Two young women, friends from a small Midwestern college, are pulled from the frigid winter waters of a Minnesota river, one dead and the other barely alive. The incident-which is no accident-recalls a similar tragedy 10 years earlier in the same Iowa town on the Minnesota border. The survivor, whose father is the former sheriff in the border Minnesota town, soon realizes their stories have deeper connections than just the river. Small towns with secrets is a territory that many writers employ, but Johnston takes his characters to a new level, fully realized characters, each filled with currents of love, regrets, and grief. Tim Johnston is a master at peeling back his carefully plotted story, one piece at a time. The Current is a sometimes bleak read, that will bring a feel of a Minnesota winter seem so real, you will want a fire, a quilt, and a cup of hot tea.
The Current had some moments of overwriting, in my opinion, and could have done with some skillful editing. I found myself trying to get through some of the back and forth and felt that some writing could have been omitted.
Overall, a four star book, and I will be reading more from Tim Johnston.
Thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for a complimentary copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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