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Black Creek Crossing This haunted house novel, set in the fictional contemporary small town of Roundtree in western Massachusetts, whose history stretches back to the days of 17th century witch hunting, was a recent common read in the Supernatural Fiction Readers group I d actually suggested it myself, since I d read promising sounding reviews of it in the library trade journals when it was first published, the BC library has a copy, and the author is a big name in the Horror genre, with some 30 best sellers und This haunted house novel, set in the fictional contemporary small town of Roundtree in western Massachusetts, whose history stretches back to the days of 17th century witch hunting, was a recent common read in the Supernatural Fiction Readers group I d actually suggested it myself, since I d read promising sounding reviews of it in the library trade journals when it was first published, the BC library has a copy, and the author is a big name in the Horror genre, with some 30 best sellers under his belt I d thought his work might be worth exploring Horror a term I don t really like as a genre designation , in modern book trade parlance, can simply designate a book with supernatural elements which this one certainly has It often, though, seems to denote and this seems to be what hard core self described horror fans crave writing or cinema that just conjures unrelieved horror in the gut meaning of the term, evocative of moral and physical repulsion, with a maximized grisly gory quality That turns out to be the meaning here and if this is typical of Saul s work, it would suggest that he delivers what that particular market wants hence my recommendation of the book to horror fans I m not myself part of that market I like the fiction of the supernatural, but I respondcongenially to a different kind of envisioning of it.This is definitely a much darker read than any of the older reviews in the library professional media prepared me for and for many readers, it might need to come with trigger warnings galore for teenage bullying, spousal and child abuse including sexual abuse, though there are no overt acts , and animal abuse I was a bullied kid myself, from grade school on into high school, and like Seth here I was disciplined with a leather belt not, in hindsight, unjustly, and not with the same kind of sadism his father displays but it still left a psychological impression, so that for me this was not a particularly pleasant trip down memory lane, and for some readers it would probably be worse Readers also need a high tolerance for gruesome, bloody violence, since a few scenes are basically splatter punk The book could be said to have thematic affinities with both The Turn of the Screw and the Haunting of Hill House but Saul s literary gifts aren t in the same league with either Henry James or Shirley Jackson s We could also fairly say that the novel might be characterized as Exhibit A for the general thematic criticisms of contemporary horror expressed by pundits like Paul Leggett Of Heroes and Devils The Supernatural on Film, Christianity Today, Nov 18 1977 and Lint Hatcher The X Files and the Return of Metaphysical Horror, Rutherford, Oct 1995.That said, the writing style here is effective, the plotting taut and page turning, and the characterizations, IMO, realistic I formed a bond with both Angel and Seth early on The prologue is undeniably attention grabbing, and the author brings the spooky atmosphere, and the supernatural occurrences that invade our mundane world a motif I like to life very well There s no sexual content, except for the pedophilia manifested but not consummated, at least not anywhere in the text in certain quarters and while there s a fair amount of bad language, including profanity and obscenity, it comes from the kind of characters who could realistically be expected to talk that way, rather than being dragged into every character s speaking style Saul s own attitude towards religion, as declared in an online interview at the Writer s Write site is pretty much one of prejudiced hostility, which by his own statement hasn t been changed since his childhood but the story line here doesn t demonize Christians Angel s mother tends to mistake Christian love for being a doormat for abuse, but Father Mike is one of thesympathetic characters here For much of the read, I was actually liking the book relatively well but without resorting to spoilers, it was completely ruined by the denouement To give credit where it s due, Saul does achieve his obvious aim of creating a gut punching surprise ending that doesn t violate the internal logic of the story One other note is demanded by the history major in me Saul makes reference here to witches being burned in Roundtree in 1693 I m sure he would assert that, Yeah, sure, everybody knows that the Puritans burned witches in the old days, duh The problem with that is, as I once told one of