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When a mutilated corpse is found bound to a tree deep in the forest of remote Aubrey Island, Washington, residents learn that the murder mirrors, in every ritualistic detail, a series of revenge killings described in a century-old local ghost story. More abductions and killings soon follow. Justin Riddley, recently transferred to the island’s small college, faces growing e When a mutilated corpse is found bound to a tree deep in the forest of remote Aubrey Island, Washington, residents learn that the murder mirrors, in every ritualistic detail, a series of revenge killings described in a century-old local ghost story. More abductions and killings soon follow. Justin Riddley, recently transferred to the island’s small college, faces growing evidence that one of his new friends and fellow students may be the murderer. John Marshall, redemption-seeking captain of the local police force, leads the frantic murder investigation and struggles to figure out whether the killings are tied to the island's dark and violent past. Tormented by tragic wartime memories, and more convinced with each day that it is humanity’s fate to destroy itself, Marshall races against both the murderer and the specter of his own mental breakdown. As blood continues to spill, Riddley and Marshall wonder whether there may be a dark, universal force that drives evil deeds great and small, and whether the nature of one’s childhood might sometimes, in the end, be all that separates the saint from the psychopath.


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When a mutilated corpse is found bound to a tree deep in the forest of remote Aubrey Island, Washington, residents learn that the murder mirrors, in every ritualistic detail, a series of revenge killings described in a century-old local ghost story. More abductions and killings soon follow. Justin Riddley, recently transferred to the island’s small college, faces growing e When a mutilated corpse is found bound to a tree deep in the forest of remote Aubrey Island, Washington, residents learn that the murder mirrors, in every ritualistic detail, a series of revenge killings described in a century-old local ghost story. More abductions and killings soon follow. Justin Riddley, recently transferred to the island’s small college, faces growing evidence that one of his new friends and fellow students may be the murderer. John Marshall, redemption-seeking captain of the local police force, leads the frantic murder investigation and struggles to figure out whether the killings are tied to the island's dark and violent past. Tormented by tragic wartime memories, and more convinced with each day that it is humanity’s fate to destroy itself, Marshall races against both the murderer and the specter of his own mental breakdown. As blood continues to spill, Riddley and Marshall wonder whether there may be a dark, universal force that drives evil deeds great and small, and whether the nature of one’s childhood might sometimes, in the end, be all that separates the saint from the psychopath.

