- Series: Killian Kendall Mysteries
- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: P.D. Publishing, Inc.; 2 edition (December 14, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933720344
- ISBN-13: 978-1933720340
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,401,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bleeding Hearts, 2nd edition (Killian Kendall Mysteries) Paperback – December 14, 2007
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It's a "sweet" book. I don't mean that in any sappy way, but I mean as contrasted to your typical tough guy mystery novel. Aterovis weaves a murder mystery together with a touching coming of age story as Killian comes to terms with his emerging homosexuality, a kind of mystery within a mystery - not only will he or won't he, but with which one of the cuties vying for his attentions?
I wish there had been a bit more editorial guidance from time to time, just a word here, a phrase there that would have made a difference, but I voice that complaint so often these days that I have come to sound like a broken record. And the plot sometimes gets in the story's way, with the inevitable result that characters sometimes slip in and out of focus. But Killian himself is so brilliantly realized and portrayed that he manages to keep things on track whenever they threaten to slip out of gear, and all in all, the characters are believable, and people you care about.
I wish I'd had this book to read when I was in my teens, and I can only hope that it reaches its obvious target audience of teen readers, lots of them, for whom I think it could be very life affirming. But that is not to suggest that the book will appeal only to teens. Any reader adult or teen who likes a good story with a touch of mystery, deft writing with convincing detail and people who will tug at your heart strings will savor this exciting debut novel.
This is the second Killian Kendall mystery that I've read and they're a unique blend of coming out fiction and detective story. The prose is generally workmanlike and serves the story well although there are some spots that seem overearnest and a bit amateurish. Still, its better than a lot of the writing I've encountered lately from much larger publishing concerns.
This is a good page-turning read and worth the time. Don't expect "capital L" literature but if you like detective stories or coming out stories, check this one out.
Other reviews have laid out the plot for prospective readers, so I won't go there. I would, however, like to note that the depth of characterization and attention to detail is wonderfully immersing. Each character, regardless how minor, is a complete and separate person. The death is horrendous and the mystery is involving, although it gets left behind in favor of exploring coming out and the fact that there are a lot more gay students in the local high school than had previously been dreamt of in young Killian's philosophy. I think that simple point, alone, makes this an important read for any teen struggling with his sexuality, but there's so much more to love here. The mystery gets picked up again towards the end with a real nail-biter climax.
I laughed in parts, I got angry and I shed a few tears and, to me, that says the story was convincingly written. My editor's hat seems to be permanently nailed to my head,whether fortunately or unfortunately, which often causes problems with books. Bleeding Hearts is a first novel and has a few first novel problems but it's eminently readable--like I said, candy. If you know of a kid struggling with coming out issues, or a friend's coming out issues, this would be the perfect book to hand him.
And now I can't wait to pick up the second book in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this book on a Friday and finished it before the end of that Saturday. I literally couldn't put this book down. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by Chad Jones
This book was recommended by an internet friend and am I glad he recommended it to me. I enjoyed the story line and will be reading all three books in the series. Read morePublished on August 12, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Bleeding Hearts is a young adult coming of age mixed with mystery, murder, angst, and teenage first love. Read morePublished on February 20, 2010 by Kassa
This book isdefinitely worth reading! It has such wonderful elements of rhetoric and style. Josh Aterovis is definitely setting himself into the literary cannon with his Killian... Read morePublished on September 29, 2009 by Jordan Faulkner