[PDF/EPUB] (Blacklands)

Review Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Belinda Bauer

Review Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Belinda Bauer Belinda Bauer ´ 7 Review Review Blacklands Previously released edition of ISBN 9780552158848 VOTED CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR when it was first released and still the most gripping powerful thriller debut you will read this yearSPECIAL EDITION FEATURING AN EXCLUSIVE EXTRACT FROM BELINDA'S ADDICTIVE NEW NOVEL SNAP the book Val McDermid has hailed as the best crime novel she has read in years Steven Lamb is 12 when he writes his first letter to a serial killer Every day aft. Posted to The Literary Lawyerca A Chilling Story of Innocence vs Evil 35 Stars This marks the third book I have read by Belinda Bauer A few things have become abundantly clear She is very skilled at writing young and innocent characters Blacklands is no exception Her novels are coming of age stories wrapped in violence and the loss of innocence Although this novel receives my lowest mark to date it is still an exceptional novel and confirms her status a new favorite author Plot summary Steven is young man with a strange and slightly disturbing pastime Eighteen years previous and before he was born his uncle Billy a child himself went missing At that time many kids had gone missing and Arnold Avery a notorious serial killer admitted to many of their disappearances Billy s disappearance was never solved As it was always believed that Avery had taken Billy young Stephen spends his free time digging holes in the area where Avery had buried the bodies Stephen believes that if he can find the remains of his long missing uncle that the scars his family carries around will begin to heal The story takes and unexpected turn when Stephen begins a series of correspondence with the jailed killer In his uest to solve the mystery Stephen learns lessons about family love friendship and fear The Good I really do enjoy the young characters that Belinda Bauer creates She has a keen sense of the mind of the young and it is intriguing to see how she uses the innocent and often flawed thought processes of her characters Her stories would not work with adult characters at the centre No one would believe a grown man without mental illness would spend his days digging for a dead body yet it is utterly believable when it is a childThe reader must know in advance that a child protagonist does not mean the story is childish This is most definitely not for children The antagonist is a dark and disturbing character He is a paedophile who has murdered a significant number of young boys Unlike her later novels Bauer also delves into the mind of the killer and let me tell you the thought process of a person like Avery is not at all pleasing The Bad Having read Rubbernecker and The Facts of Life and Death I found myself comparing this to her recent works It is likely that had I read this one before the other two mentioned I would have given Blacklands a higher rating As a first novel this is an exceptional effortAs with the other two book of hers which I have read this is a character novel It is the characters of Avery and Stephen that are the focus of the story and their thought processes their actions and the reasoning behind their decisions that make the story My major complaint is that the characters were less developed than her later novels It may be that the focus on two points of view in this novel detracted from the overall developmentStephen often came across as rather flat While I think I understood his motivation for wandering the land and digging holes I did not feel that it was fully developed It seems that all of my recent reads have been character novels and I fell this is a bit lacking overall Final Thoughts It may be that I am being a bit hard on the author given my enjoyment of her most recent work In fairness I would expect to see improvement in later novels Overall I did enjoy this story It was eual parts disturbing and intriguing While at times Stephen was flat Avery was always creepy and disturbing I think that Blacklands is best enjoyed before Bauer s later offerings This novel displays enough of her skill for the reader to enjoy the story and her later novels will allow you to enjoy her maturity as a writer Content Advisories It is difficult to find commentary on the sexviolencelanguage content of book if you are interested I make an effort to give you the information so you can make an informed decision before reading Disclaimer I do not take note or count the occurrences of adult language as I read I am simply giving approximationsScale 1 Lowest 5 Highest Sex 2 There is a flashback in which Avery exposes himself to a child The subtext to the story is that Avery sexually assaulted young boys That said it is only inferred from the story and there is nothing explicit Some readers will find the inference to be disturbing but there is no graphic content Language 3 As in most of Bauer s novels the young characters use age appropriate language On a few occasions the characters use the f word and there is some low usage of mild obscenities Violence 25 Violence is a backdrop for the story There is a series of child murders but they are not discussed in any detail The disturbing part is the fact that Avery continues to think back on the events as it bring him pleasure There is one scene of violence that is mildly graphic but moderately disturbing

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Review Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Belinda Bauer Belinda Bauer ´ 7 Review Review Blacklands Er school whilst his classmates swap football stickers twelve year old Steven digs holes on Exmoor hoping to find a body His uncle disappeared aged eleven and is assumed to have fallen victim to the notorious serial killer Arnold Avery but his body has never been foundSteven's Nan does not believe her son is dead She still waits for him to come home standing bitter guard at the front window while her family fragments around he. This book shows the damage to a family through generations that a single evil person can do It also shows the innocence of a child growing up with this damage and how that child believes he can correct and repair the damage Then there s the evil and it doesn t go away can t be healed or cured must be eradicated I liked the way Bauer described the evil She kept it hidden and under control until the end when the sick slimy black evil was revealed Excellent book and I highly recommend it

