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July 13, 2012

Review: Black Hill Farm by Tim O'Rourke


Series: Black Hill Farm 1 & 2
Format: Digital (gift from Tim O'Rourke)
Release Dates: March 12, 2011; May 16, 2011
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords 

BLACK HILL FARM

Detective Chief Inspector John Walker hasn’t a suspect or motive for the murders at Black Hill Farm. That is until sixteen-year-old Ben McCloud walks into Beechers Hope Police Station, asking to be arrested for the killings. During twelve police interviews, Ben gives a disturbing confession about his relationship with Andrea and how his love for her became a dangerous obsession.

Finding themselves alone on a remote farm and desperate to stay together, Ben and Andrea’s world spirals out of control. And as they fight for survival, every step they take leads them into an ever darker world of despair and murder.

But who is Ben? Where has he really come from? And can his confession be believed?
A dark psychological romance with a deadly twist.

BLACK HILL FARM ANDY'S DIARY
In his confession, Ben McCloud told Detective Chief Inspector John Walker about the four murders that took place at Black Hill Farm. But what about the others? There are two sides to every story and this is Andy’s.

'Andy's Diary' - the conclusion of the sinister events that took place at Black Hill Farm.
What a frickin' trip to the dark side BLACK HILL FARM by Tim O'Rourke was! I have never read a YA like this, full of mysteries, thrilling suspense and a boat load of damage that will screw your head for a day! I can't even begin to explain to you how twisted the story is without telling you the entire thing because that's the only way you can truly understand the how's and why's of my gush/gripe.
Run away! Run while you still can, terrible things are going to happen here. You will do terrible things. Unspeakable things. I beg you leave now, while you still have a choice.
BLACK HILL FARM recounts the events that led to a series of deaths in the Farm from two POV's, that of Benjamin McCloud and Andrea "Andy" Black via a series of interviews done by Inspector John Walker. Andy's family owns BHF, Ben is her cousin whom she just met recently after Ben's parents died and Andy's Dad adopted him. The Farm is losing money and their neighbor, Parker, is dead set on buying their land to expand his own. But Andy's family has a deeper beef with Parker and that personal grudge was what set off a bunch of unfortunate events that led to a lot of deaths, wrong assumptions, and revenge served sub-zero cold. Towards the end I was no longer able to identify who the heroes and villains are because everyone turned out to be victims in their own way.

John Walker had the misfortune of having the case fall on his lap because like a cursed artifact, the murders that happened in the Farm sent him spiraling down and cursed his already miserable life. Andy is a true Lolita, she's beautiful, cunning and can easily manipulate the men around her without really trying. She has this weird relationship with her Dad, not incestuous but a curious fixation they have for each other that it ended up alienating her mother. As for Ben, h is the real victim in all of this, his love for Andy was what fueled her careless plotting, enabling her to set off in motion a lot of things that towards the end, he was unable to stop the consequences of their actions which led to a tragic end for both of them.
-- we knew that our growing love for each other would be frowned upon that we became closer. - Ben
Everything that Tim said and implied in BLACK HILL FARM was enough to set my mind reeling. Ben and Andy's background in particular was deeply disturbing Freud will have a field day analyzing these teens. They went through so much for a pair of 16yo teens it's no wonder their moral compass doesn't point North anymore. But it's how they coped with the tragedies in the Farm that got me really perturbed, only a deranged person can survive in that Farm the way these two have.

BLACK HILL FARM is a horror story so tragic that any ray of hope or sunshine for any of them was eliminated  in the end. I highly recommend everyone who is into horror to read this. Glad it's over for me *shivers with goosebumps*.




15 comments:

  1. Hey! Thanks for stopping by! I just wanted to tell you, regarding Amber House, that you might seriously love the book and note discouraged by my opinion. I just didn't find what I was looking for in the book but you might! I'd love to hear what you think tho! ):)

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    1. I hope so and I agree that our judgement depends on what we need, trying to escape from and current mood. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. This sounds like a good horror story, but I must admit - from the cover I wouldn't have ever thought of picking it up. I certainly wouldn't have thought it was a YA book by any means. Glad you saw past that and were able to give it a try since it sounds worth it!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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    1. Maybe they'll redo the cover soon and the cover is dark but you wouldn't really know how messed up and tragic the story is looking at it.

      I really enjoy Tim's writing so that was the selling point for me.

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  3. I'm not a big horror reader (or not really at all, though there are some I like) but I like that this is twisted and crazy! Sounds very interesting!

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    1. Yeah this book is not for the faint of heart, consider it read, I did the hard part for you LOL.

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  4. This sounds scary, so I'm not sure that I'll be able to read it, lol...but I enjoyed your review and your enthusiasm for this series Braine!!;)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! The author went to a dark and twisted place, it's disturbing :D

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  5. Hey Miss B, yup! very twisted and insanely captivating. I am not a lover of horror, * whispers* cause I get scared, but this book # 1 especially , was the darkest, most insanely twisted story I have read and I did love it. Lordy was there some dark stuff going on, but it was a cool read I thought. This is more to the dark and insane side than horror and very twisted, like oooo dang , this is twisted, lol!! I don't think I will ever read anything like it again. Very unique! Hehe!! I loved your WTH!!! It is a surprise this book:D

    Mich

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    1. True! I don't know where Tim got all his inspiration from.. and I don't want to know either. Yikes!

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    2. Yup!! That inspiration....lol!!

      Mich

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  6. OMG these two books sound good! Love mystery and suspense... and horror LOL so I will add these to my TBR! Thanks Braine for the awesome review :D I love the "Dark Side" haha! I look forward to checking this out!

    Kayla @ Bengal Reads

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    1. Be ready, Tim goes to place you won't expect from a typical YA series.

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  7. I love your review Braine. These books sound so intriguing I'm definitely putting them on my TBR, but I'll have to bump them up to my "Must Read" list. And soon! >.< I don't read a lot of horror books, actually I think I've ever only read one, but I'll go out of my comfort zone for these x]

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    1. These are worth going out of your comfort zone, then you can stay happily in its parameters after BHF.

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