crooked river

Valerie Geary’s crooked river is a different novel than I was expecting. Its told from two sisters perspective, one of which doesn’t talk but who sees ghosts attached to different people. After their mother died, the girls move in with their father who lives in a teepee in the middle of a field and sells honey to make some money. The townspeople are against him and the police had been common visitors to check on the well being of the girls in the past.

When a young woman turns up dead, downstream from their field, suspicion is immediately on their father. The story follows how the oldest girl comes to grips with her own suspicions and hunts to find the truth about the death. Along the way, she uncovers some truths about her father that help her understand their past.

This was a fun read to see how the mute sister interacted with people and with ghosts. I also really enjoyed learning about how they lived off the grid and made honey. What an interesting way to grow up.

Read January 2016

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