The Bright Lands

The Bright LandsThe Town Of Bentley Holds Two Things Dear Its Football, And Its Secrets But When Star Quarterback Dylan Whitley Goes Missing, An Unremitting Fear Grips This Remote Corner Of TexasJoel Whitley Was Shamed Out Of Conservative Bentley Ten Years Ago, And While He S Finally Made A Life For Himself As A Gay Man In New York, His Younger Brother S Disappearance Soon Brings Him Back To A Place He Thought He D Escaped For Good Meanwhile, Sheriff S Deputy Starsha Clark Stayed In Bentley Joel S Return Brings Back Painful Memories Not To Mention Questions About Her Own Missing Brother And In The High School Hallways, Dylan S Friends Begin To Suspect That Their Classmates Know Far Than They Re Telling The Police Together, These Unlikely Allies Will Stir Up Secrets Their Town Has Long Tried To Ignore, Drawing The Attention Of Dangerous Men Who Will Stop At Nothing To See That Their Crimes Stay BuriedBut No One Is Quite Prepared To Face The Darkness That S Begun To Haunt Their Nightmares, Whispering About A Place Long Thought To Be Nothing But An Urban Legend An Empty Night, A Flicker Of Light On The Horizon The Bright Lands Oh ok, I see you John Fram I ve been begging forunique and creative crime fiction for what feels like decades, and low and behold Stephen Queen is here and he has delivered Funny story I reviewed this book in my head back in February, and apparently thought I reviewed it here as well, but SURPRISE Alas, in my head it stayed But that s ok because I m here reviewing it nowHis brother was not the first troubled football player to confide in Joel All week in Manhattan he had thought Oh ok, I see you John Fram I ve been begging forunique and creative crime fiction for what feels like decades, and low and behold Stephen Queen is here and he has delivered Funny story I reviewed this book in my head back in February, and apparently thought I reviewed it here as well, but SURPRISE Alas, in my head it stayed But that s ok because I m here reviewing it nowHis brother was not the first troubled football player to confide in Joel All week in Manhattan he had thought of nothing but a sticky summer afternoon a decade ago, of a truck cab spiked with the smell of spearmint, of a man with shocking green eyes and a bad neck shaking his head with the effort and saying, Don t play that game if you can help it, Whitley Joel would cut off an arm to ensure Dylan never suffered the same fate as that ruined man Imagine if Friday Night Lights and any one of Stephen King s stories had a lovechild, and you would probably end up welcoming a spunky little bundle of The Bright Lands From the very first page, Fram has saturated the story with mystery, suspense, and a special brand of dread that grows with each breath of this tale It s a dread that is both fantastical and allegorical Typically I don t like my thrillers packaged in a 500 page count, but John has proven me wrong by showing me just how much this story needed the hefty chunk This novel is meaty inways than one, , and once you ve finished the book you realize just how relevant the issues included, such as corrupt police, the continuing plight of the LGBTQIA community, and toxic masculinity are in our present world It s near impossible to talk about any specific plot points, because spoilers, but I will say that the pacing and way that the author chose to tell this story really spoke to me The first 3 5 of the book is really this building suspense where the reader is dying to answer some of the questions upon questions as to what is really going on in this small Texas town, and the remaining 2 5 of the book is straight up balls to the wall action When I got there trust me, you ll know it when you hit that section , I had to finish the book in one sitting, because I couldn t breathe until everything wrapped up SHMERMALARMA I am dying to talk about this book , but I think I should leave it at this if you enjoy well written, character driven crime fiction with a hefty dose of well researched horror, you simply cannot miss The Bright Lands This book was a pleasure to read, and it only seems fitting to post my review during Pride month, so maybe my self sabotage was for good reasonMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. The Bright Lands is hands down one of the best debut novels that I ve ever read This Stephen King meets Grindr horror novel will exceed any of your expectations Surrounding small Texan town Bentley, there lies a secret hidden deep within the town s history Joel Whitley, a former resident of the town, has moved to New York to start his life over after growing up with the homophobic ridicule that he received as a teenager His life isn t perfect, but as an adult he has been able to use that The Bright Lands is hands down one of the best debut novels that I ve ever read This Stephen King meets Grindr horror novel will exceed any of