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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
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Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: 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 Schleichs 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 familys last movements and investigates the whereabouts of the Pastors wife and mother of the children, Nicole Hansen.

Through a second plot line we follow Susannah Baker
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Amanda
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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Carol
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story wraps mystery, murder, faith, and uncertain redemption into one whirlwind story. I didnt 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 batbut dont give up on Rev. Rayhe has much bigger problems coming down the line. I really liked the police investigator, Linda Turner. She was relentless in her efforts to ...more
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
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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 ...more
Erin Cataldi
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
A crime thriller about a woman adept at changing identities and latching onto widowed priests. She seduces them and over months starts draining church funds. The cops are onto her though when the bodies of her husband and two children are found buried in the backyard of her old house. She may have started fresh in a new city, but they're looking for her. A determined police officer is determined to hunt down this sadistic woman before she strikes again. Told in alternating perspectives, one ...more
Joan
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Review of Advance Reader Copy

In Nebraska, the discovery of the bodies of two children and their father, all buried in the parsonage flower garden, puts Captain Linda Turner in the midst of a harrowing, heartbreaking case. Haunted by the childrens deaths, the homicide investigator wonders what happened to the childrens mother.

In Missouri, a televangelist stands on the verge of losing his cable television show until a woman suggests a plan to save it. Although reluctant, Reverend Williams finally
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MyLittleCorner
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got sucked into this book!
Im actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it since its not the type of book I usually read, but Salvation Station is truly a page turner; I couldnt put it down. (Love short chapters!)
The story was so intriguing and evolved so smoothly.

It all starts with the murders of a pastor and two children who were found buried in a garden. The story then follows the investigation of those murders along with another storyline where a pastor is about to lose his show until a
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Raul
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received and ARC in exchange for an honest review from the publisher. I REALLY enjoyed this book the whole way through! As soon as I read the sinopsis, I knew I was going to enjoy the story. It was really addicting. I kept imagining a Lifetime movie or an episode of Snapped while I was reading this. If you enjoy any of those things, which I personally do, I think you will really enjoy this story. Its not really a mystery because you know whos committed the crime from the beginning, but its the ...more
Danielle Urban
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Salvation Station by Kathryn Schleich is a great mystery novel. It is well-written. I enjoyed the plot. It wasn't loaded with too many details at all. It contained just enough details and backstory to make it intriguing. The novel surrounds the mystery death of one pastor and his two kids. The mother obviously missing. The three bodies were found by a dog and another pastor. Captain Linda Turner is called on scene to investigate. She cannot get the images of the kids dead bodies out of her mind. ...more
K
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Salvation Station is a terrific read! Told from multiple points of view (except for that of the killer, at least until the very end), we watch Linda Turner track her suspect, whose evil seems to know no boundaries. I fear saying much will ruin the plot, but know that the last few chapters will carry you along at breakneck speed.

P.S. Thanks to LibraryThing for the Advance Reader Copy.
Lauren Lott Laurenreadsalott
Huge thank you to the publisher and author for my copy of this book!

This one definitely kept me on the edge of my seat to keep to see how it would play out.
It was intense, and dark. It was such a heart breaking case that our main character was working.
I also enjoyed seeing how all the different characters stories tied together.
I loved our main detective, she was strong and determined and super fun to read.
Also our killer is such an interesting character! Her story was so crazy. I wish we had
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Cari Mayhew
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gotta love a book with multiple storylines its like reading several books at once and then it all comes together for the main event!

The shocking first story line begins with a crime scene. The bodies of a reverend and his two children are discovered, and the mother is nowhere to be found. Interestingly, a partial print of the culprit is found that matches 3 different identities on the police database.

Similarly, the second story line is steeped in underhand behaviour. Just as Reverend Rays
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Josee Bookshelf
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
My review;

This book was a ride. This kind of book is not my regular reads. And I was shock at how fast I read it.
I have to say it's very graphic, but in a good way. You start the story of 3 bodies found. Sadly it includes 2 small children.

It talks constantly about religion, pastors, Christianity, God, Jesus. As I am currently trying to find my faith. This book did make me feel odd about Christianity. Since it really reminded me of a cult. But the whole story is good, the first 100 pages I felt
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Carol
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
A quick overnight read. While the characters weren't well fleshed it held my interest. Fraud makes me angry but religious fraud enrages me! An interesting book, it held my attention but could have been better.
Evelyn
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Full Review: https://fabledphantoms.wordpress.com/...

Mini Review:

Small towns and townships are often know as the pinnacle of Christianity and religion and Schleich took full advantage of this idea. You can tell that she put a great deal of thought and effort into the story she wanted to tell. The two interchanging timelines allowed the story to develop and never feel like it was running into dead ends or have any moments of being filled in to prolong the novel.

Overall? A very intense and
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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 masters ...more

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