Book Review: Blueeyedboy by Joanne Harris

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Blueyedboy is  a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind child prodigy, and a serial murderer who is not who he seems. Told through posts on badguysrock@webjournal.com, this is a thriller that makes creative use of all the disguise, deception and mind games that are offered by playing out one’s life on the internet. 

Presented mainly as personal and public webjournal entries and fanfiction, this book presents the story of BB, growing up with his two brothers, his mother, and the local ‘gifted’ children and teachers.

It’s written really well, in that you don’t actually know what is real and who is telling the truth – if in fact anything you are being told is real. The way it’s constructed only adds to the confusion. Has anyone actually been killed? Who killed them, when and how? Are we reading the journal entries of someone with a strange set of fantasies, or chillingly cold killer flaunting his multiple kills? Who else is lying?

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