Black Creek Crossing

Black Creek Crossing

by John Saul
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Black Creek Crossing 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all Saul's books, I reccommend it. I was truly not expecting Seth and Angel's story to end the way it did, but I guess you'd call it poetic justice. I love his stories, especially how many of them leave you at the very, very end always open to a bit of suggestion. This one was no different.
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I am reading this book tight now and this makes me never want to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of john sauls books so far and this one wasn't any different!!! It was full of suspense. I didn't want to put it down. If you liked this book i recomend you read John Saul's Comes the Blind Fury.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think his books are very good , but it feels like every book i read of his has a kid in it that is bullied unmericfully,i mean , enough is enough with the bullies.
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Robin Yob More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down. Its one of my Favorite books EVER!
Kris Thompson More than 1 year ago
Great read!!!!! Couldnt put down!!
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