Sunday, May 23, 2010

Blacklands by Belinda Bauer

Blacklands is an engaging thriller set in Exmoor, a deceptively quiet town in England, where eight children were murdered by serial killer Arnold Avery eighteen years ago. Most of the victims' bodies were discovered buried on the moor, but one boy's body was never found, and his fragmented family can't get past the event. Twelve year-old Steven's goal in life is to set things straight and find his dead Uncle Billy's body, thus restoring his family. Steven finds out where Avery is being held and writes him a letter, which marks the beginning of a cat-and-mouse game between the boy and the killer. Click here for the Independent review. Grade 9+