30 review for The Legend of Devil's Creek

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Innis

    I'm the first person to review this? Cool. Spooky and deep. Reminds me of Silence of the Lambs. Or The Shining. Or both, really, if that makes any sense. Word to the timid: the first chapter is seriously creepy, but after that it calms down a lot. Rest assured it is not a horror genre story. I have a philosophy degree, and thought some of the philosophy discussion was especially cool. People never talk about this stuff (especially some of the conclusions the characters address)...for example, wher I'm the first person to review this? Cool. Spooky and deep. Reminds me of Silence of the Lambs. Or The Shining. Or both, really, if that makes any sense. Word to the timid: the first chapter is seriously creepy, but after that it calms down a lot. Rest assured it is not a horror genre story. I have a philosophy degree, and thought some of the philosophy discussion was especially cool. People never talk about this stuff (especially some of the conclusions the characters address)...for example, where does evil really come from and why do we fear death? The world would be a better place if we all thought about some of this stuff. Anyway....this is a solid read. I plowed through it in three nights.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    This book was $0.99 on Amazon when I got it. The Amazon reviews gave the impression that it was an exciting page turner, but it took me three weeks to read it. By the time I realized it was going nowhere, I was already in too deep. I couldn't stand the main character, Riddley, but I kept reading to see what happened to Chapman because he was the only character i liked. To my knowledge the book never explained why the cop, Marshall, went into these dissociative fugues or whatever. But I just skim This book was $0.99 on Amazon when I got it. The Amazon reviews gave the impression that it was an exciting page turner, but it took me three weeks to read it. By the time I realized it was going nowhere, I was already in too deep. I couldn't stand the main character, Riddley, but I kept reading to see what happened to Chapman because he was the only character i liked. To my knowledge the book never explained why the cop, Marshall, went into these dissociative fugues or whatever. But I just skimmed through the parts that involved the cops because I thought they were stupid and boring – so I could have missed an explanation of Marshall's history. Wish I hadn't wasted my time with this "story."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm not sure where to start with this review. Okay, what I didn't like: I found the main character, Riddley to be very unlikable. I cannot understand why he was SO insecure! I mean, the guy can barely function in a social setting, and there is NO plausible reason! Because his parents loved him and sheltered him? Umm, no, I'm sorry, but that doesn't fly. I was expecting some secret to come out about his REAL childhood that would explain his extreme behavior, but that never happened. So, that was I'm not sure where to start with this review. Okay, what I didn't like: I found the main character, Riddley to be very unlikable. I cannot understand why he was SO insecure! I mean, the guy can barely function in a social setting, and there is NO plausible reason! Because his parents loved him and sheltered him? Umm, no, I'm sorry, but that doesn't fly. I was expecting some secret to come out about his REAL childhood that would explain his extreme behavior, but that never happened. So, that was disappointing. I thought the author was gonna do some kind of masterful rabbit trick, but guess not. Secondly, the characters were completely unbelievable. What college-aged guys do you know that like to get wasted and PHILOSOPHIZE??? I know they are all taking A philosophy class, but it became ridiculous that every conversation they had, while sitting around, was about philosophical subjects. Also, for them to all have had such horrible childhoods, they sure LOVED to talk about them. I can understand sharing stories and opening up, but again, practically every conversation they had dredged up bad childhood memories!! Who sits around a campfire with a group of friends and says to another friend in front of everyone, "hey, tell us more about how you were abused as a child, dude." And this was a common recurrence throughout the book! Who are these people? And lastly, I didn't like the abrupt ending. I would have liked a little more explanation, such as, why the heck did he keep letting Vickers go?? What was that about? Why did he copy the Devil Creek killer? Who was the original killer? When did he start his killing spree? Ugh. Now, what I did like was the suspense and guessing. I thought I had the killer figured out a couple times, but was never sure, and I was way off. There were many parts (mostly the investigative portions) that really captured my attention and would pull me through.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Latasha

