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, Mystery Thriller

Reviews How It Happened

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    It seems that I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as my fellow Goodreaders, but that doesn't mean that I disliked it. This was overall an entertaining read, and while I had to suspend some belief in the plot's plausibility, it kept me reading and wanting to know "how it happened". The story did drag a bit in a few spots, and it didn't seem to hold that creepy factor that so many of his other books have, so maybe I'm just more drawn to his books...
  • Diane S ☔
    A rural community in Maine, Kimberly, a known drug addict, has a story to tell. One that solves the murders of two locals whose bodies were never found. The FBI sends in Barrett, who has ties in this community from the summers he spent here in his youth. He has an unsolved tragedy in his own background, one that haunts him to this day. Kimberly tells her story, who did the murders, and where the bodies can be found, to Agent Barrett. He believes ...
  • Debra
    3.5 StarsKimberly 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 h...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Tucker
    From the beginning of Michael Koryta’s new book, readers know “How it Happened.” At least that’s how it appears. Rob Barrett returns to the small town of Port Hope, Maine where he spent his summers as a teenager and where his former girlfriend Liz lives. In his first murder case as an FBI investigator and interrogator, Rob is able to obtain a confession from Kimberly Crepeaux, something no other law enforcement officer has been able to do...
  • 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...
  • Kelli
    I’ve been in a pretty serious book slump. I’m trying to catch up on reviews and when I came across this book on my currently reading shelf, I had honestly forgotten all about it. Hmmm. Not a great sign! Implausible and at times outright dull, I barely remember the plot, so I will just say that this one didn’t work for me. 2.5 stars
  • Morgannah Mayfair
    "When you kill someone, you have two choices. The first one is to try to hide how you did it, which is what almost everyone does, and almost everyone gets caught. The second one is to show exactly how you did it - and then prove it couldn't have happened that way." A guilty party in How It Happened states that with chilling clarity. What we don't know until the end of the book is which choice we are watching play out. This was my first time readi...
  • Trevor
    1.5* Yes, I'm rating this harsh. No, I don't care. To say that this was a disappointment is an understatement. Even when I discovered this was more like a police procedural than his usually bout of mysteries I still kept HOW IT HAPPENED on my TBR. I usually like PPs, I can roll with this. But this was pushing it. Koryta knows how to keep his readers hooked- I'll give him that. With (bordering on unnecessary) short chapters, you feel compelled to ...
  • J.K. Grice
    I do not think that Michael Koryta is capable of writing a bad book. I am always so impressed with his intelligence, his characters, and his intriguing plots. HOW IT HAPPENED is as good as any mystery you will read this year, and will more than likely stick with you for the foreseeable future. I know it will remain in my mind for some time to come.
  • 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...
  • Liz
    Why have I not discovered Michael Koryta sooner? How It Happened was my first book by this author and it definitely won’t be my last! What a absolutely gripping fast-paced thriller! He started it off perfectly. Laying out all his cards and then backing up it up with this intense narrative. I literally read it in A DAY. The story kept developing and taking twists and turns that I DID NOT SEE COMING!! I really LOVE that!! ( I feel I can pretty mu...
  • 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...
  • Debbie
    This book begins with Kimberly Crepeaux, a heroin addict and jailhouse snitch, telling a highly seeming probable story of the death of a young couple. At first, when I was reading this very first part, I wasn't sure what was going on. However, I soon figured out it was the junkie's testimony. And away, the book went.This book was outstanding! I think it is Mr. Koryta's best book yet.You just know that the murder is solved very early in the book, ...
  • Paul
    Dark, twisty, thrilling, plus beautiful sentences. One of my favorite crime novels of the year.
  • Jeanette
    This book was excellent. 4.5 stars. I could not round it up but I considered it. Possibly I balked from giving it that fifth star because of the explosive italics bomb start. That's becoming a trend (3 books I've read in the last 3 weeks have done this action, crime, chewy, grizzly witness beginning; I find that really an odd coincidence? ) Or is that the new trend for the ADHD attention span of the common modern psychology thriller reader? Or fo...
  • Pat
    4 starMichael Koryta's latest book begins with a confession. A young couple from Port Hope, Maine have been missing for some time. Kimberley Crepeaux, a well-known untrustworthy resident in Port Hope is currently in custody and claims to have information on what happened to Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly. Kimberley tells an amazing story to FBI Agent Rob Barrett who has been assigned the case. Barrett knows the area and some of the people because...
