Red Dirt by Anna Jarzab

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Read Red Dirt Online Free - The small town of Lake Bittersweet, Oklahoma, ain't no paradise, but Sammy Lester has lived there her whole life, and she'll most likely be buried there, too. Don't matter that she barely graduated high school, or that money's tight, or that her ex-con father's on the verge of losing custody of her six-year-old half sister Decca. Sammy can't leave Lake Bittersweet. She's got nowhere else to go.

When she meets charming city boy Brayton Foster, things start looking up for once. Then one dark night, her father, Bobby Ray, goes missing, and Sammy knows in her bones who's to blame. Local drug kingpin Redbreast Tuller and his family of criminals have unfinished business with Bobby Ray, and it seems they finally caught up with him. But the sheriff is in the Tullers' back pocket, and nobody in law enforcement cares about finding Sammy's dad.

As she struggles to keep her family--and her new relationship with Brayton--from falling apart, Sammy realizes that if she wants answers, if she wants someone to pay, she'll have to handle it her damn self. Because in a place like Lake Bittersweet, justice ain't something you're given--it's something you take.

Title : Red Dirt
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ISBN : 0373212518
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Donna rated it ★★★★★

August 16, 2017

Lake Bittersweet, Oklahoma is where Sammy Lester, her brother and father live. A trailer is their home, nothing fancy, but a place to come to and has been for a very long time. Her father is divorced from his wife and is fighting for custody of their daughter, Decca. A very strained relationship...

•PAM3LA• (Lit Literatures) rated it ★★★★☆

August 11, 2017

So I received this book in the mail not knowing much about it, in the end it was a pretty good book. Not REALLY good, but pretty good. The things I liked about the book were the murder mystery and the family dynamics. However, the relationship in this book was satisfactory. The two characters nev...

Kathleen rated it ★★★☆☆

August 07, 2017

I am not the target audience for this book (a teenager.) However, I am a teacher, and I read many YA and middle-grade books. That said: I found some aspects of the book engaging and some troubling. Sammy Lester just turned 18, and she has been smoking, drinking, and having sex for some time. She...

Jess rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 23, 2017

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. I knew it was going to be a bit of a mystery, but I couldn't tell if it was a book I would have picked off the shelf at Barnes and Noble or not. It was not. Yet, I was seriously surprised with how much I liked this novel and that I actually found myself...

Cristin rated it ★★★☆☆

June 11, 2017

This book is hard to review. Mostly because it's not in a genre I usually read, but also because I really disliked the first 1/3 of this book. In "Red Dirt", Sammy and Denver's father goes missing and no one seems to really care (after an initial search). Sammy is trying to juggle the loss of her...

Sarah rated it ★★★☆☆

July 04, 2017

Sammy has just graduated from high school and doesn't have any prospects for the future. Sammy is fiercely loyal to those in her life, so when rich boy Brayton blows into town, she doesn't know if she can trust an outsider. Sammy is truly tested when her father mysteriously disappears and she fea...

Linda rated it ★★★☆☆

September 12, 2017

"Red Dirt" by Anna Jarzab centers on 18 year old Sammy Lester. She is a small town hick girl with no prospects other than her looks. When her father Bobby Ray goes missing, she seems to be the only one interested in solving the mystery of where he has gone. Meanwhile her 6 year old sister's custo...

Alice rated it ★★★★★

May 31, 2017

This book is very amazing and even though Sammy has so many problems to deal with and they had gotten even bigger when Brayton was introduced into the story. It sucked that when her dad went missing none of the authorities even cared about him and then Sammy had to start caring for her as well. I...

Amber rated it ★★★☆☆

August 14, 2017

This one is tough to rate. To start with the "tone" of the book took some getting use to because the narration is very "country" which I'm not use to. The book is part mystery, part romance. I enjoyed the mystery part, it was a simple slightly predictable mystery but still an okay read. The roman...

Melliferania rated it ★★★☆☆

December 01, 2017

*2.5 stars Mostly predictable, especially the ending, but well-written, as all Jarzab's books are. The murder plot was good, and so was the ex-boyfriend subplot. The protagonist was a caricature of small town rural life though--she was deeply elitist and suspicious of outsiders, but her brother a...

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