The River We Remember


A police procedural and a slow burn mystery rolled into one. Krueger has excellently portrayed the impact war has on one small community, years later. Set in the small farming town of Jewel, Minnesota, The River We Remember is a story of how life continues on and how our pasts impact our future.

Told from the perspective of a few members of the community, this story will be best savored. I wouldn’t call it a page turner, but I felt so invested in the lives of our characters and felt all kinds of emotions while reading. With wonderful prose, this story was insightful, thought provoking, and compelling. I don’t want to say too much more, as I think going in with limited expectations will really allow you to get the full effect of the story.

Overall, this book was amazing. Not only is the writing excellent, but Kruegar’s realistic portrayal of human nature was phenomenal. While this was my first read from Krueger, it most certainly won’t be my last. Highly recommend.


The River We Remember comes out September 5, 2023. Huge thank you to Atria Books for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.  If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof.books.


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