Reece Gilmore has to be Roberts' quirkiest heroine yet, especially if you count only her big titles, and not the category romances.
On the run from herReece Gilmore has to be Roberts' quirkiest heroine yet, especially if you count only her big titles, and not the category romances.
On the run from her memories, in search of herself, she lands in a small Wyoming town for car repairs, takes a short-term job, and ends up staying longer than she expects. The people there come to accept her odd neuroses, especially when they learn about the traumatic event in her past.
Even so, no one's quite sure what to believe when Reece is the only witness to a murder, and no one can find any evidence that the murder actually occurred.
As always, Roberts' characters are engaging. She draws you into the story with one of my favorite devices, multiple perspectives. The whodunnit offers several viable suspects this time, and although it was easy to narrow it down, and not surprising in the reveal, it wasn't a given.
Reece is an interesting character, laden with paranoias and oddities. There are times when I'm not sure if I like her, or want to throttle her, but she manages to win me over.
Reece's love interest, Brody, would have been kicked to the curb on more than one occasion if I were the female in question. Still, Reece seems to like him, and that's what matters in books like this.
Minor characters such as Joanie, who owns the diner where Reece works, her son Lo, Doc Wallace, the Sheriff, and some of the others, are well-faceted, but none of them really steal the show except Joanie. She's a no-nonsense Yoda in a greasy apron....more
I have to say, I'd never appreciated Stephen King's wit quite enough. I read a few of his books, most notably, 'Salem's Lot, and I've seen a few of hiI have to say, I'd never appreciated Stephen King's wit quite enough. I read a few of his books, most notably, 'Salem's Lot, and I've seen a few of his movies (The Stand ranks among my favorites), and appreciated his ability to dig deep into the reader's primal fears and bring them dripping and squishing onto the page.
King offers a lot of the history of how he came to write in the book. As an autobiography it's humorous and interesting. The meat of the text is in his advice to authors, though. I'll use those chapters as a reference throughout my writing career.
If you write, if you want to write, if you're researching writing, read this book. You'll be inspired, education, entertained and enriched....more
The second in Roberts' Sign of Seven trilogy, and a bit stronger than the first. The three emerging couples in the trilogy each embody an aspect of viThe second in Roberts' Sign of Seven trilogy, and a bit stronger than the first. The three emerging couples in the trilogy each embody an aspect of vision: past, present and future. The Hollow represents the second stage of preparation for the showdown between good and evil.
The backstory: three boys, all born on the same date (7/7/77) become blood brothers on their 10th birthday, and unwittingly unleashed a long-buried demon. For seven days chaos and evil reins in Hawkins Hollow, their small Maryland town. And every seven years, it comes back even stronger. Now in 2008, they prepare for the third and most devastating attack. Only now they have their counterparts. Three women drawn to The Hollow for different reasons.
The Hollow is definitely a second act. It depends on the knowledge of the previous work and although it does have a good climax, it's clear that nothing is resolved until the next installment.
The story focuses on Fox and Layla. Of the three women involved, Layla is the most skittish. She has no tie to Hawkins Hollow and no particular desire to be involved in a life-or-death showdown. She left her job and apartment in New York when things started happening and she became, essentially, stuck in the town. Now by the second book, she's just starting to work as Fox' secretary in his law office. They're starting to explore their feelings for each other, and their semi-clairvoyant connection.
As much as I enjoyed this part of the trilogy, I'm looking forward to the conclusion and the future-related couple, Gage and Cybil....more