Review: Russell Mardell’s Bleeker Hill
Bleeker Hill begins where Mardell’s last book, Stone Bleeding, left off, in a country torn apart. Though they exist within the same universe, Bleeker Hill doesn’t feel much like a sequel, it doesn’t require any knowledge of prior events and centers on a completely new group of people.
A man named Sullivan has been released from jail and forced to join a small group that is loyal to The Party, a pseudogovernment that took over in an attempt to bring some order to the chaos that the former government left behind. But The Party has gone mad with power and taken things entirely too far. After their headquarters are attacked, the group flees to one of the few remaining safe houses in Bleeker Hill. It’s one of those towns that everyone has heard stories about but very people have actually been to and for good reason. Stories themselves can’t hurt anyone, but the secrets that they hide just might.