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The book was odd.A young boy runs away from terrible conditions with a family that uses himas a servant than anything else.He happens upon an old man in a rundown shack who allows the boy to stay for a few days The old man tells the boy about the fool killer, a mythical giant who is going around killing people who do foolish things The boy leaves there and meets a man who was injured during the Civil War, and he doesn t know who he is.The two travel together to a revival, but the foolish The book was odd.A young boy runs away from terrible conditions with a family that uses himas a servant than anything else.He happens upon an old man in a rundown shack who allows the boy to stay for a few days The old man tells the boy about the fool killer, a mythical giant who is going around killing people who do foolish things The boy leaves there and meets a man who was injured during the Civil War, and he doesn t know who he is.The two travel together to a revival, but the foolish minister is killed Afterwards, the boy can no longer find his companion.Later, the boy is taken in by a man and woman who run a store, then his friend shows back up.That s when things get really interesting This novel of an orphaned child striking out on his own by running from his foster home didn t age well Looking at it historically, I could see where it would have been mucheffective in the simpler time in which it was written When taken from a modern point of view, it is tame and nearly ineffectual in bringing forth any feelings of fear or terror the only emotion it elicited from me was incredulity Also, the archaic language was a hindrance to my enjoyment, but that is not the fault This novel of an orphaned child striking out on his own by running from his foster home didn t age well Looking at it historically, I could see where it would have been mucheffective in the simpler time in which it was written When taken from a modern point of view, it is tame and nearly ineffectual in bringing forth any feelings of fear or terror the only emotion it elicited from me was incredulity Also, the archaic language was a hindrance to my enjoyment, but that is not the fault of the author, just the period in which it was written A touching novel set during the Great Awakening Eustis story is unique and poignant it will remind the reader of their own childhood memories, and I can see why it was likened to The Catcher in the Rye Enjoy the good and stand up to the bad, that s the best I can tell you how to be a man Uncle ( Free Kindle ) ♁ The Fool Killer ♑ The only American novelin this reviewers opinion comparable to JD Salinger s Catcher in the Ryeimagination, suspense, terror, and a style perfectly suited to the narrative and characters Harrison Smith, Saturday Review This is quite the book I do not recommend it to childrennor do I recommend it for persons hable to nightmares But anyone who wants a mystery story with a twist, and I do not mean a detective storythis should be just the thing America