Newer Post Older Post Home. It did hold my interest up to the end, though. He got better at pacing over the years, that’s for sure. Therefore, when I opened the book, I had no idea of what to expect and was grabbed immediately by the very first sentence. Not my favorite of his, but it gives hints of his later, better work. Better than average psychological knowledge of personality disorders, as well. February 11, at

Oh, this does sound good, Bernadette. Because I’m stubborn, I kept reading because others liked the book and I didn’t want to let it get the best of me! Cook begins a tale of love and its aftermath, of a town sent reeling from a moment of passionate betrayal. Cook I have read so far, and I have liked every book by this author. No one is just a trait. I still find myself searching for a spoiler or an explanation, so if anyone is willing to provide, please let me know!

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Everyone has multiple facets to their personality which sometimes confirms what we already believe and sometimes surprises. They have several copies that are used. Although highly gifted in his expression and especially within his core revelations of teen-age male souls, all their perceptions and all their self-identity and angsts- he did get Hiol with the years and practice.

Cook may have been influenced by Ford when he decided on the narrative structure and the opening sentence, but this is where the similarity ends. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dowell, Ford’s narrator, knows nothing of what is going on around him. Cheryl January 27, at 4: Ben Wade is a high school kid, in love with the new girl, Kelli Troy.


February 11, at 2: If you wish to continue this off-line, my email address is fredr gainusa. Definitely my favorite by Thomas H Cook that I’ve read thus far. Ben Wade, now the town’s respected doctor, looks back from a generation later to the events that led up to a savage attack on golden Kelli Troy atop the local landmark Breakheart Hill.

Better than average psychological nill of personality disorders, as well. The prose is variously complex, richly descriptive and poignantly presented. It is set in early s small-town northern Alabama, and from my knowledge of small-town Kentucky in the early ’60s, I’d say he knows this time and place very well. This book has mystery and meat.

The whole book is filled with emotion that I have never got from a story.

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synipsis I have been a fan of the mystery genre for 8 or 9 years now. What Thomas calls his love of “the mountains, the trees and the thought of being free” as he makes practice runs through the ochre, rock-faced landscape of the reservation speaks eloquently to the spiritual attachment these Native American youths have to their land and to the traditional Navajo way of life.

This is a terrific story told by a master of story tellers. It is not to be read in small portions–a page or two hastily in a few spare hipl in large chunks, free from distractions.

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February 11, at For 30 years the murder remains unsolved and the town festers with it. It is faint, breakyeart persistent. Fred January 27, at 3: I did not know it was set in the 60s, which was one of the decades I actually experienced in Alabama. Then a new girl comes to town, Kelly. Well, I definitely liked the last few pages. All of them are very, very real. It is also a murder mystery, with a great deal of complexity.


Dedicated and driven, he breakkheart to test himself against “Heartbreak Hill,” the infamous ascending pass on the local cross-country course, and hopes to win a state title and a college scholarship. From the author hailed as “an important talent, a storytelling writer of poetic narrative power” “Los Angeles Times Book Review” comes a dazzling novel of psychological suspense. OK, another hit brexkheart Bernadette.

But he nails the adults too. Kelli is interested in much of what’s going on, and Ben decides time climb aboard, hoping that she will see a good man in him, someone she can stand by.

I will probably re-visit this book in some form or manner and I suggest to breeakheart that is a cook fan and has not read this, please do.

Oct 18, Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves: She is beautiful and mysterious, a smart girl, and someone Ben sees marrying later in life.