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    Midnight Crossroad (Hardback) By (author) Charlaine Harris


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    DescriptionFrom Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a new, darker world - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it? Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It's a pretty standard dried-up western town. There's a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There's a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there's new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he's found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own). Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth ...

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    Overrated and Poorly Written2

    Dan Thompson Despite not having read any previous Charlaine Harris novel, I came to Midnight Crossroad with the expectation of something special. I mean, on the UK cover it has a quote from SFX saying "Charlaine Harris is a phenomenon." What better accolade did I need to entice me in?

    Sadly, even from the beginning I struggled to motivate myself to read another page. Not only was the pace incredibly slow, it also lacked energy and I hated the author's writing style. It reads like chick-lit, but is in fact a paranormal mystery "who-dunnit' style murder mystery surrounding the strange murder of one of Midnight's resident's girlfriend. All the finger point to the leader of an extreme right wing movement, but with all the paranormal and supernatural goings on, it surely can't be that easy?

    I disliked most of the characters, to be honest. Slightly caricatured in ways, only the loner and somewhat mysterious Olivia caught my attention, but sadly we don't discover much about her in here. There's a vampire, a witch, a psychic who doesn't know if he really is psychic, a talking cat, a family with a hidden past and a gay couple, who I have a strong suspicion to be a pair of angels.

    I found the blurb to be completely misleading for this book in fact. It gave the impression that Midnight is a fearsome place, where strange goings on occur. In fact Midnight is a pretty boring place to be. All the action seems to centred around a pawnshop that is manned 24 hours a day, and yet Charlaine Harris's repetitive writing style gives the impression that Midnight is a quiet, back-alley sort of place. Why would a pawnshop need to be manned 24 hours a day?

    To be fair, I didn't guess who the killer was; I doubt many people would, because it seems like Harris put all the characters' names into a hat and picked one out.

    Midnight Crossroad is a contradiction of a book, repetitive in style, poorly written and contains little wit and charm to please few readers. Despite my disappointment, it did improve slightly towards the end. There were a few chapters that held my attention and there is some potential here if only the story was better. I think I may read the next book in the series to see where it goes, but my expectations of this 'True Blood' author has been extremely dashed. by Dan Thompson

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