We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Bitter River Audiobook

Bitter River: A Bell Elkins Novel, Book 2

Regular Price:$20.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Phone calls before dawn are never good news. And when you're the county's prosecuting attorney, calls from the sheriff are rarely good news, either. So when Bell Elkins picks up the phone, she already knows she won't like what she's about to hear, but she's still not prepared for this: sixteen-year-old Lucinda Trimble's body has been found at the bottom of Bitter River. And Lucinda didn't drown - she was dead before her body ever hit the water. With a case like that, Bell knows the coming weeks are going to be tough. But that's not all Bell is coping with these days. Her daughter is now living with Bell's ex-husband, hours away. Sheriff Nick Fogelsong, one of Bell's closest friends, is behaving oddly. Furthermore, a face from her past has resurfaced for reasons Bell can't quite figure. Searching for the truth, both behind Lucinda's murder and behind her own complicated relationships, will lead Bell down a path that might put her very life at risk.

In Bitter River, Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller once again weaves a compelling, haunting mystery set against the stark beauty and extreme poverty of a small West Virginia mountain town.

©2013 Julia Keller (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Julia Keller is that rare talent who combines gripping suspense, a fabulous sense of place, and nuanced characters you can't wait to come back to." (Karin Slaughter)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (48 )
5 star
 (20)
4 star
 (18)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.1 (42 )
5 star
 (20)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.3 (41 )
5 star
 (20)
4 star
 (14)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Catherine 04-03-16
    Catherine 04-03-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    164
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    817
    164
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Liked the writing but not the story"

    I like the characters and place in this series, but I didn't like the spy / terrorist subtext in this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-27-15
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-27-15 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    7413
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1184
    1147
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1803
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Gripping Suspense"

    This is book two in the Bell Elkins’ series. Bell is a West Virginia prosecutor for Raythune County who lives in Acker’s Gap. Sheriff Nick Fogelsong called to report the murder of 16 year old Lucinda Trimble whose body was found in a car in the Bitter River. Ike’s diner is blown up and a sniper shoots at Bell at the Courthouse, so the fun begins.

    The book is well written, the plot is interesting with lots of twists and turns and lots of suspense. Keller provides lots of background material about West Virginia, its people and poverty. In fact, I think there is too much detail; some could be cut out to make the story tighter.

    Keller is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. Shannon McManus does a good job narrating the book.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.