- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: St.Martin's P.,U.S.; 1 edition (30 Jan. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312286449
- ISBN-13: 978-0312286446
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.7 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,693,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Desert Places: A Novel of Terror Hardcover – 30 Jan 2004
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"An ingenious, diabolical debut that calls into question all our easy moral assumptions. "Desert Places" is a genuine thriller that pulses with adrenaline from start to finish. Blake Crouch is one of the most exciting new writers I've read in years."- Val McDermid, author of "The Last Temptation" "Blake Crouch's terrific but harrowing first novel, "Desert Places," is deeply disturbing and troubling but hard to put down. In the end, Mr. Crouch's book reminded me of a whacked out combination of Stephen King and Cormac McCarthy."- Pat Conroy, author of "My Losing Season" "A harrowing, compulsively readable novel, "Desert Places" throws a spotlight on humans' ability to administer--and withstand--psychological and physical pain. Crouch's taunt, muscular prose and expert plotting make this one tough to set down. You'll read it in a sitting--I certainly did."- Gregg Hurwitz, author of "The Kill Clause" "Gritty, sometimes gruesome, and always gripping. Blake Crouch loo --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
About the Author
BLAKE CROUCH is the author of DESERT PLACES, LOCKED DOORS, and ABANDON, which was an IndieBound Notable Selection last summer, all published by St. Martin’s Press. His newest thriller, SNOWBOUND, also from St. Martin’s, was released in 2010. His short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Thriller 2, and other anthologies, including the new SHIVERS VI anthology from Cemetery Dance. In 2009, he co-wrote “Serial” with J.A. Konrath, which has been downloaded over 300,000 times and topped the Kindle bestseller list for 4 weeks. That story and DESERT PLACES have also been optioned for film. Blake lives in Durango, Colorado. His website is www.blakecrouch.com. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
My only real critism is more of the way Kindle displays many books as a percentage, rather than page numbers(will the new Kindle fix that?), the actual end of the story was at 78% with the remainder being book previews etc which I never actually read, prefering to rely on the buyer feedback.
Amazing, I'm working my way through every novel he has written and has yet to write.
Love the work
I've just purchased the following book in the series and am going to start reading it now.
Plus it's so ridiculously cheap!
Wasn't keen on the main char, but not because he was badly written, I just didn't take to him, though I feel the role was well written and he did his job.
Engaging storyline that pulled me in and kept me interested, adequately gory (though perhaps not as much so as Mr. Kilborn's other works). The storyline was perhaps a little unbelievable, but I don't read fiction for realism, so that isn't an issue for me. I did enjoy the dialogue between characters.. I found it to flow realistically and well, no awkward woodenness or language that people just wouldn't use when talking to someone else. This pleased me, as a lot of time authors can be afflicted with 'thesaurus overkill' and speech can become ridiculously flowery and unreal. The ending leaves space for a sequel, and an extract from this is included. I would recommend this book (and any other by this author) and I will be purchasing the next in this series.
I'm always careful not to give any idea of a plot away when reviewing books as I think spoilers
are just that - spoilers! All I will say is this book is original, the plot twists and turns and I couldn't turn
the pages quick enough. The characters are unbelievable and the setting for the book is atmospheric
and gripping. My husband is now reading it and equally enjoying it. A real must buy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well very disappointing. One dimensional and the big problem the plot was just not credible. I had no empathy with the characters and some of it was just plain silly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by wiggie
Brilliantly written, will have you gripped and on the edge of your seat. I'm already starting the next book! Read morePublished 7 months ago by tamara
I loved this book, it was shocking and sometimes I cringed at the descriptions but I really couldn't put it down, very few books keep me interested all the way through but I really... Read morePublished 11 months ago by brenda
This was one of those books that you don't want to put down. Quite gruesome in places, but what a great storyline. Read morePublished 12 months ago by MrsBaglady
Having read and enjoyed the The Pines trilogy I was interested to read more from this author. Found this a riveting albeit gruesome read which was thoroughly enjoyablePublished 13 months ago by V Butler
A gripping, terrifying page turner! I read it in two sittings, I can't wait to read the next book in the series!Published 13 months ago by mr l j gregory