The ending, and the poetry that followed, had me in tears. I reread all the poems, which were so poignant and telling. The poem, "Longing," made me long for more, and question my conclusions. This is a brilliant novel. I discovered an intriguing story of a fictionalized young student who survived the New London tragedy but struggled in coming to terms with its aftermath. The story is The text is followed by a poetic anthology A compelling story, lovingly researched and extremely well-crafted.
I could hardly put it down. As with Suzanne Morris' other books, I immediately put myself into the story and felt I was right there with Delys, feeling her pain, frustrations and sorrow. Survivor Delys Lithingate bears crippling emotional scars. Her great need is soon juxtaposed on a venerable high school drill team known as the Scottich Brigade. How she blossoms in this organization, with its fundamental teachings of duty, honor, and personal responsibility, bring some joyful moments against the sad backdrop of her loss.
In reality, there is loss, too, in the gradual disappearance of such organizations from our lives today. Morris hit the ball out of the park with this one. Stewart, Texas City, Texas. While Delys' experience was linked to the London School tragedy, how many people, young and old, face similar challenges with the many tragedies of our times? As a writer of non-fiction, I admire the creativity and imagination of fiction writers, especially historical fiction due to the extensive research often involved.
I have read lots about Ted Bundy, but there was information in Morris' book that I'd never heard. This is one of t Initial rating: 4 stars in Reread in I reread this, in light of all the Ted Bundy-related stuff lately like the Netflix show and the upcoming movie with Zac Efron playing Ted. Please visit www. Martin's Press. I think so.
Suzanne is a master of the art. This was so much more than the historical account of a terrible disaster.
Morris propelled us into the lives of her characters. I wanted to read it all in one session! The painting of the scenes and the feelings expressed by the narrator are excellent. I loved the book, and especially the poetry at the end. I hope Ms. Morris never stops writing. What a remarkable book. It affected me on so many levels Suzanne Morris' perspective is phenomenal.
My parents were both first responders to the New London explosion. I knew three different students at the school that day. Not until the first reunion did they confide in me this information, after knowing each for 15 years.
It continues to shock me that they never spoke of it Morris' intimate knowledge of the Scottish Brigade is fascinating. The conflicts Delys encountered in this organization were powerful and so intuitive I am sure this novel will be a huge success. I enjoyed it immensely. I know the research had to be both heartbreaking and exhausting. I do most of my reading at night after I go to bed, and though I would tell myself, just a few more pages, I could not put the book down. Amazing writing; and what a twist at the end!
Morris has written. Although I had never heard of the London School tragedy before, its effect on Delys captivated me. My heart ached for her at times, rejoiced with her at times, and at other times I even felt as if I were in her skin. Never before had a fictional character affected me in such a way. Only a dedicated Brigadier could have written so perfectly about what the S. Austin High School Scottish Brigade truly was to its members. I will always wonder what happened to Bruce and wish for his return and reunion with Delys.
In the meantime, it appears that Delys has quite a future as a poet. Her poems are touching and enable her to express her strong feelings in a gentle manner. My thanks to Suzanne Morris for writing this compelling book. My mother was an RN, and father an MD. I wish I knew for sure whether my father went to the scene or not. I recall that area medically trained volunteers went. He didn't discuss it much with our family, I think for fear it would frighten his children, four of whom were in the age range of the school children at the New London school.
What a unique work, beautifully done! I knew very little about the New London tragedy. I was actually reading one evening when the news came on and it was the 80th anniversary, complete with pictures and newscasts. Very timely. Morris has honored the Scottish Brigade in writing, and done so in such an interesting way. I think others will see now into the heart and sounds of what we who were members know. I was interested in seeing how one with such a troubled youth could have drilled beside my mother in those years. I assumed that at the time all of the young women had mothers, dads, siblings, just like me, and lived in a protected, typical family.
Well, now that Delys opened my eyes, I can think back on so many who did not. Very reflective. And Brigade provided that "place. In her latest work, the narrative unfolds in a quartet of two-year segments between and Told with an omniscient point of view entering the consciousness of several provocative characters, the novel focuses on Geneva Sterling, a red-haired, green-eyed beauty with talent, resolve, and endurance. Victor Calais, the husband of the guardian, introduces Geneva to art photography as well as deep, human attachment in his studio behind the family home in Houston Heights.
