Ace Hardcover, 2014
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...
This took me FOREVER to read, but I still found it enjoyable.
I was immediately drawn in, then pulled back a bit once I found out one of the characters was a vampire. I was enjoying where the story was going with the psychic and didn’t want vampire distractions. I felt like Charlaine Harris shouldn’t have quit the Southern Vampire books if she wanted to write about vampires. Luckily, this vampire wasn’t anything like those in the Sookie Stackhouse books and he wasn’t the focus of the book. He was one of the eclectic ensemble characters.
I liked how the people in the town took care of each other. I’m looking forward to seeing how the relationships evolve in future books.
This book could have gone wrong very quickly, but it didn’t, and I’m so glad. If you like Charlaine Harris books, you won’t be disappointed.
I think teens who are transitioning to adult books would be ok with this one, too. There wasn’t a ton of adult content or gore.