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And There He Kept Her

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And There He Kept Her begins when two high school students try to burgle a house and are caught by the owner. Unfortunately, the homeowner Emmet Burr had secrets that would prevent him from ever calling for the police so he shoots the boy and locks the young girl up in his cellar. The secrets become obvious because he has a locked room and chains all ready and waiting for her.

The Sheriff is dying of cancer so Assistant Deputy Ben Packard is running the show. He’s a recent resident of Sandy Lake, the small resort town in northern Minnesota. He has history with the town. His grandparents had a lake house and his brother disappeared one night, presumably drowned in the lake. The missing girl is his cousin’s daughter and he promises to find her.

As someone from northern Minnesota, I always look for mysteries that take place there. And There He Kept Her is a fair mystery though it’s not a whodunnit but an open mystery or “howcatchum” though much of how Emmett was caught relied more on Emmett’s bad luck and unreliable partner than Packard’s deduction, though he was on the right track when he connected a local murder to the students’ disappearance.

As to a sense of place, I grew up on a resort lake in northern Minnesota. Sadly, this town really could be anyplace. There was no real sense of being in a specific place. There was the gossip of a small town but there was none of the shared history and the long memories that you will find in a small town. The resort aspect of the population quintupling on weekends is absent as well. There is this strange intimacy during the week that completely disappears on the weekend filled with strangers. There is no real socializing between the weekenders and the residents and Sandy Lake felt more like Anytown than Resort Town.

Still, I like Ben and think there is potential for the series to grow. I like that the teen who was captured was smart and never gave up hope. I think Ben’s “secret” was a bit overplayed as this is Minnesota, not Texas, but it looks like in Book Two, he will be more open about his life.

I received an e-galley of And There He Kept Her from the publisher through NetGalley

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Joshua Moehling
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Thanks NetGalley for this fast paced and riveting thriller, And There He Kept her.  Wow..this one was intense and hard to put down.  It was well written and very fast paced.  For a debut, the author did well.
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Thank you Net Galley for a copy of And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling.  This mystery/ thriller was entertaining.   Murder in a small town.
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This is an amazing thriller that I couldn't put down. It had so many twists and turns.
 I had to keep reading because just when I thought I was at a stopping point, I wasn't. 
I hope this is just the beginning of a series, because I can't wait until the next one
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Thank you, NetGalley, for an e-ARC of And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling.
And There He Kept Her was a page-turner that built suspense from the beginning and kept the momentum going until the end. A small town, a prescription drug issue, and a psychopath create a story that keeps the reader involved. Joshua Moehling's debut novel does not disappoint.
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I so wish that these engaging thrillers had a way of causing strife/telling a story that did not have to involve drugs or alcohol or infidelity. It's really starting to put a pall over the whole genre.

Moving past that, I did enjoy And There He Kept Her. It grabs you right from the beginning, and tries to maintain that level throughout. Unfortunately, it just makes the book as a whole fall a little flat. You need some peaks and valleys in a story, and some of that was missing.
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This was a great book!  I loved the authors writing style. 

It put you in the mind of the killer, the victim and the people looking for the person.  It was a quick read and I could not put it down.

The books starts off with someone getting shot and you don't know what is going on.  Each chapter would leave you wanting for more and you had to continue on to see what happened.

I highly recommend this book!
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Moderately interesting w/ teens breaking into a creep’s house to pay back drug money and a bear on the loose. I just never find detective POV’s anything but trite. Too much boring politics and over-description of, say, what the old lady is wearing, vs moving the story along. I just don’t feel for an average jo in u inform with his mother nagging him he works too much and needs to find a girl. That’s beyond burying the lead.
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This turned some things on its head.  What if the criminal tried to commit a crime against a scarier criminal who was partners with a worse criminal?  Who is really the victim?  Who do you sympathize with?  Throw all the thriller themes in a hat and see what falls out, and you get this book. I loved that I didn’t know who to root for, I didn’t know who to hate, I didn’t know who what to even hope. Was all so convoluted and messy, and I loved it. There were some  slow parts, but they weren’t too frequent.  I think this was set up with potential to be a series, and I would  absolutely read another book if it is.