Her decision to model for him triggers lingering complications in her life. The relationship offstage is as intense as their dances on stages from the West Coast to the Palace in New York. For example, the royal performance at the London Palladium by Geneva and Tony juxtaposes the movements of their dance, Chimaera, against excruciating tension in their personal lives.
The scene intensifies the technical agony of the dance, the emotion of the performance, and the drama of the situation that has erupted in the plot. Morris writes, " If Morris reports that an unexpected snow chilled Houston or that a particular dance step was in vogue, her words mirror history with accuracy.
With her large cast of characters, interest in art, dance, theater, photography, and finance, the representation is authentic. Research trips to England, tours of theaters, familiarity with historical events and daily life coinciding with the timeline, and interviews with vaudeville performers, dancers, and trust officers serve her fiction well. The plot constantly accelerates with stunningly unpredictable but plausible twists, misjudgments, and reversals. Readers trying to second-guess the next revelation will usually agree that alternate paths have been foreshadowed with subtlety.
Recurring as a theme is the struggle of Geneva and others to understand and accept divine and human love in the adversity of an imperfect world. The book succeeds on numerous levels as mesmerizing fiction. Mystery and suspense engage the reader at every turn, and more than one character is a likely perpetrator of each transgression.
Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Ted and Ann , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Initial rating: 4 stars in Reread in I reread this, in light of all the Ted Bundy-related stuff lately like the Netflix show and the upcoming movie with Zac Efron playing Ted.
The author contends that Bundy's first murder was when he was almost 15 and killed an 8-year-old girl in his neighborhood, Ann Burr. The book follows Ann's devastated family as they seek to find out what happened to their beloved child. Every other chapter details Bundy's family life and adulthood. This is one of t Initial rating: 4 stars in Reread in I reread this, in light of all the Ted Bundy-related stuff lately like the Netflix show and the upcoming movie with Zac Efron playing Ted.
This is one of the few books I've read about Bundy that really delves into his dysfunctional family - his grandfather who was probably a sociopath, the possibility that this grandfather might also be Ted's father , Ted's abandonment at a home for unwed mothers after his birth, etc. The author mentions that Ted actually transformed when he went into his "Other Ted" mode - his blue eyes became black, he got a mark on his cheek, his body odor changed, he looked totally different.
Rebecca Morris very much puts to rest the idea of a charming, educated young Republican who just happened to kill women. Bundy was a stone-cold killer who - beyond all his issues with being bipolar, depressed, abnormal brain chemistry, etc. Oct 11, Meaghan rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in , missing-people , serial-murder , true-crime. An excellent and very informative book and a worthy addition to the genre of literature about Ted Bundy.
The author interviewed dozens of people for her research and many of the facts in the book are things I'd never heard of before. Ann Marie Burr was abducted fifty years ago and she's on my missing persons website. She may well have been Bundy's first victim; Morris makes a good case for that. But we'll never know for certain. This was enjoyable in that it tells a lot more about Ted Bundy's early life than I've maybe read in the past.
However, it was extremely hard going with the amount of formatting and editing errors throughout. If I hadn't been intrigued by the story I'd have packed it in. There were heaps of missing spaces such as neverbeen or sevenyear and then chapter headings just dumped here and there in the text. I assume they're errors created in formatting to ebooks as I've seen them come up a lot before in This was enjoyable in that it tells a lot more about Ted Bundy's early life than I've maybe read in the past. I assume they're errors created in formatting to ebooks as I've seen them come up a lot before in other books but it's time authors paid better attention to what's being put out there in their names.
There were also a lot of missing or missplaced apostrophes. On page there was a whole paragraph that made no sense whatsoever however many times I read it!! The Burr family I found to be quite strange, especially Beverley, their mother. I wasn't comfortable with their decision to sort of replace their missing Ann by adopting another daughter a few years after. In places I was convinced Ted had taken Ann yet at other times I wasn't sure. He didn't usually murder girls who he'd befriended and it seems he got on with Ann so I guess we'll never know for sure. I can't imagine the whole family's never knowing what happened to her all those years.
