Hello my little munchkins. How are you all doing today? YEs, it is Thursday and yet I am over here posting and like WHA?????? HOW???? EXACTLY!!! Anyways I was able to have the wonderful opportunity to read this book thanks to BloggingForBooks so of course I am going to take advantage of it and read the book and review it. I am so sorry that I haven’t posted a review or even a post in awhile but today I am going to be making 1000 posts (not actually) but anyways I hope you all like this review and if you have read this book or any other books but this author then please leave your thoughts and options below
Author: Jame Anderson
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller.
Publishing Date: January 16,2018
According to the description by GoodReads, “Ben Jones, protagonist of the glowingly reviewed Never-Open Desert Diner, returns in a devastatingly powerful literary crime novel about parenthood, loss, and the desert in winter.
Winter has come to Highway 117, a remote road through the Utah desert trafficked only by oddballs, fugitives, and those looking to escape the world. So when local truck driver Ben Jones finds an abandoned, mute Hispanic child at a lonely gas station along his route, far from any semblance of proper civilization, he knows something has gone terribly awry. With the help of his eccentric neighbors, Ben sets out to help the kid and learn the truth. In the process he makes new friends and loses old ones, finds himself in mortal danger, and uncovers buried secrets far more painful than he could have imagined.”
- I went into the book thinking that I could read it as a standalone but I actually had a hard time reading it as a standalone as it had many things that from my knowledge were mentioned in the first book and later glimpsed over in the second book.
- Of course, if you read the first book before the second book it would be more enjoyable but for me it was more difficult to understand.
- It was slow paced yet I felt like that helped my reading of this book.
- The characters were deeply outlined and had wonderful backgrounds which were glimpsed on.
- The setting of this book and the plot of this book were a wonderful mix and complemented each other which allowed for me to be turning the page at every step to know what happened next.
- In conclusion, this book was a wonderful page turner with a great setting and plot yet I would recommend to read the first book before this book.
I give this book 3.5/5 stars.
About the Author:
According to GoodReads,“James Anderson was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. He received his undergraduate degree in American Studies from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and his Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Pine Manor College in Boston Massachusetts.
Undergraduate thesis: Word-man/Poet: The Poetry and Poetics of Lew Welch
Masters thesis: The Never-Entered Kingdom: Beyond Linguistics in the Rendering of the Literary Child in Adult Fiction
His first publication in a national magazine, a poem entitled Running It Down, occurred at age nineteen, in Poetry Northwest. The poem was later anthologized. His poems, short fiction, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in Northwest Review, New Letters, The Bloomsbury Review, Solstice Magazine and many others.
In 1974, while still an undergraduate, Anderson founded Breitenbush Books, a book publisher specializing in literature and general interest trade titles. From 1974 to 1991 Anderson served as publisher and executive editor. Breitenbush received many awards for its books, including three Western States Book Awards, juried by Robert Penn Warren, Elizabeth Hardwick, N. Scott Momaday, Jonathan Galassi, Jorie Graham, Denise Levertov, William Kittredge and others. Notable authors published include Mary Barnard, Bruce Berger, Clyde Rice, Naomi Shihab Nye, Michael Simms, William Greenway, John Stoltenberg, Sam Hamill and Gary Miranda.
From 1995 to 2002 Anderson co-produced documentary films, including Tara’s Daughters, narrated by Susan Sarandon. The film, which won Best Documentary at the New York Film Festival, chronicled the plight of Tibetan women refugees as carriers of Tibetan culture in the diaspora.”