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Trade Paperback
352 pages
Sep 2005
WaterBrook Press

Boo Hiss

by Rene Gutteridge

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Boo Hiss is the attention-grabbing title of the third book in a series by the gifted writer, Rene Gutteridge. This book is about the small town of Skary, Indiana and the people who live there and how their lives intertwine. Will the town be able to adapt and grow into a suburb without losing its small town charms and its safe, if sleepy, ways?

The snake in the story is escaped from its owner and the whole town searches for the snake, while the church resolves its growth questions through the issues faced by the pastor. One young couple struggles to start their family while another older couple deals with an unwanted pregnancy. A playwright works to put on a play she has written while struggling with personal issues. The main character, Wolfe, a writer who has become a Christian and wants to break into the Christian publishing market, struggles to define himself and decide what he should do with his new found life.

The chapters move the reader through a labyrinth of situations and characters with the fresh Gutteridge humor pitched in to keep things moving. To be sure, such a bizarre plot involves quite a bit of slapstick style humor, but the reader is also delighted with the dry wit of the author. Even with such a strange plot the characters are believable and the emotions and circumstances address some real issues. Are people fake? Is religion and spirituality the same thing? Can people trust their emotions? What makes a true friendship?

The book was hard for me to get into because the story seemed so unrealistic, starting out with the missing snake. I kept reading and found the plot was clever and interesting, and the story does dish up some unexpected glimpses into faith and human nature. (I especially enjoyed the church scene where the preacher tells the story of Noah to a bratty 5-year-old.) I recommend Boo Hiss to people who like a fun read that makes you think and to persons who are not already afraid of snakes. -- Elece Hollis, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

When a soccer field complex springs to life seemingly overnight in the sleepy community of Skary, Indiana, and the local coffee shop begins offering computer access along with its suddenly overpriced beverages, goosebumps start popping up all over town. Has soccer mom Katelyn Downey hatched a diabolic plot to turn their slow-paced town into a den of hip suburban iniquity–or is this the perfect solution to the community’s financial woes?

Even as concerned residents take sides over their town’s future, many are dealing with changes of a more personal nature. Novelist Wolfe Boone can’t seem to find the right niche for his post­—horror writing efforts, and his new bride Ainsley–known for executing complicated events with penache and perfection–is bewildered by her inability to control something as seemingly simple as scheduling a pregnancy. Frustration turns to envy when her wacky friend Melb discovers, to her utter terror, that she and husband Oliver are expecting a baby.

Through its quirky characters and winsome humor, Boo Hiss offers unexpected insights into the various ways people respond to change and demonstrates that growth often occurs amid the most difficult–and hilarious–circumstances.