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- Book 1 of 2 in Night Blues (2 Book Series)
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I won't lie. It's pretty gruesome. To the point that at times, I found myself cringing and shying away from the horrible ordeals Hettie went through. And oh my god, the ghouls - those are nightmare inducing. Such beautiful prose along side such terrifying events weave together to paint a tapestry of pain, death, love, companionship, revenge and redemption. You know you've read a great book when you can't stop thinking about the characters, and when injustices against said characters get under your skin.
This story is up there in both quality and terror with Joe Hill and Stephen King. And if you happen to know the geographic area the story is set in, and the extensive history of unsolved murders and seemingly endless dark forests, it'll get under your skin.
I do hope the author provides us with more to sink our teeth into. If this is her first published work, I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeves!
I enjoyed the point of view changes - Henry is a hilarious and tough old timer while Hettie is more vulnerable as she attempt's to understand the changes that have happened to her.
The verbiage is real, gritty and melds well with the dark themes.
This is character driven work, with excellent dialogue and likeable protagonists. I will admit that while at times things seem mildly stilted, her pacing is spot-on, the violence is neither overdone nor half-realized, the vulgarity is prolific, and Henry is, hands down, now one of my favorite characters.
For a first work, this is first-rate and I eagerly await the follow-up.
What did I like best about Night Blues? That's hard to say actually. There were several descriptive passages that were so beautiful, so finely-crafted, that I reread them several times, and even read them aloud to a couple of friends. For example, in the beginning of this fast-moving novel, Salt describes the town Henry lives in, and in a couple of clean, crisp paragraphs, she's able to evoke the spirit of the Pacific Northwest and paint a picture that places the reader in there with Henry.
But that's not what I liked best. What I took away with me was Henry. Salt manages to paint this older man with a combination of crass humor, heroism, honor, and pathos without overdoing any of these elements. Rare is it indeed that a writer can create an opposite sex character who rings with such clarion-clear beauty. Her ability to get into Henry's mind alone would make me an enthusiastic supporter. This combined with an ability to craft a vivid portrait of time and place make Salt a talent to be reckoned with. I eagerly await more of her work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this series out of order and finished Mojo Hand Blues first. Nice to have the back story. A very enjoyable and engaging read.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'd never read anything of this genre before, and I honestly wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Read morePublished on May 10, 2014 by Grace Ryan
A very original story, unusual in that it is told from the perspective of both the living and the......formerly alive. Read morePublished on April 27, 2014 by Irene
the jump into the supernatural was a little abrupt, but once I was on board I really enjoyed the story. I wouldn't mind revisiting these characters again.Published on January 5, 2014 by Kindle Customer
This was way better than I expected a free book to be. Well written and kept my attention. Couldn't put downPublished on May 6, 2013 by joemama67
I thoroughly enjoyed this unique story. I was hooked from page one and hopefully I can read more about Henry and his time working and Hettie. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by MizNikki
I understand this is a first novel from this author and I was impressed with it. Her story line was simple but the details and characters were awesome and very creative. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Lori Kajimura