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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
Expected publication: February 1st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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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
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    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. ...more
    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
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    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
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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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    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.
    Lydia Hephzibah
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
    Quite torn with this one. I feel that the writing is pretty basic; there were a couple of loose ends (or weak/missing explanations, perhaps) and the way it was written made the ending pretty clear from around 1/3 of the way through. But it did keep me hooked because it was an easy read with relatively short chapters, though it read more like an ARC of a debut, rather than the finished copy from an award-winning writer.
    Stefania Phoenix
    Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This was heading for a 3 star review as an ok thriller. But the twist at the end which I did not see coming has elevated it to a 4.
    Crystal Reedus
    Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Intense

    I'll not spoil the book. It's intense and draws you in until you must finish. I don't usual right reviews but just had to for this.
    Michele Amedee
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: completed-2020
    I feel this book was a solid thriller. Decent twist that I didn’t see coming in the last third of the book. The kind that made me go, “No!! Are you serious?!” I was also brought to tears a couple of times. I think because of getting drawn into the main characters anxiety and her grief. But also I’ve been super tired so maybe I just needed a nap. There’s some violence but it’s also not violence. Trying to not throw spoilers here.

    This was an Amazon First Reads book for January 2020 and I’m
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    April Myers
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
    I'm glad this book was free. Very contrived and predictable. Characters were so stereotypical that I thought I was reading a Hallmark Christmas movie script. All the 'twists' were telegraphed chapters in advance. Way too much descriptive text. I love a good psychological thriller but it can't just be that the main character is crazy and none of the story happened. Ugh. I found myself skimming pages because I knew what was going to happen (and I was right).
    RedRedtheycallmeRed
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I'm glad Amazon let me pick two Kindle First books this month, otherwise I would have missed out on a really good book. I did not see that ending coming! Shocking and heartbreakingly sad.

    It's really hard to say too much without giving spoilers, and that would ruin it. I loved the rural northern Minnesota setting, and Lisa was a great character. I immediately liked her. So much tragedy in her life, but she was strong and determined.
    Courtney Alexander
    Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Good story; however, the writing of the story could have been improved. Enjoyed the beginning and end. The middle was just not believable. Written primarily from a woman’s POV by a man, and it’s obvious. I couldn’t get into it because I kept thinking “there’s no way she would do that.” I didn’t buy any of the middle.
    Mike
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Brian Freeman has been, hands down, my favorite author for years. Slightly over 300 pages, I finished this standalone book in 12 days. I was excited to see it as an Amazon Kindle First Reads so a population of readers had the opportunity to experience one of his books. His scenic-drama writing style was in his typical tip-top standard. Once again there was a big GOTCHA but I did sense ‘expect the unexpected’ in the tone of the book. The protagonist and her ‘story’ was quite unique for this book. ...more
    Chanele
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
    While not a bad read, this book felt clunky in places. The author paints a dark, cold story of a missing boy discovered by a lonely, grieving author against the backdrop of a dark, cold Minnesota landscape. The protagonist Lisa is an equal mix of likable and unlikable, and the story moves at a fair pace. It blurs the lines between fantasy and reality for a while... until it simply doesn't. That, unfortunately, means that the great "twist" at the end becomes painfully obvious well before the big ...more
    Joanne
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
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    Anne Pak
    Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I chose this suspenseful thriller as my January First Reads through Amazon Prime. I'm often skeptical with these because they usually don't live up to the hype; however, this one is the exception. I was hooked from the beginning and my desire to sort it all out stayed with me until I finished. I read enough in this genre that I broadly figured out most of the reveals in advance but I still needed all of the extra little details to pull it all together. Anything that keeps me puzzling until the ...more
    D. E.
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A BF. Northern Woods Mystery Action Adventure (TRF)

    BF. has penned a Northern woods mystery action adventure titled "Thief River Falls" which begins with a young woman who is having difficulties wuth recent events in her family. The police visit looking for a child who later turns up in her yard. The child as little memory except where he heard one policeman tell another to "kill the kid". Thus begins the trip of a lifetime for a young woman and little boy. Tis is an excellent read for the
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    Donna Cronin
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Didn’t Love This

    I love Brian Freeman but could not get into this one at all. The story is ridiculous as is much of the dialogue. The fact that the end resolved some of that was too little too late for me. I felt no connection to the main character at all. I almost didn’t finish it.
    Stephanie Gates
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: read-in-2020
    If only the last 25% didn’t happen...

    I really, truly, deeply wanted to like this book. It was taut, and thrilling, and everything a thriller should be. And then the author threw in a ridiculous curveball that felt forced and trite and not at all fitting with the story that has been happening. Thank goodness I got this book for free as part of the Kindle First Reads program. If I has spent money on this dreck, I would be even more upset with it than I already am.
    Theresa R Theodorou
    Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Gripping emotional read

    Thief River Falls is an up all night, can't put it down story. Relate able characters rich in substance and compelling you to keep reading. Thoroughly enjoyable!
    Annette Colwell-Stevens
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Wow! Totally Awesome!

    This was my first book by Brian Freeman. I was totally enthralled at every step Lisa, the main character, took. I was blown away at the ending! I am looking forward to reading more of this author! Great book!
    Hunter Q Lee
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A real thrilling mystery

    This is a real thrilling mystery. I finished it in one day. The ending will blow your mind. Pay attention.
    dorothy swenson
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    WOW did not see that end coming.
    Ann Reiter
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Once I started this book there was no putting it down! The plot and writing grabbed me from the 1st page but the few chapters were a jolt the system... in a good way! ...more
    Patricia
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    You have to read this one for yourself and make your own decisions. Anything I say will ruin the story for you. The only thing I can say is that my mind is boggled at the ending.
    Kristen M.
    I was SO excited that this book was available early through Amazon First Reads. Why am I crying after reading a thriller?!?! So good, very creepy and emotional.
    Linda
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book is awesome! I would give it more then 5 stars if I could. It will be published in February. You don’t want to miss this one!
    Kristin Bercel
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
    It was pretty good. I loved all the location details because it's my hometown, but the town name was repeated almost too many times. I'm still not sure what I think of the twist at the end.
    Melissa Ziemba
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Emotional and amazing

    So good! Just when you think you know, you don’t. Brian Freeman is such an amazing storyteller! This story drew me in and I couldn’t stop until the end. Even then, I didn’t want it to stop. It will take me some time before I can recover, move on from this book, and begin a new one! Such an emotional ending.
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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 has also been selected as the official author to continue Robert Ludlum's Jason ...more
    “How about we talk to the police together? You and me. There’s safety in numbers.” “I appreciate that, but I want to have some idea what’s going on and who’s involved before I do that. Until then, I think it’s better that no one know he’s here.” 0 likes
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