The Distant Dead

The Distant Dead➿ [Download] ➽ The Distant Dead By Heather Young ➵ – Heartforum.co.uk A young boy finds himself at the center of a murder mystery in this timely and twisty thriller from the author of the acclaimed The Lost Girls a compelling and indelible story set in small town Americ A young boy finds himself at the center of a murder mystery in this timely and twisty thriller from the author of the acclaimed The Lost Girls a compelling and indelible story set in small town America that examines the burden of guilt, the bitter price of forgiveness, and the debts we owe The Distant PDF/EPUB or our dead, both recent and distant A body burns in the high desert hills A boy walks into a fire station, pale with the shock of a grisly discovery A middle school teacher worries when her colleague is late for work By day s end, when the body is identified as local math teacher Adam Merkel, a small Nevada town will be rocked to its core by a brutal and calculated murder Adam Merkel left a university professorship in Reno to teach middle school in Lovelock seven months before he died A quiet, seemingly unremarkable man, he connected with just one of his students Sal Prentiss, a lonely sixth grader who lives with his uncles on a desolate ranch in the hills The two outcasts developed a tender, trusting friendship that brought each of them hope in the wake of tragedy But it is Sal who finds Adam s body, charred almost beyond recognition, half a mile from his uncles compound Nora Wheaton, the middle school s social studies teacher, dreamed of a life far from Lovelock only to be dragged back on the eve of her college graduation to care for her disabled father, a man she loves but can t forgive She sensed in the new math teacher a kindred spirit another soul bound to Lovelock by guilt and duty After Adam s death, she delves into his past for clues to who killed him and finds a dark history she understands all too well But the truth about his murder may lie closer to home For Sal Prentiss s grief seems heavily shaded with fear, and Nora suspects he knows than he s telling about how his favorite teacher died As she tries to earn the wary boy s trust, she finds he holds not only the key to Adam s murder, but an unexpected chance at the life she thought she d lostWeaving together the last months of Adam s life, Nora s search for answers, and a young boy s anguished moral reckoning, this unforgettable thriller brings a small American town to vivid life, filled with complex, flawed characters wrestling with the weight of the past, the promise of the future, and the bitter freedom that forgiveness can bring.

Heather is the author of two novels Her debut, The Lost Girls, won the Strand Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for an Edgar Award The Distant Dead was published on June , , and was named one of the Best Books of Summer by People Magazine, Parade, and CrimeReads A The Distant PDF/EPUB or former antitrust and intellectual property litigator, she traded the legal world for the literary one and earned her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars in She lives in Mill Valley, California, where she writes, bikes, hikes, and reads books by other people that she wishes she d written.

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    The Distant Dead eBook Ä The Distant PDF/EPUB or sixth grader who lives with his uncles on a desolate ranch in the hills The two outcasts developed a tender, trusting friendship that brought each of them hope in the wake of tragedy But it is Sal who finds Adam s body, charred almost beyond recognition, half a mile from his uncles compound Nora Wheaton, the middle school s social studies teacher, dreamed of a life far from Lovelock only to be dragged back on the eve of her college graduation to care for her disabled father, a man she loves but can t forgive She sensed in the new math teacher a kindred spirit another soul bound to Lovelock by guilt and duty After Adam s death, she delves into his past for clues to who killed him and finds a dark history she understands all too well But the truth about his murder may lie closer to home For Sal Prentiss s grief seems heavily shaded with fear, and Nora suspects he knows than he s telling about how his favorite teacher died As she tries to earn the wary boy s trust, she finds he holds not only the key to Adam s murder, but an unexpected chance at the life she thought she d lostWeaving together the last months of Adam s life, Nora s search for answers, and a young boy s anguished moral reckoning, this unforgettable thriller brings a small American town to vivid life, filled with complex, flawed characters wrestling with the weight of the past, the promise of the future, and the bitter freedom that forgiveness can bring."/>
  • ebook
  • 352 pages
  • The Distant Dead
  • Heather Young
  • 07 July 2018
  • 0062690833

10 thoughts on “The Distant Dead

  1. Rene Denfeld says:

    Bright, flawless writing, wonderful characters and a sense of pacing that draws time out like a long knife Whatcould you want from a thriller I loved this book.

