Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman

Thief River Falls

Harrowing loss, psychological trauma, and a deadly mystery test the human will to survive in this electrifying novel from award-winning author Brian Freeman.Lisa Power is a tortured ghost of her former self. The author of a bestselling thriller called Thief River Falls, named after her rural Minnesota hometown, Lisa is secluded in her remote house as she struggles with the loss of her entire family: a series of tragedies she calls the “Dark Sta...

Details Thief River Falls

TitleThief River Falls
Release DateFeb 1st, 2020
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

Reviews Thief River Falls

  • Ellie Midwood
    I first discovered Brian Freeman through his Frost Easton series and quickly became a fan of his thrillers. He’s one of the writers who I know to rely on for a riveting, unputdownable story, so as soon as I saw his newest creation, I not only picked it up at once but read it literally in one sitting. Yes, it was that good.This time, the central character is female and one that I connected with instantly. More than anything I love level-headed p...
  • Linda Strong
    Lisa Powers is the well-known local author of a bestselling thriller Thief River Falls, named after her hometown.Lisa has lost her parents, three brothers, her fiancee all within several years. Her twin brother still lives, although they haven't spoken in over a year.One night she finds a young boy standing in her yard ... he says he doesn't remember his name, where he's been, how he got there, or where he was hiding. The one thing he does rememb...
  • Lydia Hephzibah
    Quite torn with this one. I feel that the writing is pretty basic; there were a couple of loose ends (or weak/missing explanations, perhaps) and the way it was written made the ending pretty clear from around 1/3 of the way through. But it did keep me hooked because it was an easy read with relatively short chapters, though it read more like an ARC of a debut, rather than the finished copy from an award-winning writer.
  • Crystal Reedus
    IntenseI'll not spoil the book. It's intense and draws you in until you must finish. I don't usual right reviews but just had to for this.
  • Aylisa Belzyt
    WOW. This book was just such an amazing thing to get lost in. From the moment it started, until the end, I just could not bear to set it down! I found myself reading it within one full day, (24hours) and that’s all I could focus on, was figuring out what happened to this little boy, why is he running, who the heck is Harlan? It’s such a psychological twist, that I myself did not expect. I thought it was a really awesome idea to have the book ...
  • K Allen
    Spoiler by AmazonThis review contains spoiler alerts like the one I received thanks to Amazon or the publisher, I am not sure who because now when I go back to the Kindle First email with the choices for the free book of the month, the spoiler review is gone. Maybe somebody got wise and removed it, but I am still upset. I love the Jonathan Stride and Frost Easton series so I was thrilled to see a Kindle First offer for a Brian Freeman book. When ...
  • M
    Good thriller with questionable paranormal elements & a clever denouement. 3.5 stars Wow. This was a hard review to write without dropping spoilers, and no way I could write a spoiler-free logline. For a good synopsis with some details, you can read Amazon’s book blurb. I enjoyed reading this gloomily atmospheric book set in remote northwestern Minnesota, near the Canadian border. The author immediately lays it all out: his protagonist drives t...
  • Laura
    Just okayThroughout this book,I felt like everything was so contrived and people did and said things that were illogical. by the end I understood why that was but the twist did not really make up for the story before it. In trying to make the end a surprise, the main character wasn't developed enough for me to feel like I knew her, or more importantly to like her. Or to feel the connection she had with the boy. Yes who wouldn't want to help a kid...
  • Alicia
    Trigger warnings included at the bottom of review.The first half of the book didn’t catch my interest, despite being fast-paced. Some aspects confused me, such as Lisa’s instant affection towards Purdue or that she gave him that nickname in the first place. I also wasn’t a fan of the storyline with Noah; I didn’t think it was woven in enough to make a difference to the plot. With that said, I wasn’t expecting the ending, and it definite...
  • Anne Pak
    I chose this suspenseful thriller as my January First Reads through Amazon Prime. I'm often skeptical with these because they usually don't live up to the hype; however, this one is the exception. I was hooked from the beginning and my desire to sort it all out stayed with me until I finished. I read enough in this genre that I broadly figured out most of the reveals in advance but I still needed all of the extra little details to pull it all tog...
  • Kathy Oaster
    Lisa Power has a great life including success as a fiction author, beautiful family and loving fiance. After the death of many of her family members and fiance, she moves away from the town. She is devastated and can't face the town she loved without the people she adored. Just when she feels she is on the right track, she finds a frightened 10 year old boy at her home with no memory of his past. Lisa makes it her mission to help the boy discover...
  • Katherine Chapman
    Fast-paced suspenseful thriller with bittersweet twists.Best to read this quickly and listen to your impressions of characters and events along the way. Whether it becomes a movie or not, the pacing is cinematic and you will be drawn in as events spiral around Lisa Powers, a successful author with a family history scarred by grief and loss, pulling her into a very frightening place that eerily echoes her own published work. Cautions: themes of su...
  • James Denman
    Expectations I didn’t have high hopes for this one. Good ratings, early release, but I didn’t think it was going to amount to much. I was wrong. It felt disjointed in the beginning. The lead character a bit sad and ridiculous. When the action started and the paces picked up I was pleased thinking that at least it would be over soon, but then TRF sucked me in, Lisa’s plight became important and Perdue needed saving. I’m not often surprised...
  • Ruth