your expectations Surrounding small Texan town Bentley, there lies a secret hidden deep within the town s history Joel Whitley, a former resident of the town, has moved to New York to start his life over after growing up with the homophobic ridicule that he received as a teenager His life isn t perfect, but as an adult he has been able to use that shame and mask it with money, beauty, and a whole new life that is completely different from the one he had as a child One night, his younger high school aged brother, Dylan text messages him in trouble Joel is quick to see that there s some type of dilemma that his brother is struggling with and decides to take a flight back home to check in on him When Joel arrives to Bentley, he realizes that the town has hardly changed in their social acceptance towards anyone that is deemed other Dylan, however, is the star quarterback for the Bisons the town s team and mascot Dylan is attractive and popular and basically the town s celebrity why would Dylan need help from his older brother Soon after Joel gets his footing in Bentley, his brother vanishes without a trace The town is in turmoil after their golden boy disappears and Joel feels responsible As Joel begins to search for his brother, he reconnects with a person from his past that opens up old wounds The duo notice that the there s an underlying secret masking this town and whatever it is, has something to do with Dylan s disappearance.I feel like I gave you too much information, but then I realized from the synopsis that I did not This book is thiccccc at almost 500 pages, but I read the book in two days because I was completely addicted The writing is very easy to get lost into and it s definitely a fast paced book I was buddying reading this book with my book pal Chelsea, and was only supposed to read a few chapters to see how it was WRONG MOVE I continued to read hours later Oops That being said, The Bright Lands is reminiscent of Stephen King as in that there s a supernatural element in the book, but hardly too much where it takes you to the realm of unbelievability I fell in love with so many characters in this book So many of them were relatable to me even as a kid growing up on Long Island Without spoiling anything, there s quite a few characters that hit close to home for me As you read, you ll think you know what s going to develop, but I m telling you now that you will have no idea When I began reading this book I questioned where all the gay was I believed that the mystery would be easy to find out I didn t understand why a book would be this long for a mystery.I WAS WRONG ON ALL ACCOUNTS This book has plenty of gay the mystery is very, very difficult to just come up on your own, so good luck trying to figure it out and the length of the book was important because it showed the mystery behind the people and town of Bentley appropriately In fact, I wantLong story short, The Bright Lands is definitely a contender for my top 10 books for 2020 and I can t wait to see what you all think of it John Fram, congratulations on your first novel Many thanks to Harper Audio for the free audiobook in exchange for an honest reviewThere are many who pretend to despise and belittle that which is beyond their reach Aesop For the third time in my reviewing career, I am leaving a book unrated because there are no ratings that feel fair to this book I originally decided four stars but then went down to three stars and then all the way down to two stars but after drafting this review, I realized that I didn t stand by any of those ra Many thanks to Harper Audio for the free audiobook in exchange for an honest reviewThere are many who pretend to despise and belittle that which is beyond their reach Aesop For the third time in my reviewing career, I am leaving a book unrated because there are no ratings that feel fair to this book I originally decided four stars but then went down to three stars and then all the way down to two stars but after drafting this review, I realized that I didn t stand by any of those ratings So, what s this book about The town of Bentley holds two things dear its football, and its secrets But when star quarterback Dylan Whitley goes missing, an unremitting fear grips this remote corner of Texas.Joel Whitley was shamed out of conservative Bentley ten years ago, and while he s finally made a life for himself as a gay man in New York, his younger brother s disappearance soon brings him back to a place he thought he d escaped for good Meanwhile, Sheriff s Deputy Starsha Clark stayed in Bentley Joel s return brings back painful memories not to mention questions about her own missing brother And in the high school hallways, Dylan s friends begin to suspect that their classmates know farthan they re telling the police Together, these unlikely allies will stir up secrets their town has long tried to ignore, drawing the