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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

VIRGINIA CREEPER by Blaine Pardoe_Review

Virginia CreeperVirginia Creeper by Blaine Lee Pardoe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of Virginia Creeper by Blaine Pardoe
Reviewed via Making Connections Goodreads Group
5 Stars

What a strange but extraordinary book is “Virginia Creeper.” I was so very impressed, intrigued, enticed, entranced by this “Personal Journal: Blaine Pardoe.” “Some evils are timeless,” reads the front cover tag line, and I can scarcely consider a more apt and pertinent referencc to the unfolding of this book. An account of events in the Fall of 1998, in Fauquier County, Virginia, “Virginia Creeper” unfolds a truly amazing, bizarre, and imagination-stretching story. (Granted, for those who are already believers in the paranormal, maybe not so mind-boggling, but astonishing nonetheless.)

This book is not just about a serial killer; instead, it is much, much more and deeper. Relationships are the warp and weft of this book: familial, friendship, work colleagues, sibling and parent-child. The contrast between the author’s family style and that of the Fitzwater clan is telling and poignant. Beyond the gory and graphic details of death and forensics, beyond the apparently inexplicable paranormal, there is Relationship-forged in blood, or forged in love. The contrast is painful and enlightening.

Although I must rate this book as 18+ due to very graphic details of crime scenes and forensic investigations, I highly recommend it. It’s not a book I will soon forget-if ever.

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