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Boar Island

(Anna Pigeon #19)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  4,303 ratings  ·  717 reviews
Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service Ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyber-bullying and stalking is a new one. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors spreading online and bullying texts. Until, one day, Heath finds her ...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Minotaur Books
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Diane S ☔
3.5 For many years now I have followed Anna Pigeon from National Park to National Park. Often learning interesting things about the parks themselves and being treated to some darn good storylines. This story finds Anna in Acadia National Park where she is filling in as the man in charge is on vacation. Characters from her last story, Health and Elizabeth as well as Gwen come to Boar Island because young Elizabeth is being cyber bullied and Heath wants to give her some escape time. So that is one ...more
Michael
This was fun for me because it takes place down the road from me in Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Our park ranger hero Anna Pigeon is assigned temporary duty at Acadia National Park. Her close friends, the feisty paraplegic Heath and her adopted teenaged daughter Elizabeth (Anna’s goddaughter), key characters from Barr’s “Destroyer Angel”, have come to stay nearby on at an old lighthouse on the high cliffs of a tiny island offshore from the park. Accompanying them is Aunt Gwen, who is a pediatric ...more
Jerry
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was provided an ARC of this novel by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, so here goes:

Two stars just about sums it up. I had taken a break from reading Ms. Barr because the last few of her books I'd read were filled with constant diatribes against organized religion. And even though I'm not in church as often as I feel I need to be, it still makes me uncomfortable when a writer abuses her trust with a reader to repeatedly berate them for their beliefs. Trust me, I get it, okay? Fo
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Jerry B
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
We’ve read Barr’s entire bibliography over the years, including her most famous series about Park Ranger Anna Pigeon. These were invariably entertaining novels for three reasons. First, each took place in a different National Park, about which the descriptions were so vivid the tales almost read like travelogues. Secondly, the protagonist Anna was such a great character – middle-aged; like us, full of flaws and warts, unlike the “wonder women” so common to other female authors; but persistent an ...more
Lobstergirl
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it

Barr remains a terrible writer. I don't think she's been reading my reviews, which contain constructive criticism. "Use your PRONOUNS, Nevada," I yell helpfully as I page through these ghastly tomes. These are actual complete sentences from Boar Island:

Vision cleared.
Chest muscles loosened.
Tears started.
Machinery clanked.
Flesh thudded against the ground.
Shoulders were broad and arms muscled.
Lips were chiseled.
Annoyance returned.

There is one of t
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Kim H
May 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've bought every Anna Pigeon book in the series since they first came out. I'm not going to do that anymore. Here's why:

1. Boar Island was a diatribe against cyberstalking in particular and social media in general wrapped up in a convoluted, overwritten mystery. Authors generally do best when they "show, don't tell." Barr did a lot of "telling" disguised as thoughts of the characters and narrator. There were points when I felt as if I were reading a screed by Nevada Barr against: cy
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Miki
Mar 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
And again, another of my favorite writers goes on my "Don't Bother" list. This latest addition to the Anna Pigeon series is dull, flat and way too dependent on coincidence. Anna and her friends are merely two-dimensional paper dolls. The worst part was, instead of getting into the story, the reader (me) just hung around on the outside being told what happened.

The title should be Bore Island.
Jean
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Nevada Barr’s Ranger Anna Pigeon novels are typically set in national parks. I say “typically” because although her newest book, Boar Island, sends Anna to Acadia National Park in Maine, she spends very little time there.

When Anna is assigned to Acadia as Acting Chief Ranger, her friend Heath, teenage daughter Elizabeth (“E”), and Heath’s Aunt Gwen accompany her from Colorado to stay on Boar Island in order to escape E’s cyberstalker. This made for a fairly tense and stimulating scenario, e
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Bill
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.0 STARS

In ended my review of Destroyer Angel, Barr’s eighteenth installment of the beloved Anna Pigeon series, with this request …

“Nevada, please come to New England and write a book that takes place in the Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, ME. It would make a perfect backdrop for a magnificent tale!”

She heard me, she listened! Boar Island takes place in Bar Harbor, ME although Acadia National Park was indeed more of a backdrop than the primary setting of the book …more about that later.

What starts out as a tale of cyberbully
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Beth
May 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I liked this one more than a 3 star rating would suggest. If it had been a stand alone read, I'd have given it a 4. But as an entry in the Anna Pigeon series, I did have some problems with it. I like Nevada Barr and I like this series, but like some authors who seem to take sadistic (or is it masochistic) delight in torturing, tormenting, or otherwise hurting their main characters, Barr has gone to this well a few times too many in my opinion. I mean, how many times and how many different ways c ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Cyber-Stalking...

I've been reading the Anna Pigeon series for a long time now. This is the 19th book in the series and I haven't got bored with it yet. Several books ago Barr introduced a couple of new characters Heath, a paraplegic and Elizabeth, who is now Heath's adopted daughter. In this book, Elizabeth is being cyber-stalked by an unknown person. The cyber-stalking becomes so serious that they decide to take Elizabeth to Maine and stay on a friend's secluded island, Boar Island, which is a
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Nancy Adams
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I usually really enjoy Anna Pigeon books. I liked this one better than the last one, which I found way too dark. I enjoyed this one, overall, but would have liked more description of Acadia National Park, which is why I started the series originally. I also found the ending to be much too abrupt. I needed an epilogue or something, as it kind of just ended and I was shocked when I turned the page and it was over.
Zora
Aug 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Not very good. I'm done with this author. Also the big publisher is inept at copyreading. There are dangling modifiers all over the place in both of these last two books. For gods sake, people, do your jobs.
~☆~Autumn♥♥
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
This should be titled boring island. Most Nevada Barr books are too exciting but not this one.
Liz
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
The Anna Pigeon series used to be one of my favorites. But the last two have been just meh. With this one, you can see how the novel will play out from early on.
Ken Fredette
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expected Nevada Barr to write a simple mystery and here she writes a completely noir mystery with killings, kidnapping and what have you. She's taken on a family atmosphere with Elizabeth, Health, and Gwen. And she leaves off with a mystery of what just happened. I'm surprised that Ann is still alive.
Freda Witt
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to this book, only to be disappointed. Not nearly as good as the others.
Melissaannfield
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much better than the last Anna Pigeon. I love the characters in this one, and the setting is awesome. Spooky people.
Donna Davis
I only saw the first 10 percent of this thing. I listen to audio books while riding my exercise bike. My last audio book was by Tana French, and I loved it so much that I increased my exercise time even though I hate exercise. This time I am only half done and I feel like quitting early.