attention of dangerous men who will stop at nothing to see that their crimes stay buried.But no one is quite prepared to face the darkness that s begun to haunt their nightmares, whispering about a place long thought to be nothing but an urban legend an empty night, a flicker of light on the horizon The Bright LandsThis book wasn t bad It was creepy, gay, and well written For a few reasons, it didn t work for me I cannot stress enough that I am not saying this book is bad I just didn t enjoy it Does that make sense The first problem wasn t the author s fault I requested the audio file from HarperAudio Some publishers will send a file you can download and listen to via a media plyer app This was the case with Bright Lands Unfortunately, Apple is super annoying and it took me hours to figure out how to properly play the files Even after figuring it out, I was so worried that the files were out of order so I kept worrying all the way until I finished the book I also felt a detachment from all the characters I never got a look inside their heads This story was told mostly without internal thoughts of the characters aka 3rd person objective which made the book feellike a long list of events that happened Kind of lacking in emotion.Because of my previously mentioned worrying, I was having a hard time paying attention to the plot It was mostly enjoyable but towards the end, I started to get a little lost in the weeds I was able to sort out most of it but there were a few things I had to get clarified after finishing There were a LOT of characters and I think that most of them were necessary to the plot but I just struggled to keep track of all the roles All that said, there were quite a few great things that I did enjoy This book was so creepy It gave me Stephen King vibes The magical realism and horror elements were mixed into the plot in an amazing way that was subtle and unsettling I loved the small town mystery, too It had a slow build up but it was excellently written and had a really cool ending I loved the gay themes I won t go into specifics because I feel like I d be spoiling but the quote I have in the beginning kind of hints at what happens and I loved it, in spite of the fact that it was kind of weird.I also liked the narrator He did a great job with voice acting the many many characters and working with tone to make the characters sound different from each other which I really appreciated Overall, this book is a great book but due to things no one could control, I didn t really enjoy it If you re a fan of Stephen King or anything gay or both , I highly recommend this book Bottom Line No RatingAge Rating R Content Screening Mild Spoilers Positive Messages 1 5 Leaving toxic communities if needed Violence 4 5 Gore, Murder, Rape, Fights, Guns, Knives, Stabbing Sex 4 5 Rape, Sexual Assult, Sexual themes Language 3 5 F k, Sh t, D ck, F gg t Drinking Drugs 3 5 Drug misuse, Alcohol consumption Content and Trigger Warnings Explicit sexual themes, Sexual abuse, Nudity, Violence, Homophobia, Death, Loss of a loved one, HorrorPublication Date July 4th, 2020Publisher Hanover Square Press an imprint of HarperCollins Genre LGBT Horror I waffled back and forth over this rating all night but I feel like it s fair The quality of this book was 5 stars but my enjoyment of this book was honestly 2 ish maybe 3 stars soooo3 starsreview to come welp, i am officially a stalker because i ve watched about 5 of this author s live streams and i also just found out this is 11 10 on the gay level and if i don t get this book now, i will literally implode well, the author described himself as Stephen Queen so you know Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram 4.5 STARS Thank you so much to John Fram and Hanover Square Press for the gifted ARC of THE BRIGHT LANDS WOW this was such a fantastic debut novel If you guys love amazing and spooky character driven novels, you definitely need to check this one out when it releases JULY 7th My favorite thing about this book was how real the story and characters felt This book did an amazing job at fleshing out all of the characters and making them feel so realistic and relatable I also really enjoyed 4.5 STARS Thank you so much to John Fram and Hanover Square Press for the gifted ARC of THE BRIGHT LANDS WOW this was such a fantastic debut novel If you guys love amazing and spooky character driven novels, you definitely need to check this one out when it releases JULY 7th My favorite thing about this book was how real the story and characters felt This book did an amazing job at fleshing out all of the characters and making them feel so realistic and relatable I also really enjoyed how deep this story was and it was surprisingly very emotional at times This was my first LGBTQ thriller horror and I was fully obsessed with it Another thing I really loved about this book was how creepy it was There