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Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas) Hardcover – May 6, 2014
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Praise for Charlaine Harris and her #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels:
“Harris treasures the everyday routines of small-town family life, burnishing little moments until they glow.”—Los Angeles Times
“Inventive and funny with an engaging, smart, and sexy heroine.”—The Denver Post
“[Harris’s] mash-up of genres is delightful, taking elements from mysteries, horror stories, and romances.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Top Customer Reviews
The Charlaine Harris we all love and expect to read did not write this book.
Too many boring characters, too, too much description of food eaten, cloths, houses, and roads to be interesting.
Who cares how the roast beef tasted or looked or what came with it as a side item?
No real resolution of weak plot or character interaction.
Hard to get into the first 100 pages-hard to get through this NO-action filled, No-interesting characters and No-substantial plot.
The killer was brought into the story in the get any hints previously last 100-150 pages with NO development of character at all and we did not get any tidbits about him as a killer at all until the last part of the book.
Ms Harris seems to have lost her knack for writing great characters, great plots and keeping the reader interested in the book. All she does not is write lots of descriptions of inanimate items just to fill pages and get paid.
I will no longer buy her boring books if this what she has to offer.
I really shouldn't have bothered.
The story is set in Midnight, Texas, and features the strangest group of people as very odd friends. There's young Manfred, new in town, and possibly psychic; there's Fiji, a young witch who is in love with Bobo, who owns the pawn shop. There's Lemuel, a vampire, and his often-missing girlfriend, Olivia; there's the Rev, a man of God who doesn't speak much. I could go on and on, each one more oddly named than the rest, and none of them particularly endearing. The story essentially revolves around getting to know the group and the disappearance of Bobo's girlfriend, Aubrey, whose body turns up almost halfway through. Not that I cared, really; no one is the sort you'd cheer for and the "gang" who is behind many of the attacks seems to be not quite as smart as a gang should be.
I kept reading, hoping I'd finally get interested, and then mostly so I could write this review. What made the characters quirky and fun in the Sookie books is totally lacking in this book; there's just no spark. I may have been engaged a time or two, but overall, I just couldn't have cared less. I won't be looking for the next one.
I so looked forward to this. I absolutely have loved every one of Charlaine Harris's books--I'm pretty sure I've read all her published novels, even the very early ones. And the Harper Connelly series (GRAVE SIGHT, etc.) is my absolute favorite. I liked Manfred in that series, the young man who worked with and looked after his grandmother. Both made a living as psychics, with Manfred having more actual talent than his grandmother, but both having actual flashes of psychic skills.
But...my disappointment level is huge with this opening book of the new Midnight Texas series. First, the writing is very flat. This is a little town in West Texas out in the middle of nowhere, with maybe a couple hundred total residents, most of whom live in outlying ranches. The people living in the town are a group of a dozen or so. Of this cadre of characters, all of them appear to have odd back stories. One is a vampire. The businesses these people run appear to have no likelihood of ever drawing a single customer--who would go there to buy anything???--yet they all scratch out an acceptable living. Harris does so many character POV switches that we never really get to know any of the characters very well. She doesn't head-hop--the POV switches are clearly done. But everything is very shallow and...well...flat.
Even worse. This is a mystery series, right? Well, in my Kindle edition, I was 80% of the way through the book before a dead body appeared! NOTHING HAPPENS in this story. There's no real conflict.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a new series by Ms. Harris. i am currently reading the second of the series. Completely new characters, but really engaging!Published 21 hours ago by grandma of 8
This book has the character Manfred Bernando that Harris created in other works. Characters from the Lilly Bard series and the Aurora Teagarden series also exist. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
Loving this new series. Like how characters from other series make appearances. Can't wait for Nightshift.Published 4 days ago by Jackie Walker
Not quite as good as the Skokie Stack house series but a solid three star book. The beginning of the book was a bit confusing for me at first but once I got into the story I really... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Carlyn
Amazing book the story line keeps you on the edge of your chair from beginning to end I can't wait to read the rest of the seriesPublished 5 days ago by Paula Scott
Gotten me hooked on a whole new series again! If you have a special talent, a need to gather your thoughts, can work from anywhere and or like to make strange/unusual friends,... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Charli Olney
I have to confess that I am not a fan of Sookie Stackhouse, so my expectations were low when I started "Midnight Crossroad." But what a pleasant surprise I got! Read morePublished 6 days ago by Andrea F. Ozment
I loved the Charlaine Harris' True Blood series. I was a little worried about this series because it was slow to start out but as time went on I began to become more engrossed... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kathryn