Angels Fall, by Nora Roberts

Cover ImageFinished audio 4-17-08, rating3.5/5, fiction, pub. 2006

Reece is a woman haunted by her violent past in Boston who ends up in Wyoming trying to recover.  She finds a small close-knit town that looks at gossip as a badge of honor.  They watch out for their own.   Reece takes a job at the local diner and begins to heal.

As Reece tries to normalize her life she is shaken when she witnesses a cold-hearted murder.  She finds a new friend in Brody, who believes her, but some distrust among others when no body was found.  Having been in a psychiatric hospital not long before Reece begins to think that she may be going crazy.  Brody’s belief in her gives her hope for her sanity, but she is feeling  more and more fragile as the town watches her seemingly fall apart.

I enjoyed this novel even though I thought I knew the killer right away and I was right.  It had a great story about a woman putting her life back together, with romance, surprising friendships, and a murder mystery.  I rarely read Nora Roberts, but I’d recommend this one.

Chain Letter 2: The Ancient Evil, by Christopher Pike

Cover ImageFinished 4-13-08, rating 2/5, YA, pub. 1992

This may seem like an odd book to review, but I read it on the airplane so here goes.

This book picks up a few months after Chain Letter ends.  Neil is dead and everyone believes that he was the Caretaker-the evil behind the letters they had all received.  The book begins as Fran receives a letter telling her she must drown her new puppy or she will be killed.  She ignores the letter and is beheaded.  Allison and Tony lose faith in each other and one falls prey to an evil force.

I remember reading the first book, Chain Letter when I was in eighth grade and loving it.  Christopher Pike was always a reading staple of mine, but this was not enjoyable.  The main themes of this were satanic worship and evil coming to life, which are not topics I find fun.