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Blow Up the Roses

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  13 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
How much pain, horror and anguish can one cul d’sac endure?

Why is so much murder, mystery and sexual brutality condensed among the few duplex homes built so close together on the Elm Street cul d’sac?

The answers lie within the language of flowers; and the language of flowers can be brutally frank.

They can also save your life.
ebook, 176 pages
Published November 15th 2012 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published August 24th 2011)
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Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of horror/suspense/thrillers
Shelves: ebook
I originally reviewed this 9/2/2011, but am reposting it in preparation for a giveaway featuring Randy Attwood coming up this next week on my blog, starting 4/16/12

Book info Genre: horror novella Reading Level: Adult

My Synopsis: Blow up the Roses is about a small cul de sac in Kansas City, in which horrible things have happened, and continue to happen. Betty Keene’s husband has disappeared – just the latest in her life of tragedy. First her youngest daughter disappeared and was discovered dead t
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first two paragraphs of this book I wanted to stop because I knew it would be disturbing. I've looked at my neighbors' homes and thought about the possibility that they're hiding terrible secrets in their basements and attics and no one will ever know. Apparently, Randy Attwood has also. Thought about it, I mean. I hope.
The plot in "Blow Up the Roses" is clear and easy to follow, the setting painted a vivid picture in my mind - as I read, I could see the characters. The subject
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
You never really know who (or what) your neighbours are behind closed doors. The idea of the book feeds into this paranoia with horrifying effect and explores the nature of evil and the energy it needs to manifest. I enjoyed the disturbing, dark plot but felt the story was a little implausible in places. Just a warning- This book does contain quite illicit and upsetting descriptions of crimes against children.
I found it amusing that the author's review (on Amazon) of his own novel warns people to stay away from reading it. I hope that was an intentional move for people not being able to resist the temptation of reading it. I actually did not read this author's review (his own review on Amazon) until AFTER I read BLOW UP THE ROSES and I can only say, trust me, it is a book well, well, well worth the read!!! I enjoyed it immensely.

I found this novel to be a "cozy suspense/thriller" read despite the con
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Speaking plainly, I rather enjoyed reading this book. The author presented the story with care for the reader. Though the content was disturbing, it did not linger on the horrific acts , but instead gave us a page-turning suspense novel. I always have a problem with suspense novels that linger on acts that that takes the reader to places they should not be. I also enjoyed the twists and turns as the story unfolded more. It was unpredictable and showed the need for not dismissing the little thing ...more
Probably more like 2.5 stars.

FYI: The subject matter is quite disturbing. If you find it difficult to read about pedophilia, you will want to avoid this book.

However, to be honest, my biggest complaint was the lack of character development. Too many characters, too many bad guys, and too little background information. I felt like this book was over before it even got started. When I read a psychological thriller, besides just knowing "whodunit", I also want to understand more of the WHY.

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I grew up on the grounds of a Kansas insane asylum where my father was a dentist. I attended the University of Kansas during the troubled 1960s getting a degree in art history. After stints writing and teaching in Italy and Japan I had a 16-year career in newspapers as reporter, editor and column writer winning major awards in all categories. I turned to health care public relations serving as dir ...more
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