  • debra
    3.5 I don't know why I didn't like this more than I did, but...Chelsea Humphrey, Diane S., and Shelby *trains flying monkeys* all wrote real reviews that, although not quite as good as my stunner of an incomplete sentence review, are quite excellent. : ))
  • Paris (kerbytejas)
    To use the words of another Goodreads reviewer - How It Happened by Michael Koryta is NOT one of my favorite books by the author. I found it difficult to become engaged with the characters,(view spoiler)[ many characters seem rather flat (hide spoiler)] and although the mystery was interesting, I missed some of the edgy, descriptive & creepy feelings that Mr. Koryta can add to his stories. The story has the hero, his past girlfriend, a sad & mis...
  • Evelyn
    FBI agent Rob Barrett gets a detailed confession about the disappearance and murder of a local Maine couple from a young woman involved in the crime. But, unfortunately for Kimberley Crepeaux, her details don’t support the facts and officials deem the story as made up. Rob believes her though, and even after being reassigned to Montana in disgrace, he returns to the small Maine town to find the truth.First, I love MK’s books! He has a unique ...
  • Bill
    This was sure shaping up to be a 5-star read for over 50% of this novel.Michael Koryta can certainly hook you into a story with a great plot and characters you can care about, as he did in his terrific The Prophet.The story starts off with a confession of "How it Happened", and FBI agent Rob Barrett, who specializes in confessions, sets off to validate the words of an imprisoned junkie.Excellent plot developments pulled me along this story, but u...
  • Sharon May
    Many thanks to NetGalley, Little, Brown and Company, and Michael Koryta for the opportunity to read his latest work. A great, twisty crime drama! 4.5 starsThe first chapter gives us a version of the story - a drug-fueled night that ends up with two people dead. The problem? The person telling the story, Kimmy, is an addict, a known liar and is in jail. She tells the story to FBI Agent Rob Barrett, who is making a name for himself for being able t...
  • Hobart
    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.--- The rain had tapered off overnight and given way to a gorgeous day, the sky and sea competing for the deepest blue, a light wind pushing off the water, temperature nearing eighty. The air was scented with ocean breezes and pines and held only the faintest trace of humidity. A quintessential Maine day, more suited to July than May. If you weren’t looking for a drug addict and self-confesse...
  • Mal Warwick
    The ingredients of a top-notch thriller include:an opening scene that grabs attention;believable characters who act in plausible ways;a steady drumbeat of revelations that build suspense;and a fiendishly complex plot that is only resolved as the novel comes to a close.The latest thriller from Michael Koryta, How It Happened, fits the bill in all these respects.As the novel opens, a young woman named Kimberly (Kimmy) Crepeaux is confessing to taki...
  • Bill
    2.5 STARSHow It Happened opens with a confession, closes with a confession, and in between the reader finds out … how it happened! Unfortunately for me, the story sandwiched between opening and closing admissions was as dull and flat as a carbonated beverage sans all the bubbly fizz.Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the young Port Hope, ME couple, have gone missing and the opening confession details how it happened. Rob Barrett, the 34-year old F...
  • Cheri
    I have not read a book by MK that I have not enjoyed. Many times his books have a bit of paranormal or ghostly feel to them, but not this one. It is pure crime, mystery, suspense and an awesome story. My thought were a rollercoaster of a ride. I had no idea how it happened until the end :)
  • Carrie
    Without a doubt, Michael Koryta is one of my favorite authors. His writing is exceptional and his stories never fail to be spellbinding. In How It Happened, a young drug addict named Kimberly is the sole surviving witness to the murder of a young couple in love. Unfortunately, Kimberly's story seems to have holes in it and she's certainly not the most reliable witness (especially since her testimony may be part of a deal to reduce charges for oth...
  • Gloria Feit
    Inspired by an actual event in the author’s hometown, this novel recounts the ups and downs in the life of Rob Barrett, an FBI specialist in interrogations, who is sent to a little town in Maine years after the disappearance of a man and two women. Barrett finally reaches a witness who confesses to having participated in the murder and disposal of the bodies of a man and a woman in a shallow lake. Unfortunately, when the lake is inspected, the ...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    How It Happened by Michael Koryta is a highly recommended murder mystery.The novel opens in Port Hope, Maine, with Kimmie Crepeaux confessing to Rob Barrett, an FBI investigator and interrogation specialist, how Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly died and where to find their bodies. She also names the killer - local respected caretaker Mathias Burke. Kimmie claims Mathias forced her and her friend Cass Odom to assist him. Kimmie tells Barrett everyth...