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The Backwoods by Edward Lee
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Done at last! I can't believe how long it took me to get through this book. I thought I'd be giving it two stars, but it picked up a bit towards the end.

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2.5 stars
I had been looking forward to trying an Edward Lee book, but I'm not too sure that I selected the right one. Maybe it was my mindset but I couldn't get into this one at all, really, until the final twenty-five percent or so (and possibly because I was excited to be so close to finally finishing)! Seriously, this book took over almost three months for me to suffer through read. I thought for sure that it would get my lowest rating, but the ending was satisfying enough to enable me to round up to a solid three stars.

So why didn't this one work for me? First, I didn't care much for any of the characters. I wasn't intrigued by the storyline, either. It just didn't capture and hold my attention. The writing, at times, was so poor and at other times, quite brilliant. It was as though two authors were collaborating and didn't bother to synchronize their work. Also, part of the story was predictable.

I admit, I absolutely hated, hated, hated Lee's obsession with boobs. I guess there are no average-looking women in Agan's Point--only buxom porn-star lookalikes and morbidly obese trolls. The Chief of Police (far from the perfect male specimen, mind you) lusts after an underage girl while referring to his wife as a "...pale pile of human lard." Surely it's meant to be humorous, but it in my opinion, it just diminished the quality of Lee's writing, rendering it amateurish and too childish.

Okay...enough of my complaints.

The story really wasn't that bad. Patricia White returns to her childhood home in Agan's Point after her sister's husband is freakishly murdered. Home to a peculiar group of people known as "The Squatters," Agan's point is usually a safe, peaceful place. Suddenly, people are being murdered, supposedly due to their involvement in manufacturing/selling crystal methamphetamine. Before long, Patricia finds herself caught up in the danger.

The majority of the story dragged on but the ending was good. I don't really consider this to be a horror novel, but more of a mystery story with some horrific scenes. The gore was decent at times. I think I'll try another Edward Lee book at some point, but not any time soon.
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Reading Progress

December 14, 2013 – Shelved
December 14, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
June 7, 2016 – Started Reading
June 7, 2016 –
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0.0% "I think it's about time I tried a book by the infamous Edward Lee...."
June 16, 2016 –
15.0% "I can't get into this one AT ALL.... :-("
June 29, 2016 –
35.0%
July 6, 2016 –
45.0%
July 24, 2016 –
62.0% "Slowly but surely...."
August 7, 2016 –
63.0% "Crawling through this one. :-( I can't wait for it to be over already."
August 23, 2016 –
80.0%
September 1, 2016 –
90.0%
September 5, 2016 – Finished Reading
September 8, 2016 – Shelved as: could-have-been-better
September 8, 2016 – Shelved as: disappointing
September 8, 2016 – Shelved as: horror
September 8, 2016 – Shelved as: supernatural
September 8, 2016 – Shelved as: slow-moving
September 8, 2016 – Shelved as: wanted-to-like

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