Boar Island

Boar Island

Book - 2016
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250064691
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 22, 2020

you know how sometimes some people will ask you--repeatedly--questions such as: 'have you ever been to maine'? they won't explain what they're trying to say to you, it's just, 'have you ever been to maine'? over and over again, but not often enough to wake you from your slumber. well, there was someone like this in my life, yet i do not recall them, only the circumstance. so that is why this book by nevada barr intrigued me: it is set in maine. as far as anna pigeon is concerned, i thought the best adventure she had was the one that involved spelunking.

Dec 10, 2019


Jul 21, 2019

Has the usual welldone complexities of Barr's mystery novels. I could never make it as a character in one of her books--too many ow-ies for me. If I were Anna's friend, I'd have to say, "Sorry, Anna, but this is bye bye. Too many injuries around you. See you in the next life maybe." I was mildly aggravated by Heath's frantic behavior sometimes. It seemed inconsistent with her courageous actions. however I do like seeing a woman with serious disabilities being so creative in handling some of the obstacles she encountered.

Jul 14, 2019

Barr's 19th Anna Pigeon novel. It's remarkable that such a long series remains so reliable. This time Anna is in Acadia National Park (an unrelated aside - I have a cousin named after this park) filling in for the lead ranger on leave. There are two mysteries going on - one Anna brings with her and the other is all Acadia's own. Nothing like psycho twins to keep things lively. I thoroughly enjoyed this installment in Anna's adventures.

Nov 09, 2017

I should probably rate this higher--but I was very disappointed. Very little about parks, no mystery to unravel. Way too much "women are victims" and not nearly enough "women can take care of themselves." (wife abuse, trolling, stalking, child molesting) Wasn't Anna always able to handle herself in previous books? This book is far more focused upon the teenage goddaughter (adopted child of Heath) and probably an attempt to draw a new generation of readers. It is a departure that doesn't serve Barr well.

Aug 18, 2016

Story held my attention only because I wanted to know whether characters are safe in the end, but there's no mystery to it. I enjoyed her earlier books more.

Jul 30, 2016

This book is suspenseful and kept my interest, but I also had a feeling of dread while reading it. Terrible things happened, and others threatened to happen. I like Anna Pigeon, but she always ends up in incredibly dangerous situations. I was also looking forward to this book taking place at Acadia National Park in Maine, but that really seemed to be an afterthought. This book has its good points, but it is also disturbing.

May 22, 2016

This is a bahn burner, and to mix metaphors, a roller coaster of a read.

The action quickly moves from Colorado to the waters and landmarks near Acadia National Park. There are multiple parallel plots, all pretty suspenseful.
Some of these develop and end predictably, but that's OK.

There is some fabulous character development-- in particular, Denise. Can't say too much more without spoiling the reading experience.

Nevada Barr loves the characters who people her world, and (unlike the real world) they almost all have senses of humor.

One of my favorite lines, spoken by a third-generation lobsterman: "I thought you were a wicked lobstah trap..."

jpainter Apr 18, 2016

Number nineteen in Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon suspense series, but reads perfectly as a standalone mystery. A cyberbullying attack on a teenage girl prompts Barr's park ranger/ law enforcement agent to bring a family needing protection with her on her latest National Parks assignment to Acadia National Park in Maine. You'd think that the family here would be safe in a house perched high on a rock cliff on a remote island reachable only by boat, but as Anna's friend, Heath, her elderly aunt Gwen, and her daughter, Elizabeth find out, you can flee but you can't hide. While the stalker continues to threaten Elizabeth, dark happenings on Boar Island and a murder in Acadia National Park bring danger to this remote location. Both plots move forward with creepy details from two sets of family pasts unfolding and overlapping satisfyingly and building tension.


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May 22, 2016

Leave No Trace.

May 22, 2016

..., and revenge was for people who were helpless to obtain justice.

May 22, 2016

..., that was courage, to be afraid and not let it stop you from doing what was right,

May 22, 2016

People did a lot of awful things to other people.


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