- File Size: 489 KB
- Print Length: 212 pages
- Publication Date: November 15, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A8LYX3Q
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Crazytown: The Witch Tree (The Darren Lockhart Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Confining myself to the story, this book is so the antithesis of a book by a different author that I reviewed some months back. Both books feature an ex-FBI agent turned small town sherrif. Whereas the other book had the ex-FBI angle as a bit of colour and nothing else, in this novel Grilz really knows how to work the angle to its best. I mention this for anyone who ever reads through a number of my reviews - folks, this book exemplifies how to write an ex-FBI agent. The story itself is superficially a fairly common kidnapping in a country town scenario that escalates into something more. I always appreciate it when an author takes an established story scenario and breathes life into it.
Besides how easy to read, the good aspects of the book include its pace, the thoughtful approach to the characterisation of the protagonists, and a mostly believable storyline.
If I had to supply a weakness, it would be the inclusion of supernatural elements. As much as I like supernatural novels, I felt the elements unneccesary in this instance. Having said that, they are very minor.
I am now off to hunt other novels by this author.
He seems to be biding his time, hoping to redeem himself with the FBI. He lives in the town’s bed and breakfast and occupies himself by running in his off hours. A teenage boy goes missing and Lockhart finds himself at the scene of a mysterious disappearance and as a backup to overly enthusiastic Duluth FBI Agent Caitlyn Rhodes.
Setting aside how the FBI can tell a small town what to do and get away with it, and how a town could swallow having a police chief who doesn’t have a permanent residence, this was a surprisingly good book. Portions of the book are told from the point of view of the killer (I had to page by some of this), while others are told from the POV of Lockhart and Rhodes. The differing angles add to the book's excitement.
This is book two in the Crazytown series. References to the first book were skillfully woven into this one, so I did not feel the lack of having missed the first one. (But I would still recommend reading them in order.) The characters are likeable, the villain extremely scary and like something out of a nightmare, and the small town setting is accurately described. This was an enjoyable, absorbing read, and I do want to read others in the series.
Otherwise an excellent selection!
I love the changes that are beginning to take place in Chief Lockhart. From the pages of the first book he's come leaps and bounds.
It's quite obvious something paranormal is afoot in Crayton, Minnesota--though sometimes I wish I knew more about what it was and if it's the same in both books I've read thus far.
This is would have been a five star read save for the minor editing misses. I would, however, give it 4 3/4 stars!! I've got the third book and look forward to reading it.
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I got the first three books free and have read the first two so far. I really enjoyed the books, the plots are a little quirky but they seem to work.Read more