social commentary regarding US and Russia, try a different book.

    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
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    Sharon
    Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    FINDING KATARINA M., Elisabeth Elo, ARC copy / Polis Books, 2019. iBook.
    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
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    Brianas_best_reads
    Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Having a snow day from work today allowed me to finish my current read! ❄ A huge thanks to the author @elisabeth.elo.author for sending me an ARC of “Finding Katarina M.” This thriller releases on March 19th so be sure to check it out!

    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
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    Brittany
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: owned
    Won an advanced copy of this through Goodreads.

    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
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    Thurita
    Feb 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
    This book started very exciting & it got you hooked right from the beginning.
    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.
    Ann
    Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I was lucky enough to win an advance copy of this novel in a Goodreads give away. An amazing story told with great style. I highly recommend this book. Thank you, Elisabeth Elo for sharing! I predict your novel will have great success.
    Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
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    Feb 06, 2019
    Jean Kolinofsky
    Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Katerina and her husband were sent to a Siberian gulag and their daughter Vera was raised by an uncle, who later brought her to America. Years later, Vera’s daughter Dr. Natalie Marsh is approached by a young Russian girl who claims to be her cousin. Amazingly, Katerina escaped from the gulag and eventually settled down with a second family. She is now in her 80s and lives in a small village with her other daughter. Vera is suffering from MS and a trip to Russia is out of the question but she as ...more
    Irene
    Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Perhaps you know a lot about your family. Maybe a genealogist great aunt has traced your family back to the Doomsday Book. My family, in contrast, barely escaped from the turmoils in Eastern Europe and I can only look back two generations. So I would not be surprised if a long-lost relative appeared on my doorstep. Which is exactly what happens to Dr. Natalie March, a child of Russian immigrant parents, who is suddenly visited at her office at the George Washington University Medical Center by a ...more
    Molly
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    Feb 11, 2019
    Anna Szabó
    Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Finding Katarina M. is an amazingly written story. This was my first book by her but won’t be the last.

    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
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    Doris Vandruff
    Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Natalie March is surprised into find the young Russian ballerina in her office. She is even more surprised to find out she is her cousin. Adding to that, is the fact that her grandmother, whom she thought had died in a prison camp is alive. She knows her mother, Vera will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the mother she presumed dead is alive and living in a remote village in Russia. A few days later the new cousin Natalie has just recently met is found dead in her apartment. A victim of mur ...more
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    Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    When Dr. Natalie March is approached by a young a Russian ballerina named Saks and informed that her maternal grandmother, thought to have perished in a Siberian gulag, is not only still alive,but that the dancer and her missing brother are her first cousins, she offers to do whatever she can to help the girl stay in the country legally. But that's not why she came before her two week via expires - she wants Natalie to go to Russia and investigate why her brother has been missing for weeks and h ...more
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    Elisabeth Elo is the author of NORTH OF BOSTON, chosen by Booklist as a Best Crime Novel Debut of the Year. Published in six countries, it was also an Indie Next selection and a Book of the Month / Literary Guild Selection. Elisabeth’s second suspense novel, FINDING KATARINA M., is forthcoming in March 2019.

    Elisabeth grew up in Boston, attended Brown University, and earned a PhD in American Liter
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