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When committed female police captain Linda Turner, haunted by the murders of two small children and their pastor father, becomes obsessed with solving the harrowing case, she finds herself wrapped up in a mission to expose a fraudulent religious organization and an unrepentant killer.
 
Despite her years of experience investigating homicides for the force, Captain Linda Turn
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 2020 by She Writes Press
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Veronica ⭐️
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, crime
4.5 Stars
Kathryn Schleich’s debut novel Salvation Station introduces Captain Linda Turner, 10 years on the force her job is her life. Her latest case involves the murder of a pastor and his two children. Their bodies buried in the parsonage garden.

We are given an intriguing police procedural as Captain Turner pieces together the family’s last movements and investigates the whereabouts of the Pastor’s wife and mother of the children, Nicole Hansen.

Through a second plot line we follow Susannah Bak
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"Avonna
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com

SALVATION STATION by Kathryn Schleich is a debut police procedural suspense/thriller by a new to me author. It is an intense story revolving around a dogged police captain searching for a heinous female serial killer who preys on widowed preachers and their flocks.

I was surprised when I found out this is the author’s first novel. The intertwining plots of the police investigation lead by Captain Turner and the crimes and manipulat
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Amanda Hupe
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
Thank you to the author and She Writes Press for the opportunity to read this book!

Salvation Station by Kathryn Schleich has a very intense beginning. Captain Linda Turner is brought to a home where 3 bodies are discovered. This crime is one of the worst crimes she has come across, especially since it involves two children. She will stop at nothing to find the murderer. The children and their father are discovered but their mother is nowhere to be found. Her investigation leads her to a corrupt
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Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I received this book from Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Salvation Station took me on an intense, riveting and suspenseful journey. It explored the concept of cons, corruption, greed and the lengths the perpetrator(s) would go to dupe their victims. What was of most interest was the medium used to defraud innocent victims. It wasn’t a unique method by far, but it was a scary reminder of how devious
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Carol
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story wraps mystery, murder, faith, and uncertain redemption into one whirlwind story. I didn’t know whether to feel sorry for Rev. Ray Williams or just shake some sense into him. Those that have seen some television ministers that take advantage of people and prey on the weak will hate him and his new “friend” right off the bat…but don’t give up on Rev. Ray…he has much bigger problems coming down the line. I really liked the police investigator, Linda Turner. She was relentless in her effor ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-review, 2020
Greed does funny things to people.

Our story starts out in Lincoln Nebraska with the discovery of several bodies.  What then follows is one police captain's determination to find the killer no matter what it takes. The story then jumps to St Louis Missouri where another storyline begins and we eventually learn how these two different locations and events will intersect, much to one woman's dismay.

The story spans approximately eighteen months while Captain Linda Turner hunts down clues about the s
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Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ooooh, this was so good!

My favorite types of stories are definitely page-turning, easy to read, and dark; which will explain why I liked Salvation Station so much. If you're planning to pick this up, do yourself a favor & don't look at the synopsis. Just know that this is about:
● A murder mystery involving dead children
● A discussion about Christianity & blind faith

By all accounts, I credit my enjoyment of this book wholly to Kathryn Schleich's writing style. The plot (as a person who has re
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Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Well-written debut police procedural novel. Although we know from the beginning who the villain is, the cat-and-mouse games she plays and the police investigation keeps things interesting throughout. The author has a very readable writing style and shows potential for writing in this genre.
There are some clunky parts and the plot didn't always flow well. There were some parts of the drama that weren't on the page and should have been (the shooting deaths later in the book, I had to wrack my brai
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Natasha | readwithnatasha
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
First off, a HUGE thank you to Kathryn Schleich, She Writes Press and Kelsey at Book Publicity Services for my copy.

When the bodies of a pastor and his two young children are found in the shallow graves, police captain Linda Turner becomes obsessed with solving the case. But the mom - Mrs. Hansen can't be found anywhere.

Following the same timeline is televangelist Ray's story. He wants to spread the good word, but he isn't bringing in enough money to cover expenses and he's afraid he'll have to
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Kat Dietrich

Salvation Station by Kathryn Schleich is a police procedural.

