Tim Johnston, author of Descent, returns with The Current, an exploration of the indelible impact of a crime on the lives of innocent people.
In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women, Caroline Price and Audrey Sutter, and their car from the icy Black Root River. Caroline’s body is found downriver, while Audrey is discovered at the scene — half frozen and traumatized, but alive.
What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may still live among them.
Determined to find answers, Audrey soon realizes that she’s connected to the earlier unsolved case by more than just a river, and the deeper she plunges into her own investigation, the closer she comes to dangerous truths, and to the violence that simmers just below the surface of her hometown.
Grief, suspicion, the innocent and the guilty — all stir to life in this cold northern town where a young woman can come home, but still not be safe.