    i did not like this book. it was nothing like i thought it would be. There is way too much time spent in the philosophy class and underage drinking but it's ok on this campus. The characters are 19-20ish but act way younger. i listened to the audio book narrated by David L. White. He did ok but was very matter of fact-ly in his reading. i requested this audio book from the author and left this review voluntarily. Sorry D.C! i did not like this book. it was nothing like i thought it would be. There is way too much time spent in the philosophy class and underage drinking but it's ok on this campus. The characters are 19-20ish but act way younger. i listened to the audio book narrated by David L. White. He did ok but was very matter of fact-ly in his reading. i requested this audio book from the author and left this review voluntarily. Sorry D.C!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Meh.....can't rally recommend this one. Interesting enough story line but there was just too much in here that wasn't for me. A group of college students comes together in a way that doesn't seem realistic to me. The core of the group meets in a philosophy class and are introduced to two additional students. They all seem to have had terrible upbringing, every other scenes is around them "drinking beer" and they end discussing philosophy. I know college students drink beer but come on!, that is Meh.....can't rally recommend this one. Interesting enough story line but there was just too much in here that wasn't for me. A group of college students comes together in a way that doesn't seem realistic to me. The core of the group meets in a philosophy class and are introduced to two additional students. They all seem to have had terrible upbringing, every other scenes is around them "drinking beer" and they end discussing philosophy. I know college students drink beer but come on!, that is so cliche and was so over used. I also can't see drinking students getting into the number of philosophical discussions they did. This just did not have enough reality for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    Review of The Legend of Devil’s Creek 5 stars As much a coming-of-age novel as it is murder mystery, “The Legend of Devil’s Creek” functions effectively in both genres. Justin Riddley is a college junior, a new transfer to St. Jerome’s College on Aubrey Island, Washington, in Puget Sound. Despite his age and education, he is rather socially inept, all the more so for being so self-aware. He’s never had a relationship, is amazed that other guys seem to want his friendship, doesn’t play sports, and Review of The Legend of Devil’s Creek 5 stars As much a coming-of-age novel as it is murder mystery, “The Legend of Devil’s Creek” functions effectively in both genres. Justin Riddley is a college junior, a new transfer to St. Jerome’s College on Aubrey Island, Washington, in Puget Sound. Despite his age and education, he is rather socially inept, all the more so for being so self-aware. He’s never had a relationship, is amazed that other guys seem to want his friendship, doesn’t play sports, and is almost pathologically shy. But it is his self-awareness that grinds the discomfort even more intensely, because he nearly constantly bludgeons himself mentally and emotionally over what he considers his inabilities and failures. Woven in with Justin’s story is an ongoing series of murders, and not the first set on this small island, either. In 1928 and 1929, after the bullying death of a twelve-year-old, a series of grisly murders occurred. Now, eighty years and more later, a similar set takes place; the unifying thread is that all the victims are absusers of children (and often, women). This novel contains several multifaceted characters explored in depth. Additionally, there is Justin Riddley’s personal growth curve; and the ongoing murder mystery. I highly recommend this novel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Quite a good mystery. Good plot that kept me guessing up until near the end. The characters were well developed. I enjoyed reading about a different region of the country and reading the descriptions of the fishing and camping expeditions of the main characters. It really bothers me when books depend on un-natural coincidences or pure luck to solve the mystery, but this one flowed in a natural progression which made it very believable. It does have a "super natural" twist, but it doesn't really Quite a good mystery. Good plot that kept me guessing up until near the end. The characters were well developed. I enjoyed reading about a different region of the country and reading the descriptions of the fishing and camping expeditions of the main characters. It really bothers me when books depend on un-natural coincidences or pure luck to solve the mystery, but this one flowed in a natural progression which made it very believable. It does have a "super natural" twist, but it doesn't really interfere with how the murders are committed, or how they are eventually solved. A word of caution, if you are very squeamish about graphic gore, you should be aware there are a few scenes where the killings are described. I wouldn't classify it as extreme, nor are the descriptions overly long or frequent, but still, just be aware.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    This was a superb story only marred by some pretty awful editing. I got a bit bogged down with some of the philosophical stuff as well....I don't think we needed quite as much of it as we were given. Our main character Riddley was hard work....I wanted to kick him up the backside a lot of the time. He continually felt very sorry for himself yet he was the only one of his group of friends that really had caring parents and a decent family growing up. My favourite one of the gang was Chapman. I li This was a superb story only marred by some pretty awful editing. I got a bit bogged down with some of the philosophical stuff as well....I don't think we needed quite as much of it as we were given. Our main character Riddley was hard work....I wanted to kick him up the backside a lot of the time. He continually felt very sorry for himself yet he was the only one of his group of friends that really had caring parents and a decent family growing up. My favourite one of the gang was Chapman. I liked him so much.....and the mention of Maraschino cherries at one point warmed me to him even more !! For once I did pick the correct murderer which is a rare thing indeed but in no way spoilt the tale for me. Now I'd expected, from the synopsis, that Riddley and Marshall were going to be tackling this investigation together, and that turned out to be far from the case......it wasn't anything like I had expected going into it though I really enjoyed it, nevertheless. It was satisfying to encounter a bunch of young lads that drink and party as any other young group but also had some really interesting and deep conversations with each other. I really liked this, though I had to wonder how any of them could afford the amount of beer they were going through ! However, THAT editing......it really got on my nerves. Plus, nothing irritates me quite as much as an author who uses lots of big words,(some I needed a dictionary for), yet can't get some basics right !! It's just bloody sloppy and someone should've picked them up. There were loads of words just dropped from sentences altogether, like a/the/in/of (which is happening more and more often in e-books, which makes me wonder about the digital process), there were a lot of missed-out speechmarks, then apostrophes as well plus the odd comma, fullstop or hyphen for a bit of variation. On the very first page he wrote Camero and not Camaro (though further in it was spelt correctly) and I was annoyed at this as an English woman shouldn't know this correct spelling and an American bloke get it wrong !! On page 2 he wrote tick and not tic and things really weren't looking too promising. We had lightening and not lightning (and again, he got this right further in which is just slapdash in the extreme), considerer and not consider, then TWICE wrote isle and not aisle !!! A huge ouch ! Let's hope he gets himself a better editor next time. Oh, I'd never heard of Frisbee golf so Googled it and over here it's called Disc golf and looks like a lot of fun !! I liked the ending of this a great deal as well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Scarlett Attari

