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Publisher's Summary

"And that is how it happened. Can we stop now?"
Kimberly Crepeaux is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well known to the rural Maine community where she lives. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the daughter of a well-known local family and her sweetheart, the locals have little reason to believe her story. 
Not Rob Barrett, the FBI investigator and interrogator specializing in telling a true confession from a falsehood. He's been circling Kimberly and her conspirators for months, waiting for the right avenue to the truth, and has finally found it. He knows, as strongly as he's known anything, that Kimberly's story - a grisly, harrowing story of a hit-and-run fueled by dope and cheap beer that becomes a brutal stabbing in cold blood - is how it happened. But one thing remains elusive: Where are Jackie's and Ian's bodies?
After Barrett stakes his name and reputation on the truth of Kimberly's confession, only to have the bodies turn up 200 miles from where she said they'd be, shot in the back and covered in a different suspect's DNA, the case is quickly closed and Barrett forcibly reassigned. But for Howard Pelletier, the tragedy of his daughter's murder cannot be so tidily swept away. And for Barrett, whose career may already be over, the chance to help a grieving father may be the only one he has left.
How It Happened is a frightening, tension-filled ride into the dark heart of rural American from a writer Stephen King has called "a master" and the New York Times has deemed "impossible to resist".
©2018 Michael Koryta (P)2018 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Is Koryta capable of telling a less-than-gripping tale?...flawless, unpredictable storytelling streaked with his usual dark undercurrents. Crime fiction doesn't get any more enjoyable." (Kirkus)
"With this searing look at an investigator's obsessive efforts to close a case that has awakened childhood demons, bestseller Koryta has produced his most powerful novel in years... Koryta, when he's at the top of his game, has few peers in combining murder mysteries with psychological puzzles." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By shelley on 05-16-18

Don't Judge a book by it's cover!

Michael Koryta has written another page turner with this thrilling new book.
The publisher's summary gives so much information that if I provide much more you wouldn't need to get the book. What the summary leaves out is how well told this story is. The protagonist is FBI investigator is Rob Barrett. He believes the story of murder told to him by a woman (based on her reputation ) he should never have believed. The characters are so realistic and believable. You can feel Barrett's anger and frustration. You will actually feel empathy for the woman who claims to be an accomplice in the murder. The father of the murdered girl's pain is palpable.
This is a complex story, but not so much that you'll get lost in it. But there are quite a few characters, each contributing to a piece of the plot.
I really enjoyed the whole book but I thought the end was lacking something.
The narrators Robert Petkoff and Christine Lakin do an excellent job.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tina on 05-17-18

Michael Koryta Rocks!!!

Koryta does it again, and he's definitely one of my favorite suspense writers. Robert Petkoff is suberb of course, and Christine Lakin does such an amazing job with Kimberely's voice at the very beggining that it hooked me right off from the very first sentence. This is one thriller that you won't regret spending a credit on, I listened to it all in one day, basically strait through, I had to learn the truth, that's all I cared about in those 10hrs. I promise you will love this book!!!

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