A SOUL TO STEAL BY ROB BLACKWELL
Something is stalking the citizens of Loudoun County, Va. Is it the return of the notorious serial killer known as Lord Halloween? Or is it something worse—a figure that can cloak itself as your worst nightmare?Kate and Quinn, two community journalists, rush to uncover the truth before a promised bloodbath on Halloween night.”
This is the début novel from Journalist Rob Blackwell, and to be honest it is a damn fine book. You can tell that he has used his journalistic skills well, the colonial settings in the book are rich and vivid, and they transport you right into the period they are describing. This is one of those novels that manages to blend many different genres, into a satisfying read. this is predominately a supernatural thriller, but Blackwell also manages to have a romantic narrative in the story as well, which doesn’t feel forced or false.
The reader is kept guessing as the plot hurls along, and more importantly the reder is kept entertained. Those familiar with classic ghost stories will me reminded of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, however Blackwell uses this as a basis for his own story and it is not just a rehash of the tale.
All in all this was a great read, is it good enough to be reread next year, lets just say probably. And coming from me that is high praise indeed.
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