“Emery cut in impatiently, ‘For crying out loud. Who do you think you are, Nancy Drew?’ ‘Hey,’ I snapped, because no one sniped at my sister but me, and Mark echoed with a stern ‘Chill, dude.’ Phin was unperturbed. ‘Those books were highly unrealistic. Do you have any idea how much brain damage a person would have if she were hit on the head and drugged with chloroform that often?’” Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Final Verdict: If you like the Nancy Drew, you’ll enjoy Texas Gothic. Think of Amy as the modern day Nancy Drew, but where the mysteries include actual ghosts!
“Niquette is living proof that things done can’t be undone. Nothing will put her family back together again. And nothing can save her. But as Niquette, Ben, and Anthem uncover the truth of a devastating parasite that has the potential to alter the future of humankind, Niquette grasps the most chilling truths of all: someone else has been infected too. And unlike her, this man is not content to live in the shadows. He is intent to use his newfound powers for one reason only: revenge.” The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice
Final Verdict: A slow read that’s ultimately mind-boggling. You’ll either love it or hate it.
For the full review, click the name of the book and scroll to the bottom for Frances’ second look at The Heavens Rise.
“But Ben Broyard, pipsqueak that he was, always looked at Marshall as if there was a stink coming off of him, as if he could detect the dark thoughts Marshall nursed about people who made him angry and thought they were kind of stupid even if they did involve knives and rope.”
The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice
Final Verdict: An exciting horror/thriller that keeps your interest until the end.
“The dead want to be found,” Harper Connelly, Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris
Final Verdict: Almost the best in the series; outdone by a millimeter by An Ice Cold Grave. If you are a fan of the Harper Connelly Mysteries, you have to read this book. It answers a lot of unanswered questions and one mystery that has been present throughout all three previous books.
“But men are less used to the idea of being raped than women are, and it strikes them with a fresh horror. With women, that horror comes right along with the female genitals.” Harper Connelly, An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris.
Final Verdict: If you enjoyed books one and two in the series, definitely read this book. You don’t have to have read the previous two books in order to enjoy this one either, so if you like to read books that have serial killers then you’ll enjoy this.