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 herAnna 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 herAR ISLAND is a brilliant intertwining of past and present, of victims and killers, in a compelling novel that only Nevada Barr could write.
Boar Island 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 adop
3.5 For many years now I have followed Anna Pigeon from National Park to National Park Often learning interesting things about the parks themselves and being treated to some darn good storylines This story finds Anna in Acadia National Park where she is filling in as the man in charge is on vacation Characters from her last story, Health and Elizabeth as well as Gwen come to Boar Island because young Elizabeth is being cyber bullied and Heath wants to give her some escape time So that is one sto [...]
This was fun for me because it takes place down the road from me in Maine s Mount Desert Island Our park ranger hero Anna Pigeon is assigned temporary duty at Acadia National Park Her close friends, the feisty paraplegic Heath and her adopted teenaged daughter Elizabeth Anna s goddaughter , key characters from Barr s Destroyer Angel , have come to stay nearby on at an old lighthouse on the high cliffs of a tiny island offshore from the park Accompanying them is Aunt Gwen, who is a pediatrician i [...]
I was provided an ARC of this novel by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, so here goes Two stars just about sums it up I had taken a break from reading Ms Barr because the last few of her books I d read were filled with constant diatribes against organized religion And even though I m not in church as often as I feel I need to be, it still makes me uncomfortable when a writer abuses her trust with a reader to repeatedly berate them for their beliefs Trust me, I get it, okay For some [...]
We ve read Barr s entire bibliography over the years, including her most famous series about Park Ranger Anna Pigeon These were invariably entertaining novels for three reasons First, each took place in a different National Park, about which the descriptions were so vivid the tales almost read like travelogues Secondly, the protagonist Anna was such a great character middle aged like us, full of flaws and warts, unlike the wonder women so common to other female authors but persistent and resourc [...]
Barr remains a terrible writer I don t think she s been reading my reviews, which contain constructive criticism Use your PRONOUNS, Nevada, I yell helpfully as I page through these ghastly tomes These are actual complete sentences from Boar Island Vision cleared.Chest muscles loosened Tears started.Machinery clanked.Flesh thudded against the ground.Shoulders were broad and arms muscled.Lips were chiseled.Annoyance returned.There is one of the worst crimes anyone can commit, using lay instead of [...]
Nevada Barr s Ranger Anna Pigeon novels are typically set in national parks I say typically because although her newest book, Boar Island, sends Anna to Acadia National Park in Maine, she spends very little time there.When Anna is assigned to Acadia as Acting Chief Ranger, her friend Heath, teenage daughter Elizabeth E , and Heath s Aunt Gwen accompany her from Colorado to stay on Boar Island in order to escape E s cyberstalker This made for a fairly tense and stimulating scenario, especially gi [...]
I ve bought every Anna Pigeon book in the series since they first came out I m not going to do that any Here s why 1 Boar Island was a diatribe against cyberstalking in particular and social media in general wrapped up in a convoluted, overwritten mystery Authors generally do best when they show, don t tell Barr did a lot of telling disguised as thoughts of the characters and narrator There were points when I felt as if I were reading a screed by Nevada Barr against cyber everything, hospitals, [...]
And again, another of my favorite writers goes on my Don t Bother list This latest addition to the Anna Pigeon series is dull, flat and way too dependent on coincidence Anna and her friends are merely two dimensional paper dolls The worst part was, instead of getting into the story, the reader me just hung around on the outside being told what happened.The title should be Bore Island.
4.0 STARSIn ended my review of Destroyer Angel, Barr s eighteenth installment of the beloved Anna Pigeon series, with this request Nevada, please come to New England and write a book that takes place in the Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, ME It would make a perfect backdrop for a magnificent tale She heard me, she listened Boar Island takes place in Bar Harbor, ME although Acadia National Park was indeed of a backdrop than the primary setting of the book about that later.What starts out as [...]
I liked this one than a 3 star rating would suggest If it had been a stand alone read, I d have given it a 4 But as an entry in the Anna Pigeon series, I did have some problems with it I like Nevada Barr and I like this series, but like some authors who seem to take sadistic or is it masochistic delight in torturing, tormenting, or otherwise hurting their main characters, Barr has gone to this well a few times too many in my opinion I mean, how many times and how many different ways can a chara [...]
Cyber Stalking I ve been reading the Anna Pigeon series for a long time now This is the 19th book in the series and I haven t got bored with it yet Several books ago Barr introduced a couple of new characters Heath, a paraplegic and Elizabeth, who is now Heath s adopted daughter In this book, Elizabeth is being cyber stalked by an unknown person The cyber stalking becomes so serious that they decide to take Elizabeth to Maine and stay on a friend s secluded island, Boar Island, which is also nea [...]
I usually really enjoy Anna Pigeon books I liked this one better than the last one, which I found way too dark I enjoyed this one, overall, but would have liked description of Acadia National Park, which is why I started the series originally I also found the ending to be much too abrupt I needed an epilogue or something, as it kind of just ended and I was shocked when I turned the page and it was over.
I expected Nevada Barr to write a simple mystery and here she writes a completely noir mystery with killings, kidnapping and what have you She s taken on a family atmosphere with Elizabeth, Health, and Gwen And she leaves off with a mystery of what just happened I m surprised that Ann is still alive.
