Blacklands by Belinda Bauer is a compelling book despite the premise of Steven, a young boy looking for the body of his uncle who was sexually attacked and murdered when he was a boy. This murder and the fact that the body was never found changed the life of the family. It is also the story of the pedophile/serial murderer who has been imprisoned but is not the least bit sorry for his horrendous deeds. As the story progresses, the boy and the man become entangled. Bauer is able to create an atmosphere that compels the reader to continue turning the pages despite the threat of what is to come.
Though the plot is dark, the author is a master at creating believable scenes and a most original plot.
Though this book won the Gold Dagger Award for Crime Novel of the Year, it isn't a book I would've chosen to read. It was sent to me by the publisher, Simon and Schuster. However, once I started reading, I couldn't put it down.