Saturday, April 9, 2011

Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick YP FIC BICK

The people of Winter, Wisconsin want to forget the past. That’s why they hate Christian Cage. Christian draws their memories, thoughts, secrets and even deaths. One drawing he made as a child led his teacher to suicide, another so upset his aunt she had a fatal car accident, and every since his mother and father disappeared into what Christian calls ‘the dark place’, the things he draws are even worse. Finally, Christian has decided he wants to stop hiding from the past and find out what secrets his drawings hide, but secrets have a life of their own and can be deadly.

This is a very suspenseful read that will keep you guessing and wondering. Christian is an interesting character and his torment and doubt always seem real and raw. The book is also full of strong supporting characters with their own secrets and grief. The main focus is on an unsolved murder, so the book has a great central mystery to go along with the paranormal aspects of the story. It is creepy, dark, and fascinating and shows a surprising and little known side of American history: POW camps for Nazis on American soil! This is a really good read for fans of mysteries with a paranormal twist or fans of dark thrillers.

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