The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey

The Girl From Blind River

A gritty tale of how far we’ll go to protect the ones we love for fans of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone and Emma Cline’s The Girls from Gale Massey, a talented new name in crime fiction.Everyone says the Elders family are nothing but cheats, thieves, and convicts—a fact nineteen-year old Jamie Elders has been trying desperately to escape. She may have the natural talent of a poker savant, but her dreams of going pro and getting the he...


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TitleThe Girl From Blind River
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Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller
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Reviews The Girl From Blind River

  • Paromjit
    2018-05-20
    Gale Massey makes a gritty and thrilling crime debut set in small town, Parsons, in New York, a place where once your family is saddled with a history and reputation as convicts, thieves and cheats, its hard to escape the heavy weight of peoples' judgements and expectations. 19 year old Jamie Elders is bright and intelligent, her life has not been easy, her mother is in prison, and all she wants is to escape from Parsons. She is a great poker pla...
  • Liz
    2018-06-19
    This book did a slow burn and caught me all in. I was as nervous as Jamie at the casino. And she’s got plenty of trouble. She’s loyal to her brother, despite him being a bully and damaged goods. Massey paints a grim picture of Blind River. We all know these kind of towns that are beyond down on their luck. “Small town bullshit. She’d been born into it and knew exactly how her life would play out if she stayed. Two or three kids, a divorce...
  • Linda
    2018-05-31
    All in or nothing.....Kinda hard when so much is at stake and the chips are always stacked against you.Jamie Elders is but nineteen. She's seen life through the eyes of one scraping at the slippery sides of this bottomless pit, just aching to get out. It's a seedy little town, Blind River, stashed away near the lonely railroad tracks in upper state New York. All roads lead to nowhere fast.But Jamie has a gift for the cards. She's learned from her...
  • Melki
    2018-06-28
    "What's in store for you? A life of ratty babies, meaningless jobs, waiting tables like your mother, or living off welfare and the taxes of hard-working people. Or worse? That's all there is for girls like you. No one expects a thing better from your kind."The rumor around town is that the Elders family is cursed, and nineteen-year old Jamie Elders believes that to be true. She'd like nothing more than to blow the snow and ice of crappy little Bl...
  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    2018-02-01
    This book was bloody fantastic! The writing was excellent. It was well paced. The plot was super engaging and had me hooked right from the start. The characters were well developed and intriguing. I loved the gritty small town feel it had. The only negative thing and why this wasn't a complete 5-Star book, I thought the ending was a bit rushed. I would have liked a bit more closure. Or maybe a farther look into the future. Perhaps there will be a...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2018-07-20
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “Follow your heart but always bet your spades.” It’s been a minute since I've done this, but Gale Massey’s debut novel gets all the Starzzzzzzzzzz.The Girl From Blind River is the story of Jamie – a girl whose mother went to prison when she was just 10 years old, leaving her and her 9 year old brother Toby to be raised by their uncle Loyal. Now a young adult and out of high ...
  • Darinda
    2018-04-14
    Jamie Elders desperately wants to escape her small town, and her family's reputation as criminals. Unfortunately, she makes a poor decision, and winds up in debt to her uncle. Since she is now in debt to him, he expects her to follow his demands. One night, those demands include disposing of a dead man. With Jamie's future on the line, she must decide to be a criminal, or follow the law.A debut novel by Gale Massey. Well developed characters in a...
  • Mary Keliikoa
    2018-04-03
    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this amazing debut through Net Galley.Jaimie Elders is 19 and trapped in a small town, trying to live down the reputation of a mother who'd been in prison, a troubled brother where her loyalty runs deep, and being indebted to an uncle that has masked his reasons for taking her and her brother in for his own illegal gambling activities. The tale is familiar--a diabolical judge that runs the town, t...
  • Tracy Malenfant
    2018-03-25
    The Girl From Blind River jumps right in and moves quickly. There is a parallel between the skill, patience and ability to read people that Jamie has learned through poker that enable her to make difficult decisions, navigate family dynamics and analyze people. A mystery with depth…wonderful read from this debut author.
  • Barbara Stein
    2018-03-25
    A captivating, gritty and crisp page turning criminal thriller with a fascinating and emotionally gripping protagonist in a colorful life setting that makes reading this book a delight. I can't wait to read more from this incredibly talented debut author whose name will soon become one of the genre's greats.
  • LV
    2018-03-19
    This is a fantastic, dazzling debut that provides glimpses into the underbelly of illegal gambling. It's a true page turner that will keep you engaged to the end. I can't wait to see the next book from this author!
  • Linda Strong
    2018-07-10
    It all comes down to choices.The Elders family are known as con-men, liars, cheats, all around the sort of people you don't want your children associating with. Teenager Jamie gets caught in the middle while trying desperately to leave this small town and her family.One bad decision on her part puts her at her uncle's mercy. Because of what she did, she now owes her uncle an insane amount of money ... and she has to stay until it's all repaid. An...
  • Kyle Robertson
    2018-06-10
    This is a stunning debut novel by Gale Massey. Jamie and her younger brother Toby live with their Uncle Loyal. He got custody of the kids when their mother was locked up. Jamie desperately wants to get out of Blind River and make a better life for her and Toby. All Toby dreams about is joining the Army when he gets out of school. The only thing holding him back is a terrible temper and a string of bad decisions. Jamie has become a pretty good onl...
  • Randee Green
    2018-06-25
