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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Killings in Boulder Valley by Arlen Blumhagen

The Killings in Boulder Valley by Arlen Blumhagen
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (13 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

The beautiful, majestic Boulder Valley. Where locals can enjoy everything that the Montana wilderness has to offer. Where tourists can “get away from it all,” and relax beside a rushing mountain river.

The Boulder Valley. Where a deranged, psychopath hunts for his next victims.

The Killings in Boulder Valley is a terrifying short story of murder, love, and revenge.

When I first started to read this story I thought they’d been some mistake on the page count because it seemed to go into the background of one character with lots of detail. However, I soon realized how clever Ms. Blumhagen had been in packing in so much detail and information in this very short story. It’s a gritty mystery and the author gave us insight into a killer and the killer’s mind which, as I mentioned, isn’t an easy thing to do in a short piece.

The victims were also clearly drawn and I felt myself wishing they could escape the killer. The dialogue is very realistic sounding and the pacing fast. I also enjoyed the wilderness setting and thought it added just the right touch to the theme of this story.

If you like a mystery with lots of depth but haven’t got time for a full length novel, I’d recommend this one to you.

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