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  1. What Happened in Granite Creek
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  2. What Happened in Granite Creek

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    Price R467.00

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"Built as solidly as the 'legendary stone culverts' that tunnel through the landscape of Granite Creek; an engaging twist on the suburban-housewife mystery." ---Kirkus Reviews

Koty Fowler's husband wants her to volunteer her time visiting Granite Creek's war hero, a 26-year-old named Jamie Briggs who lost his arms and legs to an IED in Fallujah. Uncomfortable with the idea but afraid to challenge her husband, Koty reluctantly agrees and arrives on Jamie's doorstep just as he's scared off yet another volunteer.

Jamie resents having "charity babysitters" who feel sorry for him. Koty, however, proves she can see beyond his wounds to the man he is and the man he wants to become. Jamie falls hard. So does Koty. And that's when things get complicated.

Back at home, Koty faces a loveless marriage with an alcoholic spouse and three smart, yet troubled daughters. Iris, the middle child, is especially worrisome as she wanders down a destructive path filled with fights, truancy, and worse. Iris hates that Koty's affection has shifted to Jamie, and so she sets out to teach her mother a lesson. What happens next leaves everyone in the small New Hampshire town reeling. The Fowler family, battered and broken, 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 while reminding us that one simple event can have a profound impact on many lives for years to come.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I'm not sure what to think about this book. It was a quick read, and I found it completely predictable the minute part 2 happens. Part one is 2008, Part two is 2014. There was no mystery in it for me, other than the 'details' of how, not the who, or the why (details were revealed in the 2nd to last chapter) Part two starts at about 60%, and the rest of the book till the end tries to lead you to different thoughts of "what happened". The story is told on various POVs. Characters are introduced that didn't go anywhere - or maybe they did and were edited out. Not that it takes away from the entire book, it's just something I noticed.

There was a lot going on with homophobia, racism, war, alcohol abuse, spousal abuse, rape, teen pregnancy, sex, murder, creepy teen fantasy, pet mutilation, serial killer, bad marriages - so with a title like it has, the answer is there was a lot happening in Granite Creek.

I have never read a novel in which memory, guilt, rationalization and truth weave such a tangled web. In a small New Hampshire town, Koty and Wayne Fowler's marriage was never a fairy tale. Begun with an unplanned pregnancy and marred by family tragedy and broken dreams, it is held together mostly by their three daughters. When Wayne's misguided "patriotism" forces Koty to "volunteer" to help Jamie Briggs, a local quad-amputee veteran of the Gulf War, their marriage suffers unintended consequences --IN SPADES.

There are so many twists, turns and surprises, it is liked being locked in a carnival Fun House. Whose truth is real? Whose guilt is deserved? Whose memory is correct? Is anyone truly innocent?

This novel takes psychological suspense into heartbreaking emotional terrotory. Once you begin reading, you won't be able to put it down and even after you read the last sentence, the story will echo in your mind for days.
The book is very well written, good rhythm, keeps you (kept me) hooked. I liked how events are described from the different characters' point of view, the past-to-present descriptions of events... It's a story as it could happen in your neighborhood. Characters have their good points and their flows, it's different from such novels as Gone Girl or Dark Places in as much as the characters here are not just pure dark, they've just been dealt maybe not so great cards, and they actually tried their best to optimize their hand. It also keeps you guessing until the end, which is good. Do I like how it ended? maybe not so much, maybe that what made me put 4 stars instead of 5. However, it's a very good book that I highly recommend.
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