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Blood Mask: A Novel of Suspense

3.06 of 5 stars 3.06  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Awealthy, charismatic, and controversial "benefactress of art," Drewe Hildebrand disappears from her estate on the Hudson River, seemingly abducted in the night. Her young niece, Marta, found in a desolate wooded area close by, is too traumatized to describe the abductors. A provocative exhibit of avant-garde "bio-art" that includes a blood mask of Drewe Hildebrand is disr ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Ecco (first published 2006)
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Overall I enjoyed the story. The description did seem to be a bit misleading, as the involvement of bio-art was not to the extent the back cover seemed to imply. The style might not be to everyone's taste, as it's somewhat disjointed at times, particularly at the beginning. This echoes Marta's mental state, even in later chapters which begin with a quotation that lead her to then pull forth the associated memory. The story is all in her head, which has been affected. There are a few different th ...more
I'm usually a sucker for Joyce Carol Oates under any name, but this one was tedious. I stuck with it, but now I'm a little irritated with myself that I gave it as much time as I did.
This book was very hard to read. There were no whole sentences and the thoughts were random. Not sure what was real time and what was memory. not a fan!
Intrigant, mais un brin emmerdant aussi. Elle est fatiguée Mme Oates, même sous un pseudonyme.
Joyce Carol Oates rarely lets me down and she certainly didn't in Blood Mask.
I was expecting more bio-art info or story.
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