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An art therapist in Oregon becomes suspicious of weird drawings by a pupil. So begins the story of a serial killer who marries single mothers in order to abuse their children.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312180515
Call Number: F Nykanen
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 09, 2015

I'm sure authors must get tired of readers telling them how they "should" have written the book, and I'm going to add to the list. I was intrigued by the cover and jacket blurb, so I checked it out. It's a fast-paced psychological drama with a damaged but caring woman and damaged, silent little boy at the center. I love a happy ending, and this has it, so I guess I shouldn't complain; but, of course I'm going to to just that.
Husband--let him be with Helen; they deserve each other.
Ethan--keep him single from the get-go.
Celia--take some time to let us know how she worked through (though she can't ever be totally through) with her own abused childhood.
The shepherd? I know, he was a good distraction for us from what was going to happen, but why introduce him at all if he isn't the instrument of Chet's destruction? It's a satisfying destruction for readers, but after I read about the deranged shepherd, I thought for sure he would mistake the maniacal Chet for the husband and extract his retribution. And finally, overuse of the "not dead yet" theme; 'nuf said.


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