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Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
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Nov 30, 11

bookshelves: disturbia-murder-and-nightmare-book
Read in November, 2011

Okay so had to take a break of of reading for the holidays and the arrival of my truly precious first neice..so as I was riding the high of a new baby in my life I decide to check out a story about a child murderer and rapist and the sad little boy who starts a deadly correspondence with him--WTH..So that basically is the premise here, wish it was a happier book but it had heart and you feel for poor little Steven, the twelve year old narrator who is bullied and unloved born into a family still mourning the disappearance of their young boy years ago, Steven's uncle..Because Steven is at the heart a sensitive young man desperately searching for something to develop a passion for and some way to make his family whole again he thinks he can right all the wrongs by finding out what really happened to his uncle, why he never came home and if the rumors that he is dead and buried in Blacklands are true...so he begins to dig around his hometown for the undiscovered body of his uncle. In his bizarre attempt to bring closure to his family and to bring some sort of twisted recognition to himself he sets out to find the body of the boy-uncle he never knew..Soon however after realizing what a massive effort it would be to unearth all the potential woods and spots for a skeleton he decides he needs help--and who better to ask then the serial killer currently serving time for raping and killing six other children around the same time, the man who probably definitely murdered and buried his uncle..They begin a weird and stilted communication and the book kinda dragged through there for me and introduced another side character in Mason Dingle and his decendants and then set up for the ending which wasnt totally wack but not what I expected..I did appreciate the case study this book basically provides of a poor family stricken with the grief and desperate hope after a child goes missing and how for generations on the pain still lingers..For the writing alone I give this book a three star as I adored her English wit and every page and action got the proper setup and explanation so you fully understand every word and vividly see the descriptions...
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