    This is probably my favourite book I've read by the author so far! (I previously read Chasing the Monkey King which I also really liked). The selling point of the book for me was the philosophical discussions that take place throughout. Not only in the students' philosophy classes (with a teacher character I really loved!), but also in their conversations getting drunk around a campfire. For me, this gave the murder mystery element so much more depth. Not only are we, as the reader, trying to fi This is probably my favourite book I've read by the author so far! (I previously read Chasing the Monkey King which I also really liked). The selling point of the book for me was the philosophical discussions that take place throughout. Not only in the students' philosophy classes (with a teacher character I really loved!), but also in their conversations getting drunk around a campfire. For me, this gave the murder mystery element so much more depth. Not only are we, as the reader, trying to figure out who the murderer might be, but we are also forced to confront themes like nature vs nurture and deeper motives for the murderer. It makes you sympathize in a way with the brutal murders taking place. I also found these philosophical discussions were an interesting provider of characterisation, and presented backstories in a way that was really insightful. I also really like how dark this story was. Though definitely not very everyone (warning: a few of the chapters are a bit explicit with violence!) the sad backstories of the character, the pattern of murders, and an old legend of the town really intrigued me. The other part I really loved about it was the element of a coming of age story. Riddley comes to college, fosters new friendships, moves out of his comfort zone, and reflects on his own childhood. My favourite quote, 'And if there is no Heaven, then the love I leave behind will be my immortality' (p.292). This is in reference to families and relationships, and I absolutely love that quote. It was a really beautiful character arc. I can't stop thinking about the end of that chapter! I would definitely recommend it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Hmmmm I guess I kinda liked the book. I didn’t dislike it enough to stop reading and put it aside but it left me feeling meh about the ending. Almost as it the author had reached the minimum number of pages he was trying to hit and then fished up the story. No good analysis of the why it all happened. Especially since there was so much philosophical discussion throughout the book - why not employ that in the conclusion? Would have appreciated a more thought out ending.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    It took me awhile to get through this book -- the first chapter was particularly gruesome and graphic and I was afraid the entire book would be that way (fortunately it wasn't) and then it was very slow. I am not sure what exactly the author intended but, for me, he didn't pull it off. We follow the main character through much of the book watching him change....I'm not sure if it was supposed to be considered "growth" or "maturing" but I felt it was neither and at the end I didn't really like hi It took me awhile to get through this book -- the first chapter was particularly gruesome and graphic and I was afraid the entire book would be that way (fortunately it wasn't) and then it was very slow. I am not sure what exactly the author intended but, for me, he didn't pull it off. We follow the main character through much of the book watching him change....I'm not sure if it was supposed to be considered "growth" or "maturing" but I felt it was neither and at the end I didn't really like him. The character is taking a philosophy class and there is much expounding about evil but it doesn't really add to the story -- especially if you don't agree with the theories and revelations. There is also the parallel story of the investigation and another protagonist but, again, things happening to that character make little sense in regard to the story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lana Bouillion

    A mutilated corpse is found in the woods on a small island off the coast of Seattle, Washington. A group of four young college students and a older policeman's lives are intertwined as the search for a serial killer goes on. All of the students are enrolled in the same philosophy class, and they ponder the meaning of life, the source of evil and what makes a person think and do evil deeds. An excellent book. I couldn't put it down. It was certainly not your average murder mystery. I was totally A mutilated corpse is found in the woods on a small island off the coast of Seattle, Washington. A group of four young college students and a older policeman's lives are intertwined as the search for a serial killer goes on. All of the students are enrolled in the same philosophy class, and they ponder the meaning of life, the source of evil and what makes a person think and do evil deeds. An excellent book. I couldn't put it down. It was certainly not your average murder mystery. I was totally enthralled until the very last page. I couldn't believe it was over until the small lady smiled. And then I was content.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Absolutely loved this book! I wish I had the ability to write some great, thought provoking review, but I don't so I'll just say a few things... The first chapter was not what I expected, but it had me hooked. I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters and, to my surprise, their discussions of philosophy. I could barely keep myself from this story and found myself sneaking in a few pages every time I had a free moment. It kept me thinking, even now after finishing I'm still thinking abou Absolutely loved this book! I wish I had the ability to write some great, thought provoking review, but I don't so I'll just say a few things... The first chapter was not what I expected, but it had me hooked. I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters and, to my surprise, their discussions of philosophy. I could barely keep myself from this story and found myself sneaking in a few pages every time I had a free moment. It kept me thinking, even now after finishing I'm still thinking about what it all means.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan Sorrell

