Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Secret Rage by Charlaine Harris

From what I read on others' blogs, Ms. Harris is a quite popular author, especially with her vampire or some other type of paranormal series she writes. I am not a fan of this genre, so I had not read any of her books. While reading Romantic Times or someone else's blog, I realized she has written other books and decided to see what those were like. I saw A Secret Rage on Amazon, and my library had it so I decided to check it out. It was not that great of a book, just average. I grade it a C.

The safe, easy-paced college town of Knolls, Tennessee, seems like paradise to Nickie Callahan, retreating from noisy and crime ridden New York City. After a brief and glamourous career as a successful model, Nickie looks forward to finishing college at Knolls and to reviving old friendships. But the safety is illusory, and the crime that comes nearer and nearer to Nickie's own life is rape. The courageous and startling way in which Nickie and her friends confront the stalking terror makes this book heartening to read.

This book just didn't work for me. Maybe part of the reason is because the book is over 24 years old and it shows. The style of writing is different and the way the characters behave is just strange. I had a hard time following some of it, and even though the book was just 200 pages long, it took me 2 days to read it. This seems to becoming a pattern, and I really hope it isn't the beginning of a reading slump as I have a week before school starts and Student Teaching starts and I want to read as much as possible. So the reason why I give this book a C and not something lower is because I am not sure if it is me or the book.

I am not sure what I am going to read next. I have one more library book checked out, a Jackie Collins one, but I am not sure that will hold my attention. I want a good mystery, one that has me held and I can't put down. I think I will just return the book and grab it later. I think I am going to the TBR shelves and pick out a good mystery. I have Karen Rose's Count To Ten that got some really good reviews in the blogosphere, so I think that may be it. Even though it is my bedtime, I will go get it and read the first chapter.

Everyone have a good Friday and Happy Reading!


Emily said...


Just wanted to let you know that you won on my book giveaway!!! Just leave me a comment with the three books you want from my library :)

Booklogged said...

Kristie, congratulations! Due to your winning I found out about your blog and wanted to drop by and HI.

Kristie said...

Yay! I am so excited! Thanks so much Emily!

Booklogged: I hope you enjoy my blog! I will go check yours out too!

Vickie said...

Kristie: I have this one next up as a purse book. I have been a fan of Charlaine Harris for a long while, starting with her Southern Vampire series. She has one series that is actually a bigger favorite of mine, the Shakespeare series. Takes place in Shakespeare, Arkansas. My least favorite series of hers is the Aurora Teagarden. blech.