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Black Creek Crossing 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 Meh, cool cover though Oddly enough I bought this because I wanted to get Flavia de Luce books at that time Haha Weird, huh As some of you may know, I m a bit of a horror aficionado Anything creepy dark, sign me up So John Saul Right up my alley In a post college reading binge because who has the time to read while they re in school , I devoured John Saul s entire collection Of course, that was redacted years ago and sadly I don t quite recall every plot detail or any So I thought it time for a re read I started with Black Creek Crossing because haunted houses are my jam and boy, have I been enterta As some of you may know, I m a bit of a horror aficionado Anything creepy dark, sign me up So John Saul Right up my alley In a post college reading binge because who has the time to read while they re in school , I devoured John Saul s entire collection Of course, that was redacted years ago and sadly I don t quite recall every plot detail or any So I thought it time for a re read I started with Black Creek Crossing because haunted houses are my jam and boy, have I been entertained Premise When Angel Sullivan, a teenaged bullying victim, learns that her family is moving to Roundtree, MA., she s excited for a blank slate At a very reasonable 80,000.00 the house at Black Creek Crossing is a steal But as they say, there s no such thing as a free lunch Angel s new house has a dark history Murder, witchcraft, and terror oh my Angel, with the help of her new friend Seth, sets out to investigate the house s history Soon, Angel and Seth discover a mysterious book of spells that belonged to the house s original owners And what do two bullied teens do with a book of spells Revenge for 200, Alex Unfortunately, the house s malevolent forces have something farsinister in mind Look, John Saul ain t Shakespeare If you re looking for eloquence, you re in the wrong place However, if you re seeking a cheap thrill, Saul is your guy His writing is serviceable, not groundbreaking, but it accomplishes the story s point to scare the tuna salad out of you Black Creek Crossing is slow to start Most of the big scares don t happen until the last quarter of the book I was entertained anyway, others may not be Beyond pacing issues, Black Creek Crossing is standard horror fare Basically, chick lit for fright fans It s creepy and the ending packs a punch Good stuff for a dark night and a hot cup of cocoa Summary Read this if you re a hardcore horror fan looking for a fix 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 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

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