Todd Fielding, a newly married young woman, comes to Brindle for a job with the local newspaper, which plans to celebrate the town's centennial by printing photos and letters from the town's history. But the relics of the past hide a dark secret.
When a young girl disappears and no one in the town appears particularly concerned, Todd looks deeper. She uncovers the shocking fact that five other girls have run away from Brindle under strange circumstances over the past 20 years, but no one seems interested in finding them. As she begins to understand the history of a town steeped in evil, manipulation, and cold-blooded murder, she decides the secrecy has lasted far too long.
©2005 Kate Wilhelm; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Combining oppressive isolation and creepy characters, genre veteran Wilhelm creates a genuinely eerie atmosphere that pulls readers in and keeps them turning the pages." (Booklist)
"One of the masters of psychological fiction in America." (San Francisco Chronicle)
Excellent story. A a small town mystery that keeps you coming back for more. Characters are well developed. Reading is top notch. I'm craving more.
....are young, beautiful and intelligent......BUT.......who would want to name these type of characters 'Barney and Todd'.......Todd being the beautiful woman that is the catalyst of the story.....seriously "Barney and Todd" sounds like a "Bert and Ernie" type of deal....just had to get that out of my system.....
Secondly....I figured out the killer from the first moment he is brought into the story....geez....talk about a bummer.......no mystery here....
Third....there is this mystery 'deep cold' that just shows up but doesn't show up on the thermometer readings.....it causes certain women to feel very depressed and alone and so very chilled to the bone while other barely feel it......make for an intriguing bit of the story BUT it is never explained at the end of the story.......so who knows what the heck it was supposed to be for......GEEZ I hate when that happens...
The worst part of the audio book was the reader.....OMG......she was horrible at portraying any male character and her voice was just annoying....it was hard not to laugh at her trying so hard to make a male sound believable.
This was a pretty good story and it had some great characters in it......it had a good back story from the past and it was interesting to hear about those from the past and the terrible deeds they did. All in all it was an okay book that left a lot out when giving explanations and made it really easy to figure out the bad guy before the first third of the book.
servant of the secret fire
Or "romantic suspense" as they used to call them in the 70's. A cliche a page, from the wide-eyed innocent heroine, to the crusty old matriarch (note to the narrator - I'm sure she could afford dentures that fit), to the village sexpot. Entertaining enough, I suppose, but not terribly impressive.
When is a mystery not a mystery? When it is couched in an unremarkable setting and presented in a confusing and ho hum manner. Small town life is in itself quiet, peaceful and, yes, boring. Placing a mystery in this setting must tweak ones curiosity. It must wet one’s appetite to know more. All I found myself saying is, “get on with it.” To add to doldrums, was there one mystery or was there two. The second was far more interesting than the first but; it just seemed to fade away. Oh well. I have taken more time than this “Mystery” deserves. For me, there is no mystery. I wish I had never listened!
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