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Mysterious Skin (1995)

by Scott Heim

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Enthralling read. Initially I was going to throw it down in disgust as I wasn't quite sure what I was reading. However, I'm glad I gave it more reading time as it didn't go where I thought it was going ie, down the titillating, child porn, abuse route. It didn't and it was much much more.

This was an uncomfortable, and sometimes darn-right sickening view into the characters lives and how the 2 abused characters came to terms with their individual experiences of abuse. I genuinely felt for the damaged personalities, even the so called 'bad boy'.

I can't help believe that the author must be writing from experience or he has done some rather in depth research as it is all too realistic IMHO. OK, so what's UFO's got to do with it ... well all I'll say is I had 'a friend', no honestly, who had a 'loosely' similar experience so I really do 'get' this. You'll just have to read it to see if you do too. My friend? She's fine as far as I know but we lost touch a few years ago but I know it wasn't until, very like the story, 15 years before she realised the truth.

It will most definitely not be a book for everyone as it has child sexual abuse, homosexuality with explicit sex content. ( )
  sj2b | Jun 26, 2013 |
I wish I'd had this book in hand last year: novel in stories, multiple POV, fifteen year time frame, nonlinear narrative.

Heim is good at this.

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  usefuljack | May 17, 2013 |
I wish I'd had this book in hand last year: novel in stories, multiple POV, fifteen year time frame, nonlinear narrative.

Heim is good at this.

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  usefuljack | May 17, 2013 |
i thought the movie was better than the book - mostly due to the lead actor but whatev.

i like the roaming point of view. heim does very well in his debut. i liked in awe more than this book. if you're interested in a similar topic, read that book also! ( )
  coolsnak3 | May 12, 2011 |
Very well written with compelling characters and a fantastic sense of place. The end feels both perfect and not enough--after all that these characters have gone through, I kind of want to see how they go on, not just get a striking image of partial resolution. ( )
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The summer I was eight years old, five hours disappeared from my life.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060841699, Paperback)

At the age of eight Brian Lackey is found bleeding under the crawl space of his house, having endured something so traumatic that he cannot remember an entire five–hour period of time.

During the following years he slowly recalls details from that night, but these fragments are not enough to explain what happened to him, and he begins to believe that he may have been the victim of an alien encounter. Neil McCormick is fully aware of the events from that summer of 1981. Wise beyond his years, curious about his developing sexuality, Neil found what he perceived to be love and guidance from his baseball coach. Now, ten years later, he is a teenage hustler, a terrorist of sorts, unaware of the dangerous path his life is taking. His recklessness is governed by idealized memories of his coach, memories that unexpectedly change when Brian comes to Neil for help and, ultimately, the truth.

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This is a powerful first novel about what happens to two boys in the aftermath of sexual abuse by their baseball coach.

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