Hawkes Harbor

Hawkes Harbor

Book - 2004
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Jamie Sommers, believing himself destined to a life of crime, works as a smuggler and murderer on the high seas before encountering a dark force in a quiet Delaware seaside town that pushes him to the brink of insanity
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765305633
0765305631
Branch Call Number: FIC Hint
Characteristics: 251 p. ; 22 cm

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JCLAxelF Oct 18, 2016

I honestly didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I enjoyed Hinton's books as a teenager and thought I would give this a try. At first I really thought I had made a mistake, but after about twenty pages I was hooked. I hadn't read any reviews before getting started so I was taken completely by surprise when the twist came.

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KLAllard
Jun 05, 2012

This book was originally a Dark Shadows novel that was rewritten somewhat following the cancellation of several completed books in a new Dark Shadows line by the publishing house. Two Dark Shadows books by Lara Parker ("Angelique's Descent" and "The Salem Branch") were released, as well as "Dreams of the Dark", by Stephen Mark Rainey and Elizabeth Massie.
Another Dark Shadows novel "The Labyrinth of Souls" is available free in multiple e-book formats on author Stephen Mark Rainey's website.

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beckylunatic
May 28, 2011

I wouldn't view this as a vampire story so much as a picaresque/character study with themes of rehabilitation and redemption. The supernatural element is secondary, but used as a vehicle in an innovative way. I thought it was pretty good, but not necessarily enjoyable to someone who wants either a straightforward monster scare *or* a cleaned-up romantic vamp. Hinton gives you something more complicated, with elements of both, and a great deal more humanity than either.

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BookishLady
May 16, 2011

Fans of Hinton's young adult works will probably be disappointed by her first foray into adult fiction. A vampire novel, Hawkes Harbour goes to a much darker place in comparison to many modern vampire books. The unmitigated horrors experienced by the worse-for-wear protagonist, Jamie, will likely turn off many readers. Then just when it gets good, it gets terrible again (for Jamie).

It took me a while to get into this book (about halfway through, actually), and I'm not sure it was worth the tiny payoff of knowing the ending.

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EPLPicks_Teen Mar 22, 2010

An orphan and a bastard, Jamie grew up tough enough to handle almost anything, but what he encounters in a quiet seaside town nearly drives him insane.

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