First, let me thank the publisher She Writes Press, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In particular, I’d like to thank Kelsey Butts at Book Publicity Services for reaching out to me with this book. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Nebraska Police Captain Linda Turner can't get over the sight of a father and
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Lora - questsandcrimes
Linda Turner is horrified by her current murder investigation. The bodies of two children and their father, the local pastor, were found buried in their old garden. The wife is missing without a trace. Linda will stop at nothing to find the killer. Reverend Ray is ready to shut down his evangelical television program. It’s just not taking hold. Until a mysterious and beautiful woman arrives with a plan to salvage the show. However, she’s got much more sinister plans.

Thank you to Book Publicity S
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Sydney
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Salvation Station drew me in with that creepy cover (which my fiance kept commenting on throughout the week) and interesting premise. I thought the characters were all rather unique and the “villain” was fascinating. This was a suspenseful police procedural/thriller that provided an intense journey with good pacing and various alternating perspectives. The writing style was solid overall, although I did have some little issues. It felt overly-descriptive at times, where a character would explain ...more
Lindatahir

The premise was intriguing; a pet dog on its daily digging expedition uncovers the bones of a man and two children. Upon further investigation, the remains are those of Rev. Gregory Hansen and his two young children whom everyone thought had left for Africa for missionary work. Who killed them?

The book started off quite well and got me engaged and turning the pages. I liked Captain Linda Turner who was heading the investigation. She is a respected investigator, very methodical and a determined
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Michelle Stanley
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-murder
Reverend Ray Williams struggles to maintain his financially strapped church, The Road to Calvary in St. Louis. One of his followers, Susannah Baker offers a solution to his problem and the church begins to prosper. Ray’s friends, Buck and Jake distrust Susannah’s motives, but Ray is happy his church is expanding with her assistance. Ruth Perkins likes the services and wishes her highly temperamental daughter, Emma, could see how the Reverend helps people. Emma believes he’s misleading his flock ...more
Jennifer C.
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks so much to the author and She Writes Press for the complimentary advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own. { partner } All of my full reviews can also be found on Instagram @Tackling_TBR and on my blog tacklingtbr.home.blog

TW : murder, murder of children, religion, mention of addiction, mention of thoughts of suicide, deceit

I want to start off by saying that I was reading this at a time that I'm not sure my heart was wanting a thriller
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Jessika
Thank you to She Writes Press and Book Publicity Services for a free finished copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

This was a good, solid debut, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this one! The first thing that caught my attention with this book was its cover--how deliciously creepy! I was also drawn in because in a world of thrillers, Salvation Station certainly stands out with its unique premise. This turned out to be an easy read with writing that flowed well and an inte
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Divya Khare
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why it took me days to finish this book. But I must say it was worth it. I loved this book. It was a complete page turner. It was thoroughly well written and had great characters . Normally when you read a book and if you figure something or the plot early, you start losing interest. But it was not the case. This had me hooked from the start . You are going to love the book. Must read. ...more
Stacy
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Liked this crime thriller. Review to come.
Julia Walker
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one sitting. Literally never moved. Great story, amazingly awful character! This suspenseful, psychological terror will keep you on the edge of your chair! It is hard to believe that this is her first novel! Bravo Schleich!
Erin (Thrill of the Page) Malone
My first read of 2021 was Salvation Station by Kathryn Schleich. It was a quick read to kick off the year and an interesting one.

The book takes off immediately with the discovery of 3 bodies in the backyard of a new pastor’s home. We soon learn the identity of the victims as that of former pastor Hansen and his two children. Captain Linda Turner begins the investigation into locating Mrs. Hansen and uncovers a disturbing pattern and trail of bodies that follow the missing wife.

