Black Creek Crossing by John Saul

Ballantine Books

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: May 31, 2005 - 480 Pages - ISBN: 0449006549 - Published By: Ballantine Books


Black Creek Crossing

by John Saul

The dark history and dire secrets of a peaceful small town are summoned from the shadows of the past. Unholy forces are stirred from long slumber to monstrous new life. And two young misfits discover the chilling art of turning persecution into retribution. With these eerie ingredients, bestselling master John Saul once again works his unique brand of sinister magic to conjure an unforgettable tale of unspeakable terror.

For most of her young life, thirteen-year-old Angel Sullivan has been on the outside looking in, enduring the taunts of cruel schoolmates and the angry abuse of a bitter father. Then Angel’s family moves to the quaint town of Roundreee, Massachusetts – where a charming home is available, a promising job awaits Angel’s unemployed father, and most of all, the chance to make a new start beckons to the shy, hopeful teenager. But when she is shunned by her new classmates, Angel falls deeper into despair. Until she meets Seth Baker, a fellow outcast – and a fateful kinship is forged.

It’s Seth who tells Angel the unspoken truth about the legacy of murder that hangs over her family’s home – and the whispered rumors that something supernatural still dwells there. Uncertain whether the stories are true, and desperate to escape the torment of their daily lives, Angel and Seth devote themselves to contacting whatever restless soul haunts the dark recesses of Black Creek Crossing. But once they have begun, there is not turning back.

Guided by an anguished and vengeful spirit, they uncover the shocking events and centuries-old horrors that lay buried beneath the placid veneer of Roundtree. And along with the ghastly revelations comes a terrifying power – one that feeds upon the rage of the victimized, turning the basest impulses and most dangerous desires into devastating weapons. Now, the closer Angel and Seth are pushed toward the edge by their tormentors, the deeper they descend into the maelstrom of dark forces they’ve unleashed … and the more unspeakable the hour of reckoning will be.

Review: Read in 2007. I thought this was a great book! It would seem like John Saul is a cross between Stephen King and Dean Koontz. If you like them, you’ll most certainly like Saul.

The characters are believable. A lot of what happens to the teenagers, Seth and Angel, is what I experienced myself, and it was just as cruel. I, too, dreamt up ways to get back at those who hurt me in one way or another … but I wouldn’t have gone as far as they did.

The things that happen in the book is enough to make you shudder. And the ending has its own little twist that I really didn’t think would happen; didn’t see coming. I could see hurt, but not what they did. 

I thought it was a good book. A cross of weird, but a good book just the same.



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