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Bay's End av Edward Lorn

Bay's End (utgåvan 2012)

av Edward Lorn

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What does it take to ruin a perfectly good summer? Four cherry bombs. When twelve-year-old Trey and his best friend Eddy play a prank on Officer Mack, the resulting chain of events rocks the small town of Bay's End. Today, Trey Franklin is a man haunted by his past. Tormented by that one tragic, fateful summer, Trey searches for catharsis the only way he knows how - by writing. A tale of love and loss, bittersweet memories, and the depths of human evil. Welcome to Bay's End.… (mer)
Titel:Bay's End
Författare:Edward Lorn
Info:Publisher Unknown, Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek


Bay's End av Edward Lorn


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Up front confession: the author offered up a gift copy of the Audible audiobook version of some of his novels and I snapped this one up. I'm very glad I did.

The first thing I'm going to say about this book is something I rarely say about novels: this should have been longer. I have a few reasons for saying that.

The first is, while I'm a sucker for a coming-of-age/remembering-a-key-period-from-my-youth story, there are very few that I truly enjoy. The gold standard is Robert McCammon's Boy's Life followed very closely by Stephen King's The Body (basis for the Stand By Me movie. And now there's Edward Lorn's Bay's End.

Lorn's novel hits all the right notes, without wallowing in the memories. He pauses to linger over a particular moment, a first kiss, a memorable ball game, a fight, a first sexual experience, and the moments are always well-defined, beautifully written. Lorn's characters jump off the page, especially (at least to me) Eddy and Candy. His action scenes are vivid and cinematic.

So, this is the first reason for wanting this story to stretch over more pages. I wanted more of Trey and Candy and Eddy. Especially Eddy.

There's also some secondary characters that I would have liked to have seen introduced a little sooner and expanded a bit more. I'm not saying Lorn gave them short shrift, I'm just saying I would have liked to learn more about them. So, that's the second reason for additional pages.

The third reason, and, while it did nothing to spoil my enjoyment of the story, I just felt it a bit like the comic book cliche where the bad guy has the hero and explains his entire history and nefarious plan because he knows he's going to kill the hero anyway. That happened a bit toward the end.

Interestingly, as a writer myself, I've been ruminating over how I would have solved that particular plot point, and I'm not sure I would have chosen a different direction. The only answer I can give is to say I would have introduced some of the elements a bit sooner and teased them out a bit more.

As I said, it did nothing to decrease my adoration of this book, but if I had a least-favourite part, it would be that.

Finally, I have to mention this, because I initially took it as an element that hurt the story: Every so often, there are interludes that jump the story forward to current time, before we dive back into the Nineties, where the story took place. Initially, I will say I was a touch irritated with the flash forwards, though I couldn't give a reason why.

As I said, I finished this book yesterday morning, so I've been thinking this over for 24 hours. And I have the answer. Each flash forward irritated me for a very simple reason: I was so invested in the 13-year-old Trey's story, that any break from it pissed me off, like someone talking over a movie you're trying to concentrate on.

And that's when I realized exactly how well Lorn had sucked me into his fictional world of Bay's End. When I get pissed because I have to leave it for a couple of minutes, you've done your job, sir.

Read this book. Buy the audio version. I should give a shout out to the narrator, Kerry Woodrow, because he did a damn fine job. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
If you like Ketchum, Laymon, Garton and Lee, and can stomach bad things (sometimes really bad things) happening to good people, read this. I read the extreme stuff from time to time, and I've sometimes found myself thinking that the impact would be so much greater if I was given more of a reason to care about the people involved.

I got that with this book.

This isn't splatterpunk or shock horror, and it's not anything I would classify as extreme (though I guess that depends on what you're comparing it to), but it does cross some lines that those genres are familiar with. When the veil is lifted on the small town of Bay's End, what lies beneath is somehow both shocking and inevitable. I mean, you knew it was going to be bad or there wouldn't be a book, right? Lorn doesn't hold back or let allusions or implications do the work; we see what Trey sees and we feel his innocence sliding away.

The pace is unrelenting right up until the end.

I will definitely be reading more from Edward Lorn. ( )
  Mahnogard | Aug 28, 2021 |
"I'm living with ghosts. My memories have grown legs and now run up and down these halls. The apparitions are only loops, broken records as it were, but they're aggravated and bored, two attributes you never want in a ghost."

It feels kind of weird to call a dark, gritty and depressing book beautiful, but here we are. Despite the sick individuals and horrible circumstances that tainted these teenagers lives, there was beauty developing from the first chapter - that fragile but unique time of life where you feel young and free, looking forward to a summer with new friends and new adventures. The kids are foul mouthed and sneaky, but they're great at heart and their bond is just...beautiful. No other word for it.

I'm in love with coming-of-age stories anyway. There's something about the nostalgic bonding in small town adventures where kids bond together to face higher horrors. There's nothing paranormal in this one, it's effective as hell with old fashioned monsters wearing human faces.

