Saturday, March 17, 2007

Bogeyman by Gayle Wilson

Blythe Wyndham decides to go home to Crenshaw to start over. Her husband John has been dead for a year and Blythe really feels that going home is the best idea. But things change when she hears knocking on the windows. Things get progressively worse and Blythe decides to do some research on the house that they live in now. She finds out that the girl Sarah Comstock’s grandmother lived in there and that starts her wondering if the house still standing has a connection to the murder 25 years ago. With the help of Sheriff Cade Jackson, she does her best to try to separate events past and present so that they can get to the bottom of a murder before the killer could strike again.

This is the first book that I have read by Gayle Wilson and found myself captivated by the book. It was creepy but well written. I was impressed with the way all the events unfolded as well as how Maddie, Blythe’s daughter, knew what was going on but could not tell things except through the eyes of a little one.

The characters in this book were fantastic. I really felt for Blythe since I am a mom as well. I could understand her need to protect her daughter because I have the same instincts towards my son. Cade came across as very sincere and he truly wanted to see it all end. He was looking out for the community besides trying to help Blythe stay around to find out the truth. He was a sweetheart and I honestly felt compassion for him since he was in a situation that didn’t give much information either time.

Thrilling would not quite describe this book because it was more than that. It was suspenseful, full of twists and turns, and the outcome had me completely shocked. I never would have guessed in a million years who the bogeyman was. I was almost appalled by it but then you’ll have to read the book. I give it a 4/5 because at times it seemed almost over the top but reality hit home too. I highly recommend this one and can’t wait to read more by this author.

I am off to bed, still not feeling the best and shouldn't have pushed it today but I wanted to go to a book signing for Jodi Picoult. She was a sweetie as usual. :)