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The Grove | [John Rector]

The Grove

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 John Rector (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“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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    Tara NOWATA, OK, United States 04-02-13
    Tara NOWATA, OK, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you try another book from John Rector and/or Todd Haberkorn?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about John Rector’s story?

    The story was oddly disjointed with no clear path or hook.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Todd Haberkorn?

    J. Charles hands down. I would probably suffer through a lousy story just to hear him tell it.


    What character would you cut from The Grove?

    After listening for two hours I didn't care for any of them. I believe that speaks for itself.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator really needs to work on his breathing technique. The writer...better outlining or character development?

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    A. Johnson Texas 03-01-13
    A. Johnson Texas 03-01-13 Member Since 2013

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    "not my favorite"

    This book was ok but not my favorite by Rector. It was a little weird, not suspenseful.

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    11/24/12
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    "Boring"

    This whole story is about a drunk hallucinating about a dead girl he found and kept, on his farm. The narrators voice is dull and dreary, the story is not reconciled and I felt no empathy for any of the characters. I would love to know what other people think.

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