Wednesday, February 21, 2007

CFBA presents: Wedgewood Grey and a book giveaway!

Win a copy of one of John Aubrey Anderson's books! I have an ARC of Wedgewood Grey and a hardback of Abiding Darkness available for one lucky winner. Just leave a comment on this post and I will enter your name in the drawing. The winner will be announced/notified Saturday. So tell your friends!

Recently, I featured the first book in John Aubrey Anderson's Black or White Chronicles, Abiding Darkness. Wedgewood Grey is a fitting sequel. And thank goodness there's a third book in the series. I knew he couldn't end it here.

In Abiding Darkness, the Mississippi stage is set with the bizarre death of a young child at Cat Lake. Evil lives there, but good will overcome. At a price.

The Cat Lake saga continues with Wedgewood Grey. Missy Parker, the heroine from the previous novel, resides out of state with her husband Pat. Mose Washington tries to get along without his beloved late wife. The Bainbridge family still spouts filth from its pores. Though life goes on, a battle brews that will change the futures of Mose and a young boy forever.

I’ve never seen a setting breathe like a real person as in Anderson’s novels. 1950’s Mississippi, especially Cat Lake, holds an eerie mystical quality that’s a perfect match for the battles between good and evil that happen there. I think that the supernatural aspect of the battles are downplayed a bit here, or at least portrayed differently, and personal belief and responsibility take more of a front seat. The fact that everything we do, whether to help someone or not, affects us and them and the course of history more than we know.

That said, I’ve never met a supernatural suspense that I didn’t like. This one is no exception. I learned in the first book not to expect breakneck speed as in some other suspense novels. Instead, the setting, characters, and plot come together in an interesting enough way that the reader doesn’t have to pant in order to enjoy.

Regardless, many layers of meaning present themselves and will not only entertain but cause the reader much pondering.

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  1. Sounds like a good read. Nice review. Hope I win a copy! :) If not, I'll buy one.

  2. Hi, there,

    These sound interesting. I like what you said about the setting breathing like a real person. That's a real challenge for most of us writers.


  3. Hi Karri,
    Abiding Darkness is already on my TBR list, and your great review makes me want to read it even more. Sigh ... so many books, so little time :-)

    I'd love to be entered in the contest to win the two books.


  4. Sounds like a great book! Can't wait to read it! :)

  5. Thanks for the comment Karri. Good review! The breathing comment is very apropos.
    I liked the different pace of suspense. Anymore, we're rushed from one catastrophe to another. It's nice to watch the scene slowly percolate, rather than getting nuked in the microwave!

    See you around the tours!

  6. This is a great review, Karri. Seeing as I also reviewed it, I have a copy. But feel free to shoot Abiding Darkness my way (wink wink).

    God bless,
    Daniel I Weaver