my college history classes, that what everybody knows is often simply a bunch of handed down hooey and that s the case here Witches were burned on the European mainland, and in Scotland, but in England and its American colonies, the law prescribed hanging as the form of execution Anybody with any familiarity with New England history knows that the accused witches at Salem and elsewhere were hanged you don t even have to be a student of history to know that you just need to have read or watched a performance of Arthur Miller s play The Crucible or even seen Hocus Pocus So, memo to writers if you re going to use historical backgrounds, at least do enough minimal research about them to avoid ludicrous inaccuracies This was a hard book to rate fairly I finally hit upon the same expedient I used with Kostova s The Historian, another read I enjoyed up until the ending in that case, the epilogue I rated it a compromise three stars, balanced between the higher rating I d have given it for much of its length, and the abysmal rating the ending deserved But I don t think it lived up to its potential, and I m not motivated to seek out anyof Saul s work What it would be like to simply disappear into the blackness, to float forever in silence and nothingness John Saul, Black Creek CrossingTrigger warnings Animal torture and death Bullying OK First off..this is not like most of my reviews I will be discussing the ending so right away I d say..SPOILERSlIf you have any intention of reading this, you should not read my review.So John Saul is on my list of people who have made significant contributions to my life He was the very first auth What it would be like to simply disappear into the blackness, to float forever in silence and nothingness John Saul, Black Creek CrossingTrigger warnings Animal torture and death Bullying OK First off..this is not like most of my reviews I will be discussing the ending so right away I d say..SPOILERSlIf you have any intention of reading this, you should not read my review.So John Saul is on my list of people who have made significant contributions to my life He was the very first author I followed on a regular basis I started reading him in Elementary school an d was a huge fan.I heard about him from my lovely MamaCita from whom I inherited my love of reading For years, I d read Saul His books always succeeded in scaring the heck out of me Punish the Sinners, The God project, When the wind blows, Comes the Blind Fury The list goes on.As I got older, his books became bloodier andbizarre Also, my tastes changed.But I still love him I reread occasionally a book of his..this one or that one And it is always enjoyable But I have not read anything NEW from him in ions.Until yesterday I was CRAVING him..well..a book by him So I chose Black Creek crossing.An eerie horror that swept me along and for a good bit, I thought it would get four stars..or at least three.Then it fell apart Because of the ending.John Saul seems incapable of ending his books any other way except killing off every good person in the book I have witnessed this time and again and it really has become a turn off.I thought this one would be different All through the book it seemed it was building towards the kids settling in the cabin with Houdini I was down with that I fell in love with Houdini It is rare when a cat can be center stage in a book but with Black Creek Crossing, the cat is our unsung hero I loved this cat So it would seem..to me..almost like Saul had a change of heart The ending was sloppy, heart breaking, crazy and made no sense WHY would the kids hang themselves They did not kill their parents And WHY would the cat not stop them He was able to control golf balls for crying out loud Somehow I doubt, their staunch protector would have let this happen.And what ever happened to Chad Never mentioned again.I was so turned off and so let down Listen..if you are a Saul fan and are reading this and know of ANY of his books that end on at least a hopeful note, please post here I just do not get it.When starting a book..if you already know the ending, there is less and less incentive to read the book That is another thing I never liked about his books.I d hoped to rate this a five No such luck Note and shout out to Saul please write at least one ending where someone..anyone..is not killed violently We fans really deserve it.Aside from the ending, the book is actually good But..animal brutality Even if he comes back to life 2.5 stars from this reader Well, John Saul certainly beats the issue of bullying into the ground in this one and milks it for all it s worth.Apparently, the mere fact that someone is ugly will get them teased and tortured to the point of cruelty What a very shallow reason for such an act And f.y.i., I have met quite a few people both old and young who are incredibly popular despite the fact that they do not look like the proverbial movie star.The one topic that interested me in this one the haunting