Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The Earth Bleeds Red by Jackson Paul Baer
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.
First of all...the cover! Oh this cover is so beautiful! Never mind the fact that the tree is actually dripping blood... it is still beautiful. I love it!
Now, the book itself. I was so back and forth throughout this book! I like it, I'm not so sure, it's good, hmmm I didn't like that part... seriously back and forth. For the most part, I did like this book. The little things that bothered me didn't overpower the things that I did like.
However, then came the last few chapters. I was like, Wha????? I don't want to spoil so I'm trying to be careful yet not confuse you. I honestly feel like the book could have been completely done at the end of the chapter, 'Two Floors Up'. I don't understand why the events in the chapter, 'The Fray' were needed! And then the very end...WHY? Maybe the end was done so that there can be a sequel?
I really did enjoy this book and am so glad that it was sent to me. I am interested to know if anyone else feels the same about the last few chapters! Pick it up, read it, and let me know your thoughts!
*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.