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Blood Mask

3.1  ·  Rating details ·  60 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Awealthy, charismatic, and controversial "benefactress of art," Drewe Hildebrand disappears from her estate on the Hudson River, seemingly abducted in the night. Her young niece, Marta, found in a desolate wooded area close by, is too traumatized to describe the abductors. A provocative exhibit of avant-garde "bio-art" that includes a blood mask of Drewe Hildebrand is disr ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Ecco (first published 2006)
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Thomas Strömquist
Really enjoyed this quite dark story. Obviously, with JCO writing as Lauren Kelly, you get her brilliance and bittersweetness packaged in a shorter and seemingly “thriller” format. I’m going to have to check her others under this pen name. Recommended!
Jessica
Aug 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, suspense
Overall I enjoyed the story. The description did seem to be a bit misleading, as the involvement of bio-art was not to the extent the back cover seemed to imply. The style might not be to everyone's taste, as it's somewhat disjointed at times, particularly at the beginning. This echoes Marta's mental state, even in later chapters which begin with a quotation that lead her to then pull forth the associated memory. The story is all in her head, which has been affected. There are a few different th ...more
Candice
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joyce Carol Oates rarely lets me down and she certainly didn't in Blood Mask.
Rogue Reader
Terrible torture and abuse in the guise of family love. Joyce Carol Oates writing as Lauren Kelly - more blood than beauty.
Animlgrl
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
This is Joyce Carol Oates as her lightest...Lauren Kelly is just one of her pseudonyms that she wrote under for a brief spell. For those that find JCO difficult to read, this is a lot easier...less stream of consciousness, more precise story telling.

However, keeping with her typical dark style, the story itself is very JCO. Diabolical, a little confusing and twisty, slightly morbid, though not overtly grotesque. It is the story of Annabelle (who becomes Marta), a teenager sent to live with her r
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Megan
Sep 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very hard to read. There were no whole sentences and the thoughts were random. Not sure what was real time and what was memory. not a fan!
Véronique
Intrigant, mais un brin emmerdant aussi. Elle est fatiguée Mme Oates, même sous un pseudonyme.
Tina
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Det blir nog inga fler Oates nu...
Michele bookloverforever
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
leaves you wondering.
Randy
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm usually a sucker for Joyce Carol Oates under any name, but this one was tedious. I stuck with it, but now I'm a little irritated with myself that I gave it as much time as I did.
Mary
Aug 22, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting more bio-art info or story.
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Lauren Kelly is one of the pseudonyms used by Joyce Carol Oates.


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“No one in Cattaraugus had much idea of what an artist’ colony might be. “Art” itself was viewed with suspicion, scorn. There was the sense, as people like my mother conveyed it, of a fraud, a hustle. “Art” was putting something over on someone, the way politicians did. “Art” was a sorry excuse for not being productive, useful. “Art” was vanity, pretension.” 0 likes
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