Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
My Soul to Keep (Dylan Foster Series #3)
Publisher Summary: As nasty as I knew Peter Terry to be, I never expected him to start kidnapping kids. Much less a sweet, funny little boy with nothing to protect him but a few knock-kneed women, two rabbits, and a staple gun…
It’s psychology professor Dylan Foster’s favorite day of the academic year–graduation day. A day of pomp, circumstance, and celebration. And after all the mortar boards are thrown, Dylan and some of her best friends will gather around a strawberry cake to celebrate Christine Zocci’s sixth birthday. But the joyful summer afternoon goes south when a little boy is snatched from a neighborhood park, setting off a chain of events that seem to lead exactly nowhere.
Police are baffled, but Christine’s eerie connection with the kidnapped child sends Dylan on a chilling investigation of her own. Is the pasty, elusive stranger Peter Terry to blame? Exploding light bulbs, the deadly buzz of a Texas rattlesnake, and the vivid, disturbing dreams of a little girl are just pieces in a long trail of tantalizing clues leading Dylan in her dogged search for the truth.
(Only two months late on this review. Sigh. See here for an explanation.)
So…I did like the book, despite not being a big fan of thrillers. It’s not one that I would re-read, or go buy for all my friends, but it was a good evening-in-the-tub read.
- Ms. Wells is a funny writer. Some of her descriptions are a real hoot and a holler.(yet again)
- The author did a good job of filling in important background information without pulling an “As You Know, Bob.”
- The action is a steady clip (up until the last few chapters when it suddenly hit breakneck speed and whammed in the ending out of nowhere).
- The characters are sympathetic, and (for the most part) nicely round. I did like Dylan.
- As usual, I did not realize this was book 3 in a series. Which meant I probably missed quite a bit. It also meant that I didn’t know this was a supernatural thriller, which I tend to avoid even more than regular thrillers.
- Okay, if Dylan is supposed to be a Christian, she’s got quite a bit of growing to do, ‘cuz she certainly doesn’t think or act or speak like one.
- And again, the ankh as a protective symbol just doesn’t work if this is supposed to be Christian-based.
- The wrap-up comes far too quick, and almost out of nowhere.
- As a mom, I really, really don’t like stories about child-snatching. Especially not ones with supernatural villains.
Grades (until I can come up with a better rating system)
- Characters: B
- Plot: C
- Flow of Story: C
- Writing Style: A
- Enjoyable: C+