Desert Places

Desert Places

A Novel of Terror

Book - 2004
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One tranquil May evening, semi-famous novelist Andrew Thomas strolls down his long gravel drive to check his mail-box. Inside is a note: 'Greetings. There is a body buried on your property, covered in your blood. The unfortunate young lady's name is Rita Jones. In her jeans pocket you'll find a slip of paper with a phone number on it. You have one day to call that number. If I have not heard from you by 8 p.m. tomor-row, the police department will receive an anonymous call. (I do believe a paring knife is missing from your kitchen.)' Andrew Thomas at first thinks this message is just a mischievous prank. He's wrong. And soon he's going to be very, very scared. Desert Places is a breathless, keep-you-up-all-night page-turner by a stunningly gifted newcomer to the suspense scene. This is a novel that, for better or worse, readers will never for-get, and Blake Crouch is without a doubt a hot, new thriller writer to remember.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312286446
0312286449
Branch Call Number: FICTION Crouch Blake
Characteristics: viii, 280 p. ;,22 cm.

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rakeshseathu
Jun 23, 2017

A fast paced novel, nothing more to add. Fine for a quick read.

RobertELPL Feb 23, 2017

The mood throughout the book is definitely on the dark side. I will say that the story is slow to build up and takes a bit to get going, but worth the wait. I personally didn't find it as gruesome and horrific as it claims to be, but I may very well be jaded.
Crouch's characters will cross paths with J.A. Konrath's Jack Daniels if you are reading that series too.

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MeReneG
Aug 05, 2011

The secondary title is right on the mark: this is definitely a novel of terror. It's fast-paced, well-written, and takes some very dark turns. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the sequel (Locked doors).

bookfanatic1979 Jun 30, 2011

I started this series at the urging of a patron, who thought I might enjoy Crouch as much as I do his good friend J.A. Konrath. Crouch is just as twisted as Konrath, without losing sight of the plot as some of Konrath’s later novels seem to do. Having said that, I do not think I will be reading the next in the series. Just didn’t do it for me.

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RobertELPL Nov 14, 2016

RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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