Monday, April 7, 2014

**Review** WHAT HAPPENED IN GRANITE CREEK by Robyn Bradley

What Happened in Granite Creek
by Robyn Bradley

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When Koty Fowler's husband volunteers her to visit Jamie, a quadruple amputee who lost his limbs in Iraq, neither Koty nor Jamie is happy. Jamie resents being "babysat" every day. Koty resents her lot in life: almost 30, mother of three, and trapped in an unhappy marriage in Granite Creek, a small New Hampshire town. But when Koty and Jamie come together in a sexually-charged situation, everything changes.

While Koty continues to explore her relationship with Jamie, her life at home spirals out of control: her sometimes-abusive husband drinks too much, and her middle daughter is on a destructive path, skipping school and getting into fights, while Koty's other two girls are left to watch.

What happens next, however, leaves everyone reeling, and the Fowler family must learn how to move forward, even as they struggle to understand what happened in their own backyard.

Told in multiple viewpoints and spanning across nearly two decades, "What Happened in Granite Creek" brings readers on a journey of intrigue and unexpected twists while reminding us that nothing is ever what it seems.


★★★★ MY REVIEW ★★★★

This is a fabulous read and had me hooked from the beginning.  This book will be yanking your emotions in all different directions.  At times, you’re going to be pissed, sometimes it will be pulling at your heart strings, and a lot of times, you’ll be heartbroken.   I thought about this book and its characters when I wasn’t reading.  When I had spare time, even just a few minutes, I would pick this up and read.  It is definitely a story that you have to know what will happen next.  And it will positively stay with you long after you’ve finished. 

At about 82%, I still didn’t know what the hell happened in Granite Creek.  I had no idea how it was going to end – NONE.  I thought I knew at a  few different places in the book, but then was proved wrong again and again.  Many times I was saying “whoa, didn’t see that coming.”  

Bravo on the characters  – great job on their development and making me feel like I knew them.  Some you will hate, some you will love, and definitely some you will want to punch in the face – hard.  The ability to make the reader feel these emotions toward the characters proves to me the talent of an author. 

If you love a beautifully written thriller, a suspenseful nail-biter that will put you on a roller coaster of emotions, read this book!  I easily & gladly give this 5 hearts!  I will definitely be reading more from this author.

Added bonus – I know editing is important to a lot of people.  I can honestly say I do not remember any errors – grammatical or typographical.  Very nice!





Robyn Bradley is a Short Story Seductress and Novelist Ninja. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and won a short story award in 2007. Her work has appeared in, Metal Scratches, The Breakwater Review, Writer's Digest, and The MetroWest Daily News, among other places. When she's not writing or sleeping, Robyn enjoys watching Law & Order marathons, drinking margaritas, and determining how many degrees really separate her from George Clooney.

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