The Current: A Novel by Tim JohnstonThe Current: A Novel by Tim Johnston

The Current: A Novel

byTim Johnston

Hardcover | January 22, 2019

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One of Entertainment Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of 2019

Tim Johnston, whose breakout debut Descent was called “astonishing,” “dazzling,” and “unforgettable” by critics, returns with The Current, a tour de force about the indelible impact of a crime on the lives of innocent people.

In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scenehalf frozen but alive.

What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may still live among them.

Determined to find answers, the surviving young woman soon realizes that she’s connected to the earlier unsolved case by more than just a river, and the deeper she plunges into her own investigation, the closer she comes to dangerous truths, and to the violence that simmers just below the surface of her hometown.

Grief, suspicion, the innocent and the guilty—all stir to life in this cold northern town where a young woman can come home, but still not be safe. Brilliantly plotted and unrelentingly propulsive, The Current is a beautifully realized story about the fragility of life, the power of the past, and the need, always, to fight back.
Tim Johnston, a native of Iowa City, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Descent, as well as a young adult novel, Never So Green, and the story collection Irish Girl, winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction.Tim Johnston, a native of Iowa City, is the author of The Current and the New York Times bestseller ...
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Title:The Current: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:January 22, 2019Publisher:Algonquin BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping Audrey Sutter’s life was stretched thin after her good friend and her were pulled from the icy grips of Black Root River. Only unlike Audrey, her friend was not so lucky to come out alive. Finding out what happened was no accident has the whole town buzzing with memories. Just ten years earlier another young women had lost her life in that same river. Knowing that her killer is still loose, living among them. Audrey feels strongly connected to this young girl and becomes obsessed on finding out what truly happened all those years ago. While also wanting to know the truth to her own story. 4.5 Stars out of 5 Strictly my individual opinion. I found The Current had some strong pros to it but also some very, very minor cons to it. Which lead to my 4.5 star rate out of 5. Which is still a top-notch rating in my eyes and should not discourage anyone from reading this novel! As I still highly recommend this read! I am going to do my absolute best to share this with no spoilers! As I am not a fan of spoilers. This could leave parts of my review very vague as this is a hard story to explain while not giving anything away. Pros first! Tim Johnston’s writing is incredible. Pulling you into the story. The Current is fast, exciting, thrilling. Keeps you on the edge of your seat want to know more and more. One of those hard to put down reads! A handful of characters will steal your heart and you will find yourself rooting for them through the whole story. Perhaps even finding yourself defending them in situations they find themselves in. Which again leaves you wanting more just on those characters alone. I also adore the relationships that exist in this book. Some are so heart warming and others were just starting and growing on you by the end of the book. Now for the MINOR cons. And I can’t stress enough on the minor! The Current starting right off with such an extreme fast pace, jumping from character to character and at times with very little information on the person or detail of the setting. This could become confusing at times. I found myself having to go back and re-read sections to be sure I didn’t miss anything crucial, or that I was understanding everything correctly. Each character was critical to the story and had huge meaning as it set the story up for what you would find out down the road. I also found that some characters stories were lost and not completed by the end of the book. Nor did I feel that Audrey’s personal situation was completely fulfilled. But now that being said! To my knowledge this is a stand-alone read. Perhaps though it was being set up in a way that more could be added on in the future. I mean I could only hope for that as closing the book up had my brain going a million miles a minute, craving more. As mentioned above, I do highly recommend this read. I feel any book lover that shows even a slight interest in the synopsis of this novel needs to run out and pick it up on release day! Be sure to have your game face on when you jump in, as you will find yourself consumed and intertwined with the story! Thank you so incredibly much to Thomas Allen Ltd. for sending this gripping read my way. Publisher: Algonquin Books Release Date: January 22, 2019 And of course thank you all for reading! Your Fellow Book Worm – Nichole
Date published: 2019-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping Audrey Sutter’s life was stretched thin after her good friend and her were pulled from the icy grips of Black Root River. Only unlike Audrey, her friend was not so lucky to come out alive. Finding out what happened was no accident has the whole town buzzing with memories. Just ten years earlier another young women had lost her life in that same river. Knowing that her killer is still loose, living among them. Audrey feels strongly connected to this young girl and becomes obsessed on finding out what truly happened all those years ago. While also wanting to know the truth to her own story. 4.5 Stars out of 5 Strictly my individual opinion. I found The Current had some strong pros to it but also some very, very minor cons to it. Which lead to my 4.5 star rate out of 5. Which is still a top-notch rating in my eyes and should not discourage anyone from reading this novel! As I still highly recommend this read! I am going to do my absolute best to share this with no spoilers! As I am not a fan of spoilers. This could leave parts of my review very vague as this is a hard story to explain while not giving anything away. Pros first! Tim Johnston’s writing is incredible. Pulling you into the story. The Current is fast, exciting, thrilling. Keeps you on the edge of your seat want to know more and more. One of those hard to put down reads! A handful of characters will steal your heart and you will find yourself rooting for them through the whole story. Perhaps even finding yourself defending them in situations they find themselves in. Which again leaves you wanting more just on those characters alone. I also adore the relationships that exist in this book. Some are so heart warming and others were just starting and growing on you by the end of the book. Now for the MINOR cons. And I can’t stress enough on the minor! The Current starting right off with such an extreme fast pace, jumping from character to character and at times with very little information on the person or detail of the setting. This could become confusing at times. I found myself having to go back and re-read sections to be sure I didn’t miss anything crucial, or that I was understanding everything correctly. Each character was critical to the story and had huge meaning as it set the story up for what you would find out down the road. I also found that some characters stories were lost and not completed by the end of the book. Nor did I feel that Audrey’s personal situation was completely fulfilled. But now that being said! To my knowledge this is a stand-alone read. Perhaps though it was being set up in a way that more could be added on in the future. I mean I could only hope for that as closing the book up had my brain going a million miles a minute, craving more. As mentioned above, I do highly recommend this read. I feel any book lover that shows even a slight interest in the synopsis of this novel needs to run out and pick it up on release day! Be sure to have your game face on when you jump in, as you will find yourself consumed and intertwined with the story! Thank you so incredibly much to Thomas Allen Ltd. for sending this gripping read my way. Publisher: Algonquin Books Release Date: January 22, 2019 And of course thank you all for reading! Your Fellow Book Worm – Nichole
Date published: 2019-01-20