  2. Denise says:

    I had no idea what to expect when I started this book, and wow Was I ever pleasantly surprised This book is the best of the best when it comes to a slow burn, whodunnit thriller The book opens with a body burning in the desert, and a young boy walking into a fire station to report his discovery By the end of the day, the body is identified the boy s middle school math teacher, Adam Merkel, and this small, left behind town is rocked to its core Nora Wheaton, who is also a teacher at the town I had no idea what to expect when I started this book, and wow Was I ever pleasantly surprised This book is the best of the best when it comes to a slow burn, whodunnit thriller The book opens with a body burning in the desert, and a young boy walking into a fire station to report his discovery By the end of the day, the body is identified the boy s middle school math teacher, Adam Merkel, and this small, left behind town is rocked to its core Nora Wheaton, who is also a teacher at the town s middle school, spends her days teaching and her evening caring for her father, a man she loves but can t forgive after the death of her brother years ago She was the only friend Adam Merkel had at the school, and after his death, she delves into his past for clues as to who killed him and in so doing, finds a dark history Weaving together the last months of Adam s life, Nora searches for answers, and uncovers not only the truth about Adam Merkel, but also hurts and bitterness she has kept locked inside for years.This really is an unforgettable thriller that vividly brings a small town to life and is filled with complex, flawed characters Young s characters have a way of getting under your skin and staying there I found myself with a lump in my throat several times reading Nora, Adam, and Sal s stories I wanted good to come for all of them, but at the same time, I was frustrated with them for some of their choices truly the making of great characters The ending took me by surprise, but I thought it was perfectly unusual This book is definitely a slow burn, but when it hits its stride, it burns white hot It would have been a 5 star read for me, except that some of the back stories grew somewhat tedious at times, but once it all came full circle, I understood it a bitThis one has stayed with me for days now, which is unusual for a thriller

  3. Dennis says:

    A dark, coming of age story focuses on a small town s mysterious death of a local math teacher, Mr Merkel The body was found by a student, Sal, who becomes one of the main protagonists of this story While the overall storyline focuses on the mystery behind Mr Merkel s death, the book is mainly a character study of rural Arizona and the working class in America While this book is very compelling, it is also a very dense and slower paced novel This book is definitely for a specific reader, an A dark, coming of age story focuses on a small town s mysterious death of a local math teacher, Mr Merkel The body was found by a student, Sal, who becomes one of the main protagonists of this story While the overall storyline focuses on the mystery behind Mr Merkel s death, the book is mainly a character study of rural Arizona and the working class in America While this book is very compelling, it is also a very dense and slower paced novel This book is definitely for a specific reader, and if you are looking for a book to binge, maybe seek something a bit faster in pace

  4. Heather Young says:

    I wrote it, so I like it just fine

  5. Joy E Perry says:

    Review to come

  6. Jensen Smith says:

    I received a copy from of The Distant Dead from Harper Collins goodreads giveaway Thanks so much I think this has been my favorite giveaway I ve received It was fast paced, interesting, and kept my attention The ending had me very surprised despite having many theories as to the murderer I am one to say that I like police procedural books, but this is not one of them The story is very character based and has real aspects of resentment and pain throughout I definitely would recommend

  7. Nat says:

    This is a slow burn mystery with cast of mostly introverts that do not mindlessly babble sarcastic quips Not a book with a gotcha twist.

  8. Becky Garrison says:

    A compelling read for those who enjoy Timely murder mysteries with enough twists to keep one on the page Through this book the reader has the opportunity to explore what debts we owe those around us who have died.

