Arm Farm

Arm Farm

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by Sarah Butland
     
 

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“The last memory I had of them was filled with spilled blood and vacant eyes, the smell of baking, then burning. Cookies and blood.”

What would you do if you came home to the aroma of chocolate chip cookies and the sight of your mother's blood pooled on the kitchen floor?

Would you make a promise to your seven-year-old self to find the

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“The last memory I had of them was filled with spilled blood and vacant eyes, the smell of baking, then burning. Cookies and blood.”

What would you do if you came home to the aroma of chocolate chip cookies and the sight of your mother's blood pooled on the kitchen floor?

Would you make a promise to your seven-year-old self to find the killer?

In the novel Arm Farm, university student Natalie Hartman finds herself trying to convince others that her parents' case is more of a priority than her own safety. The forensic science student flies across the nation looking for answers. And so does her stalker.

Arm Farm takes Natalie on a journey of self-discovery to find out not only who she wants to be but who she is. Her life may seem simple to unassuming classmates, but to those close to her, it becomes a terror with twists and turns they never want to experience. Will Natalie find out who killed her mother and father before her own life is taken?
Arm Farm is a novel of 59015 which offers its young adult readers a glimpse into the human reality of forensic science. Natalie's story is more about people and a murder investigation than it is about the unrealistic portrayal of Hollywood science.

The suspense of Arm Farm compares to those written by highly acclaimed author Harlan Coben but without adult complexities a young adult reader may not enjoy.

“And as I walked back through the valley of the shadow of arms, I quickened my pace, dried my tears and prayed quietly.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940032821182
Publisher:
Sarah Butland
Publication date:
10/09/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
315 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Only 29 years old and currently residing in Moncton, New Brunswick, Sarah Butland has tasted the waters of almost every form of writing. Sarah has had several previous pieces published in her local newspaper including fiction, poetry and non-fiction as well as had a poem published in an anthology. These works include “Electric Shock”, “Wrong Shell” and “The Wolf Not Only Blew the Straw House D own”. Her most current work is Sending You Sammy which is a children’s book which encourages its readers to eat healthy foods and live active lives.

After reading articles upon articles on how drastically childhood obesity and literacy rates in New Brunswick have dropped and not many articles on what the public is doing to solve these issues, Butland has decided to take matters into her own hands using the tools she has. Sending You Sammy is the first of the Adventures of Sammy series which has its readers wanting more – more books, more fruit, and more activity.

Continuing with the Adventures of Sammy series, Butland will be releasing the long awaited second book, BananaBoy Joins the Circus (working title), as soon as she can. This installment will answer the question of what BananaBoy will do with strength while setting up his audience for success by teaching them healthy alternatives to junk food.

Living most of her life thus far in rural Nova Scotia and being brought up alongside foster siblings from various backgrounds, Sar ah is adaptable to practically any audience. Currently working full time in the sales and service industry as a personal banker with RBC, Sarah has only taken her hectic schedule as a challenge and always tackles challenges with eyes wide open.

Recently Sarah was given the opportunity to participate in the local Writers in the Schools Program and enjoys adapting to whatever the children may throw at her.

Never too far from a pencil and paper, Sarah Butland plans to always have writing play a big part in her life and will be using it for good with every story she writes.

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Arm Farm 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
kleokatra More than 1 year ago
It feels as f the author could have fleshed out the book a bit more no pun intended. The writing feels stilted and doesn't really grab my attention. The story is good, intriguing even. I think if Sarah cleared it up a bit, it would be gripping and emotional. I just have a hard time believing that a 21-year-old student would have so many liberties with cases and how they're handled. Not to mention her extremely erratic responses to everything. Her parents are simply mentioned in an interview (still don't understand why she was being interviewed, but whatever), and she faints. Then she gets kidnapped and it's no biggie?! Arm Farm has such potential, but falls way short.
becx More than 1 year ago
I was asked to read and review “Arm farm”.  With a title like that, I was intrigued.  I really liked that the story was about a CSI college student.  Usually the forensic/murder mystery books I read involve older, more experienced characters.  I enjoy the TV shows based on the subject so it’s interesting to read about.  I really enjoyed the CSI convention plot.  It brought a fun aspect to the profession.  The storyline was something I’d never read before and it kept me guessing who Natalie’s stalker was.   While there was a lot of mystery to the story, most of the action didn’t take place until the ending.  The identity of Natalie’s stalker came as a surprise but the ending wasn’t the conclusion I was hoping for.  I give “Arm Farm” 3/5 stars.  It’s an original story but it lacked the amount of action I was expecting.  
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Great opening scene leads to interesting mystery Sarah Butland’s Arm Farm starts wonderfully with a young woman walking into a field of… arms. The touches of horror blend perfectly with reality as she contemplates why she’s there—a perfectly natural explanation—and the chapter’s intriguing, disturbing and fascinating all at once. The story becomes a little more mundane as the top-of-her-class college student proceeds to get thoroughly drunk while celebrating success with her teacher. Characters make important decisions with surprising ease, belying the complex emotions of the first chapter and tending more towards a cozy mystery style of writing. A mystery in the past concerning the murder of the protagonist’s family, bleeds into the present with a stalker whose thoughts are occasionally revealed. Red herrings are tossed into the mix then disappear, while odd remarks gradually become clear, giving a feeling that the characters have kept secrets from the author as well as the reader while the story progressed. The result is a slightly awkward cross between mystery and suspense. A few soaring scenes will stick in my mind despite occasional typos and unconvincing behavior. Meanwhile the Arm Farm of the title creates a well-written powerfully haunting wrapper to the tale. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago