"Stand by Me" meets "True Detective" in this stunningly written tale of the darkness at the heart of a small mid-Western town and the four kids who uncover it. In the heatwave summer of 1971, four kids find a body by a lake and set out to solve a murder, but they dig too deep and ask too many questions. Larson is a town reeling in the wake of the Vietnam draft, where the unrelenting heat ruins the harvest, and the people teeter on the edge of ruin. As tension and paranoia run rife, rumors become fact, violence becomes reflex. The unrest allows the dark elements of the close-knit farming community to rise and take control, and John, Jenny, Gloria, and Rudy are about to discover that sometimes secrets are best left uncovered....
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Bitter Sun Reviews
I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and corruption from which no-one can emerge a winner.
Happily playing in their secluded cubby, The Roost, down by Big Lake, John and his sister Jenny and best friends, Gloria and Rudy, discover the body of a young gir ...more
I am very excited about this book! Wolf Road was amazing!!
As long as the apple is shiny and red, it doesn't matter if it's rotten.
There's almost a sub-genre of books set in a claustrophobic small town where the surface quiet hides a seething mix of secrets and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: her prose is unflashy but acute, and there's an undertow of emotion that is barely restrained both in John, the narrator, and the novel itself.
The four protagonists are adolescents 13-15 and in lots of ways this is as m ...more
There's a simmering heat haze which surrounds this book, set in the harsh dustbowl farming communities of mid Western USA during one long hot summer heatwave in the early 1970s as Vietnam is headline news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles.
Told from the aspect of 4 youngsters trying to solve a mystery, following their discovery of a womans body. This is no famous five story there's a definite Stephen King feel to the storyline which is dark and grim and hostile.
There's nothing light ...more
An intelligently written, beautifully impactful character-driven novel from the viewpoint of a child. I felt the middle sagged and did not hold my attention, but the final part ratcheted up a gear and from then on I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.