barely got any att Well, John Saul certainly beats the issue of bullying into the ground in this one and milks it for all it s worth.Apparently, the mere fact that someone is ugly will get them teased and tortured to the point of cruelty What a very shallow reason for such an act And f.y.i., I have met quite a few people both old and young who are incredibly popular despite the fact that they do not look like the proverbial movie star.The one topic that interested me in this one the haunting barely got any attention because the author was so busy slapping us in the face with every single possible way two teenagers could have their lives destroyed by, apparently, everyone around them for the stupidest of reasons.Not a good one Moving on Fifteen year old Angel Sullivan is ready for a fresh start when she and her family move to the charming town of Roundtree After being teased for years by classmates, Angel is hoping to find some friends in her new school Although she is once again picked on by most of the other kids, she does find one new friend, a fellow misfit named Seth Angel and Seth soon start to realize there is something very strange about Angel s house A black cat mysteriously appears and starts to follow Angel aroun Fifteen year old Angel Sullivan is ready for a fresh start when she and her family move to the charming town of Roundtree After being teased for years by classmates, Angel is hoping to find some friends in her new school Although she is once again picked on by most of the other kids, she does find one new friend, a fellow misfit named Seth Angel and Seth soon start to realize there is something very strange about Angel s house A black cat mysteriously appears and starts to follow Angel around faces are seen in her bedroom window A smell of smoke sometimes lingers in the closet For years, rumors have gone around town that the house is cursed When Angel and Seth find a book of what appears to be magical spells, they realize that history is coming back to life in the old house on Black Creek Crossing.October is the month I dedicate to horror and paranormal reads John Saul was one of my favorite horror authors years ago, and I still remember vividly nightmare inducing scenes from Suffer the Children Well, apparently my tastes have changed over the years because I felt I was slogging through this book Flat, predictable characters you have your snobby teens in the cool clique, your misfits, the country club Moms and golf playing business Dads The plot itself isn t too bad, but it s not remotely scary Because of the writing style, I felt like this book was geared towards the young teen crowd, but the goriness would probably be too much for most of them to handle So you have a book meant for adults written at the level of fifth or sixth graders I did like the history surrounding the house and the Wynton family I wish Saul had donewith that aspect of the book, than dealing so much with the teens and their issues Another plus, this is a really quick read, and it doesn t require much in the way of thought processes I guess one way to look at it as the chick lit of the horror genre light, fluffy, good if you are looking for a quick read Definetly a good book I think the ending needed a bitdevelopment and needed to tie up some of the loose ends a bitI think that some of the questions didn t seemed fully answered, but nonetheless it was a very entertaining read Some of the characters did seem a bit cliche though a drunken and abusive dad, teenage bullies, helpless loner main characters, etc The overall effect was a very good one though I quite enjoyed the book. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here All right I started out with the intent to read this one carefully, taking my time and all that good stuff enjoying the spookiness of itHowever, once I got about 3 4 of the way through, I lost my patience I do this frequently with the scary books I thought it would bespooky Instead here come the spoilers , I got a book about 2 teenaged outcasts w abusive parents who find an old book, encounter a cat who is also the spirit of a dead person, and then they cast spells on their torm All right I started out with the intent to read this one carefully, taking my time and all that good stuff enjoying the spookiness of itHowever, once I got about 3 4 of the way through, I lost my patience I do this frequently with the scary books I thought it would bespooky Instead here come the spoilers , I got a book about 2 teenaged outcasts w abusive parents who find an old book, encounter a cat who is also the spirit of a dead person, and then they cast spells on their tormentors Here s my main problem NO ONE is likeable, not even the two pseudo witches who are tormented by other kids These two kids are absolutely DESPISED by an ENTIRE school They are sexually harassed, physically abused, and verbally abused on a daily basis By the whole school, but the only reason given is that the one guy doesn t like sports, and