Editorial Reviews

“Johnston dazzled with his breakout thriller, Descent; his follow-up is a more ambitious page-turner, unpacking how a shocking murder impacts the denizens of a small Minnesota town as they weather suspicion, guilt, and grief.”—Entertainment Weekly (The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2019) “Tim Johnston’s second novel, The Current, is even better than his first, which is saying something. He’s a terrific writer and definitely a name to watch.” —Dennis Lehane, author of Since We Fell “[An] outstanding thriller . . . Johnston imbues each character with believable motives. The nuanced plot delves deep into how a community—and surviving relatives—deal with the aftermath of a death.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review “This novel is careful layer upon careful layer, as deceptively thick yet brutally delicate as winter ice itself. Johnston's descriptions of people, places, grief, and loneliness are subtle and evocative; the minor plot about an aging dog becomes a rending portrait of the ravages of love. Indeed, for all its harsh observations about human nature, this novel has at its heart a strong belief that love, for all the pain it brings, is the one thing that truly saves us. An apt title that functions as a beautiful metaphor for all the secrets and emotions roiling beneath the surface of every human life.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Tim Johnston’s Descent, a complex missing-person thriller set in the shadowy wilderness of the Rocky Mountains, was one of 2015’s most pleasant surprises. His follow-up, The Current, is equally, if not more, impressive . . . as methodical as Johnston is at unwrapping his carefully plotted story, readers will churn through The Current's 400 pages—a paradox that only the most accomplished mystery writers ever achieve.”—Amazon Book Review (Best Book of the Month) “The Current is a rare creature: a gripping thriller and page-turner but also a masterwork of mood and language—a meditation on memory and time. You’ll want to go fast at the same time you’ll be compelled to savor each and every word.”—Ivy Pochoda, author of Wonder Valley “Tim Johnston is the best thing to come along in crime fiction in years. With Descent and The Current he has already established himself as one of the best writers in the game, with an original voice that calls to mind the likes of Cormac McCarthy and Dennis Lehane but is entirely his own. With its beautiful prose, deeply emotional storytelling, and craftsman's eye for detail, The Current made me want to read slower, and write better.” —Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of How It Happened “I would have taken a break long before 2:00 a.m. last night were it not for Johnston’s masterly ability to rummage inside the heads of his various characters, revealing the frayed fabric of small-town life in the process and showing us the stand-up grit of a handful of women and men . . . We need a little hyperbole if we’re going to adequately describe how much we love a Tim Johnston novel.” —Bill Ott, Booklist “The Current is a haunting story . . . Johnston masterfully describes people, their grief, their guilt, and loneliness. He brings out both the brutal and loving sides of human nature. It is a real treat for those who love thrillers.”—The Washington Book Review