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The Neighborhood Paperback – August 2, 2013
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About the Author
Kelli Owen was a reviewer for fifteen years and editor of some of the biggest names in the genre for over ten. She has been to countless conventions, participated on dozens of panels, and spoken at CIA headquarters in Langley regarding her writing. And they still don't know what genre to put her in...
She's not a horror writer in the traditional sense, but no one knows exactly how to categorize her. Rather than throwing blood at the page, she prefers to let it soak in slowly. Creepy, moody, atmospheric, and quiet are her favorite way of getting under your skin. And she will. With a smile.
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A powerful novella with excellent atmospheric writing! In a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business, there's no shortage of finger-pointing--no pun intended!
We have a cast of characters that focuses mostly on the children--with the exception of the creepy bus driver, re-located pedophile, and foster-home mother. Sinister things seen from their point of view were so much worse--I felt--than if we had been observing them through an adult narrator. However; it was the little things left "unresolved" that left that creeping feeling coursing through me after the conclusion of the book....
I really enjoyed Kelli Owen's style, and will absolutely be reading more from her in the near future!
This story is written from the children's points of view and as you read, you develop strong opinions of these kids. I started to hate one of them. (WELL WRITTEN KELLI!) This story will leave you feeling a little freaked out with a wondering mind. You know when you read a book and find yourself thinking about it at various parts of your day or week, that it was an excellent read! It's really quite funny...I was in the shower listening to my music and started thinking about it, wondering what if this happened, and I wonder what would happen next if there were to be a sequel.... Kelli once again writes a horribly wonderful piece which lets you hungry for more! Download this and read it! YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!
In Kelli's story, the town's name is Neillsville and a teenage girl has gone missing. She's presumed by some to be a runaway, while others seem to revel in the idea she was murdered. Suspicions especially focus on the registered pedophile living in town. The town has no shortage of residents who become the usual suspects whenever something shady happens. It's like cow patty bingo: hardly high-brow entertainment, but if you win you feel like you accomplished something.
The story is told predominantly through the eyes of the town's children and teens. One boy discovers a piece of a finger, which his mother later finds in his jeans while doing laundry--explain that one to mommy dearest. A girl warily suspects the family cat has been killed by her sister. And a bus driver becomes the target of accusations and hearsay by the children he drives to school for no real reason beyond his unsettling appearance and surly demeanor. Kelli gives each kid a bright spotlight as they tell their piece of the tale, while the adults who surround them are prone to lump them all in the same category.
Each piece of the story becomes a shade darker than the one preceding it, and by the time the story ended I felt a dark cloud of ambiguity hanging over the town. The revelations that come from a couple of the characters are particularly disturbing, too.
The Neighborhood is a really good introduction to a world that begs to be revisited. If Neillsville becomes Kelli's Castle Rock over time, it's definitely a town I'm up to visit again in future stories.