Read from July 01 to 06, 2014 — I own a copy
Synopsis: Fall, 1995.
Holson is a sleepy, middle-class suburb, whose most interesting news amounts to farmer’s markets and Friday night football games.
When young Brandon Grey disappears, no one thinks he’ll be missing for long. When another boy vanishes, parents begin to worry about their children. When bodies turn up in the local river, cut to pieces, stuffed inside industrial-strength black trash bags, the town begins to shut down.
The day that Brandon Grey is last seen walking home from school by teachers, two young boys are starting a street hockey game. A man stops at the end of their block, takes a picture of them, and drives off. All they catch is the model and color of the car he’s driving.
Jake and Colin, fueled by their ambition to form a detective club, decide to go searching for the car that haunts them. They soon take it upon themselves to find Brandon Grey. As tensions in town rise, and so does the body count, they find themselves deep in a mystery they never bargained for, closer to the serial killer than they could have ever imagined.
Bookish things: 366 pages. This book’s cover is suitable for the content, but I’d like to see something a little more eye-catching.
Where to buy: On kindle from Amazon for $3.56 or paperback for $8.30
Neighbourhood Watch is a lot of things, but first and foremost, it’s a paradox.
When mixing an 11 year old boy protagonist with the subject matter of a sexual deviant kidnapping, defiling and then murdering, it would seem almost absurd to show this from a young boys perspective.
I too, would have scoffed if you had tried to sell me on this idea, however, having now read this book, I can say it is possible.
Even more Amazingly, Joseph has managed to not only pull this off, but to top off the paradoxical ideas, he’s made a fairly solid mystery to draw you into the story.
Before long, I was skulking around the darkened streets with Jake, Evan and Colin. I was also turning their new-found information over in my brain as they schemed and plotted their way into mischief.
It was quite amusing to work through the ideas as an 11 year old would, somewhat refreshing from the craggy, worn down, washed out old coppers that frequent mystery and crime stories.
However, you should not pick this book up, if a hard crime story is what you’re after. You will not find it. Nor should you peek inside if you have a penchant for adult fiction.
If you like young protagonists, a feel of youthful imagination and you can overlook the simplified reasoning of an 11 year old when it comes to crime fighting, then this story is for you.
While not overly gruesome, the content could be disturbing to young readers. There’s no way I would classify this as horror, it is more of a light thriller mystery.
A few things I noticed:
29% – There’d (There was) only one direction…
41% – his light(‘)s on
46% – …pierced (the) cap’s thin walls.
47% – I’d hadn’t (I hadn’t) so much…
50% – they thinks (think) it’s one…
90% – It’s Jake Amsel, yet it is mentioned that Mr Amsel isn’t home when speaking about Evan Grosse’s house.
**Note: I won an electronic copy of this book through Booklikes giveaways**