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.THE GIRL FROM BLIND RIVER, Gale Massey’s debut mystery novel, is due out July 10th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books.Nineteen year old Jamie Elder would like nothing more than to move on from her past – but that’s hard to do when she can’t even escape her hometown of Blind River, New York. Jamie’s father died when she was a child, and, not long after, her mother was convicted to an eight year p...
  • Suanne
    2018-05-16
    The Girl from Blind River is a fast-paced, impressive debut novel from Gale Massey. In it we meet Jamie Elders, a young woman of nineteen who’s trapped in Blind River, a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business and in which children are pegged from birth to follow family bloodlines. When Jamie and her brother were young, their mother was sent to prison. Their uncle Loyal took them in, saving them from the “evils” of the So...
  • L Corky
    2018-03-08
    #TheGirlFromBlindRIver #NetGalleyThank you #NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the E-ARC copy of this bookLife can be tough living in a small town where everyone knows everyone. It can be even tougher when your family has a terrible reputation. When Jamie's mother goes to prison her and her brother Toby move in with their Uncle Loyal. Loyal is a con man, running crooked poker games and gambling machines. Jamie is forced to work for her uncle an...
  • Renee
    2018-03-14
    DescriptionEveryone says the Elders family are nothing but cheats, thieves, and convicts—a fact nineteen-year old Jamie Elders has been trying desperately to escape. She may have the natural talent of a poker savant, but her dreams of going pro and getting the hell out of the tiny town of Blind River, New York are going nowhere fast. Especially once she lands in a huge pile of debt to her uncle Loyal.My ThoughtsJamie has the misfortune to come ...
  • Stephenie Geschwender
    2018-03-30
    I received an arc of this from the publisher Crooked Lane in exchange for a review. For me the ending is where all the best things happen. In the beginning the story moves very slow, and it is difficult to get into for about the first 100 pages. That being said once the story takes off the twist and turns keep you interested. That being said some criticisms that I have are all personal reader preferences. For one thing there are multiple perspect...
  • L Corky
    2018-03-08
    #TheGirlFromBlindRIver #NetGalleyThank you #NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the E-ARC copy of this bookLife can be tough living in a small town where everyone knows everyone. It can be even tougher when your family has a terrible reputation. When Jamie's mother goes to prison her and her brother Toby move in with their Uncle Loyal. Loyal is a con man, running crooked poker games and gambling machines. Jamie is forced to work for her uncle an...
  • P.J. Vernon
    2018-03-21
    Review forthcoming.
  • Jo
    2018-03-03
    I'm sure if I understood poker I would have enjoyed this book more. All the talk of this card versus this on the river, I just didn't get. Jamie seemed a spunky protagonist even if she was naive at times. Jack was bad news - anyone could see that. Still she trusted him. I just don't like to gamble with anything. Money, love, job. I like secure. It is hard for me to understand why anyone would risk something a deck of cards. In all the movies and ...
  • Rochelle
    2018-06-25
    Review forthcoming.
  • Albert
    2018-07-10
    The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey is another novel that readers of popular fiction will pass right by and not realize the gem of a book this one really is. Gritty and brutally honest, this is the tale of what we do for the ones we love and how the forces of family and small town America can keep us down. Comparisons will be made to Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone and if you don't know what that book is, then it is well past time for you to...
  • Glenda Bailey-Mershon
    2018-07-26
    I like few books as much as The Girl from Blind River. If I could give it 4.5 stars, I would only because it meanders just a bit early on in setting up Jamie Elder’s story. But four stars just won’t do. Why? Because, wow, this is one great debut novel. This book may be marketed as crime or mystery, but don’t be fooled. The author, Gale Massey, has a message she wants you to get and a theme she develops to provide the spine of the mystery, a...
  • Laura Muse
    2018-07-03
    Aside from having absolutely no inkling as to how poker works, I'd say this was another Book of the Month gem that I started off doubting and ended up devouring in practically one sitting.This book, while not exactly the "mystery" it was advertised to be (you know almost all the facts but it's about how all the characters react that can be surprising), had so much real meat to it. Dead-end small town vibe; desperate kid(s) trying to escape said d...
  • Lena♥Ribka
    2018-02-06
    3, 5 starsIn spite of the fact that this book is good written, I honestly was very closed to DNF it. If you like to read about beautiful, successful and happy characters surrounding by the picturesque landscape, then this book is definitely not for you. If you read to relax and to escape from your busy and stressful daily routine in a wonderful fantasy world, then don't read it.This book is depressing. Not because the main characters and the seco...
  • Steven
    2018-03-21
    I do nut really understand poker, so this was a bit hard for me to get into. I was a bit sad to see the neglect of the children, brother and sister. I thought it was an ok read but like i said Im sure if you know more about poker or gambling you will enjoy this book even more!
  • Staci
    2018-07-17
    Blind River is a town with little to no opportunity yet it is seemingly impossible to leave. The Elders family has lived in Blind River for generations and they aren’t a family with luck or solid decision-making skills on their side. Jamie Elder, along with the rest of Blind River, has lived under the thumb of her Uncle Loyal and the powerful local Judge Keating since her mother went to prison. Jamie is nineteen and ready to get out, the only t...
  • Paul
    2018-07-14
    Don't let the title fool you, this is no "girl" book, it's standard small-town crime fiction in the tradition of John Hart or Daniel Woodrell. But Ms. Massey has a way of getting inside of her characters' dysfunctions that make them seem real, so that reading "The Girl from Blind River" is like hearing a sadly believable story about that messed-up family you knew in school. Her main character, Jamie Elders, is brave without being heroic, shrewd w...