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Harrowing loss, psychological trauma, and a deadly mystery test the human will to survive in this electrifying novel from award-winning author Brian Freeman.

Lisa Power is a tortured ghost of her former self. The author of a bestselling thriller called Thief River Falls, named after her rural Minnesota hometown, Lisa is secluded in her remote house as she struggles with the
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Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Kerrie She actually buried him at his dad’s grave . So he wasn’t with her. That is why Laurel and Denis were trying to get her to say where he was. They want…moreShe actually buried him at his dad’s grave . So he wasn’t with her. That is why Laurel and Denis were trying to get her to say where he was. They wanted to find his body. (less)
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Laura
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Just okay

Throughout this book,I felt like everything was so contrived and people did and said things that were illogical. by the end I understood why that was but the twist did not really make up for the story before it. In trying to make the end a surprise, the main character wasn't developed enough for me to feel like I knew her, or more importantly to like her. Or to feel the connection she had with the boy. Yes who wouldn't want to help a kid in need, but I wasn't feeling the extreme devotio
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S.W. Hubbard
Jan 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
I want two days of my life back. This started off with a bang, so I kept reading. Soon I got annoyed that the heroine had so many Too Stupid to Live Moments. Who stops at a diner for French toast when she's supposedly on the run from bad guys? But luckily for her, the bad guys seemed equally dumb, as they never thought to look for her in the most obvious places. And the coincidences! Every time she needed to know something, a new character would pop up and deliver the info. Personally, I try to ...more
Ceecee
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up

Lisa Power is a successful author with one of her books to be dramatised by Reese Witherspoon’s company. However, in the year of Dark Star she has suffered much tragedy. Her life is placed in danger when she finds a young boy who she names Purdue on her property. He is suffering memory loss but gradually a dark tale emerges and they both go on the run. Who to trust? This is an intriguing story which builds well with plenty of false trails, hints of menace and tension, there are car
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Tim
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Fairly well written with a twist. 6 of 10 stars
Kirsty
Jan 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Edit: 13.6.20
There appears to be a few upset readers who don't like the fact I don't like this book and Dnf'd it. If you read this book and enjoyed it, congratulations I'm pleased you enjoyed it. But I didn't and I didn't finish it because I didn't enjoy it. Life is too short to read a book you don't enjoy, there are 1000's of other books out there for me to enjoy. I don't need you throwing your snobbery and your attitude at me because I didn't like it. I write reviews based on MY enjoyment fac
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Linda Strong
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Powers is the well-known local author of a bestselling thriller Thief River Falls, named after her hometown.

Lisa has lost her parents, three brothers, her fiancee all within several years. Her twin brother still lives, although they haven't spoken in over a year.

One night she finds a young boy standing in her yard ... he says he doesn't remember his name, where he's been, how he got there, or where he was hiding. The one thing he does remember is that he witnessed a murder... one that invol
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April Myers
Jan 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Brenda
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This was okay, but I did do some skimming in the middle of the book. I didn’t really care for Lisa for a long time, and then it was almost too late when the gist of the story was made clear.
Jean
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it

Thief River Falls is a standalone psychological thriller by Brian Freeman. Since I am a long-time fan of his Jonathan Stride series and also his newer books, I was excited to read this new venture. I was also curious about the title, since the Stride series is mainly set in Duluth, Minnesota, and this is set across the state in the northwest corner a mere 70 miles from the Canadian border and about 50 miles from Grand Forks, North Dakota. The closest I have ever been to TRF is Crookston, whi
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Kelly
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
And just like that, the streak is over. After 2 really good books from Amazon Kindle First Reads (free monthly book choices), here is one to break the good luck. This one started out really promising, but then faded out into some weirdness. Started getting paranormal/supernatural, characters hallucinating, twins communicating telepathically; towards the end it almost seemed like a dream, and just overall was not to my taste.

Sometimes a man can write from a female perspective and do it so well th
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Kat
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Creepy. Haunting. This Amazon first reads book is a well-paced thriller that will completely give you the shivers. Lisa writes thrillers, set in her former hometown. Bad things have happened there. And the people she should be able to trust… can’t be trusted.

When an injured boy shows up at her house with no memory of who he is and claims the police tried to murder him, Lisa is duty bound to protect him. And now they’re both in danger in her isolated home in rural northern Minnesota. The cops ar
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Constantine
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Genre:
Thriller

Lisa Power is the author of a bestselling thriller "Thief River Falls". This is the name of her Minnesota hometown. Lisa tries hard to come over her sadness and misery after she lost all her family members one after another except for her twin brother Noah. One day a boy shows up at her door and he has witnessed some horrible things. She bonds with this boy to know who he is and reveal all the mystery.

