Zip The Singing Bone The Singing Bone will sneak up on you you won t realize how caught up you are in this story
Zip The Singing Bone The Singing Bone will sneak up on you; you won't realize how caught up you are in this story until you look up and see how much time has passed. Almost like the young boy Stuart, the reader watches the story of Alice and her friends as they become family to Jack Wyck, a convicted killer. The stories twist, pile on top of one another, switching between characters at will to give another perspective. From past to present we see the terrors of Mr. Wyck's home, we watch from the perspective of a documentary filmmaker, from the eyes of Alice a once 17 year old caught up in the romance, and from the eyes of Stuart the young brother of one of the girls. As a reader it's almost like you have ingested the drugs right alongside the characters, it's unsettling, it's disjointed, and it creeps into your mind and plants a seed. I'm not sure any characters were made to be likable, even in 1999 as an adult Alice is odd, a professor of folklore, and unable to face her past. I instantly pictured her, I understood how her life had become folklore itself, how she couldn't separate realities from fantasies. Then there's Jack Wyck, Mr. Wyck, a character not unlike Charles Manson. Through drugs, sex, and companionship he offers four misguided youths a home, a place to get away, but also a place to conform them to his ways. He changes their views, brainwashes them, and uses them in his schemes. From lies to get money and random children's clothing, it is obvious that Mr. Wyck is a bad man. What Beth Hahn does well in her writing though, is allow you to feel like Alice and see how easy it was to get caught up. She watches from the fringe, taking it in but not involved. Her youth is different than the others, her brain and innocence a draw to Mr. Wyck, and when she does step in it seems things start to fall apart even more. I love that she never accepted it all, even though she was just as caught up in it as the others. It's just like we've all been told, there's seduction involved in the cult-following, it's romanticized to the point that the characters feel like this is okay. I enjoyed The Singing Bone far more than I expected to. I actually avoided it at first, it didn't feel like I was in the mood to read it, but once I started I couldn't stop. I loved the investigative filmmaker, his outside perspective at the current Wyckian followers, at Alice and her untold truths, and at Jack Wyck himself. I enjoyed the tales, ever changing, and always sinister. While it is incredibly slow moving, I found myself searching for any moment in the day to pick it up, to find out what was next. I loved the development, the writing style, and how the story wraps itself in the end, just like a folklore tale.. The Singing Bone go inside Books A convicted killer s imminent parole forces a woman to confront the nightmarish past she s spent twenty years escaping.1979 Seventeen year old Alice Pearson can t wait to graduate from high school and escape the small town in upstate New York where she grew up In the meantime, she and her three closest friends spend their time listening to Led Zeppelin, avoiding their dyA convicted killer s imminent parole forces a woman to confront the nightmarish past she s spent twenty years escaping.1979 Seventeen year old Alice Pearson can t wait to graduate from high school and escape the small town in upstate New York where she grew up In the meantime, she and her three closest friends spend their time listening to Led Zeppelin, avoiding their dysfunctional families, and getting high in the nearby woods Then they meet the enigmatic Jack Wyck, who lives in the rambling old farmhouse across the reservoir Enticed by his quasi mystical philosophy and the promise of a constant party, Alice and her friends join Mr Wyck s small group of devoted followers But once in his thrall, their heady, freewheeling idyll takes an increasingly sinister turn, and Alice finds herself crossing psychological and moral boundaries that erode her hold on reality When Mr Wyck s grand scheme goes wrong, culminating in a night of horrific murders, Alice s already crumbling world falls into chaos, and she barely makes her way back to normal life Twenty years later, Alice has created a quiet life for herself as a professor of folklore, but an acclaimed filmmaker threatens to expose her secret past when he begins making a documentary about Jack Wyck s crimes and the cult like following that he continues to attract even from his prison cell Jack Wyck has never forgiven Alice for testifying against him, and as he plots to overturn his conviction and regain his freedom, she is forced to confront the long suppressed memories of what happened to her in the farmhouse and her complicity in the evil around her.The Singing Bone is a spellbinding examination of guilt, innocence, and the fallibility of memory Weaving together folklore, seventies era anxiety about sex, drugs, and cults, and dominated by the indelibly menacing Jack Wyck, this richly imagined novel heralds the arrival of a remarkable new voice in literary mystery.. instagram raccoonandcat facebook bethhahnwriter. The best Book The Singing Bone Dark and suspenseful, The Singing Bone by Beth Hahn tells the story of a group of teenage friends who are taken in by a master manipulator who has life changing plans for them. Beautifully written, the novel features vivid characterization and a plot that pulls you in. Beth Hahn is a writer I've followed since she was a child (yes, she's my daughter) and I'm excited that her novel will soon be available for you to read!