    Great read! The legend of devil's creek was a really great read. it wove mystery and philosophy into the telling of a wonderful story. it reads kept my attention and was hard to put down. I even learned different philosophical thoughts on evil through the college lectures in the book. Great read! The legend of devil's creek was a really great read. it wove mystery and philosophy into the telling of a wonderful story. it reads kept my attention and was hard to put down. I even learned different philosophical thoughts on evil through the college lectures in the book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Huxtable

    Roller coaster ride To be honest, I never expected to get sucked into this book but that's exactly what happened. The storyline moves along at a good pace and along the way, I came up with 3 suspects but it's not until the final few pages that it's all revealed. Although in a way it also feels like it's unfinished......or at least unexplained. Roller coaster ride To be honest, I never expected to get sucked into this book but that's exactly what happened. The storyline moves along at a good pace and along the way, I came up with 3 suspects but it's not until the final few pages that it's all revealed. Although in a way it also feels like it's unfinished......or at least unexplained.

  16. 4 out of 5

    kim

    If you suffer from insomnia read this book! This book is the story of a group of friends during their college years. Thrown in as almost an afterthought was the legend of a serial killer. Hardly any of the book refers to the murders, and I found the ending a let down and confusing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Krissy Stacy

    The story definitely took a backseat to a philosophy class discussion. I understand they were attempting to link the story to principles in philosophy but it was just way too much. Most interactions between the characters had no relevance to the plot. Although the writing was great, the plot was lacking a lot. Many elements of the story were never explained and it felt like a chore to read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    April

    The Legend of Devil's Creek By: D. C. Alexander I'm not sure what to say about this book. It felt like it was trying to push into too many different genres. First off murder mystery, Second YA/ coming of age, next the philosophical ideas of good and evil vs childhood trauma and coping. I felt like I needed a road map to try and follow all the paths this was taking. Then I am at the end and it was like ....huh? Did he just run out of things to say so just rushed to end it? Please take a less tangle The Legend of Devil's Creek By: D. C. Alexander I'm not sure what to say about this book. It felt like it was trying to push into too many different genres. First off murder mystery, Second YA/ coming of age, next the philosophical ideas of good and evil vs childhood trauma and coping. I felt like I needed a road map to try and follow all the paths this was taking. Then I am at the end and it was like ....huh? Did he just run out of things to say so just rushed to end it? Please take a less tangled mix of genres. The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. David L. White was the only way I made it through. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Murphy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read the first chapter, a completely unrealistic murder. There aren’t enough decades left in my life to bother with this crap.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pedro A. Ribeiro

    Liked this book, the killer story and aura, I think it was very well developed by the author. The way it kept the suspense until the end, is fairly good. However, there a couple of things that I didn't enjoy. The investigation part fromthe cops, is mentioned very few times, considering the type of killer they were dealing with. The story centers to much on the group of friends and their interaction. I also had a problem with the characters. The main cop apparently has a problem, that leads him to Liked this book, the killer story and aura, I think it was very well developed by the author. The way it kept the suspense until the end, is fairly good. However, there a couple of things that I didn't enjoy. The investigation part fromthe cops, is mentioned very few times, considering the type of killer they were dealing with. The story centers to much on the group of friends and their interaction. I also had a problem with the characters. The main cop apparently has a problem, that leads him to have nightmares and episodes, and we never know what makes him have that. It seems a background story that was just jammed there to make the character more dense than actually is. The main character also seems to have too much anxiety problems. At some point, it just starts to feel like it is a bit too much. But, it's a good book to read. It's entertaining.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda Lopez

