PositiveNew York Journal of BooksThe freezing, gray, and neverending blustery winters on the Vineyard add appeal to this novel, for it is not usual to read about a locale usually depicted as warm, vibrant, and bustling. The flowery metaphorical prose portrays the hard-scrabble and frugal island inhabitants whose characters offer credence and panache, making the plot and storyline right on for an engaging tale.
PositiveNew York Journal of Books\"Winter Loon, a debut novel, is both emotional and skillfully written. Though it may be considered depressing, an inspirational facet is revealed through the eloquent and dynamic prose.\
PositiveNew York Journal of Books\"Old Newgate Road is a complex and introspective account of one family\'s plight of abuse and heartbreak that plagues each member for decades ... Highly emotional, this novel offers much food for thought.\
PositiveThe New York Journal of BooksAn emotional and heart-rending tale, You Were Always Mine provides a look into each character\'s head. Riveting and compelling, we learn how a mother\'s love holds no bounds when it comes to her children.
MixedNew York Journal of BooksWhile on assignment in the remote area of Tamil Nadu, Claire gets bitten by a mosquito causing her to suffer from high fevers, seizures, and damage to her central nervous system. Diagnosed as having Japanese encephalitis and lucky to be alive Claire is transported to a Florida hospital ... Charlie rushes to her side and though very ill, she retains no memory of her recent past—her childhood and the time before Vermont are attainable, but with her and Charlie\'s lives together, she is blocked. The doctors report this is not unusual, but Claire must be kept quiet and on medication with the hope she will regain her lost months and years ... Rachel leaves her editing position to help Claire recover in Vermont. Tension abounds as well as mistrust and resentment as the three try to find some sort of semblance of normalcy to their lives ... The ever-changing twists and turns with the juxtaposition of three lives seeped in history, secrets, and frustrations blend together to create a story of how easily life can change. Emotion runs rampant, yet the enjoyment of this novel is slowed down by a lot of in-depth backstory offering inconsequential information.
PositiveNew York Journal of BooksPenned in the first person voices of both Stephanie, Emily, with input from Sean, as well as the blog posts establishes Darcy Bell\'s debut novel of psychological suspense as an intense, captivating, and astonishing thriller ending in an unforeseen and surprise ending.
PositiveThe New York Journal of BooksKate, who narrates her tale in the first person is tied to her roots while somehow needing to prove Joseph is not a killer. Fast-paced and filled with tension, Down a Dark Road delves into Amish teachings and tradition and how they deal with the 'English' world and its legal system ...back story is interplayed revealing Kate's formative years and her life as it is now outside the Amish populace ... Down a Dark Road is the ninth addition to the Kate Burkholder series. It is well-written and fleshed out to stand alone; however, the plot, locale, and characters warrant reading the previous novels.