Not very good I m done with this author Also the big publisher is inept at copyreading There are dangling modifiers all over the place in both of these last two books For gods sake, people, do your jobs.
So much better than the last Anna Pigeon I love the characters in this one, and the setting is awesome Spooky people.
I was really looking forward to this book, only to be disappointed Not nearly as good as the others.
I have to say I like mystery detective novels where the POV alternates and where you are given some insight into the mind of the perpetrator Sue Grafton s T for Trespass comes to mind I also appreciate several threads of intrigue going on at one time and seeing how they interweave and eventually meet.Usually Nevada Barr s books focus on Anna the Ranger and a murder or disaster in a particular National park Barr takes a slightly different tack here with one thread of the story focusing on the cyb [...]
2 1 2 It feels like quite a while since we have had an Anna Pigeon book, but for the most part, the wait was worthwhile Anna has gotten darker over the years The interesting thing about this one is that it really doesn t revolve around Anna as much as she is intertwined into the spiraling storylines Maine is a great setting and Nevada Barr as usual makes good use of the cultural and geographic feel of the area to set the tone for most of what goes on One part of the plot is pretty easy to discer [...]
The Anna Pigeon series used to be one of my favorites But the last two have been just meh With this one, you can see how the novel will play out from early on.
This book feels like it took a long time to finish I liked the setting of the book and I really liked the stories that eventually came together but the book was just too wordsy for me The author could have gotten to the point without dragging out the details as much as she did.
Nevada Barr has developed a tried and true pattern of storytelling with the novels featuring her fan favorite protagonist, National Park Service veteran Anna Pigeon She also tries to stretch the boundaries on that style, lest the reader and, I m sure, the author get complacent or bored.In Boar Island, the19th Anna Pigeon novel, Ms Barr runs parallel stories One involves a cyber stalker menacing Anna s goddaughter, while the other addresses a murder just outside of the boundaries of Maine s Acadi [...]
Love Nevada Barr, love Barbara Rosenblat but only one of these comes out ahead in this collaboration Rosenblat by a mile Not Barr s best Anna Pigeon mystery too many plot lines and characters and not nearly enough about the Acadia National Park, its beauties and dangers After all, the descriptions are one of the main reasons to read listen to these books they re perfect for vacations or armchair vacations because Barr provides such a sense of place And wonder I have fond memories of driving down [...]
I have a few of these books but this is the first time that I have actually sat down and read one Unfortunately this book did not capture my attention with either the storyline or the characters In the beginning this was a different story as I was curious about the story and what I was reading Yet the problem was that there was not one character that I gravitated towards and the story seemed jumbled at times with no smooth flow to it There was little pieces of information thrown out there but I [...]
It was a good book, but not what I have come to expect from Anna Pigeon novels The view into the mind of a crazy person was different, and I thought Barr did a good job with that However, it was of a Heath novel and I m not a big fan of the Heath character and her family I couldn t recall the history of Elizabeth from the other book well and, when Barr reiterated it, I couldn t believe that this girl had gone through so much and here she was being put through yet another horrible time.
I haven t read anything by Nevada Barr in awhile, but I picked this one up because is was set in and near Acadia National Park and I love that park The story was OK, but it didn t have the spark some of her earlier books had.
Unfortunately, This was not one of Nevada Barr s best books I always enjoy reading about National Park Ranger, Anna Pigeon s adventures and escapades in the various national parks I could really relate to the stories that were written about her working the National Parks that I myself have visited over the years thus that made a good reader story connection This particular location was at Acadia National Park, a real up east beauty of a park on the coast of Maine The author, unfortunately, was l [...]
This is a typical Anna Pigeon novel and that s not a bad thing at all Anna is in yet another new venue and the reader has the opportunity to learn about a new area of these United States Couple that with a good mystery, a cast of characters some introduced before and some brand new and you have a good read Nevada Barr showing that once again she s than just a pretty park ranger.
Almost unreadableA cyberstalker follows a girl from Colorado to a national park in Maine Hello What is the definition of CYBERstalker And the second plot about evil twinsjustwhat I read the first few books in this series years ago and I think I liked them, but what happened to Park Ranger Anna Pigeon, like, fighting poachers Or tracking a murderer through the wilderness Also, the writing is just terrible.
While I enjoyed this book much than the last one in the series, I do wish of the focus particularly in the first half of the book was on Anna She s why I read them although the verbal scenery comes in a close second Silence bloomed like a blessing 7 The coast, with its islands like jeweled rock gardens scattering in a sea of whitecaps and blue water, took on a fairy tale beauty 11 She was wearing Levi s so worn the knees were white and stringy with age, not artifice 17 Sad to end one s life in [...]
Absolutely hit the mark on this one, development true to the characters, a rivetting read We return to Ranger Anna Pigeon, her new assignment is in Maine s Acadia National Park It s a short stint, 21 days but very, very convenient Anna s best friend Heath and Heath s adopted daughter Elizabeth need to leave town as Elizabeth has been targeted by a cyber stalker with horrible personal consequences to the 16 year old It s not as if she s not survived enough horror in her young life, now here s pi [...]