BLACK HILL FARMWhat a frickin' trip to the dark side BLACK HILL FARM by Tim O'Rourke was! I have never read a YA like this, full of mysteries, thrilling suspense and a boat load of damage that will screw your head for a day! I can't even begin to explain to you how twisted the story is without telling you the entire thing because that's the only way you can truly understand the how's and why's of my gush/gripe.
Detective Chief Inspector John Walker hasn’t a suspect or motive for the murders at Black Hill Farm. That is until sixteen-year-old Ben McCloud walks into Beechers Hope Police Station, asking to be arrested for the killings. During twelve police interviews, Ben gives a disturbing confession about his relationship with Andrea and how his love for her became a dangerous obsession.
Finding themselves alone on a remote farm and desperate to stay together, Ben and Andrea’s world spirals out of control. And as they fight for survival, every step they take leads them into an ever darker world of despair and murder.
But who is Ben? Where has he really come from? And can his confession be believed?
A dark psychological romance with a deadly twist.
BLACK HILL FARM ANDY'S DIARY
In his confession, Ben McCloud told Detective Chief Inspector John Walker about the four murders that took place at Black Hill Farm. But what about the others? There are two sides to every story and this is Andy’s.
'Andy's Diary' - the conclusion of the sinister events that took place at Black Hill Farm.
Run away! Run while you still can, terrible things are going to happen here. You will do terrible things. Unspeakable things. I beg you leave now, while you still have a choice.BLACK HILL FARM recounts the events that led to a series of deaths in the Farm from two POV's, that of Benjamin McCloud and Andrea "Andy" Black via a series of interviews done by Inspector John Walker. Andy's family owns BHF, Ben is her cousin whom she just met recently after Ben's parents died and Andy's Dad adopted him. The Farm is losing money and their neighbor, Parker, is dead set on buying their land to expand his own. But Andy's family has a deeper beef with Parker and that personal grudge was what set off a bunch of unfortunate events that led to a lot of deaths, wrong assumptions, and revenge served sub-zero cold. Towards the end I was no longer able to identify who the heroes and villains are because everyone turned out to be victims in their own way.
John Walker had the misfortune of having the case fall on his lap because like a cursed artifact, the murders that happened in the Farm sent him spiraling down and cursed his already miserable life. Andy is a true Lolita, she's beautiful, cunning and can easily manipulate the men around her without really trying. She has this weird relationship with her Dad, not incestuous but a curious fixation they have for each other that it ended up alienating her mother. As for Ben, h is the real victim in all of this, his love for Andy was what fueled her careless plotting, enabling her to set off in motion a lot of things that towards the end, he was unable to stop the consequences of their actions which led to a tragic end for both of them.
-- we knew that our growing love for each other would be frowned upon that we became closer. - BenEverything that Tim said and implied in BLACK HILL FARM was enough to set my mind reeling. Ben and Andy's background in particular was deeply disturbing Freud will have a field day analyzing these teens. They went through so much for a pair of 16yo teens it's no wonder their moral compass doesn't point North anymore. But it's how they coped with the tragedies in the Farm that got me really perturbed, only a deranged person can survive in that Farm the way these two have.
BLACK HILL FARM is a horror story so tragic that any ray of hope or sunshine for any of them was eliminated in the end. I highly recommend everyone who is into horror to read this. Glad it's over for me *shivers with goosebumps*.