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Group Reads: Moderator's Choice > Final Impressions: Blackwood, by Michael Farris Smith- June 2020

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message 1: by Tom, "Big Daddy" (new) - rated it 5 stars

Tom Mathews | 2504 comments Mod
Comments on this board are made with the assumption that readers have finished the book and may include spoilers.

message 2: by Diane, "Miss Scarlett" (new) - rated it 5 stars

Diane Barnes | 3878 comments Mod
Here is a review by Diane: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

message 3: by Laura, "The Tall Woman" (new) - rated it 5 stars

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Judi | 398 comments A dark, visceral story of Evil invading a small fading rural town in Mississippi. Purely by chance, happenstance and cloaked in kudzu. A captivating tale with elements of Southern Gothic. I noted a bit of a dash of William Faulkner in the intermingling of character voices. A five star read that I savored while sipping a bit of Southern Comfort.

message 5: by Diane, "Miss Scarlett" (new) - rated it 5 stars

Diane Barnes | 3878 comments Mod
Ah! Southern Comfort is the perfect companion to this book.

Libby | 127 comments My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

I enjoyed Smith's wordsmithing very much. This is the second book I've read by him.

Connie G (connie_g) | 416 comments I'm going to have scary dreams about the kudzu. Wonderful Southern Noir!

My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

LeAnne: GeezerMom | 1310 comments What came screaming out of the gate in what felt like a frightening twist on the regular Smith genre just sort of limped across the finish line for me. It was a solid 5 star reading experience until the very end. I don't mind an unhappy ending, ever, and Smith is welcome to break my heart any time. He is up there w Anthony Marra for me, but the tidy wrap up on this one felt a bit senseless. The ending also reminded me of one of those commercial serialized southern books... please, God, don't let his work start to parallel that of Greg Iles. Smith is too talented for that. 4 stars.

message 9: by Sara, "Ivy Rowe" (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sara (phantomswife) | 999 comments Mod
Felt like a wild rollercoaster ride to me, sinking stomach and gripping the rails in fear. I had read several of your reviews and cannot say how happy I was to get my hands on a copy before the month was over.

my review

message 10: by Wyndy (last edited Jun 23, 2020 05:38PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Wyndy | 68 comments So glad you got your hands on this one, Sara! These particular two lines from your review . . . wow: “The kudzu that engulfs the town physically echoes the evil that invades its spirit. Life itself is being strangled.” Superb. You nailed the essence of this novel in your review. My rating was also very close to five stars. Rivers and The Hands Of Strangers await me, as well as his forthcoming Nick.

Here are my “feels” from this novel - another "rollercoaster" reference ;-) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

message 11: by Sara, "Ivy Rowe" (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sara (phantomswife) | 999 comments Mod
Thank you, Wyndy. I was truly a happy girl when I got the call from the library. I loved Rivers as well, and I'm sure you will. I've still got The Fighter and Desperation Road. I'm convinced MFS is the real thing! Off to read your review. :)

message 12: by Sara, "Ivy Rowe" (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sara (phantomswife) | 999 comments Mod
I noticed that rust was a prevailing element in Rivers as kudzu is in Blackwood. I love the way MFS does that!

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