The Current by Tim Johnston

The Current

A Stunning New Novel from the Bestselling Author of DescentTim Johnston, whose 2015 national bestseller Descent was called “astonishing” by the Washington Post and “unforgettable” by the Miami Herald, returns with another tour de force about the indelible impact of acrime on the lives of innocent people.When two young women leave their college campus in the dead of winter for a 700-mile drive north to Minnesota, they suddenly find themsel...


Details The Current

TitleThe Current
Author
Release DateJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherAlgonquin
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense
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Reviews The Current

  • Paula Kalin
    1970-01-01
    Tim Johnston has again written an outstanding literary suspense thriller!Having been introduced to the author in 2016 with, Descent, I was highly anticipating getting my hands on his next book. The Current did not disappoint! A page turning, psychological crime thriller with many twists and turns, The Current, is a dark, emotional novel filled with tension and rage, guilt and revenge, but also compassion.Two friends leave college to drive to Minn...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    Life is about the intrusion of the unexpected.Sun-filled, glorious days fill us with the ease of life and its gentle flow. But it is in the ravaged moments of night that brutal reality visits upon us. And with it comes the jagged scars that are deep, very very deep.Two Iowa college girls take to the road heading north in the midst of an icy Minnesota winter. One girl has home as her destination. The other girl will have quite the unplanned destin...
  • Fran
    1970-01-01
    Two best girlfriends were travelling by car from their Southern college to a small town in Minnesota. Caroline Price had generously volunteered to drive Audrey Sutter seven hundred miles to visit her father, Retired Sheriff Tom Sutter. Sheriff Sutter had inoperable lung cancer. A late night gas station stop in Iowa, near the Minnesota border, on a raw snowy night, turned deadly leaving Caroline missing and Audrey barely alive.The gas station, app...
  • Matt
    1970-01-01
    “The nose of the car drops over the edge of the bank and the world pitches, and their own weight rolls forward through their bodies as at the top of a roller coaster just before the drop – the deep human fear of falling, the plunging heart, and there’s no stopping it and no getting out and nothing to do but hold on. And down they go, fast and easy in the snow, toboggan-smooth, hand in hand, their grips so tight, the grips of girls much youn...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    1970-01-01
    ⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 rounded up. Well, I did not like The Current by Tim Johnston as much as I liked his novel Descent, but it was still a captivating read that pulls at your heartstrings. What it's about: 2 college students, Caroline Price and Audrey Sutter, are on a road trip from their college campus in Georgia to Minnesota so Audrey can see her dying father. It is the dead of winter, and Caroline's car ends up going into the river, with only one...
  • karen
    1970-01-01
    reviewing for LA review of books, pub date TBD.
  • Matt
    1970-01-01
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Tim Johnston, and Algonquin Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.In my first exploration of Tim Johnston’s work, the novel took a journey that may literally chill the reader to the bone. On their way back from college, two young women stop for gas in the middle of winter. A simple fill-up soon turns sour when one is assa...
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    Well I find myself thinking of The Current and it is like a force of something powerful that reminds me of sitting in high school English reading something that is supposed to be profound about mankind or nature or life or maybe all three but all I was thinking about having to work later and how long could this book be would it ever end and how could so many words that were supposed to mean something be so tired?The Current reads just like that w...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    1970-01-01
    From the very first page, I could tell this was going to be an atmospheric read. There's country/small town and big city books. A lot of what we read in the mystery/thriller genre is based in larger cities such as London and New York. Then we get ones like this that are catered to that small town feel. A more intimate setting where people know each other and their families for decades and the sting is sharper and the reveal or overall coming is t...
  • Perry
    1970-01-01
    A cadaverously cryogenic, criminal suspense novel, deftly structured, though it can be difficult to catch the flow for the first 100 pages as it switches between 6/7 characters since the shifts happen mainly from ruminations of a character to those of another with sparser dialogue in the book's first half. I suspect most readers hit high gear by a third of the way through. Once I got there, I found it hard to put the novel aside for the comfort o...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    1970-01-01
    If you read DESCENT, you know that Tim Johnston writes anti-thrillers, crime novels that are purposely slow. A mystery may be solved but sometimes it seems that that is secondary to a larger goal. If you use the term "literary fiction," this is certainly a "literary" mystery, with prose worth paying attention to.THE CURRENT starts fast and then becomes very slow, especially because it considers the way a new crime brings an old one to the surface...
  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    1970-01-01
    3.5
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    Another page turner from Tim Johnston. A drive home from college for a local girl ends in tragedy for a small town in Minnesota that has already experienced its share. What follows is a series of events that tie together many of the individuals involved in a cold case over a decade old and a chance to either solve the case or come to terms with what happened next to an icy river one night in winter.After the action started, I found it hard to put...
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for review.Marketing this book as a thriller is going to do this book a disservice. It's a solid literary fiction book, but thriller it is not, and readers going into this story expecting the suspense of a thriller are going to be disappointed (I'm not generally prepared for literary fiction style structure when I am reading a thriller). About 2/3 of the way through this book I final...
