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 Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780312286446
Characteristics: viii, 280 p. --


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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.

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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