A River of Crows
by Shanessa Gluhm
April 17-28, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
In 1988, Sloan Hadfield’s brother Ridge went fishing with their father and never came home. Their father, a good-natured Vietnam veteran prone to violent outbursts, was arrested and charged with murder. Ridge’s body was never recovered, and Sloan’s mother— a brilliant ornithologist— slowly descended into madness, insisting her son was still alive.
Now twenty years later, Sloan’s life is unraveling. In the middle of a bitter divorce, she’s forced to return to her rural Texas hometown when her mother is discharged from a mental health facility.
Overwhelmed by memories and unanswered questions, Sloan returns to the last place her brother was seen all those years ago: Crow’s Nest Creek. There, she is shocked to hear a crow murmuring the same syllable over and over: Ridge, Ridge, Ridge.
When the body of another boy is found, Sloan begins to question what really happened to her brother all those years ago. What she discovers will shock her small community and turn her family upside down.
Praise for A River of Crows:
“In A River of Crows, Shanessa Gluhm spins a complex web of murder and family revelation that propels the reader forward at a breakneck pace. Just when you think you know where the story is headed, she reveals another thread. If you haven’t yet read Shanessa Gluhm, you need to put her on your to-be-read list.”
~ Allen Eskens, USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury
“A twisted family dynamic and complex personal history combine with a touch of romance in Shanessa Gluhm’s knockout second novel. A River of Crows grabs on with the opening pages and holds a reader tight to the very end.”
~ Elena Taylor/Elena Hartwell, author of href=”https://partnersincrimetours.com/all-we-buried-by-elena-taylor/”>All We Buried and the href=”https://www.providencebookpromotions.com/the-foundation-of-plot-by-elena-hartwell/”>Wait, Wait, Don’t Query (Yet) series
“A River of Crows is a superb second novel that shows Shanessa Gluhm is a naturally gifted storyteller and writer, on a par with all the greats.”
~ Rob Samborn, author of The Prisoner of Paradise and Painter of the Damned
“Shanessa Gluhm crafts a thought-provoking story of revelation, family ties, discovery, and murder… Readers who choose A River of Crows for its mystery will find an unexpected draw and value in the emotional components which keep the plot action-packed and charged with transformation.”
~ D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“Gluhm peels away layers of family secrets in this dual timeline narrative, right up until the climactic final reveal, a twist that truly surprised me. Well done!”
~ Laura Kemp, award-winning author of the Lantern Creek Series
A River of Crows Trailer:
has crafted a complex mystery revolving around deception, secrets,
dysfunction, mental illness, and revenge. All is not as it seems,
from the first page to nearly the end. There are twists and surprises
found Sloan, the main character, a bit hard to like. She is flawed,
as are so many in this novel. I know she had a tough life and had
just been dealt another hard blow but I would have liked a less
demanding and more giving person. I actually did not like any of the
characters except perhaps Dylan. Dysfunctional life was the basis of
so many of them.
structure of the narrative went back and forth from 1988 to 2008. We
gradually find the truth about past events as they are revealed in
the earlier scenes. I do feel going back and forth does not make for
a smooth flow of action, but this plot is so complex, I am not sure
merely using flashbacks would have worked. The time periods are
clearly designated so there was no confusion there.
writing style is good and the action and character thought were
clearly presented. I really liked all the interesting information
about crows. Their presence was a good thread throughout.
Overall, I did like the mystery and its resolution and will be
looking for more from Gluhm.
rating: 4/5 stars.
Read an excerpt:
Shanessa Gluhm works as a librarian at an elementary school in New Mexico where she lives with her husband and children. It was during her own elementary days when a teacher encouraged Shanessa to share a story she wrote called, “Piggy the Kid” with the class. They asked for a sequel and she hasn’t stopped writing since.
Her debut novel, Enemies of Doves was an IAN Book of the Year Finalist in the category of first novel, an NIEA Finalist for cross-genre fiction, and first place winner in the Chanticleer Clue Awards for mystery, suspense, and thriller fiction.
When Shanessa is not writing she enjoys bird-watching, reading, and watching true crime documentaries. Shanessa loves to hear from her readers and the best way to connect is via e-mail or her Facebook page.
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