Tuesday, January 29

Darkness Rising by Lis Wiehl

Darkness is moving around East Salem. After the events in Waking Hours the darkness is getting worse. After discovering the person behind a gruesome murder, Dani and Tommy wade deeper in the supernatural world. No longer is it a fringe element, with angels and demons making their appearance. Working together, they realize that a nearby school, St. Adrian’s, has a deeper role to play in the mystery than they first thought. But what is that role? Where does the school stand?

After the fairly conventional whodunit tale found in the first book, Darkness Rising takes a sudden turn. I opened the book expecting another murder mystery but got something else entirely. For one, the supernatural element was much stronger. Its low profile in the first book was one of my biggest complaints about the story, and I was excited to see more of the supernatural work its way into the story. Unfortunately, part way through I was wishing otherwise.

Tuesday, January 22

Waking Hours by Lis Wiehl

Murder. Mayhem. Mystery. That it is October and nearing Halloween makes it spooky. That all of this is taking place in a town called East Salem means that the spook factor is going be notched as high as possible.

A high-school girl is murdered in a park. The way she was murdered seems like something out of a crime TV show.  Forensic psychologist, Dani Harris, is on the case, aided by former NFL linebacker Tommy Gunderson (who has dreams of being a Private Investigator).  The only group of suspects is some teenagers who were at a party with the murdered girl, only they seem to have no recollection of what happened. To top it off, Dani is waking up at 2:13 every night with nightmares, and Tommy has an encounter with an elderly woman babbling in Latin.  Something evil is afoot, but is it something from this world?

Sunday, January 6

Judge by R.J. Larson

Shortly after the events in Prophet, Ela of Parne is once again called by the Infinite. Her task is to travel back to her hometown, where the people have fallen away from the Infinite. If Parne does not repent, it will be destroyed. At the same time, Kien is on military leave. He has fallen in love with Ela and would join her, except the Infinite calls him away on another mission. Separated, they must hope they will be reunited and not die in service to the Infinite.

Once again, R.J. Larson captures an Old Testament feel to her story, as the story contains even more overtones of the prophets. One story thread in particular carries themes and ideas from Jonah, though it doesn’t follow the story beat for beat. Like the first book there are some strange creatures, though this time around they feel more natural to the world and the story. As before, the destroyers often provide comic relief.