Now, in present-day New Orleans, Polly Deschamps finds herself at yet another lonely crossroads in her life. No stranger to tragedy, Polly was a runaway at the age of fifteen, escap...more
I particularly loved the...more
As befitting the setting, it is dark, moody, mysterious, intriguing, and full of odd characters. It begins in Minnesota, though, where an 11-year-old boy is tried and convicted of killing his parents and baby sister and i...more
I enjoyed the lightning-fast pacing of this book and read it...more
Spanning forty years, we're taken on...more
This is a stand-alone and, for my money, the best book Barr has written. I like the Anna Pigeon series, but this book presents some psychologically compelling and terrifying characters. The book begins with its main characters in parallel lives in the 1970’s. Rich and Dillon are two boys in an upper middle class family in Rochester, Minnesota, with what would be called everything to l...more
First I've read by Barr; selected based on review in last issue of Bookmarks magazine. Well-written even though I figured there was a trick in the plot early on and guessed what was going on by mid-book. If you pay attention there are sufficient clues throughout to see where the story is going.
The psychology is everything in this book. The male characters seemed to be more fleshed out. Even though the book begins with Polly, her life is not as important to the story. She is the catalyst for the...more
In all my lifelong voracious reading habits, I continue to find that writers can generally be classified in one of two groups: fine literary writers or terrific storytellers. Because the skill set and high level of artistry required is quite different for each group, rarely do the two groups meet and mesh. But Nevada Barr st...more
The story involves an 11 year old boy who is convict...more
The novel follows three characters for the most part. One is a boy (who becomes a man) who was convicted, at the age of eleven, of killing his father, mother and younger sister. The second is his older brother, who was injured in the attack. The third is a woman who ran away from home at the age of fifteen, discouraged by her future prosp...more
This is by far the worst case of it yet, with detailed recountings of murders, torture, animal cruelty, etc. and a painfully long, drawn-own, microscopically detailed discussion of every ounce of content in a hoarder's apartment.
In terms of plot, it's a bit gimmicky, too, though you see the gimmick coming from quite a ways away....more
I liked the book, which is a deeply subjective decision. I read some books simply because I want to be...more
Barr was named after the state of her birth. She grew up in Johnstonville, California. She finished college at the University of California, Irvine. Originally, Barr started to pursue a career in...more