Told through a singular point of view, I loved the main character Trey. He has a realness to him that shines through the pages, and I totally got his bonding with the new kid in town, Eddie, a young teen advanced for his years not only in language and daring but also in heroism. Throw in Candy with her lip gloss and tragic tale, the strange neighbors who don't seem fully aware of the horrible demons after them, and you have a grade A class of characters.

The adults aren't bad either - Trey's father in particular is well written as he is shown (through the characters present and then past reflections) to be the type of personality that can never shed the skin of guilt, not sloughing it off to continue growing. Despite that shame about his character, it was nice to have parents for the main characters in a coming-of-age who actually genuinely gave a damn about their kid, believed their stories from the start.

"Friends are better than pain-killers any day of the week."

It's a character driven story, which is the best kind, but the plot is a good one too. Enter the villainous adults - well structured enough to be realistic and creepy - and you have a chain of events that keeps you glued. Whether the kids were bonding over fun moments and growth, sneaking out of the house to cause chaos, fighting in the face of abuse to protect each other, or battling the creepy villains of the story, it was hard to put down.

I usually don't like when books go from the present back to the past, but Lorn did it in a way that works. He kept the passages short and musing, haunting with the beauty and tragedy that embraced the power of bad memories. Italicized and stylized, the author's talented writing ability made the reflections a joy to read, even if they were squeezing my heart. I'm glad the sad moment was revealed early so the shock of it didn't anger me. A wise choice not to save that for the end, a surprise to induce bitter tears - I'm glad the author prepared me gently. A lot easier on the emotions and held the story up.

This brutal book doesn't hold back the violent punches - there's vicious attacks, sick people, horrible scenes that won't be forgotten, and the author doesn't hold back shining a dark light in these kids lives.

It's almost five star ready, but I would have preferred a more drawn out after-the-fact. I wanted to see a few more pages talking about life afterward, and then a longer reflection in the present to explain why the narrator is talking now, and what's going on about it being his "final story."

I will definitely be checking out more by Edward Lorn - his writing style alone would have cemented that, but throw in the theme of fateful summers, coming-of-age and small towns, and it's even more guaranteed. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jul 17, 2016 |

Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com

I received a free copy of Bay's End from Edward Lorn (here on Booklikes as E.) in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. Thank you! And I would like to add that he really is a very nice person (for what I've seen on this site at least =) ) and that that certainly is worth mentioning now all this BBAs get so much attention. It's good to see it's not all bad!

In exchange, Bay's End got the honour of being the first eBook read on my brand new Kobo Glo! (I'm sorry, I'm just so excited about my new eReader, that I keep mentioning it xD)

I read the blurb of Bay's End and was immediately curious. One little incident, and pretty much a ruined life. Not all is as it seems. And it is safe to say, quite a lot does happen that summer in 1992 in Bay's End. It's not a sleepy town any more.

Whilst reading I wasn't completely sure whether this was going to be thriller or horror, so I just kept expecting some freaky stuff to happen. I won't spoil this feeling for anyone who wants to find out by him/herself but it turns out to be thriller.

The language is - as I was warned - quite strong, but I've read worse without any kind of warning, so it wasn't a problem for me. Besides, I felt like it helped building the characters for me. Twelve year old boys, pretending to be all grown up, though masculinity, but really they're just kids trying to cope with life and the pretty weird stuff happening around them.

The story started a bit slow, I have to admit, but once 'the cherry bombs' happen, the pace gets a lot faster and it is almost impossible to stop reading. You know from the beginning things aren't going to be OK, and hints are being dropped. And, I could relate as to why the characters wouldn't be able to get them at the time, especially when you realise this happens a lot and people in RL aren't able to get the hints either.

I knew what was going to happen at the ending, but still I felt sad after finishing the book. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the book and liked the writing. This definitely will not be the last I'll read from Edward Lorn. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Trey Franklin is exorcising his past. Reflecting back on the summer he was twelve when he met the new kid across the street. Eddy quickly became his best friend. However, there is some serious shit going on his town, shit he never even suspected. And always oozing nearby is the evil specter of Office Mack Larson.

This story drags a bit with the everyday things a twelve-year-old boy can get into with his new best friend. There is a lot of swearing. Not that I particularly mind swearing unless it’s coming fast and furious from a kid’s mouth. I just prefer it from adults instead. Anyway, as the story moves along, some disturbing things about the people Trey knows come to light. It’s not pretty and made me cringe. And then there’s Officer Mack. That man is just plain evil. Ooooh, how I wanted to kick his ass. Many times. What did it for me in this story was the suspense. I knew something was coming, something I wasn’t going to like and I was on edge waiting for it. And, boy, does it deliver. Yowzers. All-in-all a pretty good read. ( )
  AVoraciousReader | Aug 9, 2014 |
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What does it take to ruin a perfectly good summer? Four cherry bombs. When twelve-year-old Trey and his best friend Eddy play a prank on Officer Mack, the resulting chain of events rocks the small town of Bay's End. Today, Trey Franklin is a man haunted by his past. Tormented by that one tragic, fateful summer, Trey searches for catharsis the only way he knows how - by writing. A tale of love and loss, bittersweet memories, and the depths of human evil. Welcome to Bay's End.

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