were so many scenes that truly creeped me out, which I thoroughly enjoyed This book was the perfect blend of nail biting suspense and horror, which made it such an incredible read I also loved the ending because it was actual INSANITY and it was everything I hoped it would be The only minor issue I really had with this book was that I couldn t fully connect to some parts of the story due to the football aspect, but that didn t affect my overall rating or enjoyment of the book much I HIGHLY recommend this book to you guys and you need to preorder this book ASAP if you haven t already TRIGGERS Homophobic Slurs, Sexual Assault, Suicide 4 starsYou can read all of my reviews at book is a creepy, weird mixture of mystery suspense and horror a combination that works surprisingly well I couldn t stop reading it, even though part of me didn t want know anythingabout what happens and just wanted to go on about my life The town of Bentley is a typical Texas small town Young and old alike their entire world revolves around high school football As a gay man growing up in southern Tex 4 starsYou can read all of my reviews at book is a creepy, weird mixture of mystery suspense and horror a combination that works surprisingly well I couldn t stop reading it, even though part of me didn t want know anythingabout what happens and just wanted to go on about my life The town of Bentley is a typical Texas small town Young and old alike their entire world revolves around high school football As a gay man growing up in southern Texas, Joel Whitley had a difficult life in Bentley He fled town for New York City ten years ago after a big scandal and never looked back He s now a successful business man that is able to be himself in his new city But, a troubling text from his younger brother Dylan, who is the star quarterback player on the high school football team, suddenly takes him back to the town he vowed he d never step foot in again Sheriff s Deputy Starsha Clark, who used to date Joel in high school, never left town and has been able to make a life for herself, although she is still haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her older brother ten years ago She s not happy about Joel s appearance in town, but when Dylan goes missing after the Friday night football game, they find themselves thrust together to investigate the missing boy Dylan s friends and teammates are definitely hiding something, and Joel and Starsha must keep digging to get to the truth Complicating matters are the disturbing nightmares they, and other town members, start having the night Dylan went missing Things definitely aren t as they seem, and supernatural forces may be in play Joel and Starsha may find out what s going on but do they really want to know the answers I can t go into much detail beyond this without spoiling it for you This book caught my attention and didn t let go until the end I stayed up until 4am to finish it because I just had to know how it ended It is very well written and while the story unfolds slowly in the beginning, the pace quickens as it gets weirder and creepier The author plants little tidbits throughout the book, which peaked my interested until I was dying to find out what the heck was going on While I guessed some of the mystery, I had no idea other things were going to happen and that s what you want in a mystery thriller Some of the story is very salacious and pretty far fetched, but hey, if you re going to write something that is really out there , you might as well go for it Frank depictions of topics including child abuse, drug addiction, misogyny, and antigay are scattered throughout the book It definitely isn t for the faint of heart and if you re put off by graphic sexual content, violence, cursing and hate speech derogatory words used against homosexual characters , you should pass on reading this book This book is original and was quite a surprise I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend you read it I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Police corruption, small town secrets, peer pressure, homophobia, racism and misogyny these are a few topics you can expect to be brought up in this wonderful debut novel by Fram This suspenseful thriller with light horror undertones is one to put on your TBR Don t let the page count dissuade you each page is necessary to tell this enthralling tale set in a small town in Texas.This book hooked me right from the beginning, then tapered off while building its suspense and then explodes at th Police corruption, small town secrets, peer pressure, homophobia, racism and misogyny these are a few topics you can expect to be brought up in this wonderful debut novel by Fram This suspenseful thriller with light horror undertones is one to put on your TBR Don t let the page count dissuade you each page is necessary to tell this enthralling tale set in a