What I’m Reading Now.
I took a trip to the good old library to pick up a book or two on my list.
From the inside jacket: Darkness falls so quickly in Howland, its people have no word for evening. One minute the sky is light, the next minute it is black – an impenetrable, suffocating black, unlit by moon or stars. Then good people bar their doors, for fearsome kinderstalk leave the forest to prowl among the houses, looking for children to steal. Yet when Annie Trewitt overhears her uncle making terrible plans for her, she flees to the only place she’s sure he will not follow: the forest. Annie never expects to survive the night, but soon she finds neither the kinderstalk nor the people of Howland are what they first appear to be. Her journey will take her from the depths of the forest to the glittering halls of the palace – and ever closer to an evil that’s darker and more vast than the night itself.
Eloquent, suspenseful, and imbued with dark fairy-tale motifs, this is a riveting coming-of-age story about a girl who must learn to trust her instincts in order to lead those she is destined to rule.
From Amazon.com: Nearly a quarter century ago, in Solomon’s Rock, Georgia, a fire broke out at the local roadhouse. The workingwomen who lived upstairs and their customers were all killed. Jackson Moon’s lawyer father took payoffs from the man who owned the roadhouse, including one shortly before the fire erupted. Moon’s disgust over his father’s involvement precipitated his leaving home. Now, after 20 years away–the last few in prison–Moon needs to understand the tragedy. Not everyone shares his interest in local history. Michael “Ghost” Grant, whose empire is built on drug money, is marshaling his associates–criminal and legit–to construct a multimillion-dollar Civil War theme park, and if Moon connects him to the fire, the whole deal could collapse. Diehl’s first novel is a southern gothic descendant of In the Heat of the Night. Greed, racism, and an entrenched caste system all conspire to perpetuate the mentality of the Old South, minus the Gone with the Wind gentility. A brooding, suspenseful, and satisfying thriller.