, and yet the novel functioned well as a stand-alone, and I had no trouble quickly engaging with the characters. In fact, my biggest complaint about the book is that there will be no more adventures for Bill and Holly. King wrapped the series up and tied the knot.
A crime thriller with a supernatural component, End of Watch has characters who are a little off the beaten path of the typical crime novel formula. Although the first two books evidently did not include the supernatural element, it is just that paranormal aspect which makes it a great R.I.P. choice, and King makes it work in a chilling way.
Taut and suspenseful, I was on edge throughout. The more I think about it, the more I want of Holly. I don't want her character to just disappear into the ether.
Library copy. Read in Sept.; blog review scheduled for Oct. 3.
Detective Fiction/Paranormal. 2016. 469 pages.
The Obsidian Chamber by Preston and Childs is the 16th book in this long-running series. The series would make a great graphic novel because Agent Pendergast would translate beautifully to an illustration and the plots could easily be depicted in story boards.
Why did this particular installment not appeal to me as much? Probably because Pendergast is mostly absent, and I'm not sure how I feel about the way Constance's character is developing. Also, the opening chase scenes, which were far too long, felt like page fillers. (And what happened to the second woman on the plane?) The usual headlong pace of these novels was off here in many ways. As much as I've enjoyed these novels--in which logic and reason play little part--this entry was...strangely boring.
Read in Sept.; blog review scheduled for Oct. 3.
NetGalley/Grand Central Publishing
Mystery/Suspense. Oct. 18, 2016. Print length: 416 pages.