I'm not one to abandon a book before the 25 percentile, so I grabbed my phone and came to GR to see what other readers thought. I have been a fan of this series for a long time, so if my friends said
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Jo
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I like mystery/detective novels where the POV alternates and where you are given some insight into the mind of the perpetrator –Sue Grafton’s T for Trespass comes to mind. I also appreciate several threads of intrigue going on at one time and seeing how they interweave and eventually meet.

Usually Nevada Barr’s books focus on Anna the Ranger and a murder or disaster in a particular National park. Barr takes a slightly different tack here with one thread of the story focu
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Don Gorman
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
(2 1/2). It feels like quite a while since we have had an Anna Pigeon book, but for the most part, the wait was worthwhile. Anna has gotten darker over the years. The interesting thing about this one is that it really doesn't revolve around Anna as much as she is intertwined into the spiraling storylines. Maine is a great setting and Nevada Barr (as usual) makes good use of the cultural and geographic feel of the area to set the tone for most of what goes on. One part of the plot is pretty easy ...more
Jennifer
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This book feels like it took a long time to finish. I liked the setting of the book and I really liked the stories that eventually came together but the book was just too wordsy for me. The author could have gotten to the point without dragging out the details as much as she did.
Wendy Jones
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Anna Pigeon books. This has a dual storyline both of which kept me interested and reading. Up to the usual high standards with good writing and a tight plot. The reason I have given 4 rather than 5 stars is because I felt the Park aspect was completely left out of this book. Otherwise, a solid 5 stars.
Andrew
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nevada Barr has developed a tried-and-true pattern of storytelling with the novels featuring her fan-favorite protagonist, National Park Service veteran Anna Pigeon. She also tries to stretch the boundaries on that style, lest the reader (and, I'm sure, the author) get complacent or bored.

In Boar Island, the19th Anna Pigeon novel, Ms. Barr runs parallel stories. One involves a cyber-stalker menacing Anna's goddaughter, while the other addresses a murder just outside of the boundaries
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Pamela Mclaren
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Anna Pigeon is on the move again, to another temporary assignment at Acadia National Park near Boar Island in Maine. But she is carrying a burden: housing also on the island is her friend Heath and her adopted teenage daughter Elizabeth, who was being cyberbullied after a friend's father makes a move on her. The move, however, does not stop the harrassment.

Then added to the mix: a couple of murders of lobstermen. One apparently was over thefts from another's lobster traps, the other
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Joyce
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery
Love Nevada Barr, love Barbara Rosenblat but only one of these comes out ahead in this collaboration: Rosenblat by a mile. Not Barr's best Anna Pigeon mystery--too many plot lines and characters and not nearly enough about the Acadia National Park, its beauties and dangers. After all, the descriptions are one of the main reasons to read/listen to these books; they're perfect for vacations or armchair vacations because Barr provides such a sense of place. And wonder. I have fond memories of drivi ...more
Cheryl
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have a few of these books but this is the first time that I have actually sat down and read one. Unfortunately this book did not capture my attention with either the storyline or the characters. In the beginning this was a different story as I was curious about the story and what I was reading. Yet the problem was that there was not one character that I gravitated towards and the story seemed jumbled at times with no smooth flow to it. There was little pieces of information thrown out there bu ...more
Lori
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was a good book, but not what I have come to expect from Anna Pigeon novels. The view into the mind of a crazy person was different, and I thought Barr did a good job with that. However, it was more of a Heath novel and I'm not a big fan of the Heath character and her family. I couldn't recall the history of Elizabeth from the other book well and, when Barr reiterated it, I couldn't believe that this girl had gone through so much and here she was being put through yet another horrible time.
June
Dec 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Almost unreadable...A cyberstalker follows a girl from Colorado to a national park in Maine. Hello! What is the definition of CYBERstalker? And the second plot about evil twins...just...what? I read the first few books in this series years ago and I think I liked them, but what happened to Park Ranger Anna Pigeon, like, fighting poachers? Or tracking a murderer through the wilderness? Also, the writing is just terrible.
Allison
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I haven't read anything by Nevada Barr in awhile, but I picked this one up because is was set in and near Acadia National Park and I love that park. The story was OK, but it didn't have the spark some of her earlier books had.
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Nevada Barr is a mystery fiction author, known for her "Anna Pigeon" series of mysteries, set in National Parks in the United States. Barr has won an Agatha Award for best first novel for Track of the Cat.

Barr was named after the state of her birth. She grew up in Johnstonville, California. She finished college at the University of California, Irvine. Originally, Barr started to pursue
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Anna Pigeon (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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  • A Superior Death (Anna Pigeon, #2)
  • Ill Wind (Anna Pigeon, #3)
  • Firestorm (Anna Pigeon, #4)
  • Endangered Species (Anna Pigeon, #5)
  • Blind Descent (Anna Pigeon, #6)
  • Liberty Falling (Anna Pigeon, #7)
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