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Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale
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Aug 07, 2012

it was amazing
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Read from August 04 to 07, 2012 — I own a copy

An atmospheric period piece which unearths the diluted humanity of a time where equal stature regardless of gender, race, and sexual preference was unheard of rendering one class above all with the rest left to fight for scraps. The trials and tribulations of the underclass documented within ‘Edge of Dark Water’ are confronting, raw, and powerful. For Sue Ellen, living amongst the perpetual weary dream-like trance of her parental figures who either ignore or pay her too much unwanted attention, life by the Sabine River is hard. Upon discovering the bloated corpse of her friend May Lynn, she embarks on a journey which aims to fulfill May's dream of making it to Hollywood (not as a movie star as she had intended in life but scattered ash in death) and presents an opportunity to see the world for more than her poverty stricken situation.

Lansdale captures the eerily emotionally deep and thought provoking characterisation perpetuated by a horrific myth turned true through the eyes of teenagers Sue Ellen, Jinx, and Terry - friends bonded by circumstance and solidified through death.

A survival horror of sorts underpinned by a Woodrell-like place setting which borrows all the good bits from 'The Bottoms' while adding more urgency and natural hurdles to compound the the trio's plight. 'Edge of Dark Water' is all consuming, mixing multiple elements to form a well rounded novel sure to terrify and keep you guessing. From Skunk, the evil child grown to man and murderer for hire, a murder mystery with a slight touch of the 'whodunit', a coming of age through discovery of self, and family drama rolled into one - 'Edge of Dark Water' is the complete package. 5 stars.
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53.0% "There is a little bit of Woodrell in this one..."
08/06/2012 page 292
100.0% "5 stars - loved it. Full review soon."

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message 1: by Mark (new)

Mark Great review. This one is in my stack.

Josh Mark wrote: "Great review. This one is in my stack."

Thanks Mark- this was a great read. I'm sure you'll enjoy it

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