    This book drew me in from the very beginning. It kept my attention and was a very quick, easy read. I was immediately drawn to the characters and was emotionally involved from the start. However *spoiler alert* the twist at the end was very disappointing. I felt like it was predictable about 3/4 of the way in and I was hoping it wasn’t headed that way. There were several story lines that didn’t get explored or finished In my opinion. Very dis...
  • Kathy
    Loved this suspenseful thriller!I'm so glad I picked this as one of two January Prime books. This is also the second book I have read by this author, the first was The Night Bird. Thief River Falls, a tragic book written by Lisa, the main character, keeps the reader completely engaged throughout the novel with the nonstop action. I had a hard time putting this book down to do anything else. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good thriller, no...
  • Minerva
    Great, amazing book!Wow! Hands down one of the best books I’ve ever read. I have to confess, I didn’t know the author before this book and i gave it a try and I’m so glad I did. I did not expect the ending at all and it brought me to tears. I could not put the book down and it’s impossible to try to talk about the content without spoilers, so I’ll just say that I will be reading more from this author and that I vastly recommend this boo...
  • Doug
    Another solid book by Mr. Freeman. Maybe less than 4 stars, but more than 3.5. I did not enjoy this quite as much as either the Frost Easton or Jonathan Stride series’s by this author yet it was a pleasurable read. ( I recommend both of those series by the way)There were some twists that I figured out, yet surprises as well that kept me guessing. I ended up reading it cover to cover in one night.
  • Marie
    Unbelievable Twist!This book had me from the beginning. I read it in a day... I just had to know what was going to happen to Lisa and the boy. I thought I had it mostly figured out but boy was I wrong! What an unbelievable twist at the end that had me crying like a baby. This was my first book by Brian Freeman but it won't be my last! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense .
  • Joel Tanner
    Heart renderingThis book flipped me over, turned me around and generally blew my mind. All the while pulling at my heart-strings. I felt so much for this strong, passionate and creative woman. It was a pleasure to see her psychological challenges so skillfully portrayed. Because as a therapist, I know that while we all have challenges, they deserve to be perceived with the utmost intelligence, love, patience and respect. -Maria Linsalata
  • Theresa O'mara
    IncredibleAt first I thought conspiracy , scientific experiment gone wrong. Page by page I was drawn into her grief and sorrow. I could feel the cold, the betrayal, and the confusion. When the character "Purdue" kept saying he would never leave that was an awesome way to show there was more to the story. Losing people is one of the hardest things in life. None of us escape it.
  • Stephanie Gates
    If only the last 25% didn’t happen...I really, truly, deeply wanted to like this book. It was taut, and thrilling, and everything a thriller should be. And then the author threw in a ridiculous curveball that felt forced and trite and not at all fitting with the story that has been happening. Thank goodness I got this book for free as part of the Kindle First Reads program. If I has spent money on this dreck, I would be even more upset with it ...
  • Melissa Ziemba
    Emotional and amazing So good! Just when you think you know, you don’t. Brian Freeman is such an amazing storyteller! This story drew me in and I couldn’t stop until the end. Even then, I didn’t want it to stop. It will take me some time before I can recover, move on from this book, and begin a new one! Such an emotional ending.
  • Brenda S
    Thief River FallsI have tears in my eyes as I write this. What an incredible story. You blew me away with the ending! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and each character. Though, I questioned some of the characters and parts, I was totally into the story and allowed my mind to gloss over them. Amazing what the mind will do , isn't it??
  • Donna Longworth
    Wish I hadn't read the review as this made the book very predictable. The book was well written in parts but lacked pace once I was half way through. I'm sad to say I skimmed through some of it. I also found all of the references to guns an unnecessary page filler.A book about a book, family loss and guns. Average and predictable.
  • Laurie Tell
    Wow! This book interested me from page 1. And it just got better and better. I had to keep reading to find out what happened next. Then all of a sudden....... What????? I think my jaw literally dropped open. I really enjoyed the characters, the writing style and the story. I'm tempted to go back and read it again knowing what I know now.
  • Amy
    Keeps you on the edge of your seatI started this novel on New Year’s Day as I sat for hours in the ER. I became so engrossed in the work that the time flew by. By the evening of January 2 I had finished it. I loved the tension, the twists, and the ultimate ending. As a psychotherapist I realized before the reveal what was happening. A good read.
  • Teresa Hawkins
    I never saw it comingI swore I'd never go back there. The white on white, the cold on cold, the days on endless days. Brian Freeman swooped me up and plunked me right back down in rural northern Minnesota, but this time with a story told so well I couldn't leave, I couldn't put it down. Most of us love a good plot twist. That's all I'll say -- I won't give it away!
  • Kenneth Gomberg
    Very good, but not the same quality as the Frost Easton book, Brian is one of my favorite authors. As enjoyable as this book was, it doesn't match the Night Bird, the Frost Easton thriller. I am impatiently waiting for the next in the series. It's been written so long ago, I've forgotten it WAS a series. DON'T MISS THAT BOOK
  • Tammy Johnson
    Couldn't stop reading!I sat down with this book yesterday afternoon and finished it just 24 hours later! This book is enthralling! The action is a mile a minute and the plot twist is UNBELIEVABLE! I was literally on the edge of my seat! Once you read this story, you will want more from Brian Freeman and I don't think he will disappoint. Truly an amazing read.
  • Courtney Alexander
    Good story; however, the writing of the story could have been improved. Enjoyed the beginning and end. The middle was just not believable. Written primarily from a woman’s POV by a man, and it’s obvious. I couldn’t get into it because I kept thinking “there’s no way she would do that.” I didn’t buy any of the middle.