A gritty tale of how far we’ll go to protect the ones we love for fans of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone from Gale Massey, a talented new name in crime fiction.
Everyone says the Elders family are nothing but cheats, thieves, and convicts—a fact nineteen-year old Jamie Elders has been trying desperately to escape. She may have the natural talent of a poker savant, but her dreams of going pro and getting the hell out of the tiny town of Blind River, New York are going nowhere fast. Especially once she lands in a huge pile of debt to her uncle Loyal.
At Loyal’s beck and call until her debt is repaid, Jamie can’t easily walk away—not with her younger brother Toby left at his mercy. So when Loyal demands Jamie’s help cleaning up a mess late one night, she has no choice but to agree. But disposing of a dead man and covering up his connection to the town’s most powerful judge goes beyond family duty. When it comes out that the victim was a beloved athlete and Loyal pins the murder on Toby, only Jamie can save him. But with a dogged detective on her trail and her own future at stake, she’ll have to decide: embrace her inner criminal, or defy it—and face the consequences.
About the Author
Gale Massey was born on the west coast of Florida. A master’s level graduate of Georgia State University, she has received scholarships and fellowships at The Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Writers in Paradise. Her flash fiction story The Train Runner was nominated for a Pushcart. She lives in St. Petersburg, FL with her family. The Girl From Blind River is her debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Girl from Blind River by Gale Massey Small town Corrupt Judge Evil uncle Troubled brother Deceased father Mother on parole Married lover Deck stacked against you Where do you turn? Jamie seems lost to me – in more ways than one. Her only true interests seem to be poker and getting out of town to move to a place she will be warmer and…can play poker. Her family is not one to want to emulate. The things she does to survive are hard to understand. In fact…though the lives of the people in the story are well fleshed out and I did get to know them I had trouble relating to them. I have mixed feelings on this one. I guess I didn’t feel closure for Jamie or her brother and wish there had been some. That said, life doesn’t always give us or book characters a happy ending. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
It all comes down to choices. The Elders family are known as con-men, liars, cheats, all around the sort of people you don't want your children associating with. Teenager Jamie gets caught in the middle while trying desperately to leave this small town and her family. One bad decision on her part puts her at her uncle's mercy. Because of what she did, she now owes her uncle an insane amount of money ... and she has to stay until it's all repaid. And then there is her younger brother, Toby. Could she walk away and leave him behind? One night her uncle demands that Jamie help him ... dispose of a murdered man cover up his connection to the town's most powerful judge. When it comes out that the victim was a beloved athlete and uncle pins the murder on Toby, only Jamie can save him. But with a dogged detective on her trail and her own future at stake, she’ll have to decide: embrace her inner criminal, or defy it—and face the consequences. Jamie is one smart cookie .. but is she smart enough to stay ahead of the law to save her brother ..and herself? This is a down-and-dirty look at illegal gambling and corruption that reaches the upper echelon of this small town. The people of this community are not always nice people ... mostly who Jamie has to deal with seem to live on the edge of humanity. This is a riveting debut novel, slowly moving heating up to an inferno with characters that stick with the reader far after reading the last page. There are twists and turns along the way to keep the reader rapidly turning pages to see what happens next. Many thanks to the author / Crooked Lane Books for the advanced digital copy of this most fascinating debut novel. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.