Boar Island by Nevada Barr
(Anna Pigeon Mysteries)

57%

6 Critic Reviews

After the razor-sharp focus of Destroyer Angel (2014), Barr’s latest is a surprisingly hot mess, awash in scattered crimes whose perpetrators’ behaviors defy belief. There’s not even much about Acadia National Park.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service Ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyber-bullying and stalking is a new one. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors spreading online and bullying texts. Until, one day, Heath finds her daughter Elizabeth in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry---her aunt Gwen and her friend Anna Pigeon.

While they try to deal with the fragile state of affairs---and find the person behind the harassment---the three adults decide the best thing to do is to remove Elizabeth from the situation. Since Anna is about to start her new post as Acting Chief Ranger at Acadia National Park in Maine, the three will join her and stay at a house on the cliff of a small island near the park, Boar Island.

But the move east doesn't solve the problem. The stalker has followed them east. And Heath (a paraplegic) and Elizabeth aren't alone on the otherwise deserted island. At the same time, Anna has barely arrived at Acadia before a brutal murder is committed by a killer uncomfortably close to her.

BOAR ISLAND is a brilliant intertwining of past and present, of victims and killers, in a compelling novel that only Nevada Barr could write.

 

About Nevada Barr

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NEVADA BARR is a novelist, actor, and artist best known for NEVADA BARR is a novelist, actor, and artist best known for her New York Times bestselling, award-winning mystery seriesher New York Times bestselling, award-winning mystery series featuring Anna Pigeon. A former National Park Service Range featuring Anna Pigeon. A former National Park Service Ranger, she currently lives with her husband in New Orleans, Louir, she currently lives with her husband in New Orleans, Louisiana. siana.
 
Published May 17, 2016 by Minotaur Books. 385 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Boar Island
All: 6 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
on Mar 03 2016

After the razor-sharp focus of Destroyer Angel (2014), Barr’s latest is a surprisingly hot mess, awash in scattered crimes whose perpetrators’ behaviors defy belief. There’s not even much about Acadia National Park.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Aug 07 2016

Barr excels at conveying the often harsh realities faced by lobstermen and their families, though her depiction of the antagonist is less compelling and fails to achieve nuance or dimension. Still, readers looking for a lively escape in a rugged, brutal, but magnificent landscape should find plenty to enjoy.

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20Something Reads

Good
Reviewed by Roz Shea on May 27 2016

She skillfully blends just enough essential information when needed without expounding endlessly, boring the reader for pages to catch up. Any newcomer will no doubt want to go back to Anna’s beginnings and follow her illustrious career as a park ranger.

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Mysterious Reviews

Below average
on Aug 21 2016

Boar Island is far from one of the better books in this long-running series. There are several problems here, a significant one being that neither of the primary storylines, the murder of a lobsterman and the cyberbullying of a teenaged girl, is really very interesting.

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Salt Lake Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill on May 20 2016

Barr excels in producing a nuanced view of the rangers' lives and the economic hardships the area lobstermen and their families face. The characters are as vivid and sometimes as tough and unforgiving as the Maine environment. Realistic twists enhance the story.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good
Reviewed by Sharon Mensing on Jan 01 2016

The reader feels the anguish and frustration caused by being a victim of cyberstalking. This is an engaging read that ends up being more than a simple mystery.

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