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Helen MacInnes
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Black Creek Crossing

Black Creek Crossing - John Saul

I'm getting some bad vibes off of this one.  One dad has already beaten his son, and another girl's father has begun to look at her lasciviously. And I'm only on page 120.  As most of my friends know, I have a real hard time with books in which kids are abused for the sake of "entertaining" a reader.  Can't a book be scary/terrifying/suspenseful to adults without harm coming to a child?  I realize that for many (most?) adults the thought of harm coming to their children *is* terrifying.  But I really don't like reading about that for entertainment.  Scare me with ghosts and monsters, not with abused kids.