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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Strong gothic horror novel

Fifteen year old Angel Sullivan has no friends and is tormented by her peers. Her father drinks too much and has been fired from so many construction jobs nobody in town who will hire him. Marty¿s wife Myra loses herself in religion as a way of coping with her unhappy...
Fifteen year old Angel Sullivan has no friends and is tormented by her peers. Her father drinks too much and has been fired from so many construction jobs nobody in town who will hire him. Marty¿s wife Myra loses herself in religion as a way of coping with her unhappy home life. When her sister Joni calls and informs her there is a perfect home that they can afford in Roundtree, Massachusetts, they buy it because Myra¿s brother-in-law gives Marty a job.

Angel loves her new home on Black Creek Crossing and believes she will make new friends at school but instead the students start tormenting her. The only person who befriends her is Seth Baker a pariah like Angel. Both teens notice inexplicable happenings in the house and a black cat with a definite agenda. He leads them to a place on the basement stairs where a book is found in a hidden panel and then he makes them follow him to a camouflaged cabin in the woods. There they open the book and what they find between the pages allows them to finally get revenge on their enemies.

Drawing on the Salem Witch trials and the folklore on haunted houses, John Saul creates a tale so vividly chilling and horrifying that readers will want to sleep with the lights on. BLACK CREEK CROSSING is not the typical haunted house story nor is it a modern day retailing of the Salem witches but an amalgam of the two. The protagonists draw reader sympathy from the very beginning which is why the ending is such a shock. Mr. Saul has written another gothic horror novel that is unforgettable.

Harriet Klausner

posted by Anonymous on January 18, 2004

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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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  • Posted August 30, 2010

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    Not Fantastic, but not bad either

    Not the most orginal plot, but the book read well. Was a very quick read. I thought the bullying was a little over the top, but overall believable. The end was what I found to be a lacking. The end left me unsatisfied.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    Witch Craft At It's Best & Wrost

    This book really had me going. I love any story with witch craft and ghost. I was so into it until I came to the ending. Sure disapointment. I'm no writer! Hell, i can't even spell half the time; but i could have thought of a better way way to end that story. I just expected more out of John Saul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    What ever happened to tying up loose ends?

    Though the first four hundred pages of the novel were quite intriguing, the last sixty or so were an absolute disappointment. Having read most of Saul's work it seems as if he's patched together a conglomeration of Suffer the Children and classic teenage angst into a concoction that just doesn't seem to work. The character development which in the first one hundred pages was fine ultimately comes up short towards and the end when it seems as if Saul was in a rush to meet his publishers demands rather that the satisfaction of the reader. It wouldnt have hurt to add another fifty pages to give the reader a true ending, rather than the haphazard one that is presently there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    Great story... until the end!

    The story was intriguing and I couldn't put it down. The ending, however, was very weak as if the author just got tired of the story and gave it a quick end... very disappointing. I would give the first 400 or so pages five stars but the ending was one star at best... average 3 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2005

    Good story, bad ending...

    This is the first Saul book I've read and it probably won't be my last. The story was very gripping and well written...until the last few chapters. It seemed a little too rushed, like the author was in a hurry to get it done or something...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    Expected more

    I enjoyed this book, although a little disappointed with the ending...kind of just stopped huh? I did like the characters, very interesting, but I think I was expecting more from this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2004

    Good story, but bad ending

    I like everything about the book except the ending. It's as if Saul built up a great climax, but couldn't think of a good ending. The ending seemed rushed and left me jilted. Don't waste your money.

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