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The Grove
     

The Grove

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by John Rector
 

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“Rector writes with deceptive grace, spinning out irresistible prose with a dark pulse between every line. This is psychological suspense at its most seductive. I loved it.” —Sean Doolittle, author of Safer

Dexter McCray is a farmer with a dark past that continues to haunt him. As a struggling alcoholic, he’s used to being looked

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“Rector writes with deceptive grace, spinning out irresistible prose with a dark pulse between every line. This is psychological suspense at its most seductive. I loved it.” —Sean Doolittle, author of Safer

Dexter McCray is a farmer with a dark past that continues to haunt him. As a struggling alcoholic, he’s used to being looked at with pity and suspicion in his community. After waking from a blackout to discover the body of a teenage girl in the nearby cottonwood grove, he can't be entirely sure he's innocent. With no memory of the previous night, he sees no choice but to investigate the crime himself. Fortunately he’s not alone. He has some help . . . in the shape of the dead girl herself.
      Is Dexter motivated by guilt or insanity, reason or folly? And how will the young victim provide the help he desperately needs? With plot twists on every page, Rector breathes life into a story that pits reality against hallucination, truth against improbability. The Grove is a sinister tale of one man haunted by the reality of his failed life.

“Tough, dark, and beautifully told.” —David Peoples, screenwriter of Unforgiven, Twelve Monkeys, and Blade Runner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547744988
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Pages:
262
Sales rank:
1,251,535
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

John Rector is a prize winning short story writer and author of the novels The Cold Kiss, The Grove, Already Gone, Out Of The Black and many more. He currently lives in Omaha Nebraska.

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The Grove 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Corky401 More than 1 year ago
it was good, but a bit slow in places....He just seemed to make himself a "victim" of every situation which is typical alcoholic behavior. I thought he seemed so helpless, and it really showed how devastating mental illness can be with the added addiction to alcohol that he had. Good book, as a recovering alcoholic myself, I can see how horrible it must have been....Makes you look differently at a "blackout."
ORGANICANN More than 1 year ago
This was a book club read -- I probably would not have picked this to read on my own. It was a very good book, there were times that I could not put it down. I was left with a feling of more compassion for people who suffer from mental illness and their families.
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Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
This book was highly touted by Amazon and there were mostly 5 star ratings so I took a chance on it. The book is about the thoughts of a person who is not always "all there." Dexter is a farmer who had been in jail for killing someone several years earlier. He is supposed to take medication to control the times he experiences "blackouts" where he later can't remember what he did. After one of those blackouts, Dexter goes looking for his missing tractor and finds a dead teenage girl (Jessica) near it. He does not know what happened to her and is not quite sure if he did the deed during his blackout period. Fearing alerting the authorities he decides to investigate what happened to her on his own. All through the book the spirit of the dead girl seems to "appear" to him, telling him what to do. Anyone who has seen A Beautiful Mind can see where this might be leading. Dexter has to deal with his friend Greg, who is the Sheriff and his estranged wife, while trying to track down information on the girl. He periodically visits her body and tries futile attempts to prevent scavengers from attacking the body. The book plods along from there and the reader never really cares about Dexter nor the mystery of what actually happened to Jessica. Sometimes her spirit is totally vindictive, telling Dexter to do bad things. This also turns the reader off to her. The main saving grace of the book is that it is fairly short with a lot of blank pages between chapters and it could be easily read in a couple of sittings.