    The Legend of Devil’s Creek explores the question of whether much of the evil in the world ultimately flows from our fear of death, and whether upbringing and early childhood experiences impact our ability to cope with this fear. In wrestling with personal demons, the characters exemplify the process of psychological recovery from traumatic experiences. Not your typical thriller, but a good fast read, nonetheless. Good food for thought

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Great story, multi-layered, thought-provoking and enjoyable. I loved the 'coming-of-age' aspect as well as the philosophical ideas. As for the ending.. - excellent. My only quibble is that some of the scenes with the students seemed to ramble a bit and could have been tighter. Otherwise, a great read and I will look for more by this author. Great story, multi-layered, thought-provoking and enjoyable. I loved the 'coming-of-age' aspect as well as the philosophical ideas. As for the ending.. - excellent. My only quibble is that some of the scenes with the students seemed to ramble a bit and could have been tighter. Otherwise, a great read and I will look for more by this author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Enjoyed the first chapter and thought I was going to get a hard hitting murder mystery. But it then moved into the territory of philosophy and teenage angst. The story concerns the discovery of a mutilated corpse in the woods on a small island off the coast of Seattle. More bodies are found and is there a link to an old ghost story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This was about as far from a page turner as possible. I appreciated that the author tried to give us 3-4 viable suspects, but it just ended up being so obvious who the killer was. The cop storyline went almost literally nowhere, and added nothing to the story. The “main character,” Ridley, was painful. Don’t bother with this one - you’ll be bored, annoyed, or both.

  25. 5 out of 5

    deb

    Apparently the author could not decide whether to write a coming of age story or a murder mystery. Main character redundantly describes his social anxiety. Author also should invest in a good thesaurus. WARNING: prologue is more gruesome than necessary for the story - vividly describes a brutal murder by dismemberment from the point of view of the victim.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joyce McKay

    Chapman has radar to gather together the outliers, the misfits, and works to not only make them feel included, but to actually include them. This was a group of young people raised in dysfunctional families. Even Riddley who says he has parents who love him while his friends all have parents who don't care and actually physically abuse them. Riddley's parents left him constantly questioning himself, constantly feeling inadequate as a person. He may have been raised by narcissists who controlled Chapman has radar to gather together the outliers, the misfits, and works to not only make them feel included, but to actually include them. This was a group of young people raised in dysfunctional families. Even Riddley who says he has parents who love him while his friends all have parents who don't care and actually physically abuse them. Riddley's parents left him constantly questioning himself, constantly feeling inadequate as a person. He may have been raised by narcissists who controlled him and constantly found him flawed because he could never be perfect; none of us can. Chapman and Sandhurst had nightmare parents. Chapman is a person who used his horrendous childhood to make himself stronger. He spent his time looking to give love to people who seemed to need it most. He worked at building up those who had trouble doing it themselves. The Philosophy class gave the questions that these young men needed answered, even though they didn't realize that they did. It's like a life boat was being offered to them to see things in a different way. At the end of the story, it seemed that the murderer was touched by the discussions. He hesitated, maybe remembering his own anguish as a weak victim. This hesitation caused an almost unbearable fight within himself. The philosophy discussions added to the story for me. Such horrific murders and such horrific childhoods do bring to mind the question why? What makes people treat each other in ways they wouldn't want to be treated themselves? Why is it that someone who wants love and receives hate would grow to give that which he or she most despises? I enjoyed this story from beginning to end. I do, however, agree with those who feel that more work was needed with the character Marshall. This group of odd lot friends was believable. The fact that they ended up banding together is also not an uncommon occurrence. There was comfort in Riddley's being able to grow beyond his overly controlled past and in Chapman's finding love through loving and forgiving.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Walter Scott

