Welcome to the strange mountain foothills town of Hawthorn, where sixteen-year-old Harper Spurling finds herself increasingly obsessed with the diary of a local 1860s pioneer girl while a serial killer runs unchecked through the area, dumping his victims into the town’s dark river. As Harper’s curiosity leads her closer and closer to the killer, she’ll have to think fast or join the killer’s growing list of victims. Because in Hawthorn, a town built on sorrow, the barrier between life and death is as fragile as an old, forgotten skull.
|Publisher:||North Star Editions|
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|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
David is the author of The Town Built on Sorrow (Sept. 2017-Flux), 2016 MN Book Award finalist The Firebug of Balrog County (Flux), the Bram Stoker-nominated The Suicide Collectors (St. Martin’s Press), And the Hills Opened Up (Burnt Bridge), and Wormwood, Nevada (St. Martin’s Press). He holds an MFA in Writing from Hamline University and a BA in English from St. Olaf College. He lives in St. Paul, MN.
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The Town Built on Sorrow based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Harper is obsessed with Sophie's diary. Sophie wrote her diary at the beginning of the second half of the nineteenth century and her family helped founding Hawthorne, Harper's hometown. Harper likes to observe and she wants to be a journalist. People in Hawthorne are dying, they are being murdered by a serial killer and nobody knows who this person is. Harper has the feeling she has to follow Sophie, but by doing this she might put herself in danger as she's getting closer to the murders. Why are those people being killed and what is the killer's motivation? Is it someone Harper knows? The Town Built on Sorrow is a fantastic gripping story. I was captivated from the start. Harper can't stop reading Sophie's diary and she has no idea why she can't let Sophie's story go. Finding out what happened to Sophie kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved that the past is as spellbinding as the present. Harper is an intriguing main character. She has her flaws, she sometimes does things that aren't smart and her family annoys her. I liked that she isn't the sweetest or loveliest person, that she's a regular teenage girl with a more than healthy curiosity. That makes the story extra fascinating. It's clear from the start who the serial killer is and seeing the world through his disturbed mind is interesting. Reading about his actions and his lack of empathy kept shocking me, which is something I loved about The Town Built on Sorrow. The story is filled with surprising twists and turns. The descriptions of the murders are distant, but detailed. They're despicable acts, however, because of David Oppegaard's terrific unusual way of writing about them I somehow found them easy to stomach, while they're still incredibly gross. David Oppegaard has a great compelling writing style. I flew through the pages of The Town Built on Sorrow. I loved the way he alternates the past with the present, the pieces of the puzzle all fit and the result is a fabulous complete story with many amazing creepy elements. I enjoy being spooked and David Oppegaard knows how to write a good scary book that definitely hit its mark. I highly recommend The Town Built on Sorrow.
One sitting read, quick and creepy! It's not long, so I'd pick this one up at a time you can get through it all at once. It's nearing October, the perfect season for chilling reads like this one. I stayed up late to finish it, and managed to have a slightly disturbing dream when I finally went to bed. I blame the book. It's not safe to live in Hawthorn. A serial killer is at large in the town, dumping bodies into the river. The victims have nothing in common but their tragic fate... apparently the killer doesn't discriminate over anything like age or sex. He just kills. Sixteen year old Harper has the usual carefree attitude of the young. She doesn't think anything bad will happen to her, despite the fact that the body count continues to rise. Nothing terrible will happen to her, she doesn't have to worry... but maybe she should. The boy she's starting to talk to is closer to the crimes than she has any reason to suspect. She's distracted by an unusual new hobby: researching the life of a pioneer girl from the 1860's whose family helped build the town she lives in. They read a diary the girl wrote at school, but it stops abruptly and no one knows what happened to her. Harper is inexplicably drawn to the girl and doesn't know why... but she does know she wants to know how her story ended. Beautiful title and cover. I really enjoyed the story. The copy I read did have some clunky moments sometimes with sentence structure. That may be fixed before the final copy, but even if it isn't it doesn't detract from the story very much. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a quick read with a bit of a creep factor. I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and North Star Editions, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.