The Fate of Katherine Carr

The Fate of Katherine Carr

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:

George Gates used to be a travel writer who specialized in places where people disappeared--Judge Crater, the Lost Colony.Then his eight-year-old son was murdered, the killer never found, and Gates gave up disappearance. Now he writes stories of redemptive triviality about flower festivals and local celebrities for the town paper, and spends his evenings haunted by the image of his son's last day.

Enter Arlo MacBride, a retired missing-persons detective still obsessed with the unsolved case of Katherine Carr. When he gives Gates the story she left behind--a story of a man stalking a woman named Katherine Carr--Gates too is drawn inexorably into a search for the missing author's brief life and uncertain fate. And as he goes deeper, he begins to suspect that her tale holds the key not only to her fate, but to his own.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
ISBN: 9780151014019
Characteristics: 276 p. ;,24 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jan 25, 2013

Sad, dark, unexpectedly good mystery. You can not put it down. Many small stories within the main story, as if to emphasize that evil exists everywhere, regardless of age, time, nationality and place. The idea of the torch relay - punishment for unimaginable crimes against the innocent, will never be forgotten.

AD_Library Aug 06, 2009

George Gates is a local reporter, a former travel writer now mostly charged with writing fluff pieces for the local paper. His boy, Teddy, was kidnapped and murdered some years earlier, leaving George with a gaping hole in his heart and a desperate yearning for hope- the hope that one day the killer will be caught. He randomly encounters Arlo McBride one evening at his favourite bar. Arlo is a retired Detective unable to let go of the one case he could never make sense of: the disappearance of Katherine Carr.
Arlo provides George with a strange tale about a missing recluse who worked as a writer. She left behind a curious story she wrote (one that seems like it might be her own) that might hold clues to her disappearance. Another newspaper assignment also leads George to Alice Burrows, a twelve-year-old girl dying of a rare illness. George and Alice team up to read Katherine’s tale and try to untangle the mystery that surrounds the unknown.

This is a gripping tale that is beautifully written, a narrative voice that is piercing and fierce.
Four stars (out of five).

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at Library

To Top