Book & Author Details:
The Earth Bleeds Red by Jackson Paul Baer
Publication date: October 17th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Scott Miller has everything he’s ever hoped for. He has a successful marriage to Jessie, a stunningly beautiful, creative woman. His seventeen-year-old daughter, Ashley, is both gorgeous and intelligent, and has just been accepted to the University of Notre Dame, where Scott received his PhD. He has a comforting home in the woods, and a fulfilling career as a college professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis. He’s blissful, and at peace, until it all comes shattering down.
Ashley is kidnapped. The scene of the abduction is horrific and bloody, and the police are convinced she couldn’t have survived. They accuse her boyfriend, Brandon, of Ashley’s murder. He declares his innocence, and claims that a masked man who entered his house and overwhelmed them both took Ashley. No one believes Brandon.
Then the bodies of three other missing girls are discovered, all bearing the mark of a known serial killer the FBI has been hunting for years. Evidence mounts. As Special Agent James Duncan tracks the Hail Mary Killer, Scott and Jessie try to move on with their lives. But they can’t shake the feeling that Ashley may still be alive, and that the time for saving their only daughter is quickly running out.
In the best tradition of literature and suspense, Jackson Paul Baer has weaved a heartfelt tale of one family’s struggle to survive after a despicable evil wrenches them apart.
Reviews like this are difficult to write – harder than a positive review. And that is particularly the case, where many others have really enjoyed the story.
For me though, this was a story that never really got going. I found the narrative style to be bland and not engaging. I completely understand that the scene had to be set; that the background needed to be filled in. But I didn’t feel any emotional connection with any of the characters, and the story telling was almost dispassionate in nature, just a recitation of too many facts.
Not every book will work for every reader. After several attempts to get into the story, I had to draw a line under it. I am disappointed that proved to be the case here, because I was really taken by the synopsis. However, your experience may not be the same as mine – that’s the beauty of art in any form – completely subjective.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
I’m a professional thrifter who is happily married, the father of four children, and an avid runner. I was born and raised in Georgia, and spent time in Oklahoma, California, Connecticut, and then Oregon, as an adult. I’m a graduate of Oregon State University and now reside in North Georgia, raising my family, near family.
My first book, The Earth Bleeds Red, was released in 2013. It is currently available on the Kindle, in paperback, and as an audiobook on Amazon/Audible/iTunes. My second book, The Lights Will Never Fade, came out in Jan ’18. I’ve recently signed with Evolved Pub for my new contemporary fiction/suspense series, An American Family (Fall 2018).