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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Blue Heaven by C.J. Box

I ran across a list for book genre award nominations and awards and the Edgar Awards seemed interesting enough to pursue. So the first book I decided to delve into was the Best Novel Winner, Blue Heaven by C.J. Box.

First, I have been disappointed in mystery and horror fiction of late. I haven't found one that truly keeps me interested nor scares the bejeezuz out of me. If you have recommendations for good ones, please send them my way!!

But for this one, it was a good read. Not great but enough to keep me in touch with the storyline.

The storyline, IMO, played out like a made-for-TV-movie, and that's what I envisioned as I read chapter after chapter: two young kids, a sister and brother, stumble upon a murder scene by accident and then become hunted by the murderers. This was the best part of the book: anticipating how the kids would get away and who was who.

There are many introductions to main characters early on, who are not initially connected at all. This was cool but also, very obvious that they all played a role at some point to the event at hand.

The mystery is revealed pretty early on and thus, the book is mainly a thriller. But the author does a great job of keeping the intrigue and momentum going. It was certainly never boring. To actually WIN the award, though, I wonder...wonder if I'm just to discriminating too.


  1. If you've not read Steig Larsson's "Millennium Series" starting with "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", make it next on your list. The three book set is the finest writing I've read to date in the whodunnit genre. As for your following of the Edgar Winners, I'd doing the same. Just finished "The Last Child" by John Hart, 2009 winner. Exceptional book as well!

  2. Hi Sam - thanks for your comment. The dragon tattoo is on my list especially because I am a girl with a dragon tattoo :). My kids and I love the title.

    After your post, I decided to go ahead and purchase the book, since I am #999 on my library's waiting list. I got so excited about finding one on ebay for 4.99 with free shipping that I didn't read the entire sale to discover, it's an e-book. Not sure I want to read 600 pages on my iTouch, nor do I want to set a laptop on me in bed to read it.

    I've slacked off the Edgar Winners but I'll probably go back to it after reading your comment.