The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, 16-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams.
Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.
What’s real? What’s not? Where does reality end and madness begin?
As Daniel struggles to find the truth, his world begins to crumble around him as he slips further and further into his own private blurred reality.
Full of mind-bending twists and turns, Blur launches a new trilogy of young adult thrillers from Steven James, a master of suspense.
©2014 Steven James (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
I'm not one for paranormal and or ghost storyline, so was a bit skeptical about this audiobook. But the unique perspective was intriguing without being dark. I really enjoyed this excellent mystery and the multiple suspects, and didn't have it figured out until the very end!
Where do I even begin on this book. First of all, I bought it in one of those daily sales for 4 dollars and still feel like I got ripped off. The description would have me believe that this was a legitimate detective story, with some hint of supernatural, of something dark and fantastic, story of madness and imagination. Well let me tell you right off the bat it's none of the sort. It's a kid's book. The kind of "group of friends solve crimes together" kid's book. The characters are very one dimensional and rather lame. There's the hero of the story, who's your average Merry Sue, who not only is an excellent athlete and mathematical genius of Rain Man-like abilities, he also has a heart of gold and protects innocent kids against evil bullies. And on top of everything, he's been chosen to posses the power of communicating with the netherworld. Then there is his best friend, who is a musician or something. His best friend's girlfriend who writes a novel. And a girl who has a crush on our hero and also is really nice I guess? The narrator read her parts in such an annoying voice, I instantly imaged some fair haired inane creature who only cares for magazines and shoes. Together they solve a mystery of what happened to a deceased girl nobody cared about when she was alive using such profound methods as: Checking out her grave. Breaking in teacher's house and stumbling across some vital evidence that was almost in plain sight (and nearly getting caught in the process). Listening to ghosts. And... Looking at photos! Awesome.
Meanwhile the main hero sees the dead girl (it turns out she was murdered!) who is prompting him to avenge her (what famous movie does that remind me of...) and we were promised his slow descent into madness, when he stops being able to distinguish between reality and dreams. What do we get? He digs up a dead dog and puts its carcass on his dad's car. Which was pretty good, I admit. At that point even I got pretty excited and couldn't wait for what other dark and sinister deeds might lie ahead. The answer? None. That was as dark as the book ever got. I mean, even the main villain. Despite being a vicious serial killer, who killed young girls, there wasn't anything sexual or perverted or twisted about it. He did it just because. He felt like killing someone, so he did it. Yeah, right.
The ending also couldn't have been more sunshine and rainbows. Our hero defeats the villain, saves his girl and becomes the star of the high school. Epic.
But I have to give credit to the author for coming up with some pretty good and poetic images. There was something about carrion birds picking at the corpse of our hero's dreams, and that was pretty good (what a shame nothing like that really happened). And the narrator was okay. Well, as I have mentioned before, he totally butchered one of the characters, but overall not bad. I think my criticism may be mostly the result of comparison between those which cannot be compared. I went straight from reading Stephen King's It and Tommyknockers and The Shining to this. That was a bad idea. Comparing the work of one of the masters of modern horror to some random mediocre novel I snatched at audible for 4 bucks can only ever have one result, not a very nice one. I suppose objectively this book was alright, especially for the younger audience, but I expected a little something different.
You just never know with this daily deal thing. It's a box with a question mark printed on it and sometimes it's a dirty sock inside, and sometimes it's a snickers bar. And sometimes it's a large tumbleweed that leaves you with a big "meh". Like this book.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Steven James writes novels about crime and police; at least he did until Blur. James does a great job with his first effort in the teen genre. BLUR reminds me somewhat of John Green's works and of Harlan Coben's Mickey Bolitar series. I believe my grandchildren will like the book. I certainly enjoyed it and I was last a teen over half a century ago . Highly recommended for teens and adults!
Nick Podehl did his usual fine job of narration.
Nick Podehl is an excellent narrator and plays young voices well. Yes, it's young adult but a really good story. I am actually going to download book two. I hope you guys try this audio. To me it's worth it.
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I don't usually listen to YA books but the reviews were so good and it was a Daily Bonus so I gave it a listen. I wasn't disappointed and I will probably buy FURY, the next book in the series. Worth a listen.
It's nice to listen to. However it is not that complex and if youve read or watched your fair share of suspense or mystery, even with the supernatural twist here, then the book is a basic whodunit. If you are older than 13 the twists aren't surprising, and the reveal at the end is kind of lackluster because [SPOILER] its just some random old guy. [END] Very basic mystery novel. The reveal while not who youd expect, is not very thrilling.
Listen to it if youre bored, it's decent but there are better. The supernatural twist is cool, but could have been explored a bit more. In addition sometimes the characters actions made little sense, even for teenagers. It seemed the writer did not know how to the move the plot along and so forced it along.
There are still some good twists here, so listen if you want :)
this started off slow but really started to pick up. and nick podehl yet again can read any book and bring it to life
It was one of those books that you pick up and don't put down, not in a good way. I felt no connection to the characters but I finished it because I hate to leave a book unfinished. Predictable and lacks any real story or character development.
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