Book Review: Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

Before I review this fabulous book, I have to say that I adore Charlaine Harris. I have everything she’s ever written, and have fallen in love with her characters, from Aurora Teagarden to Sookie Stackhouse, Lily Bard to Harper Connelly. And now I have the chance to fall in love with a host of new characters, living in the small, almost-deserted town of Midnight, Texas.

51KFJpzOs4LFrom 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

Harris is probably best known as the creator of the brilliant Sookie Stackhouse series, the inspiration for HBO’s True Blood, but she’s not all about vampires and the supernatural. Her Lily Bard and Aurora Teagarden series are excellent thrillers, full of mystery and gritty real life. Midnight Crossroad weaves the two genres together, and it is a real treat.

Some of the residents of Midnight aren’t quite what they seem – there’s a witch, a vampire, a psychic, going about the town without issue. That is, until a woman is found dead, and a town-wide investigation unearths even more shocking secrets. But perhaps it’s not the supernatural beings who need to be watched.

Without giving too much away, if you’re a fan of the eerie goings-on in Bon Temps, or a good murder mystery, buy this book. And, while you’re at it, buy the next one – it’s out on May 7th.

Many thanks to Gollancz for providing me with a review copy. To read my Ask the Author interview with the wonderful Charlaine, click here.

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