- Pasta dura: 256 páginas
- Editor: Simon & Schuster (1 de febrero de 2003)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0743213661
- ISBN-13: 978-0743213660
- Dimensiones del producto: 16.2 x 2.2 x 23.8 cm
- Peso del envío: 717 g
- Opinión media de los clientes sobre el producto: Sé el primero en calificar este artículo
Have You Seen Dawn? (Inglés) Pasta dura – feb 2003
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Menace stalks the sleepy streets of Amethyst, Texas, in acclaimed mystery writer Steven Saylor's chilling novel of a young woman who goes home for a visit and becomes enmeshed in the search for a missing teenage girl. Menace turns to fear when layers of secrets and mistrust are peeled back to reveal a darkness deeper and more terrifying than anything the young visitor could ever have imagined.
Duty and love of her wheelchair-bound grandmother compel Rue Dunwitty to travel from her new home in San Francisco back to the quiet little Texas town where she was raised.
For Rue, arriving in Amethyst evokes the cozy comfort of returning to a safe haven where everyone knows her name and nothing ever seems to change. Then, in the window of the local grocery store, she sees a sign with a picture of a teenage girl and the question, "Have you seen Dawn?" Rue's bittersweet nostalgia is abruptly replaced by a growing sense of dread.
Dawn is the daughter of a single mother who recently moved to town. When Rue encounters Dawn's twin brother, she is disconcerted by his precocious, brooding intensity. Also unnerving is the change that seems to have come over Rue's old friends. Have they simply grown apart, or is there something more sinister at play?
Then, late at night, Rue sees a strange light in the field outside her grandmother's house, moving across the abandoned farm that once had been home to her father, from whom she is now estranged.
In short order, Rue finds herself confounded by a series of disturbing discoveries -- about the husband of her best friend from high school days; about the intentions of the town's handsome deputy sheriff; about her father, who moved away from Amethyst years ago but may have secretly returned; about her brother, who lives in Austin, but who seems to have taken a leave from both his job and his marriage; and about her boyfriend from San Francisco, who suddenly shows up in town and who seems not to be a stranger there.
Atmospheric and grippingly suspenseful, Have You Seen Dawn? is a thrilling novel of brooding menace, devious twists, and startling surprises.
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For me this read was less about the mystery than it was a nostalgic visit to my past with a bit of my current life thrown in for good measure. I grew up with Steven, his brother & sister and all the other Saylor cousins in our small Central Texas Ranching community. Little has changed since childhood ... and as far as I know ... there was never a series of missing girls taken by the hands of a serial killer ... or was there?
This was a pleasure to read ... now I need to get into his Roma series and see what all the fuss is about!
Thank you Steven for giving me a much needed vacation home!
Without giving away any of the plot, I will say that a really great murder mystery is one in which the reader has far too many suspects to count. Keeps you (and the feisty little protagonist) on your toes. Ending was satisfactory... if a little sad.
It has been a few years since I've read this but it still sticks in my mind as an enjoyable read.
I had been very dubious that I would enjoy Steven Saylor writing a modern story, and with a female as the main character. Don't ask me why, I just was. But it was very well written (like all his works) and really good. I would put it more in the YA/NA genre than his Gordianus or Roma series though. Not too sure if this is intentionl, but it did have a younger reader feel to it.
It was well paced, well constructed and kept me interested from the beginning to the end. As said, it's been almost 10 years since I read it so can't go into too much more detail. However, it's left such a 'contented reading' feeling in my head, it's a book I would readily pick up and read again today - especially now I can grab it as an eBook!
And for a girl who was raised in the tropics of Australia and who has never seen snow, it taught me all about frozen pipes in winter time and I, sadly, found that just as fascinating as the actual plot line. :-)
I knew kind of where Saylor was going with this, and from the beginning of the book, he seemed to be capable of writing about this disturbing type of murder mystery that is way too close to real crime stories without giving agonizing details that I find disturbing. That was the problem. First it was a couple of uses of a swearword I find especially offensive after the middle of the book had been reached. From there on it went downhill until the middle of the second to the last chapter, where it was like the gates of filth were let wide open, that Saylor led the reader on with a decent mystery, then descended into the pit.
There is a reason I choose not to read true crime, and I find it disturbing when others do read them. I do read some forensic stuff, more medically inclined as I did do studies in the morgue when I got my neuroscience degree, but these are based on evidence and usually don't go way into the lurid stories that got these people killed. So I really don't appreciate it when a writer misleads me with what I thought was a regular mystery, and it turns into the kind of filth I don't really want to waste brain capacity on. It isn't entertaining. It's just revolting...
The trouble is the plot. It ultimately ain't much. With the Gordianus books, if the storytelling ever lapses, the central character -- Ancient Rome -- is so compelling that it carries you over the creaky points. A small town in modern day Texas is no ancient Rome (What is?) Here, you have a potentially great idea, which becomes a woman in peril melodrama, with the perky, Nancy Drew type heroine, undecided which of her potential true loves represents danger and which represent amour. Adding a little heavy petting is diverting, but it is not enough.
If Saylor had gone for a novel with suspense elements, rather than a suspense novel, this would have been four or five stars.