This thriller was enjoyable but unfortunately somehow around 25% o
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Christina McDonald
I got this book for free as part of the Kindle First Reads program. I don't know if I have very good luck with this program, as the books always read a bit...wooden. The story ticked all the right boxes, but I found I could skim pages and pages without really having missed anything. Nothing was believable and I just didn't care about the characters. Sadly, not one for me, but others might have a better experience. ...more
Molly Heineman
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I give it 3.5 to 4 stars... The beginning was really good.. then it fizzled out in the middle....but the ending was 🤯. Wow. But overall a good thriller.
Dave
"Thief River Falls" is a story about an author, Lisa, who by chance has Aldo written a book called "Thief River Falls." So it's a story within a story where reality and fiction meld. Set in the rural lands of Minnesota, this story features a lost child nicknamed Purdue, who has people looking for him, people who will never stop, people who will never forget that Purdue saw something he shouldn't have. It's a story of a woman on her own with this lost kid and everyone turning against her. In that ...more
Ellie Midwood
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, dark-read
I first discovered Brian Freeman through his Frost Easton series and quickly became a fan of his thrillers. He’s one of the writers who I know to rely on for a riveting, unputdownable story, so as soon as I saw his newest creation, I not only picked it up at once but read it literally in one sitting. Yes, it was that good.

This time, the central character is female and one that I connected with instantly. More than anything I love level-headed protagonists, who don’t lose their presence of the mi
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Joanne
Jan 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Murph
There are tropes that pop up in fiction that aren’t exactly deal-breakers, but could be warning signs that I'm not going to enjoy the book. If too many of them show up at once, it’s going to be rough going. And this book was rough going. For a "thriller", the tension is low, the pacing crawls and there is a twist that comes late and it is not earned.

The main character, Lisa Power, is a best selling novelist, living near but not in her hometown, when she finds a child hiding out on her property
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CYIReadBooks (Claire)
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-ebooks
At first, you think, oh wow! How can this woman be so crazy to take in a strange boy? The boy doesn't even know his name, let alone where he's from. All the boy knows is that he'll die if the woman tells the police.

What develops is an intriguing psychological thriller with an ending that will probably surprise you.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 -- in between liked it, and really liked it.

An Amazon First Reads.
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Cari
Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman was my second kindle first read pick for the month of January 2020

I am so beyond glad that Amazon so generously gave their Prime customers a second free early release book this month because otherwise, who knows if/when I would have gotten around to reading Thief River Falls. I've read just one other book by Brian Freeman (the first in his Frost Easton series) and while I liked it, I felt that this one was leagues above it.

I really feel like I need to warn you
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Lesli
Jan 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was going to pick a different first look book and then this one had such great reviews I switched. That will teach me! Figured out the “twist” in like the first few pages. The “book” pages meant to be clever were annoying. It just went on and on and on. There were so many opportunities where it could have been improved. Dark Star? Really, couldn’t think of a better name? Blue period, black period...anything? Waitress with AK 47? I mean REALLY! GIVING HER THE CAMERO!!!! Who would do that???? Wh ...more
P.K. Abbot
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Thief River Falls has a lot to recommend it as a thriller. The good guys are all likable and the bad guys are intriguing. And the pacing in this book is outstanding. I could not put the book down and thought that it was one of the best thrillers I had read -- until I got to the last 15% of the book. Without spoiling the book, let me say that the ending turns everything on its ear -- so much so that I felt lied to and cheated by the time I finished reading. If I were to accurately rate this book, ...more
Chris
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
I loved the name of the book.
This is a psychological thriller with paranoia/hallucinatory tendencies.

I was taken in at the very start by the main character and the story until some little stupid things would surface here and there and confuse me (and not in a good way). Like, am I dumb or what? Now I realize it wasn’t MY issue. This “Dark Star” thing was an oddity, to describe her overly dark times of her family’s death. And that her estranged twin, Noah, and her were able to telepath messages
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Rachel
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

I’m not going to lie, I only read this psychological thriller because of the title. I literally judged the book by it’s cover. My mom grew up right outside Thief River Falls, in the even smaller town of Red Lake Falls. I’ve never seen a book set in that area so I was intrigued. Luckily, there’s as more to the book than just the title so it earned 4 stars from me.

SUMMARY
Lisa Power is a former nurse who found fame as an author. Her latest book, a thriller called “Thief River Falls,” is
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Karen Wrobel
Jan 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Ewan
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
It was OK. Felt more like an exercise in writing around the big twist - at the expense of character and plot in my opinion. just wasn't for me - I'll be back for more Jonathan Stride or Frost Easton though. ...more
Rick
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book for the most part and realized the "plot" near the end. A bit too much drama and tragedy for me. ...more
Kristine
Liked this one for first half but it felt a little wooden and began falling apart for me. And I guessed the twist so 2.5 rounded to 3! Might try more from this author! ❤️
Ludwig Reads
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
“That’s the point of a thriller, isn’t it?” You want us to think your plots could really happen. Would it be so surprising if someone took it too far?”

Thief River Falls starts out with a strong atmospheric beginning, taking place in an isolated house on a farmland. A few pages into the book, our protagonist - an author - comes across a boy who doesn’t know his name and has no idea where he came from.

The plot continues to hold promise; the events taking place in the woman’s life are *very* simil
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Donna Hines
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
What if everything you thought you knew is a lie?
How would you feel in uncovering the truth after spending so much time on the run?
Now, that I've set that scenario in motion remind yourself that nothing is as it seems and to expect the unexpected.
When you read for pleasure as lose the highly critical politically correct motives you learn to enjoy the author's writings more or so I've found.
Often, many complain but few understand that while things may seem highly unlikely it's still relative to t
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Brian Freeman is a New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride and Frost Easton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. He is widely acclaimed for his "you are there" settings and his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled plots. Brian was also selected as the official author to continue Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne ...more

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