    Basketball, cheap beer, Philosophy 101, and a serial killer An interesting cast of characters, each of which develops as the story moves along. A plot that will keep you guessing, and no cheap red-herrings were required to keep this reader turning the pages in anticipation. And an ending that had implications that kept me thinking long after I closed my Kindle. One underlying theme explores the nature of evil (the Philosophy 101 reference) that this is worked smoothly into the story with clarity a Basketball, cheap beer, Philosophy 101, and a serial killer An interesting cast of characters, each of which develops as the story moves along. A plot that will keep you guessing, and no cheap red-herrings were required to keep this reader turning the pages in anticipation. And an ending that had implications that kept me thinking long after I closed my Kindle. One underlying theme explores the nature of evil (the Philosophy 101 reference) that this is worked smoothly into the story with clarity and skillful timing. Another deals with memories of child and spousal abuse, a common factor among the characters. And a particularly gruesome retribution that took the lives of eight men, ninety years ago, begins to manifest itself with an uncanny degree of familiarity, and the small local police force struggles to find a way to make it stop. The child abuse/spousal abuse theme may be too strong for some readers. And the violent way in which the abusers are put to death is not for the squeamish. But this is a story told with the kind of talent and skill that made the early Stephen King novels so intriguing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I'll give this a solid 3 stars. It wasn't the best book I've ever read but it definitely wasn't the worst either. I believe I got this ebook while it was free. I read a few of the other reviews and they weren't that great, mostly they didn't like the philosophy angle of the story. I actually liked those parts better than the rest of it. As for character development, it could have used a little more. For all the philosophical, deep conversations that the characters were having, I didn't feel anyth I'll give this a solid 3 stars. It wasn't the best book I've ever read but it definitely wasn't the worst either. I believe I got this ebook while it was free. I read a few of the other reviews and they weren't that great, mostly they didn't like the philosophy angle of the story. I actually liked those parts better than the rest of it. As for character development, it could have used a little more. For all the philosophical, deep conversations that the characters were having, I didn't feel anything for any of them. They were just a part of the story, I wasn't interested in them, invested in what happens to them. The story itself wasn't bad. What was going on with the killer and what was going on with Riddley and his friends was intertwined well. All in all, not a bad book. There isn't really much else to say. It's not bad for an ex-FBI agent's foray into authorship. If you want to read it, go ahead. If you're iffy about reading it, give it a try. If you don't like philosophy you probably won't like it. I guessed the killer about 3/4 of the way, but I read a lot of murder mystery books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine

    This is a coming of age story of a young and socially inept student, Justin Riddley, who transfers to a small college on Aubrey Island in Washington State as well as a mystery surrounding a psychopathic serial killer copying murders from an old island legend. If you cannot deal with gross and violent scenes you may not make it past the first chapter. If you do, you will be led into a college philosophy class and the interaction of Riddley and the friends he makes through the class. The class goe This is a coming of age story of a young and socially inept student, Justin Riddley, who transfers to a small college on Aubrey Island in Washington State as well as a mystery surrounding a psychopathic serial killer copying murders from an old island legend. If you cannot deal with gross and violent scenes you may not make it past the first chapter. If you do, you will be led into a college philosophy class and the interaction of Riddley and the friends he makes through the class. The class goes deep into the discussion of evil as the mutilation murders continue and the characters are developed, revealing more darkness in some of their backgrounds and family histories. In addition, the police struggle to solve the murders while their lead officer deals with his own demons. The plot skips from murder to college life to philosophy class to police procedural and back again. And a late twist at the conclusion. Hard to read at times and hard to put down.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Egan

    This was a smashing good read! About a handful of college students grow up around the story of Devils Creek Killer. They are a group from all walks of life, some with happy childhood's and some with sad. They bond in college and hang out going camping, fishing, and just being boys trying to grow into manhood, dealing life the best they can. They play gut splitting funny pranks on each other and have such a great bond. I felt invested in each caracter. I throughly enjoyed the storyline, and watchi This was a smashing good read! About a handful of college students grow up around the story of Devils Creek Killer. They are a group from all walks of life, some with happy childhood's and some with sad. They bond in college and hang out going camping, fishing, and just being boys trying to grow into manhood, dealing life the best they can. They play gut splitting funny pranks on each other and have such a great bond. I felt invested in each caracter. I throughly enjoyed the storyline, and watching Riddley & Boyd pull pranks on each other was great fun. I would have liked to have read more about Riddleyand Rachelpost there first date and dance together. For the most part each of the young men were great fun yet some were full of sadness from there childhood, Antabuse that effected them still today. The closeness of the caracters was great to watch. To me this book was a mix of a thriller and a drama. I enjoyed hanging out with the guys full of zest for life. A very enjoyable read!

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