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Mysterious Skin - Scott Heim
Mysterious Skin
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At the age of eight Brian Lackey is found bleeding under the crawl space of his house, having endured something so traumatic that he cannot remember an entire five–hour period of time. During the following years he slowly recalls details from that night, but these fragments are not enough to... show more
At the age of eight Brian Lackey is found bleeding under the crawl space of his house, having endured something so traumatic that he cannot remember an entire five–hour period of time. During the following years he slowly recalls details from that night, but these fragments are not enough to explain what happened to him, and he begins to believe that he may have been the victim of an alien encounter. Neil McCormick is fully aware of the events from that summer of 1981. Wise beyond his years, curious about his developing sexuality, Neil found what he perceived to be love and guidance from his baseball coach. Now, ten years later, he is a teenage hustler, a terrorist of sorts, unaware of the dangerous path his life is taking. His recklessness is governed by idealized memories of his coach, memories that unexpectedly change when Brian comes to Neil for help and, ultimately, the truth.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780060841690 (0060841699)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Reading Old Books and Other Extreme Sports
Reading Old Books and Other Extreme Sports rated it
5.0 Mysterious Skin
Cinematic writing, great characterisation, quietly horrifying and viscerally uncomfortable. Reading this felt like tasting blood.
willemite
willemite rated it
This is a very sharp-edged multiple coming of age novel. No Tom Sawyers here. Brian Lackey (and can’t you tell what sort of person he is by his name?) wakes up in the crawlspace under his home one midnight when he is 8 years old, bloody, with no knowledge of what had happened to the last five hour...
KCPolski
KCPolski rated it
2.0 Mysterious Skin
I think I rate this lower than it probably deserves just because it was so disturbing. The thing that bothers me the most is that Neil is presented as if he WANTED the coach to molest him. But maybe his memories are just as skewed as Brian's are. Whereas one has convinced himself he was abducted ...
Gosh I Wish I was a Good Writer
Gosh I Wish I was a Good Writer rated it
5.0 Mysterious Skin
Now this is an interesting book. Two boys seduced/molested by their little league coach and how it affects them over the next fifteen years. It was an amazing story that had a very successful ending. The characters are very interesting and the writing style was yummy.
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