The book, Boy's Life, has several important scenes which carry on throughout the story. One particular scene that keeps influencing other scenes all through out the story is the very beginning scene. In this scene, the whole plot is set up. It begins in early morning with Cory Mackeson riding in the milk delivery truck with his father, Tom Mackeson. While heading to a house to deliver milk, a car rushes past them. This car plunges over the top of the hill and into Saxon's Lake. This lake is so deep, that things are never recovered from the bottom of it. What goes down never comes back up. Tom immediately dives over the cliffs in hopes of rescuing the driver of the unmanageable vehicle. As soon as Tom reaches the car, he realizes that the driver is dead. By the bruises on the driver's face and the wire around his neck, it is quite apparent that he was the victim of a cruel and unusual murder. Meanwhile, Cory is on shore looking down at his father in the lake. Suddenly, he turns around and sees a man standing back in the trees shadows. He stares at him for awhile and then goes to help his father. When he looks back, the man is gone. However, the mystery man, who is later solved as Dr. Lezander, left behind a green feather. This feather turns out to be a clue appearing all through out the book, which builds up evidence as to who the murderer was.
This scene was very suspenseful. The whole time, one couldn't help but wonder who has killed the man. A question brought up in this scene, is if there is a murderer living in that very town which was always believed to be so calm and friendly. The town is not quite as innocent as one might think. This scene was enjoyed very much, because it set up the book very well, and kept the reader very interested. If this part of the book doesn't captivate an audience's attention, then it's hard to say what will.
Robert McCammon, Boy's Life, Copyright May 1, 1992...