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The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook

The Fate of Katherine Carr (2009)

by Thomas H. Cook

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This one took some patience on my part. It's not fast paced, I found myself keeping track of many characters and various anecdotes about each of them, there is a slight hint of the supernatural, and I wasn't convinced that all the issues happening in the story could really be resolved by the end. But it was well written, dark, and eerily mesmerizing. I was so pleasantly surprised by what transpired in the last page and a half that it really won me over. I then skimmed through several parts of the book again and had a better understanding of the story as a whole. Some books I really need to read through a second time to see things more clearly - this was one of them. Although so much of the tale seemed to have its vague moments as I was reading it, things do get resolved and somehow connected by the end. The final two pages were utterly satisfying. ( )
1 vote chooki666 | May 18, 2015 |
Loved it. A wonderful, bizarre mystery. ( )
  pidgeon92 | Apr 1, 2013 |
An intelligent mystery thriller about the disappearance of a woman and a reporter's quest for solving this baffling mystery. This novel slowly builds up the suspense and never let you go. Cook's powerful writing has such a mesmerizing power that you can only marvel at the way how words are string together and the various permutations and combinations he throws about the direction in which the story is taken forward. ( )
  adithyajones | Jul 30, 2012 |
Just a comment - not a review.
A very weird book. Unsatisfying. ( )
  dablackwood | May 25, 2011 |
A great thriller which whilst reading makes you want to keep your own children within sight at all times..it gives you an insight into the horror of life's cruelties.. ( )
  ilurvebooks | Dec 9, 2010 |
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Every Thomas H. Cook novel is a subtle mind game, but The Fate of Katherine Carr is positively haunting.
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All Nature is but Art, unknown to thee;
All Chance, Direction, which thou canst not see;
All Discord, Harmony not understood
All partial Evil, universal Good.
- ALEXANDER POPE, An Essay on Man
For Susan M. Terner, without whom, truly, this book would not have been written
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They strike at heat, she said, and so there is no escape.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0151014019, Hardcover)

George Gates used to be a travel writer who specialized in places where people disappeared—Judge Crater, the Lost Colony.Then his eight-year-old son was murdered, the killer never found, and Gates gave up disappearance. Now he writes stories of redemptive triviality about flower festivals and local celebrities for the town paper, and spends his evenings haunted by the image of his son’s last day.

Enter Arlo MacBride, a retired missing-persons detective still obsessed with the unsolved case of Katherine Carr. When he gives Gates the story she left behind—a story of a man stalking a woman named Katherine Carr—Gates too is drawn inexorably into a search for the missing author’s brief life and uncertain fate. And as he goes deeper, he begins to suspect that her tale holds the key not only to her fate, but to his own.

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"George Gates was once a travel writer fascinated by places where people disappeared - the busy corner in New York City where Judge Crater was last seen, the ghostly bramble of the Lost Colony. Then his eight-year-old son vanished on a rainy afternoon. His body was later found, but his killer never, and Gates lost his taste for things that disappear. Now he writes trivial stories about flower festivals and local celebrities, and spends his evenings haunted by the image of his son's last day." "Enter Arlo McBride, a retired missing-persons detective who still ponders the case of Katherine Carr, a woman who vanished twenty years before, leaving nothing behind but a short story about an eerie stranger who opened her to love ... and a dark pursuit.". "As Gates is drawn ever more deeply into Katherine's story, he is equally compelled to reconstruct the last days of its author's life, the inner world into which she disappeared before she vanished from the outer one. Inexorably, Gates's inquiry into the fate of Katherine Carr leads to the exploration of his own."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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