A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil

Book - 2006
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Does knowing someone since childhood enable one to know who is capable of killing in adulthood? Or is there some nugget in their shared experience which explains the murder scene in the hills outside Glasgow?
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2006.
ISBN: 9780316730112
0316730114
9780316730105
0316730106
Characteristics: 344 p. ;,24 cm.

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cameralover53
Oct 08, 2014

After reading the first few pages, written as spoken in a regional Scottish voice, I was hard pressed to understand most of the dialogue at the beginning. I couldn't get a feel for what to expect until I read further and was exposed to different voices speaking the same language! Written from a variety of early primary school childrens' perspectives and socioeconomic status, it brings back long forgotten childhood memories of how tough it is for kids to decipher an alien culture so different from what they've known at home, a world vastly distinct yet just as brutal as the adult world. As I read further, I could hear each characters heavy accent which at times I was loathe to translate into my version of English. It wasn't until I finished the book that I noticed the glossary of words, slang and terms at the back of the book, each with a witty definition. The author truly has a gift for creating a believable chronicle of the journey from early childhood into adulthood in a rural Scottish town. The murder mystery is just an added bonus because this story is so engrossing. I loved it!

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