Friday, August 7, 2015

Review: Boo by Rene Gutteridge

Boo by Rene Gutteridge
Published March 10th 2005 by Books In Motion (first published September 16th 2003)  
My Rating: 5 Stars
The biggest thing to happen to Skary, Indiana, is renowned horror novelist Wolfe Boone, "Boo", as the locals fondly call him. For the past 16 years, the reclusive writer has been the towns greatest attraction, having unintentionally turned the once struggling Skary into a thriving tourist trap for the dark side. But when a newly reformed Wolfe suddenly quits the genre and subsequently starts to pursue Skary's favorite girl-next-door, Ainsley Parker, the little town becomes truly horrified. Soon, a scheme is plotted to put the fright back into Skary, and get their most famous resident out of love and back into the thrill business. Filled with humor, small town charm, and a gentle message of enduring faith, BOO shows how even the most colorful group of busybodies and hypocrites can become a community changed forever by God.
My Review:

My book club read this and there weren't many copies in the library. I grabbed an audio version and really enjoyed it! Michael Taylor does a great job with the voices and story.

Ainsley is pretty disgusted with Wolfe. He's turned her beloved town into a horror attraction without even trying. When he accepts God and starts to pursue her, she realizes that there might be more than meets the eye with him. Ainsley is a very sweet and obedient girl. She's a favorite of many and tries to make those around her happy. Wolfe is complex, but very enjoyable. I loved the story of how he came to write what he does. The novel is filled with interesting, unique, and meddling characters who really add to the feel of this small town. I enjoyed every one of them and the spark they each brought to the story.

There are a few little mysteries that are embedded in the storyline and the reader is privy to some of the conclusions. It was fun to watch things unfold and the climax was both sad and entertaining. I love that things are left open for more to happen in future installments.

Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a gentle story with a dash of mystery and romance, a helping of humor, and a Christian theme threaded throughout. Clean! 

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About the Author: 

Rene GutteridgeRene Gutteridge is the award-winning and best-selling author of more than eighteen novels, including the beloved Boo Series and Heart of the Country, her novelization release with director John Ward and Tyndale House Publishers. Her recent suspense titles include Listen, Possession and the award-winning Seven Hours project Escapement. She's been published by Bethany House, Tyndale House, WaterBrook Press, Thomas Nelson and B&H and novelized the successful motion picture The Ultimate Gift. She is teaming again with screenwriter Cheryl McKay for the romantic comedy Greetings from the Flipside from B&H and releasing her new suspense title, Misery Loves Company from Tyndale in 2013. Her romantic comedy Never the Bride won the 2010 Carol Award for Best Women’s Fiction. Her upcoming literary projects include the novelization of the motion picture Old Fashioned with Tyndale House Publishers and filmmaker Rik Swartzwelder.

Her adaptation of her novel My Life as a Doormat is in development with Kingdom Pictures and she is also a creative consultant for Boo, a film based on her best-selling novel, in development at Sodium Entertainment with Cory Edwards attached as director and Andrea Nasfell as screenwriter. She is also co-writer in a collaborative comedy project called Last Resort with screenwriters Torry Martin and Marshal Younger. Her screenplay Skid is currently in production and scheduled to begin filming in April of 2013. Find her on Facebook and Twitter or at her website,

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