Now a New York Times best-selling author, Julia Spencer-Fleming rises to the accolade with a powerful, and emotionally charged novel fans have been yearning for.
On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping - which is the very last thing Russ needs.... Currently he's struggling with the prospect of impending fatherhood. And his new wife is not at all happy with his proposal for their long-delayed honeymoon: A week in an unelectrified ice-fishing cabin. The vestry of St. Alban's Church has called for the bishop to investigate Clare's "unpriestly" pregnancy. She has one week to find out if she will be scolded, censured, or suspended from her duties.
Officer Hadley Knox is having a miserable January as well. Her on-again-off-again lover, Kevin Flynn, has seven days to weigh an offer from the Syracuse Police Department that might take him half a state away. As the days and hours tick by, Russ and Clare fight personal and professional battles they've never encountered.
In the course of this one tumultuous week the lives of the Millers-Kill residents listeners have come to love and cherish change forever. Listeners have waited years for Through The Evil Days, and Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers with the exquisite skill and craftsmanship that have made her such a success.
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This series has gone off the tracks for me ever since book 7. I had #8--this book--in my library so I decided to try it hoping that Spencer-Fleming had gotten the "I can be nasty" out of her system. No such luck. Much of the action and plot are so implausible it is ridiculous and the rest is so dark and ugly it gives me pause.
I bet the Adirondack Tourist Board, the New York State Police and the Episcopal Diocese of Albany are absolutely thrilled with how they are depicted in this book by an out-of-stater. I can't even begin to list plot topics here as it is so sorted. Just look at some of the reviews on amazon and they will fill you in with great and gory detail. For me, I am bidding good bye to Clare and Russ.
An avid listener of Audible whether I'm driving, cleaning or cooking. My children are frequently telling me to remove my earbuds!
It was such a long wait for this book in the series that perhaps my expectations were too great. I found it to be slow and difficult to hold my interest. There were numerous story lines and most were left hanging. I'm hoping JSF will not take as long to complete the next book in the series because I really do enjoy Claire and Russ and all the characters in this series.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
Behind the main story of this book, a real controversy of current politics looms: in times of stretched budgets, does a small town/city really need its own police force? It seems the debate will continue in this series, as that particular question is not resolved here. But it adds another note of timely reality to the Fergusson/Van Alstyne novels.
"Through the Evil Days" also adds a darn good thriller to a fine series. There's lots of action and suspense, a real terror of an ice storm, and innocents aplenty in peril. For my taste, there's one or two too many "top this" twists and turns, but the story certainly moves quickly and holds the readers' interest.
Clare and Russ have proven to be a likable, believable characters who complement each other. Their marriage has not brought boredom or total peace of mind to the relationship. I like their feisty individuality and their differences. This volume also throws a great deal of light on the secondary romantic relationship of the series, and this relationship is every bit as interesting and complicated as the one between Clare and Ross. I marvel that Spencer-Fleming is so good at developing these romances while still maintaining a religious/philosophic element and first-class suspense in the series. I will definitely be back for the next adventure!
The narrator is a different issue. Although I like her basic reading voice very much, I find her extreme attempt to change tone for different characters a bit disconcerting. She tries too hard: those overly gruff male and sickeningly sweet female voices are distracting to a point nearing the absurd. There's plenty of drama in the book. I'd prefer a little less overdone narration.
I have read every book in this series and I have really enjoyed them. I'm not sure what it is about this book, but I just can't get through it. I've been listening on and off for over a month (which is a long time for me). The narration took some getting used to but is okay. I kind of want to punch Hadley's ex, but with the relationship foreshadowing in previous books, he didn't really come as a surprise. I don't know why I can't get into this book, but I think it will be going back.
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
This series has been a little uneven for me; but Julia Spencer Fleming really hit her stride with her last novel, 'One Good Soldier', and she continues it with this one. A fast-moving, suspenseful plot (that sometimes goes a little over-the-top) and some satisfying exploration of my favorite relationships make for a real page-turner. Can't wait for the next one!
the author's recurring themes of heroism, unconditional love and redemption are in full force. Suzanne Toren's narration is fluid, allowing for easy transition between characters, frequently before the conversing characters are named. Happily, several plot lines need to be resolved, giving me hope that there will be a book 9? Soon? Please?
The continued relationship of Claire and Russ.
The performance of Suzanne Toren is consistent but the plot of the book requires a suspension of belief that goes beyond fiction.
Will Claire and Russ' marriage survive the winter storm of the century?
Okay, I just love JSF and I have read each one of the books in the Claire Ferguson / Russ Van Alstyne series at least 3 times. I waited with anticipation for TTED. Okay, so this book starts with action from page 2! There are a lot of plot lines in this story involving Kevin Flynn, Hadley Knox and obviously Claire and Russ. Claire and Russ go on a honeymoon in the middle of the winter storm of the century (rain, hale, ice and snow), their plan is to go to a cabin with no electricity and no indoor plumbing located on a lake in upstate NY. Claire is 5 and 1/2 months pregnant and faced with the prospect of having a child who maybe developmentally disabled because of her abuse of alcohol in One Was A Soldier. (BTW, I really hate that JSF made Claire an alcoholic in OWAS). Both Claire and Russ face the prospect of unemployment. Claire must explain the bad timing of her pregnancy to her parishioners, vestry and the church's leadership. The bishop is not happy that Claire was clearly having sex prior to marriage and has a baby bump to prove it. Miller's Kill county is considering out sourcing the police to NY State patrol dissolving the Miller's Kill police department. Kevin Flynn has been offered a job with the Syracuse police dept and Hadley Knox's past has been revealed. She was former porn star in California and her dirtbag husband wants Hadley to give him the rights to her movies or he'll sue her for full custody of the kids. There is so much chaos in this book that I thought Bruce Willis might show up! Car accidents, dumb criminals and even more inexplicable decisions by Claire and Russ move this story along at sometimes a snail's pace. Then the end, a cliff hanger involving Kevin Flynn and Hadley Knox and the future of the MKPD! I won't put down JSF because this book was not up to par. I'll be waiting to buy the next book, I only hope it comes soon!
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