As always set against the background of a National Park, I would have given this book another star had there been just a little less to it. The main plot is quite good and the welcome introduction of a disabled camper and her aunt made me wonder if perhaps there was another series in Barr's future. There are two subplots, however, and both seem artificially tied into the main book - sometimes with confusing results. Well worth the read, but if you are new to the series, go back and start with the older books.
Marci S. (MarciNYC) reviewed Hard Truth (Anna Pigeon, Bk 13) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
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I love Barr's Anna Pigeon mysteries and this one was no exception. However, this was much darker than her previous books and the 'ick factor' was present throughout much of the story. I am anxious to see what happens next with Anna and where she'll end up next time around.
I was a little disappointed that I 'knew" who the killer was fairly early on in the book. I changed my mind a few times throughout the book, but my initial guess was right. I really enjoyed the scenery in the book. The descriptions of the area are great!
Once you get started reading this book, it's hard to put it down. Anna Pigeon takes up her new post in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Heath Jarrod, an angry quadriplegic, meets two young, nearly naked and injured girls who have been lost for weeks. The story that links them together will tug at your heart, chill your blood and keep you guessing.
The story opens with Heath Jarrod (a paraplegic forty-one year old who has not come to terms with her disability that left her dependent on a wheelchair for her mobility) setting up camp with her aunt Gwen and dog Wiley.
Anna Pigeon is a Ranger in Rocky Mountain Park, where three middle-school-aged girls have gone missing. In the opening chapter, two of them walk out of the backcountry barefoot, terrorized and stripped to their underwear.
Clearly, we're looking at here is a sexual psychopath.
But the girl's parents are members of a religious sect and the girls are quickly taken back to the commune before they reveal anything but a few details.
The story is well written even it is based about graphic child abuse and cruelty by the kidnapper. Anna Pigeon has developed into a caring Ranger trying her hardest even risking her own life to rescue these children.
Just three days after her wedding to Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon moves from Mississippi to Colorado to assume her new post as district ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park where three girls have disappeared during a religious retreat. Two of the children reappear a month later, clad only in filthy underwear and claiming to remember nothing of the intervening weeks. The girls are frightened and traumatized, but they forge a bond with the pair of campers who discover them--a wheel-chair-bound paraplegic and her elderly aunt.
With the reappearance of the children comes an odd and unsettling presence in the park, a sense of disembodied evil and unspeakable terrors; small animals are mercilessly slaughtered, and a sinister force seems to still controll the girls. As Anna investigates, she finds herself caught up in the machinations of a paranoid religious sect bent on protecting their secrets and keeping the girls sequestered from law enforcement and psychiatric help.
Following the trail of the many suspects, especially that of the cult's intense youth-group leader, Anna comes to find the force against which the children's minds have been broken. This evil has the eyes of a visionary and the soul of the devil. Anna will discover the truth--even if it kills her.
Very good. Lots of twists and turns, will keep your attention and keep you guessing until the very end. Love aLL of Nevada Barr's books and the Anna Pidgeon series is excellent, good mystery, and great interesting locations. Her writing takes you to all sorts of beautiful locations and is so vivid, you really feel like you are there also.
Anna Pigeon is still working in the parks, Rockie Mt this time, and still finding more than her share of trouble lurking in the bushes. Very suspenseful with an unlikely co-heroine and too much action for Anna to even call Molly. Kept me guessing and awake turning pages.
Ranger Anna Pigeon, Nevada Barr's series heroine (High Country, Flashback), meets her match in this engrossing new thriller set in Rocky Mountain National Park. Heath Jarrod is a climber now confined to a wheelchair after an accident that left her crippled, angry and depressed: "For a few months after the fall, she'd played Christopher Reeve, pretending to be as optimistic, as cheerful, but she was a lousy actor and ... she'd rung down the curtain. The first of many curtains." But there's a second act in her future that begins when two terrified, half-naked little girls stumble out of the woods and into Heath's "handicamp"--they've been missing for weeks, but are too traumatized to tell Heath and then Anna where they've been, or what happened to the third girl who disappeared with them. Beth, the younger, wins Heath's heart; with Anna, she pursues an investigation that leads to a bizarre, quasi-religious cult that's set up its headquarters just outside the park's boundaries, and the youth group leader who'd taken the girls into the wilderness and returned without them. Is Robert Proffit the gentle, spiritual man Anna's seasonal law enforcement agent Rita Perry thinks he is, or a twisted rapist and probable killer whose prayers for the innocent girls in his charge mask his evil nature?
The mysteries keep piling on, as one gruesome discovery leads to another, and Heath begins to realize that even though she's lost the use of her legs, the same tenacity that made her one of the world's leading mountaineers has even more rewarding summits to achieve.
Just days after marrying Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon moves to Colorado to assume her new post as district ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. When two of three children who'd gone missing from a religious retreat reappear, Anna's investigation brings her face to face with a paranoid sect and unspeakable evil.
I'm so glad that Anna is back in the mountains! This book was darker than her previous work, she really keeps this one on a knife's edge. Then tension is extraordinary, the last quarter of the book kept me glued to the pages.
Just days after marrying Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon moves to CO to assume her new post as district ranger at Rocky Mtn National Park. When 2 of 3 children who'd gone missing from a religious retreat reappear, Anna's investigation brings her face-to-face with a paranoid sect and unspeakable evil.
Anna Pigeon assumes her new post a District Ranger for Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Soon after, two of three missing children missing from a religious retreat re-appear, and Anna's investigation brings her face-to-face with a paranoid sect....and unspeakable evil.
Just 3 days after her wedding to Sherriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon moves from MS to CO to assume her new post as district ranger at Rocky Mtn National Park, where 3 girls have disappeared during a religious retreat. 2 of the children reappear a month later, clad only in filthy underwear and claiming to remember nothing of the intervening weeks.
Three days after her wedding to Sherrif Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon moves from Mississippi to Colorado to assume her new post as District Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, where three girls have disappeared during a religious retreat. Two of the children reappear a month later clad only in filthy underwear and claiming to remember nothing of the previous weeks.