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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Koryta Narrator: Robert Petkoff, Christine Lakin Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 ISBN: 9781478915805
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“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 investigator and interrogator specializing in telling a true confession from a falsehood. He’s been circling Kimberly and her conspirators for months, waiting for the right avenue to the truth, and has finally found it. He knows, as strongly as he’s known anything, that Kimberly’s story—a grisly, harrowing story of a hit and run fueled by dope and cheap beer that becomes a brutal stabbing in cold blood—is how it happened. But one thing remains elusive: Where are Jackie and Ian’s bodies?

After Barrett stakes his name and reputation on the truth of Kimberly’s confession, only to have the bodies turn up 200 miles from where she said they’d be, shot in the back and covered in a different suspect’s DNA, the case is quickly closed and Barrett forcibly reassigned. But for Howard Pelletier, the tragedy of his daughter’s murder cannot be so tidily swept away. And for Barrett, whose career may already be over, the chance to help a grieving father may be the only one he has left.

How It Happened is a frightening, tension-filled ride into the dark heart of rural American from a writer Stephen King has called “a master” and the New York Times has deemed “impossible to resist.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With this searing look at an investigator’s obsessive efforts to close a case that has reawakened childhood demons, bestseller Koryta has produced his most powerful novel in years…Koryta, when he’s at the top of his game, has few peers in combining murder mysteries with psychological puzzles.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Is Koryta capable of telling a less-than-gripping tale? This book may not be as ambitious as his best efforts, but it is flawless, unpredictable storytelling streaked with his usual dark undercurrents. Crime fiction doesn’t get any more enjoyable.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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  • 3.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 5 kerbytejas | 5/16/2018

    " 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, 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 & misunderstood character, the bad guy, and a high body count. I thought the story was more like a police procedural drama than a psychological thriller. Having said that, I have to point out that this is a complete story, leaving no loose ends or confusing story points by the end. I wish to extend my thanks to the Publisher - Little, Brown and Company, the Author and NetGalley for a review copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. The book is currently available in multiple formats from major retailers. For me this was a 3.25 star read which I will leave at 3 stars. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Koryta

Michael Koryta is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels, most recently Rise the Dark. His previous novels—including Last Words, Those Who Wish Me Dead, and So Cold The River—were New York Times notable books, national bestsellers, and have been nominated for numerous awards, including having won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Koryta is a former private investigator and newspaper reporter. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and Camden, Maine.

About the Narrators

Robert Petkoff is an audiobook narrator who has won a prestigious Audie Award and twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime.

Christine Lakin is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and acclaimed television actress, best known for her roles as Alicia “Al” Lambert on the hit family comedy Step by Step and as Joan of Arc on Showtime’s Reefer Madness.