small town in Texas.This book hooked me right from the beginning, then tapered off while building its suspense and then explodes at the end There s quite a cast of characters and I enjoyed being in the minds of all of them Well, maybe enjoyed isn t the right word for some of these minds because I found myself flinching at quite a few scenes For the majority of the read, I was wondering why this was even considered horror at all we get a hint in certain parts but it doesn t really show its horror face until a certain part Personally, I would ve liked to have seenof this throughout the read rather than placed mainly just in one spot HOWEVER, take that with a grain of salt because the horror in this novel isn t just contained within that part of the storyline.With loads of mystery and an ending you won t be expecting, I m duly impressed that this is a debut novel Fram is an author to watch out for I highly recommend adding this to your reading list I ll certainly be looking for his next release Review in the June 2020 issue of Library Journal and on the blog Words That Describe This Book supernatural mystery, shifting pov, terrifyingly realisticDraft Review Bentley, Texas loves its football, and when star quarterback, Dylan, contacts his older brother, Joel, their unsettling conversation leads Joel back to the town where his personal demons still thrive But when Dylan goes missing, it quickly becomes apparent that something evensin Review in the June 2020 issue of Library Journal and on the blog Words That Describe This Book supernatural mystery, shifting pov, terrifyingly realisticDraft Review Bentley, Texas loves its football, and when star quarterback, Dylan, contacts his older brother, Joel, their unsettling conversation leads Joel back to the town where his personal demons still thrive But when Dylan goes missing, it quickly becomes apparent that something evensinister is happening, and has been happening in Bentley for quite some time Written in a style that is an homage to Bentley Little, a satisfying supernatural mystery where the town itself is at the heart of the evil, the point of view bounces quickly between multiple, well developed characters, all harboring their own destructive secrets, and a creeping darkness builds relentlessly, increasing the anxiety and the dread, until it bursts, encapsulates the town, its characters, and the reader in a terror denser than the Friday night lights can ever hope to penetrate Verdict Fram refers to himself as Stephen Queen, and while it is an apt sound bite, it sells this debut short More than a gay, King readalike, this is a confident, thought provoking tale that manages to honestly explore complex issues issues like family dynamics, sexuality, religion, and coming of age anxieties, within a solid horror frame A great choice for fans of character centered, occult mysteries with strong world building like those by Victor LaValle or Ania Alhborn QUICK TAKE Friday Night Lights but with an LGBTQ twist I know others are going nuts for this one, and I really enjoyed 75% of it, but the ending kinda took me out of it I was here for the moody and atmospheric, the grounded horror story of a gay man returning to his southern homophobic hometown to find his missing brother and confront the monsters of his youth both literal and figurative The mystery kept me invested and intrigued, but the expansive cast of characters and balls to the QUICK TAKE Friday Night Lights but with an LGBTQ twist I know others are going nuts for this one, and I really enjoyed 75% of it, but the ending kinda took me out of it I was here for the moody and atmospheric, the grounded horror story of a gay man returning to his southern homophobic hometown to find his missing brother and confront the monsters of his youth both literal and figurative The mystery kept me invested and intrigued, but the expansive cast of characters and balls to the wall ending made this a 3 star for me I m going to make a bold statement, and I promise you it s not hyperbole with The Bright Lands John Fram has written a better Stephen King novel than King himself has in over a decade I know, I know but hear me out Read my review in full at whatjamesread.comFollow whatjamesread on Instagram I m going to make a bold statement, and I promise you it s not hyperbole with The Bright Lands John Fram has written a better Stephen King novel than King himself has in over a decade I know, I know but hear me out Read my review in full at whatjamesread.comFollow whatjamesread on Instagram Fram has delivered a powerhouse of a debut that is certain to be one of the year s most bracing thrillers Unapologetic in its queerness, cruelty and heart, The Bright Lands will sink its teeth into you.

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  • Hardcover
  • 480 pages
  • The Bright Lands
  • John Fram
  • English
  • 22 October 2018
  • 1335836624