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Vermont winters harden more than the land.

After the sudden death of his daughter. Rancher Tom Hardgrave is given sole custody of his granddaughter—ten-year-old Paige. He desperately wants to be a good guardian, but the personal hardships keep coming for him and the child.

When an unknown assailant takes the life of Paige’s best friend, the police are baffled and the small t
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Paperback, 1st, 170 pages
Published September 30th 2018 by Blood Bound Books
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Bill
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
“A promise is a promise.”

I don’t know why, but this one reminded me a little of Lee Thompson. Stylistically and content wise there were definite similarities. (That is a compliment, btw) Not to saying Triana doesn’t have his own voice, because he does. A dark twisted voice, but his own nonetheless.

Paige has had a rough go of it lately. After a terrible accident she is shipped off to live on her Grandfathers ranch. Getting to know one another isn’t going to be easy. Especially after a stranger s
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James
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hell of a writer. Can't believe I haven't read more of his work. Consider that rectified! ...more
Jan Marie
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hauntingly beautiful you will not be able to put Shepherd of the Black Sheep down. Kristopher Triana is in the likes of if I dare say, Stephen King. You are lulled into ordinary guy Tom Hardgrave’s cold world of Middlebury along with his sweet tragic granddaughter Paige. Then a child is murdered, and his granddaughter is the witness. Tirana grip has you now. You’re with Tom as his world goes into this unspeakable thriller that it is. In the end, the question remains. At what lengths would you go ...more
Tony
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kristopher Triana’s Shepherd of the Black Sheep was an unexpected pleasure, one of many random books to appear with little fanfare on a book reviewer’s desktop, but once opened was exceptionally difficult to put down. It’s not a horror novel as such, more of a dark mystery thriller heavy with the pain and uncertainties life can bring. However, there’s much to admire in this tight well-written story, with sympathetic characters and a few scenes with the emotional kick of a sledgehammer. Sometimes ...more
Elisa
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Wow! This is a quick read that kept me turning the pages. Tom is a good man. A rancher who works hard and does his best not to hurt anyone. A good neighbor. A recovering alcoholic who still feels the call of the bottle, but resists it at all costs. A kind person who’s lost everyone he loved: wife, sister, son… He has just become the legal guardian of his granddaughter, Paige. He is not given to big public displays of emotion and doesn’t know what to do with a little girl, but he tries his best. ...more
Elite Group
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Family need someone they can trust.

Vermont winter weather is closing in, and rancher Tom Hargrave has been given custody of his granddaughter, Paige after his daughter and son-in-law are killed.

He is trying to be a good guardian but when Paige’s best friend is murdered, and Paige is the only witness, his problems are only just beginning.

Can he find out who killed the child and save his reputation at the same time?

This book was ok, good storyline, well written etc. However, I am not totally happy
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Donald Barker
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
’Shepherd of the Black Sheep’’ by Kristopher Triana: ISBN: 978-1940250-31-1 (Blood Bound Books)
‘This is an awful bloody book. But then, being a Blood Bound Books publication it couldn’t be anything else because Blood Bound Books specialise in publishing works on matters that are generally exceedingly bloody and awful.
The book might be described as a mystery thriller and, indeed, essentially, that is what it is. But yet, to call it such would be to do it a gross injustice because it is in fact a
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NB NB
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shepherd of the Black Sheep is a dark and disturbing look into the relationship of a dedicated grandfather and his peculiar young granddaughter. It takes readers along a psychological journey that explores family loyalty and small town relationships. Set aside a few hours, because once you start this book you won’t be able to put it down.

Tom Hardgrave’s good intentions lead him into a tangle of lies. His goal is simple, to protect and care for his granddaughter Paige. Except he wasn’t the best f
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BookzBookzBookz
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
After a woman inherits a home she'd abandoned years ago, thanks to an awful father, she realizes has to go back to see him put into the ground, not to rest. The terrible thing is, he's been waiting for her to come back and he's not happy. Not one bit, but neither is something else...
When I began this audiobook, I didn't imagine feeling a bit empty at the end. Most haunted house stories have similar endings: either there isn't one or the monster never truly dies. I knew how this one would end. I
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Tom Hardgrave and his granddaughter Paige live on a ranch. Tom tries very hard to protect Paige and keep his ranch afloat. But when Paige's best friend Alice is murdered on Tom's property things take a turn for the worse. People don't believe that Paige is innocent and blame Tom in the process. Tom is feeling the pressure from everyone. What kind of pressure does Tom face? Whose responsible for Alice's murder? Is Paige really innocent? Your answers await you in The Shepherd of the Black Sheep.

Th
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Horror DNA
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tony-jones
Kristopher Triana’s Shepherd of the Black Sheep was an unexpected pleasure, one of many random books to appear with little fanfare on a book reviewer’s desktop, but once opened was exceptionally difficult to put down. It’s not a horror novel as such, more of a dark mystery thriller heavy with the pain and uncertainties life can bring. However, there’s much to admire in this tight well-written story, with sympathetic characters and a few scenes with the emotional kick of a sledgehammer. Sometimes ...more
Wayne Fenlon
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid four stars from me. Great writing, and some of the scenes were absolute knock out. The fire scene for one. Jeez. Seriously it's worth your time for that alone. Well I think so, anyway.
Hopefully that doesn't count as a spoiler.

Anyway, I'm going to refrain from saying a certain word here, because it did let it down a bit, just a wee bit, and I also feel the ending of the book would have benefited with being pushed a little further, but of course that's just a person feel, and I don't think
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Heather
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story.

I really liked the excellent fleshing out of the main character. Having grown up in the country I could easily picture this guy as a neighbor. A very decent creepy read.
Chad
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a beautifully written book and pretty much from the start I was taken in by the description of the environment. I thought it was a brilliant decision to place the story onto this bleak, cold landscape as I felt it perfectly reflected the nature and mood of the narrative.

This book is a perfect example of why I need to rectify the blind spot that has largely existed in my reading habits when it comes to crime novels. It’s a genre I’ve always felt drawn to but for some reason don’t actuall
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Joseph Spuckler
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
Here is a book I wasn't sure that I would like. I had a stack of books to review and my weekend was running short so I took a chance with this smallish 170-page dark piece of fiction. I instantly liked Tom Hardgrave. He is hardworking and struggling to his small Vermont ranch open in a time of large mega-corporations. He and I share a respect for the older days:

"Sometimes it seemed like America’s authenticity had been replaced by shiny plastic and easily-replaced gizmos, all of it cheap and unin
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Michael James
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great unexpected novel by Triana.
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Kristopher Triana is the author of Full Brutal, Gone to See the River Man, Shepherd of the Black Sheep, The Ruin Season, Toxic Love and more.

His fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies and has been translated into multiple languages, drawing praise from Publisher's Weekly, Cemetery Dance, Rue Morgue, Scream, The Ginger Nuts of Horror and others.

Full Brutal won the Splatterpunk
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