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Black Creek Crossing

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A perfect Halloween read!

I loved it! If you're looking for a true ghost/witch story just in time for Halloween, look no further. Black Creek Crossing is a great suspenseful novel. I finished it in 3 days. I couldn't help myself, the story sucks you in, and you're not satisfied until you kno...
I loved it! If you're looking for a true ghost/witch story just in time for Halloween, look no further. Black Creek Crossing is a great suspenseful novel. I finished it in 3 days. I couldn't help myself, the story sucks you in, and you're not satisfied until you know what happens. Highly recommended!

posted by Sarah_N_NC on September 24, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good idea, bad execution

My first complaint about this book was something that a book reviewer from the Tuscon Citizen had written, and the publisher decided to throw that on the back cover. This review said, "Fast-paced and smoothly crafted. The gripping narrative will remind you of Stephen ...
My first complaint about this book was something that a book reviewer from the Tuscon Citizen had written, and the publisher decided to throw that on the back cover. This review said, "Fast-paced and smoothly crafted. The gripping narrative will remind you of Stephen King in his prime." No, it didn't. It reminded me of Stephen King when he was probably in 8th grade.

Second complaint: The characters were just deep enough to keep me (barely) interested, and the only two Saul allows us to know are Angel Sullivan and Seth Baker. Even then they weren't that interesting. These guys were made for each other. They keep getting picked on and never stand up for themselves, which is something I couldn't understand. Then they find their secret weapon, and either a) John Saul writes characters that are intensely dense, or b) he writes for intensely dense readers. I'm not sure which. There are so many moments in the narrative in the characters' heads, conversations, dreams or upon waking from their dreams when they constantly ask 'what was that?' or 'what could it mean?'. It got old really fast. Also, there are a handful of times in the story when you have to read about the same event, just with a different point of view. That got old too. You wouldn't think it would get boring in a book like this, but when you're reading a rerun that takes up another page...well, you get my point.

Third complaint: There wasn't enough character development with the others, such as Angel's mom or dad or the priest. It could've made this book a lot more interesting, and possibly added some needed depth. Or we could've been treated to more characters that were two-dimensional, and their thoughts/inner workings/past would've had the same depth. Ok, so maybe we're better off with the way he wrote it. Count your blessings.

Fourth and final complaint: Unessential details, such as a certain detail thrown in the story about a razor. Now, I'm not going to give it away. But let's just say that it was pretty stupid to throw in said unnecessary detail when you're pretty sure what's going to happen to the character. I know this doesn't make much sense, but if in doubt, go to page 431 and start reading with the 4th paragraph through the end of the page. I'm not saying all of this was unnecessary; quite the opposite. But there is a sentence at the end of the 4th paragraph that is. And if you don't agree with me... well, I'd hate to read the books you think are good fiction.

posted by BadFictionsWorstNightmare on June 19, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    What happened?

    I would consider myself a pretty faithful John Saul fan but after reading this book I'm questioning where he is headed with his writing. Black Creek Crossing is a rehatching of story lines he and every other horror writer has used. The characters were flat and annoying, the story contrived and the ending completely laughable. It was as if Saul got to page 455 and thought 'this book has gone on too long. Let's end it in the next four pages.' Which sadly, was the one thing about this book I would agree with him on. If you are interested in Saul, go back to his earlier books. He REALLY IS a master in this genre and has some incredibly talented writing skills. This one just never took off for me. My advice, pass this one up and dust off his older works...especially The Unloved...one of my favorites.

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    Posted June 7, 2010

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