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Through the Evil Days (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Series #8)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

The story of ¿Through the Evil Days¿ spins out over one week in

The story of “Through the Evil Days” spins out over one week in the lives of our favorite Millers Kill residents, all of whom face daunting challenges and inner apprehension as they are thrown into situations fraught with emotional upheaval. While Russ and Clare strugg...
The story of “Through the Evil Days” spins out over one week in the lives of our favorite Millers Kill residents, all of whom face daunting challenges and inner apprehension as they are thrown into situations fraught with emotional upheaval. While Russ and Clare struggle to come to grips with her unexpected pregnancy, Clare once again finds herself at odds with the bishop and Russ is caught up in an unexpected issue with the aldermen. The department’s investigation of an early-morning house fire that has claimed the life of two people quickly takes an even more ominous turn when a kidnapping is revealed. Officers Hadley Knox and Kevin Flynn are thrown together in the investigation, forcing them to cope with difficult moments and tough decisions even as Mother Nature unleashes the ice storm of the century, stranding Russ and Clare in an isolated cabin at the lake where they have gone for their long-delayed honeymoon. With the dangerous Adirondack storm knocking out communications, closing roads, and bringing daily life to a virtual standstill, nerves are frayed, tension is running high, and the clock is ticking . . . .

Julia Spencer-Fleming’s eagerly-awaited eighth installment of the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series doesn’t disappoint. Here we find all the elements we’ve come to expect from her books: a tightly-crafted story that puts the reader right in the middle of a multi-layered mystery, exploration and insight into personal relationships, life-changing reveals and decisions. The story teems with excitement, offering up enough twists and turns along the way to keep the reader eagerly page-turning; as always, there are a few gut-wrenching “wow . . . I never saw that coming” moments to ratchet up the turmoil. It’s a powerful, emotional, can’t-put-it-down masterpiece that will keep readers on the edge of their seats right to the very last word. A highly recommended, satisfying read worthy of far more than five stars . . . don’t miss this one.


posted by LoveToReadJFE on November 5, 2013

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

I have been looking forward to this next installment of the stor

I have been looking forward to this next installment of the story of Clare and Russ since pre-ordering the book during the summer. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. The elements that most appealed to me in the previous books, Clare's faith, the dynamic dialogue ...
I have been looking forward to this next installment of the story of Clare and Russ since pre-ordering the book during the summer. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. The elements that most appealed to me in the previous books, Clare's faith, the dynamic dialogue between Clare and Russ and the coziness of Miller's Kill and its residents was missing. Considering the seriousness of Clare's situation with the Bishop as presented at the beginning of the story, there was very little in-depth discussion between Clare & Ross, or most importantly, between Clare and God. The normal depth of character was missing and she appeared as a rather defiant, self-centered executive defying the wishes of a superior rather than a deeply spiritual individual maintaining a fierce commitment to a firmly held calling. Both Russ and Clare were very one dimensional in contract to the flawed but essentially good people readers have come to love. The Kevin/Hadley story suffered from a similar superficiality. Despite the dangers faced by Hadley and her children, it was hard to be sympathetic to her sudden change of heart toward Flynn couched as it was in a physical encounter in such a potentially public setting. The impression overall was one of an overly complex set of dangerous circumstances comprising a "What can possibly go wrong next?" that became so predictable it was clear something else was going to go wrong. There was far more emphasis on creating increasingly dangerous and repeatedly escalating dangers at the expense of dialogue and character development. By the conclusion, the only character I was at all concerned about was Flynn. The spiritual overtones that invigorated the series previously are totally missing. Perhaps this will attract new readers but I fear it may alienate those, like myself, who fell in love with the series for the tenderness between Russ and Clare and her commitment to her calling. I hope these elements will reappear in future stories.

posted by linajoan on December 1, 2013

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