the girl isn t pretty The plot was verrry slow in the beginning, picked up some steam, got stupid w the whole witch thing, and ended terribly I know that Saul is a best seller, so perhaps my critique is a bit harsh I d pick out something ELSE though The dark history and dire secrets of a peaceful small town are summoned from the shadows of the past Unholy forces are stirred from long slumber to monstrous new life And two young misfits discover the chilling art of turning persecution into retribution With these eerie ingredients, bestselling master John Saul once again works his unique brand of sinister magic to conjure an unforgettable tale of unspeakable terrorFor most of her young life, thirteen year old Angel Sullivan has been on the outside looking in, enduring the taunts of cruel schoolmates and the angry abuse of a bitter father Then Angel s family moves to the quaint town of Roundtree, Massachusetts where a charming home is available, a promising job awaits Angel s unemployed father, and most of all, the chance to make a new start beckons to the shy, hopeful teenager But when she is shunned by her new classmates, Angel falls deeper into despair Until she meets Seth Baker, a fellow outcast and a fateful kinship is forged It s Seth who tells Angel the unspoken truth about the legacy of murder that hangs over her family s home and the whispered rumors that something supernatural still dwells there Uncertain whether the stories are true, and desperate to escape the torment of their daily lives, Angel and Seth devote themselves to contacting whatever restless soul haunts the dark recesses of Black Creek Crossing But once they have begun, there is no turning back Guided by an anguished and vengeful spirit, they uncover the shocking events and centuries old horrors that lay buried beneath the placid veneer of Roundtree And along with the ghastly revelations comes a terrifying power one that feeds upon the rage of the victimized, turning the basest impulses and most dangerous desires into devastating weapons Now, the closer Angel and Seth are pushed toward the edge by their tormentors, the deeper they descend into the maelstrom of dark forces they ve unleashed and the unspeakable the hour of reckoning will be From the Hardcover edition Picked this up from the library to get me in the Halloween spirit It was good A bit derivative A mix of The Shining and The Craft with a liberal sprinkling of The Amityville Horror.Angel Sullivan is an outcast A teenage girl twenty pounds too heavy, features a little too large She has never been accepted Meet Seth Baker, outcast A teenage boy twenty pounds too light, personality a little too effeminate When Angel and her family move into the strange house in the middle of nowhere Picked this up from the library to get me in the Halloween spirit It was good A bit derivative A mix of The Shining and The Craft with a liberal sprinkling of The Amityville Horror.Angel Sullivan is an outcast A teenage girl twenty pounds too heavy, features a little too large She has never been accepted Meet Seth Baker, outcast A teenage boy twenty pounds too light, personality a little too effeminate When Angel and her family move into the strange house in the middle of nowhere in the little town of Roundtree, she hopes to find a new beginning A life separate from the taunts, torments and teasing she experienced in her former life Unfortunately, on her first day of high school, she learns that new town does not necessarily equal new rules Enter Seth, a kindred spirit, and the target for the brutality before Angel entered the picture The two of them begin to lean on eachother for comfort and a sympathetic ear They both desperately want the bullying to end, but how It seems that there isto Angel s new house than really cool oak finishings Oh yes, could it be that the strange dreams she have been having since her first night are a message from the other side Could the black cat Angel discovered in her bedroom closet her first night there be a dead witch from the past eternally linked to the house Could an unseen entity bent on destroying said entity be attempting to control Angel s father Yes, yes, and painfully yes While all of these plot points are thrown about in the most obtuse and blaise fashion the reader must willfully shut down the logical part of his her brain It is recommended that to enjoy this novel we must each tap into that uncharted region of our adolescence when all we wanted was super powers to hurt our tormentors At the heart of this book this is all that matters Bullies suck, parental or peer based, and the day will come when I get my hand on a witch book and make all of your sorry butts pay. Black cats, witches, ghosts, and a haunted house it s Halloween bitches Woot Does the awkward cabbage patch Meh, cool cover though Oddly enough I bought this because I wanted to get Flavia de Luce books at that time Haha Weird, huh


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