Review Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Belinda Bauer

Review Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Belinda Bauer Belinda Bauer ´ 7 Review Review Blacklands R Steven is determined to heal the widening cracks between them before it's too late even if that means presenting his grandmother with the bones of her murdered sonSo Steven takes the next logical step carefully crafting a letter to Arnold Avery in prison And there begins a dangerous cat and mouse game between a desperate child and a bored psychopath Belinda Bauer's pulse pounding new thriller SNAP is available to pre order n. A Belinda Bauer book has been on my radar for uite some time and here I am after finishing her debut Blacklands It was worth the wait I m happy to say I m blown away by her style of writing I ve held off giving 5 stars because I think there may well be even better to comeThe story is one of a young boy Steven Lamb growing in a small village near Exmoor His uncle had been at roughly the same age as Steven is now when he had been murdered eighteen years earlier The body never recovered was thought to have been disposed of somewhere on the moors We then have the perpetrator Arnold Avery a paedophile who had been caught whilst trying to molest a young boy and subseuently convicted of the murders of other children and Steven s brother What follows is a two handed story of Steven and Arnold On the one hand we have a coming of age story with Steven in his struggle to comprehend everything that has gone on before and since and how he feels he can make things right better even for himself and mostly for his family And on the other we have an insight into Arnold s world which I know many would find difficult to read and go there to What I think is brilliantly done is how Ms Bauer is able to tell the tale from a 12 year old s point of view some of his decision making would have been really uestionable had he been much older but from a child felt much believable And though the paedophilia is dark and an area no one particularly wants to think about it s handled with touches of lightness and dexterity and is not gruesome or graphic Disturbing yes but handled well in my opinion The strength of the book for me was the language used in the storytelling beautiful prose excellent descriptiveness and characterisation A real sense of place with the moors taking centre stage which in turn made the whole thing feel suitably claustrophic and bleak with touches of light dappling throughIt s strange I know to say I enjoyed a book that features such a subject matter but I did I enjoyed the writing Steven s journey and how a young boy went to tremendous lengths to try and improve his life and those of his loved ones A sad but ultimately transitionary tale that I would highly recommend if you can get past this particular kind of darkness


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  1. says: [PDF/EPUB] (Blacklands) Belinda Bauer ´ 7 Review

    [PDF/EPUB] (Blacklands) Belinda Bauer ´ 7 Review Review Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Belinda Bauer I am dumbfounded just finished Black lands by Belinda Bauer still thinking about the ending I can't believe this was her first novel kudos to miss Bauer it was a riveting thriller that I could not put down I have read Rubbernecker even think

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    Review Blacklands [PDF/EPUB] (Blacklands) Posted to The Literary Lawyerca A Chilling Story of Innocence vs Evil 35 Stars This marks the third book I have read by Belinda Bauer A few thi

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    Review Blacklands Belinda Bauer ´ 7 Review Review Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Belinda Bauer I thought about giving it 4 maybe 4 and half stars but this book deserves a 5 star ratingThe writing in this book is beautiful It's impossible not to understand and feel Steven's pain It's heartbreaking to realize he's doing such extraordinary thing find the body of his murdered uncle to fix his little broken family All he wants is to be norm

  4. says: Review Blacklands Review Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Belinda Bauer Belinda Bauer ´ 7 Review

    [PDF/EPUB] (Blacklands) This book shows the damage to a family through generations that a single evil person can do It also shows the innocence of a child growing up with this damage and how that child believes he can correct and repair the damage Then there's the evil and it doesn't go away can't be healed or cured must be eradicated I liked t

  5. says: [PDF/EPUB] (Blacklands)

    Review Blacklands Belinda Bauer ´ 7 Review Review Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Belinda Bauer Belinda Bauer is brilliant this is her debut novel and it delivered than I could have hoped for I read this book in two sittings and could not put it down The book switches between the world and thoughts of a you

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    Review Blacklands [PDF/EPUB] (Blacklands) The One Sentence Summary A young boy writes to an imprisoned serial killer asking for help to find the body of h

  7. says: Review Blacklands Belinda Bauer ´ 7 Review [PDF/EPUB] (Blacklands)

    [PDF/EPUB] (Blacklands) A Belinda Bauer book has been on my radar for uite some time and here I am after finishing her debut Blacklands It was worth the wait I'm happy to say I'm blown away by her style of writing I've held off giving 5 stars be

  8. says: Review Blacklands Belinda Bauer ´ 7 Review Review Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Belinda Bauer

    [PDF/EPUB] (Blacklands) Belinda Bauer ´ 7 Review I was actually uite disappointed with Blacklands I thought that it was a good story but was very short and this could have been the reason that it didn’t involve me as much as I felt that it should have – there was just way too

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Blacklands) Belinda Bauer ´ 7 Review First Sentence Exmoor dripped with dirty bracken rough colorless grass prickly gorse and last year’s heather so black it looked as if wet fire had swept across the landscape taking the trees with it and leaving the moor cold and

  10. says: Review Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Belinda Bauer [PDF/EPUB] (Blacklands)

    [PDF/EPUB] (Blacklands) This book was just okay I wasn't invested in the story so much as I thought the writing style was a little bit basic and at times I thought some scenes were a bit unrealistic On a positive note the ideas were good lots of interesting things were going on with the young boy Stephen writing to a serial killer in prison and what leads on from it it just wasn't for me I'd give 25 star rating

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  • Paperback
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  • Blacklands
  • Belinda Bauer
  • English
  • 25 August 2018
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