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

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

by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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Through the Evil Days (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Series #8) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
linajoan More than 1 year ago
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.
LoveToReadJFE More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clare and Russ have become cartoon like super human cartoon characters enduring unbelieveable trauma without any consequences to body or soul. There is too much ink spent on Kevin and Hadley. The timeline is stetching out way too long. Clare has been pregnant years with the same baby!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm very sad about this book. I'm very sad it ended. I love this series of books. I can't wait for the next one.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
This is a WONDERFUL story, whether you have read all of the books in the Clare Fergusson/Russell van Alstyne Millers Kill series or are just starting out. This book picks up a few months from where the previous novel, One Was a Soldier, left off. Clare and Russell, now married and expecting  a child decide to go away for a few days to try out a cabin in the wilderness and what happens next will surprise you. But as I said, you can pick up this book and know exactly where you are. A gripping, keep you on the edge of your seat read. It has everything you would want in a novel: mystery, suspense, romance, and just as I like to call it, every day happenings.  You will not regret reading this book. It has caused me to go back and re-read the series and to me, that is what reading is all about.
SamanthaHM More than 1 year ago
Once again Clare manages to get herself and Russ into - and out of - difficult situations. And we're set up for wanting the next book in the series. Keep them coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The usual careful plotting makes this another well-constructed and edge-of-the-seat suspense, as Claire and Russ face the prospect of imminent parenthood. The complications, both trivial and inspiring are so real to anyone who has ever been closely involved with parish life. Do not miss this fine read! Y7
elizabeth39 More than 1 year ago
The time line for the events was too long and there was too much jumping around from character to character. It seemed as if it would never end. Which may have been a blessing. The ending was not satisfactory and left me shocked and confused. What was the final decisions between Clare and Russ? Why did the author hurt and humiliate Hadley and Flynn so that their situation cannot be repaired in a future book? Did Russ have a position with the police? Unfortunately, I do not intend to read another book in the series to get any answers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I waited 2 years for this book to come out. The other 7 books were wonderful. It was a long drawn out 5 days and no woman who is 5 months pregnant would have been able to keep up the pace or the harm done to her body. I don't care what kind of army training. Also, with the drug abuse early in the pregnancy-the story is becoming too far-fetched. On top of that the ending with the other two officers just let the book fall even flatter.
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 Stars  I loved this book - the funny, the sad, and the heartbreak.  I have read this series over two weeks and I am feeling sad that I'm finished.  Not sure if author is continuing the series but I certainly hope so.  The characters are just so down to earth and I love each of them despite their quirkiness.  Flynn my heart breaks for you.  :(
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i love this series of books. I look forward to the next book. I am sure all will work out for all of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the character development of flynn and hadley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended. I read the whole series. Very enjoyable. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read quite a few of her books and like them very much, this one is excellent
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Joann_vermont More than 1 year ago
A little different from her other books but an enjoyable read.
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anonLJ More than 1 year ago
Was waiting for this one to come out. Now I can't wait for the next!
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Good author but Amazon is selling this on Kindle for $6 less