  9. Lori L (She Treads Softly) says:

    The Distant Dead by Heather Young is a very highly recommended murder mystery set in a small desert town.After his mother died, twelve year old Sal Prentiss went to live with his uncles on a remote ranch outside of Marzen, Nevada, a very, very small town near Lovelock He finds a burned corpse one morning and reports it to Jake Sanchez, at the fire station, the closest thing Marzen has to a police department Sal tells Jake that he thinks it is his math teacher, Adam Merkel because he recognize The Distant Dead by Heather Young is a very highly recommended murder mystery set in a small desert town.After his mother died, twelve year old Sal Prentiss went to live with his uncles on a remote ranch outside of Marzen, Nevada, a very, very small town near Lovelock He finds a burned corpse one morning and reports it to Jake Sanchez, at the fire station, the closest thing Marzen has to a police department Sal tells Jake that he thinks it is his math teacher, Adam Merkel because he recognized his nearby car Merkel was a math professor at the university in Reno, but he has taken a job in Lovelock as a middle school math teacher Merkel was a quiet man who connected with one of his students, Sal, and the two shared a trusting, mentoring friendship His murder shocks the small community and rumors fly.Nora Wheaton is the middle school s social studies teacher and she considered Adam Merkel a friend After college she planned to stay far away from Lovelock, but ended up returning to care for her disabled father after an accident that he survived but her brother didn t She loves him but she has not forgiven him After Adam s death, she begins her own investigation It seems to her that Sal is fearful and hiding something Nora begins to look for Adam s killer, but she also looks into his past, which contains a tragedy that she understands.The narrative unfolds through chapters from the individual point of view of Sal, Jake, and Nora After the murder, Sal s story begins in the past before the murder happens and follows his story leading up to the present Jake and Nora s chapters are both chronicles from the present, while they also reveal their pasts The characters are dealing with personal struggles and issues that carry over to the present This truly is a drama worthy of a Greek Tragedy In this tragedy the Fates are busy weaving a heartbreaking connection in their lives to each other and to all of their stories The narrative is emotional, intense, heartbreaking, and poignant.The well developed characters are depicted as real people complex, flawed, isolated, resilient, and broken They are all dealing with various incidents in their pasts that still affect their lives There is a glimmer of a promise for a future and a hope that forgiveness will bring them some measure of freedom if they can allow themselves that measure of grace in their fragile lives They are all faced with choices from which their decisions will resonate onward You will feel empathy for all of them Even the dry, sandy, barren landscape becomes a characterThe writing is absolutely excellent and I was glued to the pages of this murder mystery and psychological thriller The suspense is palpable and taut, while the writing is so perfect that the novel feels impossible to put down This is one of those magic novels that capture both the seemingly impossible current heartbreak in everyone s lives, but also the possibilities for a future, forgiveness, and perhaps even hope.Disclosure My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.http www.shetreadssoftly.com 2020 0

  10. Nelda Brangwin says:

    ONE OF THE BEST MYSTERIES I have read this year You can almost feel the dry Nevada grit as you read about the death of a teacher in a small town near Reno and Winnemucca Going back to prehistory, the book opens with the death of a young Indian boy in a cave It is not until the end of the book you understand the connection I won t go into the plot, except that I feel so much for the 11 year old Sal who is at the center of this novel I can t imagine how he will have the inner strength to hand ONE OF THE BEST MYSTERIES I have read this year You can almost feel the dry Nevada grit as you read about the death of a teacher in a small town near Reno and Winnemucca Going back to prehistory, the book opens with the death of a young Indian boy in a cave It is not until the end of the book you understand the connection I won t go into the plot, except that I feel so much for the 11 year old Sal who is at the center of this novel I can t imagine how he will have the inner strength to handle what his life has held for him up to this point There is hope at the end, and satisfaction for the reader The book is all about choices and how our choices determine what happens to us A variety of characters are here, all are flawed, and all have a story to tell

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