In the beginning,
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Paul
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
There was a lot to take in when reading the blurb for this book. Multiple stories lines all intertwining to tell a grand story. I suppose there were a few things that drew me into giving this author work ago. There are of course the usual elements of crime and mystery that will always pique my interest. But I suppose one thing that drew me in was the additional elements of religion. While my country is by default a Christian one it's really not something that takes up a lot if any thought to mos ...more
Jessica
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: partner-read
Thanks to the author for the free copy in exchange for my honest review

This is a solid debut! Not going to lie, this cover immediately drew me to this book and I couldn’t wait to see what was waiting for me inside. SALVATION STATION is the debut novel from Kathryn Schleich and I already can’t wait to see what she comes out with next. While thrillers all tend to have similar plots or at least a similar layout (especially if you’re a reader that frequents the genre), Schleich’s writing style is wh
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Saylor
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Police captain Linda Turner becomes obsessed with solving the haunting murders of two young children and their pastor father, as well as the disappearance of their mother and why they never made it to their missionary work in Africa. Salvation Station is a murder-mystery that combines elements of suspense, police procedural, and a fraudulent religious organization in a way that reads like an episode of CSI or Criminal Minds. Schleich takes you along more than one plot line but is skilled enough ...more
Mindy
Jun 09, 2020 added it
Certainly unique as far as thrillers go, Salvation Station is captivating from the beginning. Starting with a triple homicide involving a father and two children, buried in the garden of a parsonage, in their Disney pajamas.

Schleich crafts a ruthless killer who preys on the generous, good-hearted, and insanely gullible. She creates a killer who knows no bounds, shows zero remorse, and thrives off of the work they do.

I found the dialogue to be a bit elementary and too "correct" and became a bit
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The Library Ladies
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
(originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com )

Thank you to Book Publicity Services for sending me an ARC of this novel!

There is one particular scene in “The Silence of the Lambs” where I find myself closest to relating to Hannibal Lecter (Go with me, I promise this isn’t creepy). When Clarice Starling visits him after finding a human head in a storage space, he is being punished for goading on a fellow inmate into committing suicide. His punishment is having to sit in the dark of his cell wit
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Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Salvation Station by Kathryn Schleich is a captivating story. This story will grab the readers attention immediately and keep a firm grip on the readers full attention until the unbelieveable ending !!!

Schleich tells the story of a very clever mastermind who seems to fool everyone but one Captain of a police force is onto it and will do whatever it takes to stop them !!

Captain Linda Turner is called to a crime scene where a man and his two young children are found buried in the yard of a parsona
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Charlie Morris
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, reviewed, arc
Salvation Station is an easy-to-read pageturner centred around a mysterious and compelling case, as we follow a determined police captain trying to find a killer who has really unnerved her, and a reverend whose faith is being taken advantage of.

The multiple storylines are both very interesting to see unfold, and each keeps your intrigue high as you anticipate how they will ultimately come together. Although it becomes quite obvious how they are linked, this is not a negative of the book. Someti
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Luna
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Book given by the publisher via BookPublicityService in exchange for an honest review*

What I Liked
I will openly admit that thrillers that involve police detectives are normally not my thing, but Kathryn Schleich has managed to write a book I enjoy that deals with a police captain. The I was drawn in within a few pages, you don’t need to wait for the story to start up. This story has a very ghastly murder of two children and their paster father and a mother that has gone missing. One of the thre
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Just
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
alvation Station by Kathyrn Schleich, a crime/suspense novel.  This novel was gifted to me by @bookpublicityservices for an honest review.
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This fictional crime novel begins with Capitan Linda Turner showing up at a crime scene behind a church parsonage in Lincoln, Nebraska. Three dead bodies buried in a garden, a father (and paster) and two small children. The mother's whereabouts is unknown.  As a matter of fact the mother's true identity becomes a mystery as well.  Linda is haunted by the deat
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Deanna
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Kelsey at Book Publicity Services and the author for an ecopy in exchange for my honest review!

I have a lot of thoughts about this book and I would say that most of them are GREAT! This was such an exciting read. I was constantly on the edge of my chair and was questioning everything! I love a good mystery and this was just that!

This is very much a police procedural/ detective story so if you like that then this is for you! It follows a detective who is trying to solve a horrible cr
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Kathryn Schleich has been a writer for thirty years. Her most recent publications include the short story “Reckless Acts,” featured in After Effects: A Zimbell House Anthology, and her story “Grand Slam,” published in The Acentos Review in May 2017. She is the author of two editions of the book Hollywood and Catholic Women: Virgins, Whores, Mothers, and Other Images, which evolved from her master’ ...more

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