How It Happened

How It Happened

"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."

Title:How It Happened
Edition Language:English
Format Type:

About Michael Koryta

Michael Koryta (pronounced Ko-ree-ta) is the New York Times-bestselling author of 11 suspense novels. His work has been praised by Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, Daniel Woodrell, Ron Rash, and Scott Smith among many others, and has been translated into more than 20 languages. His books have won or been nominated for the Los Angeles Times Boo

    How It Happened Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    It seems that I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as my fellow Goodreaders, but that doesn't mean that I disliked it. This was overall an entertaining read, and while I had to suspend some belief in...

  • Diane S ?

    A rural community in Maine, Kimberly, a known drug addict, has a story to tell. One that solves the murders of two locals whose bodies were never found. The FBI sends in Barrett, who has ties in this ...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    3.5 starsKimberly Crepeaux is not known for telling the truth. She does the heroin, is a teen mom and now adds jail house snitch to her resume. FBI investigator Rob Barrett is one of the few people wh...

  • Debra

    3.5 StarsKimberly Crepeaux is well known in her rural hometown in Maine. She is well-known for being an addict, a teen mother, a liar and a snitch. So, when she confesses to FBI agent, Rob Barrett as ...

  • Theresa Alan

    Oh, it is so much fun to discover a book that is so well written and a new-to-me talented writer. When FBI agent Rob Barrett gets a confession from a petty criminal about a double murder, he believes ...

  • Tucker

    From the beginning of Michael Koryta’s new book, readers know “How it Happened.” At least that’s how it appears. Rob Barrett returns to the small town of Port Hope, Maine where he spent his su...

  • Shannon

    Thank you to Ashley from @littlebrown #partner for sending me How It Happened by Michael Koryta! I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I haven’t read anything by this author but that will soon change. This...

  • Kelli

    I’ve been in a pretty serious book slump. I’m trying to catch up on reviews and when I came across this book on my currently reading shelf, I had honestly forgotten all about it. Hmmm. Not a great...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: received an ARC of this one about a century ago and promptly put it on the backburner due to my friends’ “meh”-ish ratings and reac...

  • Morgannah

    "When you kill someone, you have two choices. The first one is to try to hide how you did it, which is what almost everyone does, and almost everyone gets caught. The second one is to show exactly how...