  • Gloria
    1970-01-01
    This does not come out until Jan 2019, but please put it on your to-read list. As in his previous book The Descent, Johnston excels at slow-paced yet steadily increasing tension. Twice was sure I had solved the crime, but plot twists kept the story moving in new directions. An unresolved death of a young woman ten years ago is somehow part of a death of a young woman today. Both situations become urgent problems to solve. This explores the grief ...
  • Judy Collins
    1970-01-01
    Review Coming! TOP BOOKS OF 2019.
  • Dana Portwood
    1970-01-01
    I don't know if there is a category for books called "lyrical thriller" but if there is, that's what I would call Tim Johnston. The current is a multi-level story which is set in motion when a car carrying two college-age friends enters an icy river on a dark night. One girl lives and the other dies. In a strange twist of fate, Audrey, the girl who lives, was on the way to visit her father who is dying of lung cancer, and who also used to be the ...
  • Georgette
    1970-01-01
    Wow. He really got me with his last book, Descent. This took awhile to get into, but the edgy story of two Iowa girls whose SUV goes into an icy river, gets ahold of you with intersecting stories and multiple character arcs. The story and its end will really take the wind out of you. My advice is....it starts slow, but the different characters start to take over and the story takes root like wildfire. Stick with it; totally worth it.
  • Karyn Niedert
    1970-01-01
    This book started out great, but dragged quite a bit in the middle, for me. There were so many sympathetic characters, and when the truth came out I was very surprised. I was very pleased (and relieved) to find out who didn't do it, but was disappointed by who did.
  • Adrienne Scales
    1970-01-01
    This was a new author for me. I needed a change of pace since I read so much romance. I was looking for a thriller, a little mystery to shake things up. I found the premise enticing, two girls driving home from college end up in an icy river, only one survives. The surviving girl returns home, searching for answers to another murder of girl in the river ten years prior.This story had the makings of a great thriller. However, I found myself confus...
  • Dana Portwood
    1970-01-01
    I don't know if there is a category for books called "lyrical thriller" but if there is, that's what I would call Tim Johnston. The current is a multi-level story which is set in motion when a car carrying two college-age friends enters an icy river on a dark night. One girl lives and the other dies. In a strange twist of fate, Audrey, the girl who lives, was on the way to visit her father who is dying of lung cancer, and who also used to be the ...
  • Nicole
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to Netgalley for a digital ARC of this book.This was one intense read. I went into this not knowing much about it other than I had read Johnston's first book and thought it was pretty good. In this one, the hits keep on coming. There was a particular moment in the beginning--when I really didn't know what the book was about or what to expect--when I gasped, realizing what was happening to the two young, female characters. Overall, this isn...
  • Carly
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to Algonquin Books via Netgalley for my advanced digital copy of this book!It took me a while to pick up this book because I was unsure how I would feel about it. I ended up loving it so much more than I thought I would! The Current begins as two college girls, Caroline and Audrey, make their way to Audrey's father's house in Minnesota. They crash before they get there and the car is pulled from a river. Audrey is the only survivor. The...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/Two college friends set off to visit Audrey's dad who is ill with Stage 4 lung cancer. Caroline offers to drive, so Audrey doesn't have to come up with the bus fare. They go to school in Minnesota. Caroline is from down south and not used to driving in heavy snow. Something tragic happens, and the narrative takes us through the stories of all the lives affected by what happened that snowy n...
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    Tim Johnston’s The Current feels more like classic literature rather than top-ten murder mystery, and that is not a bad thing. Every choice the author made really added to the mood and flow of his novel.The writing is very descriptive. The character development is excellent; they’re layered and nuanced. The prose flows like a river under the ice—hard and brittle like the surface at times, and yet, deep and rushing at other times. I found th...
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    I read an unproofed galley provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I mention that up front because one of the issues that prevented this being a 5-star read was the very abrupt, like in the middle of a paragraph, change in POV that I'm not sure was deliberate or a formatting mistake with my proof. And even if it wasn't deliberate, I felt like there were definitely too many POVs deployed, and too rapidly. However, each one was compe...
  • Caryn
    1970-01-01
    3.5. Let me preface this mystery by saying it is a slow burn. Those looking for a quick plot-driven thriller will want to look elsewhere. But while reading this, I was completely absorbed in the story that I often felt transported to this town, as if I was interacting with these characters. That says something about the writing. It reminded me of a season of Fargo in a way. Just felt it dragged in the middle. A couple times I was lost as to what ...
  • Leslynn
    1970-01-01
    Copy courtesy of NetGalleyThis is a well-written novel, but for some reason the story did not captivate me. Reading was arduous and I couldn't wait to finish - I'd already invested too much time to quit, but could tell what the ending was, predictable. There were too much descriptions, unnecessary "scenes" and a distinct lack of originality. I feel like I've lost a chunk of precious life.....
  • Jennifer kettle
    1970-01-01
    Another amazing book by a fantastic author he is so good with the way he writes it is very haunting and you just feel it all the way to your bones a definite must read
  • Pam
    1970-01-01
    Very satisfying literary thriller once you’ve sorted out the characters, time frames and relationships.