Turning Angel (Penn Cage #2)
Turning Angel marks the long-awaited return of Penn Cage, the lawyer hero of The Quiet Game, and introduces Drew Elliott, the highly respected doctor who saved Penn’s life in a hiking accident when they were boys. As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew and Penn sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen’s Prep. When the nude body of a young fe...more
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Turning Angel is the second book I've read by Iles, and the second book in the Penn Cage series. I expected a similar setup and delivery as I received in the first Penn Cage novel, The Quiet ...more
If you have just read Turning Angel, you should next read The Quiet Game, the novel in which Penn Cage first appeared, and which many readers believe is my best book. Blood Memory was written before Turning Angel, and Penn’s father Tom Cage appears there in a supporting role, but I would read “Blood Memory” after “The Quiet Game,” not before. You will appreciate Tom much more then.
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Synopsis: In a small American town in the South called Natchez, a high school girl called Kate Townsend is found dead. Beautiful, intelligent, and popular, her death sends the town reeling. Penn Cage, for whom this book is the second in his series, finds even more surprises. Namely, that his long-time friend, Drew Elliot, admits to having sex with the deceased girl. And by the way, this isn't a spoile ...more
For one thing, it was way too long; I found myself skimming through scenes that didn't seem to me to be either essential or interesting, including the ending, which should have been a high point but wasn't.
Several of the characters were portrayed in what to me was a very unrealistic manner. That may be because I am not familiar with the teenage sexual habits that Iles described in such great detail. May ...more
Penn Cage, his friend whose life the doctor saved, is sexually tempted by his daughter's babysitter, Mia Burke. Cage also puts Mia, another high school student, in tremendous danger when she helps him unravel the myster ...more
I actually look at Penn Cage a little differently now. He's come down a couple of notches.
Now, on to The Devil's Punchbowl.
Call this one a well-written misfire.Oh, so true.
I don't think I can even list all the reasons I dislike this book. So, I'll list only two: characters and plot. Pretty much sums it up for me. (I have to add that the conclusion ... no, just no.)
Plenty of one and two star reviews on page 1 here that pretty much hit the nail on the head. Read them instead of the book.
*Looking at page 1 reviews, others mention that Dr. Drew with high school senior Kate and protagonist Penn with hig ...more
As far as the investigative side goes, I'd call this a 4-star book. There were plenty of twists, discoveries, and danger for the lead character(s). The characters, too, were interesting, with realistic problems, fears, worries, temptations, friendships, marriages. (view spoiler)[(All except Mia, who seemed just too good to be true - I kept waiting to find her flaw.) (hide ...more
In reality, t ...more
************* Personal Note: I just had to do this. I read some very unfavorable reviews on this boo ...more
I don't think it's realistic to take a disturbing adult male who is guilty of sexual battery and then immerse him back into society like the crimes he committed were excusable. I know we are a forgiving society but middle-aged men forging sexual rela ...more
After a while, I did find the story line of crazy sex-crazed teenage females (who know too much, and practice everything they know), to be a bit much. Am quite happy that I hadn't listened to this book while raising 2 teenage daughters....!
It was hard to like any of the characters, except Annie ...more
Drew is a medical doctor in his 40s. His wife is addicted to prescription pills. He falls in love with their babysitter Kate who is 17. They have frequent sex. Kate asks Drew to meet her. When he arrives he finds her dead, strangled, and raped. Drew moves the body. A blackmailer calls Drew wanting money. Drew is arrested for the murder of Kate. Drew’s long ...more
Greg's novels have been translated into various languag ...more