SPOILER ALERT (but you know what's coming anyway!)
All-American girl bereft by recent loss of her dear, dear, faultless, kind-hearted, salt-o..Show More »f-the-earth character father. CHECK
Handsome investigator who initially clashes with said heroine and then... well, you know the rest. CHECK
Heroine doesn't bother to clarify what her sainted father - bless him - was actually up to, and what this supposed legacy from him to her is until chapter 5, despite constant references to it by the other characters. CHECK
Heroine is supposed to be committed to doing something by way of profession - in this case she's, like, an artist - but exhibits no marked inclination to undertake any activities relating to it. Except for the occasional plot purpose (see below). CHECK
It's set in New Orleans so we get a sort of liberal, first-amendmenty tour of Voodoo from an apparent closet rationalist, not-at-all-crazy-and-scary voodoo priestess who helps us understand it's all really not-at-all-crazy-and-scary, and Good Voodoo isn't really the problem. Whew! CHECK
Comically silly villain. CHECK (not many are sillier, actually!)
And deluded menials. Who think they can harness 'the power' for themselves. Mwahahaha. CHECK
Sex scenes that manage to pitch somewhere between the comic and the turgid. CHECK
Heroine doesn't work out the multiply-telegraphed reference to, you know, that thing that's been niggling at her in the two sentence instruction from her sainted father - God rest his soul - until just before the climax (not the one alluded to above!) despite its, ahem, blinding obviousness. CHECK
Cell phones that work in a heavy stone-walled crypt, underground. CHECK
Heroine who's specifically instructed not to trust anyone is left alone at the strategic moment and trusts, you guessed it, a wrong someone. CHECK
A wrong someone who, despite all that's gone on before, squibs out on simply and conveniently killing, rather than just knocking out, the heroine's putative 'protectors', because it just wouldn't do to kill a dog now, would it? CHECK
And, wow, like that finished painting she did in, like, an hour in her sleep was prophetic all along! And you'll never guess who the sacrifice depicted was!? CHECK
And, like, wow, that other woman was the evil priestess all along! Who'd'a'thunkit?! CHECK
Let's face it; you've heard this book before. But it may beguile a few hours if you're relatively untroubled by the above...
As for the reading, it's spirited enough (boom boom!), but perhaps you, like me, will remain unsure who's supposed to be a Scot, and who's Irish, and whether nationals of either country would recognize themselves...
I'm not sure what accent the person reading is attempting for Billy, it's indescribable and definitely NOT Scottish. It really takes away from the rea..Show More »ding. If the same person reads the next book, I'll be taking a pass.