THROWBACK THURSDAY: SLIPPING INTO DARKNESS By Peter Blauner

 

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Throwback Thursday continues as I scour my shelf for old favorites . I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.

My pick this week is:

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Published January 2006 by Little, Brown and Company

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

When a twenty-year-old murder case comes back to life, a detective must race against his failing sight to unravel the mystery

When Allison Wallis was beaten to death, Detective Francis X. Loughlin found the killer—Julian Vega, a teenager with a crush on the murdered girl. Using his natural sense of empathy, he cozied up to young Julian, convincing him to give a confession that would put him away until he was thirty-six.

Twenty years later, Julian is finally out of jail, attempting to remember how to live in a world without bars, and Detective Loughlin is still on the job, his sight fading, though his instincts are still sharp. But when Allison’s blood appears at a new crime scene, everything he thought he knew about that long-ago murder is called into question. Was it really Allison they buried? Was Julian actually the killer? And if he wasn’t, who else is in danger now?

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Although this book was published many years ago, I just read it in 2014 when a good reading friend passed it along to me. I have a strong interest in stories where teenagers under 18 are pitted against our criminal justice system. In light of the recent success of Making a Murderer and Serial Season 1 with Adnan Syad, this book explores many of the same legal, ethical, and moral issues highlighted in those stories. It’s also a fantastic mystery with some of the best characterization I’ve read in recent years. These characters are flawed; they feel real. And if you can figure out the answers to the above questions at the end of the blurb, you’re a better detective than me because I didn’t have this puzzle figured out! If you like mysteries with flawed characters that pull your emotional strings, I think you’ll love this book.

If you’ve already read this one, drop me a quick comment, I’d love to hear what you thought of it:)

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12 thoughts on “THROWBACK THURSDAY: SLIPPING INTO DARKNESS By Peter Blauner

    1. Absolutely, I saw different forms of it around online and made my own, feel free to use my picture and jump on anytime. If you do one, send me a link and I’ll add yours to mine that week as well:)

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    1. I’m very undecided about his guilt,but the investigation was a sham and I was so angry about how they questioned Brenda without a lawyer present or a parent. I think you might really like this one if you try it

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      1. Yes, I mean I think he’s guilty but they were abusive and they should’ve never behaved like that with him or the cousin 🤐🤐🤐

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    1. Thanks! I’m going to start encouraging others to jump on with their own Throwback Thursday as so many have said they like the idea. I started it as a way to share all the great books I’ve read before blogging…I love sharing book recs and chatting about old favorites:) This was a really good book, I hope you get to try it. Love your new blog design also!!

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