John Rector is a prize winning short story writer and author of the novels The Cold Kiss (optioned for a feature film now in development), and The Grove. He currently lives in Omaha Nebraska.
The Groveby John Rector
In John Rector’s dark and fascinating psychological thriller, The Grove, farmer Dexter McCray becomes both detective and suspect. He is a man fighting to escape a troubled past, but after waking from an alcoholic blackout to discover his tractor stuck in a ditch and the body of a teenage girl in the cottonwood grove bordering his cornfield, he wonders if
In John Rector’s dark and fascinating psychological thriller, The Grove, farmer Dexter McCray becomes both detective and suspect. He is a man fighting to escape a troubled past, but after waking from an alcoholic blackout to discover his tractor stuck in a ditch and the body of a teenage girl in the cottonwood grove bordering his cornfield, he wonders if it’s a fight he cannot win. In the hopes of proving his innocence, he sets out to find the truth. Now, isolated from friends and family and devoid of an alibi, he turns to the only person left who can help pick up the pieces of his shattered life…the dead girl herself. Rector understands the complexities of a haunting tale and a compelling who-done-it, and he takes listeners on a ride that is both memorable and unsettling.
“Tough, dark, and beautifully told. Great storytelling.” – David Peoples, screenwriter of Unforgiven, Twelve Monkeys, and Blade Runner
“Spare and evocative as a cornfield in autumn, The Grove marks the arrival of a haunting, powerful new voice in contemporary fiction. John 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, award-winning author of Dirt, Burn, Rain Dogs, The Cleanup, and Safer
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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."
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.
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.