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review 2017-03-11 20:58
Early Romantic Suspense Book Doesn't Work
Divine Evil - Nora Roberts

This was so long and tedious. Also there's barely any romance and what there is you quickly forget about it when it comes to reading about the group sex, rapes, murders, and animals being killed. Heck we even get a scene of a man being beaten to death which actually turned my stomach. I don't think the main characters or secondary characters were very developed. And there's a topic of racism introduced and dropped quickly which was odd. The ending was a total nonstarter. I can see if Roberts had wrote a sequel to this, but since she didn't, this book has an odd and menacing ending.

 

Clare Kimball is a sculptor living in New York. Even though she is on the cusp of making a name for herself she still feels unsettled by her father's death years earlier. Coming home she found him dead of what looked to be an apparent suicide. And a dream she had as a child which comes back to her now and again haunts her. When her mother remarries and goes on her honeymoon, Clare decides to return to her former home in Emmitsboro, Maryland. She thinks she can stay there and work on new pieces and maybe come to terms other her father's death and her anger towards her mother for moving on.

 

So Clare sucks. She has a best friend named Angie, who runs an art gallery with her husband Jean-Paul. Apparently she has no other friends though her twin brother Blair makes random appearances. She also is divorced though you don't hear much about her first marriage. You quickly find out that Clare is angry/upset about her mother and her moving on. She feels stuck and thinks returning to a town she hasn't lived in in about a decade is definitely the answer. When she returns she runs into Cameron (Cam) Rafferty. Can has also returned to the hometown after being a cop in DC. He's now the new sheriff and is dealing with a lot of bad memoires due to his mother and his stepfather.

 

Obviously theses two are romantically interested in each other. But Roberts breaks that up with allowing readers POV of a young woman being raped and murdered and then a young teen boy who is apparently into Satanism and is obsessed with Clare. 

 

Clare hides what she starts to discover about her father's interest in the occult. And Cam gets into it with his stepfather and locks him up. When the man is found naked and beaten to death more things come to light in the supposed sleepy rural town. 

 

I honestly felt like this was two stories meshed into one. Either Roberts should have had Clare investigating once she realized some truths about her father. Or Cam should have been the focus with him trying to reconcile with his mother. Instead neither characters center stage in this book. I felt more for Cam especially when there's a reveal about how his father died and I hated that I don't think he was told during the course of the story. I did want him and his mother reconciled but sadly that doesn't happen. 

 

Either way Clare does her sculptures and then all of a sudden gets emeshed in a case when a young woman she accidentally hits with her car that was running from men in the woods. Though she still wants to hide any thoughts about her father. Her brother and then Angie and Jean-Paul are in Emmitsboro trying to keep and eye on Clare. It honestly doesn't make any sense why anyone is afraid of Clare's return. She doesn't go around asking questions or anything related to her father. Whatever. 

 

Can I say that these Satanists are stupid? Who goes around abducting and murdering people thinking they will get away with it? And these seem like 80s TV movie versions of Satanists. I wish Roberts had introduced more information on how these dumb men were even lured to do things like this. Roberts tries to with the ending, but it was so out of left field I rolled my eyes. 

 

The setting of this small town didn't feel like Maryland to me. It felt more Midwest to me. With the talk of the smallness of the town and barely any stores or shops and small farms I had a hard time with that. 

 

As I said above, the ending left things open ended and was a weird note to end this book on. I don't recommend this.

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text 2017-03-11 17:27
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Divine Evil - Nora Roberts

Finished this more than an hour ago. Went to the gym and that was preferable to this book. This wasn't very well done and the ending was a mess. I'm supposed to assume one lone finger manipulated events and will be back one day to kill everyone that wronged them? There was no follow up to this either so I have no idea why Roberts wrote it that way 

 

I found Clare and her self absorbtion about her father and her feelings to be aggravating after awhile. He wasn't perfect and even finding out the truth I don't think it sank into her head that her father was still not perfect. Her being angry her mother dared to remarry after 12 years was a dropped plot point. Due to the mom being on her honeymoon, Roberts missed a chance for them to reconcile and maybe have her mom tell Clare to get over herself. 

 

Couldn't stand Cam at all. Not a fan of any man grabbing or manhandling a woman and I don't​ care he did it because he was scared that Clare went missing. This was another character with extreme father and mother issues and once again nothing was resolved with him or his mother. 

 

And I thought the whole town (practically) running around as Satanists didn't make a lot of sense. I felt this was a bad Lifetime movie. I swear I watched one movie where the wife finds out her husband is supposed to be a vessel for the devil and that was more plausible to me than this book. This is definitely not Harvest Home.

 

The romance is lacking in this too and there were so many lost threads that I have up following them all. 

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text 2017-03-11 14:47
Reading progress update: I've read 44%.
Divine Evil - Nora Roberts

You would think a book about murder be more interesting. I honestly don't care for anyone except the character Angie and her husband. I also don't get how a town is full of Satanists just running around and no one knows. I just don't get why Clare even returned and hasn't spoken to her brother once since she has temporarily relocated to their former home so she can come to terms with her father's death.

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text 2017-03-11 13:12
Reading progress update: I've read 26%.
Divine Evil - Nora Roberts

Eh this book isn't working for me. Satanists running around Maryland. And the graphic descriptions of rape that are going on is hard to read. There's very little chemistry between the heroine (who I don't like) or the hero (who I don't like.)

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review 2017-03-06 20:47
4.5 stars
Talking in Code - Ariel Tachna
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. I'm jumping straight, because this book was NOT what I was expecting. The blurb led me to believe I would be reading about how Tim, Richard and Eric came together, and what happens after Eric is rescued from hostage. HOWEVER We get how they came together only in dribs and drabs through out the story. And for about 80% of the book, Tim is unconscious, on a ventilator. So there is very little of the three of them together, and a lot of just Richard and Eric. BUT!!! Once I pulled my toys back into the pram and got over my strop, I really REALLY enjoyed this one! Richard and Tim were already in a long term, committed relationship when they came across Eric. They each watched him from afar for several years and its not until Eric makes a pass at Tim, and Richard walks in on them, that they all decide to make a go of it. Fast forward 4 years and an op goes wrong, Eric is captured and held hostage for months. Richard and Tim set about to rescue him, but Tim is gravely injured and its up to Richard to get Eric back up and running. But both Richard and Eric have relied heavily on Tim in the past, and Tim can't help now. Not when Eric's demons rear their ugly head. Like I said, once I got over my "this is not what I wanted to read" strop, the book is quite gripping. Both Richard and Eric are struggling, with Eric's return, with Tim being so poorly, with each other. It makes for painful reading in places because we get all of Eric's panic attacks in their gory detail. I can't for the man, I really did. And I cheered when Richard and Eric were both made to see that what they were doing was making them both worse. OH! I loved when they delivered the line that made the title make total and utter sense! I loved that the first thing Tim sees on waking is Richard and Eric kissing. I would still like to have read more of the beginning of their relationship. I think, though, it would have been too much HERE, if I'm honest. That is a whole nother story! I wrote 3.5 stars at the top of the page when I sat down to write this review. I've upgraded it to 4.5, rounded down to 4 stars for Amazon and Goodreads. Its not often I changed that initial gut feeling, but some books, once I start to write their review, push and push and just make it known that actually, Debbie, we deserve a higher rating. This book pushed HARD! First I can see that I've read of this author, I'd love to read more. I'd love to catch up with these guys too. When building this post, I noticed the Dreamspinner search billed this as the Talking In Code series. I hope I get the chance to read them! So, because its a pushy book, and the review ran into 3 sides of file paper.. 4.5 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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