Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyberbullying and stalking are new ones. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend, Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors spreading online and bullying texts. Until one day Heath finds her daughter, Elizabeth, in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry - her aunt Gwen and her friend, Anna Pigeon.
While they try to deal with the fragile state of affairs - and find the person behind the harassment - the three adults decide the best thing to do is to remove Elizabeth from the situation. Since Anna is about to start her new post as acting chief ranger at Acadia National Park in Maine, the three will join her and stay at a house on the cliff of a small island near the park - Boar Island. But the move east doesn't solve the problem. The stalker has followed them. And Heath (a paraplegic) and Elizabeth aren't alone on the otherwise deserted island. At the same time, Anna has barely arrived at Acadia before a brutal murder is committed by a killer uncomfortably close to her.
Boar Island is a brilliant intertwining of past and present, of victims and killers, in a compelling audiobook that could come only from Nevada Barr.
©2016 Nevada Barr (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
I am an avid eclectic reader.
In this book Barr takes us to the Acadia National Park in Maine. Some of the beauty of Maine comes through in the story but I wished there were more descriptions of the Park. I did enjoy the scene of the crumbling lighthouse and the information Barr provided about the plight of the lobstermen.
Anna is acting Chief Ranger for the Park on a twenty-one day assignment. Heath Jarrod, who is paralyzed; aunt Gwen Littleton, a pediatrician; and sixteen year old Elizabeth, who is Heath’s adopted daughter and Anna’s goddaughter, accompany Anna to Boar Island. The main theme of the book is about a cyber-bully and cyber-stalking, primarily of teenagers.
The book is well written and the pace is very fast. The plot twists and turns with two main plots intertwining. I have enjoyed this series and learning about the various national parks and the life of a ranger. I noted this is the 100th anniversary of the National Park System.
The book is narrated by one of my favorite narrators, British actress, Barbara Rosenblat. Rosenblat has won forty Golden Earphone Awards. She has won eight Audie Awards (more than any other female narrator). For those not familiar with the Audie, a comparison could be thought of as the Audie is the Oscar for the audiobook narrators. Rosenblat was the 2010 Odyssey Medal winner by the American Library Association and was voted the Voice of the Century by the Audiofile Magazine.
I found this book to be very uncolorful and extremely repetitive. Hearing the character Denise rationalize her thoughts every other chapter, saying the exact same thing but in different ways wore on. I liked having the shifting perspective of Heath but her storyline and point of view just dropped off after the halfway point of the book. I think this was probably thrown together. Anna usually has profound thoughts and interesting metaphors but not this time. Additionally, there was hardly the kind of rich description of the natural area that I've come to expect. Completely forgettable book that didn't do justice to the Anna Pigeon series.
I'm more than a little disappointed. It wasn't the author's best work. The narrator was ridiculous in her overacting. Also, how does a narrator repeat the same mispronunciation over and over? Mount Desert is not a dessert. A buoy is not pronounced boy.
Wow, I have never wondered through the whole series if I made a mistake buying a book by Nevada Barr. Now I have. Cliches pop out when a novel is poorly read. The reader made the beginning sound like a breathless mockery. The end was just poor. Maybe I'll have to try reading this in print to see if it really was so poorly characterized.
I guess we all get tired. Sense of place totally lacking , it was one of the things Barr is known for, but not this time. Just overall not on par with her usual.
Nevada Barr has written another excellent book. She is one of my favorite authors. She has kept the Anna Pigeon series fresh, and always writes believable and original additions. Barbara Rosenblat always does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. If you're a fan of the mystery/thriller genre then you won't want to miss this book.
I waited a long time for this this book and pre-ordered it.
Save your money or credit and purchase something else. So over the top that on more than one occasion I was rolling my eyes. Get a good Louise Penny or anything else.
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