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The Blue Cloak

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4.36  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Fiction Based on Strange, But True, History

True, riveting stories of American criminal activity are explored through a unique stories of historical romantic suspense. Collect them all and be inspired by the hope that always finds its way even in the darkest of times.

Based on real events beginning in 1797 — Rachel Taylor lives a rather mundane existence at the way
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Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: March 1st 2020 by Barbour Books
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Shannon McNear Thank you for asking! The main fictional storyline contains a romance, and no, where that is concerned, there's nothing more explicit. HOWEVER, and…moreThank you for asking! The main fictional storyline contains a romance, and no, where that is concerned, there's nothing more explicit. HOWEVER, and here's where the "true crime" aspect comes in...the actual historical storyline includes sexual assault and abuse, so if you're very sensitive to such details, consider skipping this one! I did my best to keep most of that off-screen, or as part of narrative flashback, but there are a couple of places where a smidgen of detail was necessary for the story.(less)

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Karen R
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A riveting tale based on a real eighteenth century crime spree. Not for the faint of heart, as this well researched story includes some grizzly murders and violence, with just enough detail to imagine the terror and evil of the pair responsible. Yet in the midst of it all there is still a light of hope and faith, plus a tender romance.

“For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
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Susan F
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The True Colors series are fictionalized accounts of true crime stories. I have read each book in the series as crime stories are some of the things that interest me. The Blue Cloak is based on the Harpe duo who are believed to be the first serial killers in the United States. I can not imagine the angst author Shannon McNear endured when agreeing to write, then actually researching historical records to glean information for this book. It is an horrendous story of two sick, perverse and evil ...more
J.M. Hochstetler
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shannon McNear has become one of my top favorite authors of historical fiction. Her ability to create a vivid, historically authentic world inhabited by a cast of memorable characters immediately draws me into her stories. Her latest release is no exception. The Blue Cloak sets the engaging romance of Rachel Taylor and Benjamin Langford amid the perils of the Kentucky frontier at the turn of the 1800s. Their love shines even more brightly against a dark backdrop based on the true story of a ...more
Joyce
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lots of research went into this book.The footnote was as interesting as the book and I usually skip it.
Rachel Taylor’s cousin seems to be in love with her husband on her wedding day but something seems to be off about the groom and his cousin.
Turns out they are murderers and on the run.Set in the 1700’s in Tennessee this is an intriguing true story.
Thankyou Netgalley for this ARC
Paula
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Cloak was absolutely, without a doubt, the darkest story I have ever read under the Christian genre. Having said that, I greatly enjoyed reading this story, and it had an excellent ending. I didn't want to put it down at all. Interestingly, at the end of the story, I read about the true accounts that inspired this story. Fascinating!!! While this story may not be for everyone, I thought it was well written and interesting, even with dark elements. I will likely read it again.
Samantha Fink
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75*
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If you want a book that hits you with every emotion (Sadness, love, happiness, anger, grief, shock) then this is the book to pick up. Multiple times through the story I questioned if I could continue reading because some scenes hit you hard. It made me want to cry or it stopped my heart with shock and sadness. Something that also makes this story so emotional is that this is a true account, which likely means it is something that will stay with you for
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Esther
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Wow. I was intrigued by the back cover of this book about the first serial killers in the United States of America. I already knew this author would do a great job, but I wasn’t sure about the content. Shannon McNear did a fabulous job with this story!

In a book about evil villains, I was leery of any triggering graphic content. Thankfully, most of the violence happened “off-screen” but the evil was still evident. (I did skim 2 of the murders that were a bit more written out than the rest.) The
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Teri
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely riveting! I didn’t realize until the end of the book that the brutal crime spree depicted throughout this book is actually based on real events, but I should have known! Shannon McNear is an absolute master at researching just the right facets of history, and finding the beauty in even the darkest of times. Despite the ghastly situations that Sally went through, Rachel and Benjamin managed to find a happily ever after when they least expect it. I also enjoyed the cameo of the Bledsoes ...more
Jenelle Hovde
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Cloak offers a fascinating look into the lives of two serial killers (perhaps the first serial killers ever recorded in American history). I could not put this book down!! I read and read and read until the wee hours of the morning. Although the subject is dark, McNear brings a great deal of hope and light with a redemptive message. A tender romance between Rachel Taylor and Benjamin Langford brings a sweet touch to the chilling circumstances. History buffs will be engaged with the true ...more
Amy Dohmen
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very well researched book with an in-depth look into the lives of the notorious Harpe's and their 'family.' The ending was very well done, and at one point, I'm almost certain my jaw was in my lap. Very intense, gritty depiction of actual events.
The writing was well done and in keeping with the vernacular of the time. I found the pacing to be a little slow in some parts, but all in all, a very good read for those who love historical true crime.
I received a free copy from NetGalley, but all
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Missy
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a well-written very well researched book. The historical notes on the Harped very interesting.
Rachel Taylor's friend seems to be in love with her husband on her wedding day. Something seems very odd about him and his cousin. They are muderers on the run.
Fascinating! Action, drama, adventure, suspense! Hard to put down until the very end.

Thank you to Publisher and NetGalley for the eARC
Barbara Marks
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
A very well researched book, and a part of our history that I wouldn't have known unless I read this book.
Ken
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
It was a well-researched tale full of colloquiums!
Kimberli
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Taylor fights jealousy as her best friend Sally marries and begins her new life. A short time later, her friend begins to lose the glow of happiness. After Sally is spotted with a group of rough looking people, one of whom wears the blue cloak Rachel had given her friend as a wedding present, several brutal murders occur along wilderness roads in the direction the group was heading. Fearing for her friend, Rachel and a man named Ben work to reach Sally before she’s lost forever and to ...more
Lindsey
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel is graphic and grisly and dark. On the other hand, it has moments of hopefulness, healing, and romance. McNear balances it well so the darkness doesn’t overwhelm the tale – and yet darkness is the body of the unfortunate events depicted – it leaves a stain or heaviness behind.

It’s quite difficult to explain my reaction. It was intense. The novel is very well-written and you may cry more than once – at least I did. It was gripping and evocative. I highly recommend it, but I recommend
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Shannon has been writing one thing or another since third grade and finished her first novel at age fifteen—but waited more than thirty years for her first book contract. In the meantime, she graduated from high school, attended college, met and married her husband, birthed nine children, lost one, taught five to drive, revised that first story innumerable times, and completed six others.

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