Black Creek Crossing

Version: Unabridged
Author: John Saul
Narrator: Dick Hill
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: March 2004
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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The dark history and dire secrets of a peaceful small town are summoned from the shadows of the past. Unholy forces are stirred from long slumber to monstrous new life. And two young misfits discover the chilling art of turning persecution into retribution. With these eerie ingredients, bestselling master John Saul once again works his unique brand of sinister magic to conjure an unforgettable tale of unspeakable terror.

For most of her young life, thirteen-year-old Angel Sullivan has been on the outside looking in, enduring the taunts of cruel schoolmates and the angry abuse of a bitter father. Then Angel's family moves to the quaint town of Roundtree, Massachusetts, where a charming home is available, a promising job awaits Angel's unemployed father, and most of all, the chance to make a new start beckons to the shy, hopeful teenager. But when she is shunned by her new classmates, Angel falls deeper into despair. Until she meets Seth Baker, a fellow outcast, and a fateful kinship is forged.

It's Seth who tells Angel the unspoken truth about the legacy of murder that hangs over her family's home, and the whispered rumors that something supernatural still dwells there. Uncertain whether the stories are true, and desperate to escape the torment of their daily lives, Angel and Seth devote themselves to contacting whatever restless soul haunts the dark recesses of Black Creek Crossing. But once they have begun, there is no turning back.

Guided by an anguished and vengeful spirit, they uncover the shocking events and centuries-old horrors that lay buried beneath the placid veneer of Roundtree. And along with the ghastly revelations comes a terrifying power, one that feeds upon the rage of the victimized, turning the basest impulses and most dangerous desires into devastating weapons. Now, the closer Angel and Seth are pushed toward the edge by their tormentors, the deeper they descend into the maelstrom of dark forces they've unleashed . . . and the more unspeakable the hour of reckoning will be.

Reviews (21)

Written by Catrina Scicchitano on September 9th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

my all time favorite book. I loved it on paper and loved it in audio version.

Written by Katherine Nichols on December 27th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

my fave author of all time! I've been a fan since I was a teen. John saul writes characters you anguish for! super creepy!!!!!

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Written by Anonymous on April 6th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

the book was very good, held my interest, couldnt wait to continue listening the next day. The ending was too abrupt, kinda leaves you thinking that it should have had more of a prelude to the finish. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE READER, DICK HILL, i think i would listen to a book just because he was reading it, he adds so much expression and excitement to the story.

Drama much?

Written by Del on January 15th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book reminds me of the intro to Blaze by Stephen King. He talks about how sometimes authors put so much suffering in a story that the reader becomes immune to the characters. This is one of those stories. Way too much drama. About a disk or two in you just stop caring about the kids. I almost started taking bets as to what disaster was going to happen to the kids next. Skip it.

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Written by Jeanne Peterson on June 6th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It's been a while since I've read John Saul. Always liked his books! I wasn't dissappointed with this one. The story was good, but the ending kind of left you hanging. Almost like he didn't know where to go with it. I didn't like the reader at all! If not for him I would have given this book a 5.

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Written by Kyle Eubanks on January 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I enjoyed John Saul when I was a teenager so I thought I would try him again...a mistake I won't make twice. THis book was overwrought and relentlessly depressing. The reader tried for too much drama and the ending seemed contrived and hurried. I do NOT recommend this book.


Written by Heather Stevens on October 25th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5


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Written by Victoria Jones from Kiln, MS on September 28th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Predictable, but a good listen. The end was a surprize.

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Written by Cherri from Houston, TX on September 26th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I could not stand the reader....couldn't get through the first 30 min. of it.

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Written by Dakota Kid on September 23rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book was a little disappointing. It reads more as a juvenile selection and the ending was horrible and shocking! The mystery in the story was good but at times too far fetched to keep me interested. It also brings out the pain of bullying which is another too-common topic suffered by today's teen-age society which needs to be taken more seriously.

Author Details

Author Details

Saul, John

John Saul was born in Pasadena, California on February 25, 1942, and grew up in Whittier where he graduated from Whittier High School in 1959. He attended several colleges—Antioch, in Ohio, Cerritos, in Norwalk, California, Montana State University and San Francisco State College, variously majoring in anthropology, liberal arts, and theater, but never obtaining a degree.

After leaving college, he decided the best thing for a college dropout to do was become a writer, and spent the next fifteen years working in various jobs while attempting to write a book someone would want to publish. Should anyone ever want to write a novel concerning the car-rental industry or the travails of temporary typists, John can provide excellent background material.

Those years garnered him a nice collection of unpublished manuscripts, but not a lot of money. Eventually he found an agent in New York, who spent several years sending his manuscripts around, and trying to make the rejection slips sound hopeful. Then, in 1976, one of his manuscripts reached Dell, who didn't want to buy it, but asked if he'd be interested in writing a psychological thriller. He put together an outline, and crossed his fingers.

At that point, things started getting bizarre. His agent decided the outline had all the makings of a best-seller, and so did Dell. Gambling on a first novel by an unknown author, they backed the book with television advertising (one of the first times a paperback original was promoted on television) and the gamble paid off. Within a month Suffer the Children appeared on all the best-seller lists in the country and made the #1 spot in Canada. Subsequently all 32 of his books, have made all the best-seller lists and have been published world wide. Though many of his books were published by Bantam/Doubleday/Dell his last fourteen books have been published by Ballantine/Fawcett/Columbine.

In addition to his work as novelist, John is also interested in the theater. He has acted, and as a playwright has had several one-act plays produced in Los Angeles and Seattle, and two optioned in New York. One of his novels was produced by Gerber Productions Company and M.G.M. as a C.B.S. movie and currently one of his novels is in development.

John served on the Expansion Arts Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. He is actively involved with the development of other writers, and is a lecturer at the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference and the Maui Writers Conference and received the Life Time Achievement Award from the Northwest Writers Conference. John is also a trustee and Vice President of The Chester Woodruff Foundation (New York), a philanthropic organization.

John lives part-time in the Pacific Northwest, both in Seattle and in the San Juan Islands. He also maintains a residence on the Big Island of Hawaii. He currently enjoys motor homing, travel and golf. He is an avid reader, bridge player, golfer and loves to cook.
John Saul: A Critical Companion by Paul Bail was published by Greenwood Press. The book has chapters on John's life and analyzes a number of his books.