How It Happened by Michael Koryta

How It Happened

"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 inv...

Details How It Happened

TitleHow It Happened
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller

Reviews How It Happened

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    3.5 starsKimberly Crepeaux is not known for telling the truth. She does the heroin, is a teen mom and now adds jail house snitch to her resume. FBI investigator Rob Barrett is one of the few people who actually believes her story. After all she IS implicating herself in the murder of two local teenagers. She tells them where the bodies are and now Barrett just has to go find them.The bodies turn up at a completely different location. Murdered in ...
  • Shannon
    Thank you to Ashley from @littlebrown #partner for sending me How It Happened by Michael Koryta! I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I haven’t read anything by this author but that will soon change. This comes out MAY 15th! Can we talk about this cover?!?!Right in the first chapter we are given a story of “how it happened” from a drug addict named Kimberly. She tells a long tale of what happened the day two people go missing. She even tells wher...
  • Liz Barnsley
    How It Happened was a really great twisty, crime character drama, centred around Rob Barrett, an FBI agent searching for the truth behind the deaths of a local couple in a tight knit rural Maine community. A place he knows well, where a few characters from his past linger, this becomes somewhat of an obsession..I love crime novels like this one that are beautifully written and manage to create a lot of character depth and engagement whilst also t...
  • Patrice Hoffman
    Whoa! What a fun ride How It Happened was. I am familiar with Michael Koryta's writing and I haven't been disappointed yet. The depth that Koryta goes into with regards to character development is top-notch for a suspense thriller such as How It Happened.Early in the novel we're reading Kimberly Crepeaux's confession of how she, along with a couple accomplices, killed Ian Kelly and Jackie Pelletier. Ian and Jackie have been missing and finding th...
  • Theresa Alan
    Oh, it is so much fun to discover a book that is so well written and a new-to-me talented writer. When FBI agent Rob Barrett gets a confession from a petty criminal about a double murder, he believes her. He’s an expert at knowing the difference between false confessions and the real thing, after all. But when the police follow up on her tips, things don’t seem to add up.It’s quite a feat for an author to get the reader so invested in a fic...
  • Lizenbyl
    This book is a really good read that kept me involved from page 1 to the end. The story is about the killing of multiple people, and who is the ultimate mastermind behind the killings. An FBI agent is involved with the local authorities trying to solve the mystery.
  • Dawn Byers
    I won this book on Goodreads for an honest review -This is a thrilling reading about the case of two teenage lovers killed in a small town where everyone knows everyone - or do they?A druggie girl who has been in and out of jail confesses to the crime and names Mathias as leader in the killing. This shocks everyone as Mathias has a great image around town.But - does the town really know Mathias?Dig into this book for a page turning read!
  • Dan Radovich
    HOW IT HAPPENED - the best work from Koryta to date! I have been reading him since TONIGHT I SAID GOODBYE, seeing him hone his writing with each novel. A new character is brought to life by Koryta using his skilled abilities to weave character and place into believable stories. Rob Barrett is fresh at the FBI. He goes back to his hometown to look into a murder case, feeling the wrong person is behind bars for the killing. Sound like the premise o...
  • Susanne Gulde
    I received a digital review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.Michael Koryta is one of my favorite authors and popular at our library...he's a Hoosier, after all.This is a new character and I'd like to see more of him. For Koryta fans, this book does not disappoint. I will be recommending this book to friends and library patrons.
  • Maureen
    Although it moved pretty slowly, like life in Maine, Koryta kept the story flowing, just like a pond in Maine on a cool summer day. Jackie and Ian died early one morning, and federal agent Rob Barrett is sent to investigate. Addict Kimberly tells Rob exactly what happened and where to find the bodies, but no one except Rob believes her. The guessing continues until the last page is turned and although the reader is given many answers, no one know...
  • Julia Wilson
    This mystery about the murder of two young people in Port Hope, Maine is a fast-paced read. The book starts with a confession Kimberly Crepeaux who was present at the crime. It's up to FBI agent Rob Barrett to figure out the truth behind that confession. While uncovering it he has to deal with the traumas inflicted by his upbringing in the same community.
  • Beverly
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed it. The story kept my interest. The plot took a while to develop. There were clues and misleading facts that kept me guessing and the ending was satisfying. I will look for other novels by Michael Koryta.
  • Karyn Niedert
    I'm waiting until closer to publication to post a full review, but can share that readers who enjoy Michael Koryta's writing style won't be disappointed.
  • Maureen Tumenas
    Thanks to NetGalley and to Little, Brown and Company for a review copy of this book.I have been a fan of Michael Koryta 's work in the past and this book joins the body of work that I can recommend. Growing up, I lived on coastal Maine for a few years and can easily picture some of the places in the novel. The opioid crisis that has affected rural America in recent years has not spared the coast of Maine. A fast moving page turning mystery, I tri...
  • Michele Coleman
    Michael Koryta is fastly becoming one of my favorite suspense Authors. His newest had me turning pages till the very end!Kimberly Crepeaux, a well known heroin addict in a small town confesses to a cold case murder of a local girl and her sweetheart from years ago. In comes Rob Barrett an FBI investigator who specializes in telling whether a someone is telling the truth or not. Rob having local ties also, believes Kimberly's story and is determin...
  • Chris DiLeo
    I first discovered Michael Koryta when I read THE PROPHET, and I found in his work an understanding of character complexity, an appreciation for story structure, and a valuing of reader's time. I've since read many of his books, and he does not disappoint.This stand-alone novel is extremely well done. It centers around a murder confession, but the mystery quickly gets very complex and the reader struggles with FBI Agent Rob Barrett as he risks ev...
  • Noelle
    I received an advance copy of this book from Book of the Month and will post a full review closer to the release date.
  • Kimberly
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I usually don't read police/fbi/crime. I am, however, a HUGE fan of his book So Cold The River. This was a very good book. It definitely kept my interest!
  • Nicole Quattro
    A fast paced whodunnit with some twists and turns. Not every twist was believable but the characters were well developed.
  • part time librarian
    I can't imagine having to pick my favorite book by Mr. Koryta!! They are all so good! Lots of action, mystery, who done it, suspense! You name it!! Always such a edge of your seat books! I have at least 2 that I recommend highly- So cold the river and The Ridge are both super good. If you compare him to another author then I would say -- John Connolly (try him out), Gregg Hurwitz is another. I love this kind of book and hope someone else will rec...
  • Kaitlyn Ryan
    The characters in this were super relatable and I appreciated that it was a bit of a different take on the murder mystery crime novel. It's more about the detective than it is about the case which I found really interesting.