Blacklands

by Belinda Bauer | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1439157596 Global Overview for this book
Registered by AlterEgoZoe of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on 1/19/2019
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by AlterEgoZoe from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, January 19, 2019
An ARC copy. To be shared.

Journal Entry 2 by AlterEgoZoe at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, January 27, 2019
Tagged GoryDetails with this book. Will be mailed ASAP.

Journal Entry 3 by AlterEgoZoe at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Released 11 mos ago (2/5/2019 UTC) at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA

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Sent to Gory today. Tracking number is: 9549012717079036314569

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, February 08, 2019
The wishlist-tag book arrived safely today; many thanks! Its plot intrigued me - a mystery novel themed on the tragedy of missing children, with a boy reaching out to a jailed serial killer in hopes of finding out where his long-lost uncle may be buried...

Later: I enjoyed this suspenseful and often harrowing tale, which alternated between the viewpoint of young Steven and that of imprisoned serial-killer Arnold - whose heinous crimes and his clear intention to commit more of same at any cost make him a true monster. The growing suspense regarding his communications with Steven, the tension in Steven's own home-life - one marred by borderline poverty and a checked-out family, all still broken from the loss of Uncle Billy - it combines to form a riveting tale.

Avery's crimes included multiple murders of children, with prolonged sexual assault beforehand; that, and his rather blithe refusal to reveal the locations of the still-undiscovered victims, make him a nightmare character. The author does a good job of making it all too clear what he's doing without spelling it out in detail - and perhaps it's all the more effective for that. {shudder}

The long-term cost of violent crime on the surviving family is sketched out clearly too.

[If you like this one, you might also like Mo Hayder's "Jack Caffery" series, which starts with Birdman.]

Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, February 18, 2019

Released 11 mos ago (2/18/2019 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I'm sending this to BCer J4shaw in Idaho as part of the US/Canada wishlist-tag game. Enjoy!

*** Released for the 2019 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

Journal Entry 6 by wingJ4shawwing at Boise, Idaho USA on Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Thank you GoryDetails for sending this Wishlist Tag book on to me, it was here waiting for me when I returned from the UK yesterday.

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