Horribly sad. View all 4 comments. Some people were rather amazed that this is the first book about Ted Bundy I have read. For some reason I have made a conscience effort to not read about Ted Bundy. It seems important to mention that because I may have liked this book more than others because there are many details about Ted Bundy I am not familiar with. It dealt mainly with the aftereffects of the disappearance of Ann Burr. Mainly how her fam Some people were rather amazed that this is the first book about Ted Bundy I have read. Although there is no evidence to support it, there are some people who feel Ted Bundy is responsible for her disappearance and death.
This is brought out and the reasons these people believe it. This book also contains some historical information about Ted Bundy, his parents, his childhood habits and so on. I would recommend this book. View all 3 comments. Apr 21, George rated it liked it Shelves: ipad , non-fiction. Interesting look back at a missing child case, with an eye towards the possibility that young neighbor Ted Bundy may have had some involvement.
Kind of a patchwork quilt of many things I've read about Bundy, along with the story of the missing girl, Ann. Apr 09, Annette Cook rated it it was ok. The subject matter is compelling, if disturbing: Ted Bundy and his possible connection to the disappearance of an 8 year old girl in Tacoma. This book has facts galore- what it does not appear to have is an editor. There are typos and more than one sentence that makes absolutely no sense. The sequencing is puzzling with much repetition and back and forth.
If properly edited, this book would possibly merit higher marks. Aug 18, Valerie rated it really liked it. This is a very interesting book about Ted Bundy's first possible victim, although the 8 year old girl's body has never been found, and Bundy himself waffled between admitting and denying the murder. He was 14 years at the time and the two did know each other. It is also true that Ted Bundy Bundy being his stepfather's name had a horrible and abusive upbringing. His sister, Eleanor Louise, was his mother, and his father was probably his own grandfather, Samuel Cowell.
Samuel was feared and hate This is a very interesting book about Ted Bundy's first possible victim, although the 8 year old girl's body has never been found, and Bundy himself waffled between admitting and denying the murder. Samuel was feared and hated by his whole nuclear and extended family, including his six brothers. He was abusive, an alcoholic, and only God knows what else. Ted, or Teddy, as he was called, seemed to repress a lot of his childhood memories, had severe head trauma, and was abused by several adults.
Mark Morris, a combat veteran from the Vietnam War and father of three, has been shot and almost killed by the same bullet that did take the life of Toni, a young. Logistik eine einfhrung in konomie und nachhaltigkeit german edition. Carol anne morris mysteries book 1 toni. Bombe missili e petardi di mercato italian edition.
I have always thought serial killers, for the most part, are made, not born. This book alternates between Ann Marie Burr and her family's life and Ted Bundy, and his life and death. From a psychological standpoint, the book was fascinating, but very sad and sad for all the people who suffered horrible losses.
Before I read this book, I knew nothing of this little girl, Ann Marie Burr, and her disappearance on August 30, Overall, the book was interesting, but terribly sad. View 1 comment. I found this book to be quite interesting and remarkable.
This book is the true story of the abduction and investigation of Ann Marie Burr, missing from Tacoma Washington in August Imformation is given about the Burr family,the background of the family and their dealings with the police and media after losing their daughter.. Ted Bundy,a childhood acquaintance of Ann,s who lived not far away from the Burr family who became a prime suspect in her disappearance since his incarceration and ev I found this book to be quite interesting and remarkable.
Ted Bundy,a childhood acquaintance of Ann,s who lived not far away from the Burr family who became a prime suspect in her disappearance since his incarceration and eventual execution on charges of murder. A lot of imformation that i did not know about Ted Bundy,s childhood is given in this most interesting book.. I will not say too much more,as i do not want to give the case away to the reader,i highly recommend this book! Mar 05, Doreena rated it really liked it. This is another story about Ted Bundy. This story sort of centers around a 7 yr old girl that he had taken and killed.
Very informative. I knew he was a very busy killer, but I had no idea how busy. The shooting abruptly ended the romantic evening Mark had planned with his wife Carla. The bullet wound is now infected trying to finish the job, almost succeeding, and Carla has been left deeply traumatized by the event. Haunted by flashbacks intensified by the shooting, Mark must reluctantly rely on his not quite sixteen year old daughter Carol who has been his closest confidant and best friend his return from war. Read more Read less. Kindle Monthly Deal. Browse a new selection of discounted Kindle Books each month.
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