How It Happened

How It HappenedHow It Happened by Michael Koryta
on May 15th 2018
Pages: 368
ISBN: 0316293938
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three-half-stars

Kimberly Crepeaux is well known in her rural hometown in Maine. She is well-known for being an addict, a teen mother, a liar and a snitch. So, when she confesses to FBI agent, Rob Barrett as to her involvement in the killings of Jackie and Ian and the disposal of their bodies – not many people believe her confession or version of events. Except for Barrett, who has been trained in telling a true confession from a false one. He believes her confession and becomes almost obsessed with his search for the bodies and the truth.

Barrett’s case quickly goes downhill when the bodies are found two hundred miles from where Kimberly claimed they would be. Barrett is re-assigned, and the case is considered closed. But Kimberly sticks to her story and convinces Jackie’s father that she told the truth. Barrett decides to come back to town and do some more digging. He has always believed Kimberly and will not be deterred in his quest to learn the truth.

Throughout the book, Rob Barrett is told by various characters that even if he thinks he knows what is going on that he is in fact wrong and does not know the truth at all. He MIGHT think that he knows the answers, but he doesn’t. This book had a few twists and turns which kept the action and the plot moving. It becomes evident that there was more to the story and this small town in Maine than meets the eye.

This book started a little slow for me but then began to pick up steam. The title of the book is very appropriate as that was the theme of the book – How did it happen? Why did it happen? What really happened? That is what keeps the pages turning, wanting to know who is telling the truth, who has something to hide, and will Barrett ever get to the bottom of things.

This proved to be a fast-easy read which started as a police procedural and quickly turned into one man’s quest to learn the truth no matter what it will cost him. The last part of the book really kicked things into gear (as last parts of books usually do) and as the answers came, everyone learns the truth and then some!

Thank you to Little, Brown and Company and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

three-half-stars