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Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
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Jun 04, 11

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Read in June, 2011

Despite a disquieting premise (a 12-year-old boy named Steven starts a correspondence with an imprisoned serial killer to find out where the killer buried the boy's young uncle decades ago), this is a moving, if somewhat melancholy book. That family tragedy has tainted Steven's life - his grandmother and mother are both scarred and bitter - and his determination to turn things around is so sweet and sad. And of course there's the terror when the killer realizes that his correspondent is a young boy, and suddenly has a new meaning in life... I quite liked the way Steven is portrayed. He is an old soul, but with a young boy's typical lack of perspective or context. The Exmoor region of England is an entire character in itself. I'll definitely read Bauer's next book.
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