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“I have always said you don’t have to have a murdered sister to be a good homicide detective, but it helps.”And so begins Finding Bethany, a behind the scenes true crime memoir of murder and justice in the last frontier of Alaska. Finding Bethany is the true story of how, as a young boy, Klinkhart failed to save his sister from a heinous sexual homicide and how he began hi“I have always said you don’t have to have a murdered sister to be a good homicide detective, but it helps.”And so begins Finding Bethany, a behind the scenes true crime memoir of murder and justice in the last frontier of Alaska. Finding Bethany is the true story of how, as a young boy, Klinkhart failed to save his sister from a heinous sexual homicide and how he began his journey as a police officer to find the lost, the missing, and to bring those who would do evil upon others to justice. His career as a homicide detective takes you along as he travels from the brink of exhaustion, obsession, and into the dark and evil world of socio-pathic killers, and those who would do anything to help them....

Title : Finding Bethany, a memoir
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ISBN : 9781578339761
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Finding Bethany, a memoir Reviews

  • Cheryl Cm
    2019-04-03 14:20

    After receiving this book as a gift from the deceased's sister, I read the first page and was instantly engrossed in this true murder mystery. I put it down and waited until I had a bit more time. I finished the book in one day, as I couldn't put it down. Glen Klinkhart writes from his heart, from the emotion of experience, and from the viewpoint of a persevering detective. I was touched by the transparency of his feelings and experience in this first hand account of putting the puzzle pieces together to find the missing woman. I would recommend this to anyone interested in true life stories. Remember the Correira Family in your prayers as they continue to grieve the loss of Bethany in their lives.

  • Taughnee Stone
    2019-04-18 16:08

    It gripped me from the very first page. More than just an impossible-to-put-down true crime story, it's a layered and deeply emotional journey. Klinkhart’s vulnerability is a gift to the reader—we get a rare glimpse inside the experience of those dedicated to justice, and come away with a deeper understanding of how heroes are made. The story is horrifying and tragic, but what we take away are the nuances of kindness and generosity, and somehow, ultimately, it is life-affirming. A fantastic read I intend on recommending to everyone I know.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-16 18:17

    I really enjoyed this book. I am from Alaska, so I actually remember some of the crimes Klinkhart tells about. It is a very readable book. He tells about the slow, painstaking, often boring work of being a police homicide detective. While he does tell about he things he accomplished, he does not take all the credit.It is not much like a crime-scene TV. Worth a read, especially if you like detective novels.

  • Stacy Koster
    2019-03-25 10:21

    This is not really my kind of book. Living here, I heard about when Bethany Correira going missing on the news, and the search for her, and when the murder was caught. It was interesting to read about it from the inside. It's really amazing how it truly all the details adding up, that make it possible to solve a murder. It also helps if there is a detective, with a good team, who doesn't give up.

  • Misty Boman
    2019-03-31 18:21

    I was given a copy of this book by the author. As soon as I read the first page, I was hooked. The story is incredibly tragic and gives you a glimpse of the darker side of Alaska.

  • Thomas
    2019-04-01 11:22

    Great book. keeps you on the edge.

  • Mina Goyal
    2019-04-12 12:26

    I picked this book up in the train station on the way from Anchorage to Fairbanks and was looking for something to capture my interest for the next few days. This book had me hooked in the first few pages. The book is a very honest portrayal of solving crimes without without the hyped sensationalism found in many books, shows, and movies. The work is slow, requiring patience and calculated moves like in a game of chess. Violent crime is not only traumatic for family and loved ones of the victims, but also for the professionals who dedicate their mind,body, and soul to deliver justice. We see this play out page after page and begin to experience the emotions of the detective...the highs, lows, discomforts, worries, and successes. The writing is simple, yet powerful and concise. Overall, a great book.

  • Lone Alaskan
    2019-04-07 18:22

    I'll be honest, I've never picked up a crime, mystery, thriller oriented book. Contrary to most of my family I'm not a huge fan of Law and Order and CSI and the multiple other award-winning crime-fighting shows that are ever-so-popular. So it takes a lot for me to stand up and say that this book kept my interest the entire way through. From the acknowledgements to the end my attention was captured and held. And I can honestly say that whether or not this is your 'typical genre', it will be a memorable and worthwhile read.The story is based on true events, although- according to the acknowledgements from the author Glen himself, some names have been changed (as is to be expected with a true story). Glen's sister Dawn was murdered when he was quite young- and an eerily similar case regarding a woman named Bethany is what this tale is about. Bethany goes missing, and Glen makes it his responsibility to find her- or, find out what happened to her. This is not a tale for the faint of heart. The unfortunate truths of mankind can be found on so many pages in this book. The terrifying, real, and horrific aspects of humanity. And yet, amidst all of that- is the light that is Glen and the rest of the officers and volunteers who dedicate themselves to bettering and saving the human race (or, at least, bringing justice to their deaths).Find Bethany is a compelling tale. A long read, but one that you won't easily be able to put down. From the start the characters reach out from the page, and grab your attention. Even weeks after you finish this book you'll be recounting all of Glen's memories- analyzing every bit of his story as much as he has. His tale is deeply moving, inspiring, and impossible to forget. I planned on reading this book slowly, in increments, as I got time. Turns out, I ended up making time to read this- and read the entire book within a few days of straight tucked-away-on-the-couch reading. The story was so compelling, and the fact that it was based on truth makes it even harder to simply quit reading. Glen is an exquisite writer and brought every event to life in chilling detail. It is very hard for me take an interest in, and finish, a crime novel- but Finding Bethany is my one exception. This book has earned a permanent spot on my bookshelf. Perhaps it hits closer to home because I live in Alaska- the home of the author, Glen. But deep down I know it's more than that. This tale, it's truths, and the beautiful way in which it was written- jumps out from the pages and engrains itself in your memory. A compelling read worth every minute you spend tucked away on your couch finishing it.

