If you’re a long time follower of my blog then you know I love to read. I don’t get to read for long periods of time per day but I’m pretty much always working on a book. Even though it may take me a while to get through with my limited time, I always like to have something to read. After I finished reading Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker, I was looking for my next book so it was perfect timing when The Dark Gray Blanket by H. Burns was sent to me in exchange for a review!
The Dark Gray Blanket is a fictional book based on the real, serial murders that occurred in Detroit, Michigan during the brutal winters of 1976/1977. During those winters, multiple children were kidnapped, murdered, and found days later left in the snow. The killer was never found and the news had dubbed the mystery serial killer or killers “The Babysitter Killer”. H. Burns, who lived in the Detroit area at the time of the murders with two children of his own, wrote this novel based on these killings but built a story around it, which *spoiler alert* does result in the revelation of a killer (fictional).
The novel focuses on veteran detective, Frank Pelligrini, who specializes in cases involving children. He, and his young detective partner, investigate the murders and try to find clues to lead them to the killer.
I really enjoyed this book. It was the first book I’ve read in a little while that really kept me interested and had my attention throughout. There were certain parts that I thought were a bit of a stretch, like learning about Frank’s background and how it tied in to him becoming a detective that specialized in children’s cases. But overall, the mystery kept me interested. About 3/4 of the way through the book I had a feeling I knew who the killer was and I was really happy to find out I was right! But, of course, I won’t tell you who that is!
It’s a little disturbing that in real life the killer was not found and brought to justice, but apparently the murders stopped after 1977 and I suppose the police had no more leads to go on. I imagine it to have been a dark and scary time in Detroit during that time period especially for parents.
There was one section of the novel that really stood out to me and it’s a sentiment that I understand, especially in this day and age.
As bitter, dark, and long as the recent winters had become, he wondered how the human spirit always seemed to be able to recognize and celebrate the beauty of Mother Nature’s power and magic.
That despite all the ugliness, violence, and pain in this world we as people find the light in the dark times. That’s pretty inspiring right?
Overall, I enjoyed the book. There were little parts here and there that I thought were a bit of a stretch or a little bit of a cliché, but it was a good mystery.
*I received the book complimentary, but all opinions are my own.*