*I received this book as an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC) through NetGalley. I received this copy free in exchange for my honest review.*
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This book was good -- not terrible, but not great. The story moved slowly at times, but still well-written. I could see some people enjoying this, but it was not for me.
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Personal tragedy sent Ben Packard back to the small town of Sandy Lake.  When girls go missing, he is assigned the case.  As he looks for the girls, things go sideways.  Secrets are always in the way and they may stop the disappearances from being solved.  Can Ben stop any more from happening?
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This was a true page turner. I could not put this one down. Dark and disturbing, just the way I like it. I will for sure read more from Joshua.
Perfect summer read
Thank you Joshua and netgalley for my copy.
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As much as I enjoy mysteries and putting together plot points, I just could not get behind this story. The book begins with Jenny and Jesse breaking into Emmett’s to steal prescription drugs; Emmett kidnaps Jenny and locks her away in his basement. This is a mystery in reverse where we known who did it and how, and we watch the police put the pieces together. The small town of Sandy Lake and the sheriff Ben Packard are very nice parts of the story, and I really enjoyed the way the author wrote the Packard character. 
       The book reads like the first of a series, with future books maybe delving into Packard’s past and/or the secrets of other members of the Sandy Lake community. As I said, this isn’t my type of mystery, but it was well-written. Fans of Colombo and Criminal Minds should give this a try!
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Emmett Burr has secrets he's been keeping in his basement for more than two decades, and he'll do anything to keep his past from being revealed. When two teenagers break into a house on a remote lake in search of prescription drugs, what starts as a simple burglary turns into a nightmare for all involved.

Personal tragedy has sent former police officer Ben Packard back to the small Minnesota town of Sandy Lake in search of a fresh start. Now a sheriff's deputy, Packard is leading the investigation into the missing teens, motivated by a family connection. As clues dry up and time runs out to save them, Packard is forced to reveal his own secrets and dig deep to uncover the dark past of the place he now calls home.

I thought this was a completely entertaining book that didn't eave room for guessing but it did deliver grit and disturbing content. I found the pace to make perfect sense and thought the parallel of the Sheriff and the criminals to be a good even balance. I liked that Moehling was willing to give the gritty gritty details of the criminals and wasn't afraid of the story being disturbing. 

While reading sometimes it felt like the story wasn't going anywhere even though you could see both sides working on their own independent storyline. Since you know who did it at the beginning of the book I felt like it took away from the "why" of reading the book. 

I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in dark thrillers.
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Thanks for you Poisoned Pen Press and Netgalley for this ARC. I get this 3 and 1/2 Stars. It held my interest somewhat. it wasn't what I expected. I did enjoy the novel. I may do a re-read down the road again. I may also check out some other books by this author if they have some back list titles. Thank you for the opportunity to read this ARC.
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An enthusiastic 4.5 stars for this debut novel from Joshua Moehling! 

Ben Packard is a former city police officer who turns to his childhood summer home in small-town Minnesota to grieve and find a fresh start. He also finds himself acting sheriff and leading an investigation into two missing teens. More police procedural than thriller (we know from the start who did the crime), And There He Kept Her showcases the investigational side of missing persons and the dynamics of a small county sheriff's office. It also explores the concept of who is the aggressor and who is the victim, and many times one is both. No one is perfect and everyone has something they wish to hide or keep private, but to what lengths are they willing to go to keep their secrets secret?. Packard's backstory is interesting as are the quirky town characters, and I look forward to the seeing if he can root out the truth of his family's tragedy. I am so happy this is planned a sa series and can't wait for the next installment!

Thank you to Poisoned Pen Press and #NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this ARC.
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Thank you for the opportunity to read this e-arc. As I did love the writing style and for this being his debut novel. He did amazing but i feel.like the story was slow paced for me.
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This starts off with a BANG. Literally from the first chapter I was hooked. I wanted to know all I could about Jenny and Jesse, and I wish I could have a photo of hot officer Ben.

This was a dark and twisty ride and I was throughly sucked in the entire book. For fans of crime and thrillers this is the book for you!
Absolutely recommending to my friends
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Loved this debut featuring my home state of Minnesota! The characters are interesting and well written. I was hooked from the beginning and enjoyed the ride throughout. I can’t wait to read more from this author!
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Two teenagers break into a house near a remote lake to steal some prescription drugs to sell. What the teenagers don't know is that the house is occupied by an old man named Emmett. Emmett has some long-buried secrets, and he will do anything to keep them from being discovered. What starts out as a burglary turns into a nightmare for everyone involved. 

A great edge of your seat thriller with some horror mixed in!
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