  • Bethany Zimp
    2019-04-19 10:35

    For a 'true crimes' drama this was a really interesting read. Since the actual events were set in my neighborhood it was pretty creepy and gave me nightmares. I thought the author, who was the actual detective who solved the homicide, wrote an adequate book for his first attempt (disclaimer he was a journalist early in his career). This book was an intriguing idea of trying to blend the case solving into a memoir of his life. Of course the plot line of also having a teenage sister murdered was interesting, but the rest of the book detailing his (now estranged?) wife, preschooler, boss, and co-workers were lacking detail. This is a strange complaint, but one thing that bothered me throughout this book was the type of paper it was printed on. Perhaps the publisher thought it was luxurious (and probably was expensive), but each page was so thick, it was like trying to separate and turn a piece of poster-board. I know this seems like a minor concern, but every single page broke my concentration and suspension of disbelief, because I was busy cursing at the paper.

  • Dave
    2019-04-01 16:35

    “Finding Bethany”, written by Detective Glen Klinkhart (retired), is the amazing true story of a murder investigation. To make it more intriguing, Klinkhart was the lead investigator of the crime, serving on the Anchorage, Alaska police force. And to up the ante again, though Klinkhart is not an author by training or trade, he has written a marvelous first book!The book is a riveting and quick read. It takes the reader on an intimate journey with the investigator through a heart-braking, grim crime, and the step-by-step, exhaustive, numbing work criminal investigation often is. We meet the main characters of this drama and are drawn into their lives. There will be no spoilers in this review, but Klinkhart is drawn to this case through personal experience and uncanny parallels with a tragic event in his past.I highly recommend this book, and hope that Klinkhart has more fascinating stories to tell in the future.

  • Bobby
    2019-03-27 15:37

    I have had the good fortune of living in Alaska the vast majority of my adult life. Like probably anywhere, Alaska, despite its amazing beauty, has a dark side. This is the true story of the murder of Bethany Correira written by the Anchorage detective, Glen Klinkhart, who investigated the murder. This book is extremely well written. It is the type of book that you won't want to put down. This was obviously an extreme tragedy, but Officer Kinkhart did a remarkable job of detailing the investigation and of "humanizing" his relationship with the remaining family members. (This is evident in the last chapter of the book.) I would highly recommend reading this excellent book!

  • Jen
    2019-03-23 11:17

    I was unsure what to expect with this book, it being about a missing girl; I thought it might be a little sad and depressing. While there were some sad parts, I found the book to be an interesting and quick read. I would recommend it too. It often reminded me of a Law & Order episode, yet I felt this book gave me a more realistic sense of time. For example everything takes so long. Despite the subject of the book it was fun reading about places or people I know from town. I thought Glen did a great job at providing a high overview of places without going into too much detail. This was our September book club book and I'm excited that Glen plans to join us!

  • John
    2019-03-28 10:20

    A very fascinating account of a local murder written by a personality knon well to many of us here in Anchorage. The personal aspect of the account made it all the more poignant. The narrative was well written and clearly explained the process that eventually led to the resolution of the tragic murder. The fact that my son lived in the same apartmetn complex shortly before the murder made the story all the more vivid.

  • Rita Wilson
    2019-04-03 17:37

    Very well written! I couldn't put it down. I live in Anchorage and thought I knew the story. All the work by so many people still amazes me. Glen kept the facts interesting and so readable. The cost on the personal life of Glen is heartbreaking. He has done such a good job I hope that he has many more books in his future. I am ready to join his fan club. He kept the reader always focused on the victim and their family. Perfect!!

  • Edward
    2019-04-01 10:09

    Local Anchorage CrimesGreat reading... I remember reading about Bethany in the paper, so whenever I saw 10th & M seafoods I assumed that was near where Bethany Correira was murdered... nice to get that misinformation cleared up.

  • Deb
    2019-03-24 17:23

    Better than reality TV!!!Better than reality TV!!!Well written, very readable. The thread of the author's personal life sort of disappeared; would rather that it had stayed to make him more human. He was a working machine!

  • Charlie Scott
    2019-03-25 14:26

    OutstandingThis is a great touching story about a detective who solved a terrible crime in anchorage. The endless hours of dedication law enforcement personnel undertake to gather evidence for the victims of serious crimes. I would strongly recommend this book

  • Mustang
    2019-03-23 16:23

    After reading about the murder, it was interesting to get the first hand account with behind the scenes information.

  • Stacy
    2019-04-14 18:32

    Being from Anchorage, it was slightly eerie to read about places I know and cases I remember but I couldn't it it down.... Loved it!

  • Konae Putman
    2019-04-14 12:20

    This book was well written. It was disturbing to read about the kind of people out there that do these things and sad that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.