Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Review: The Color of Evil (Blog Tour)
By Connie Corcoran-Wilson
Genre Adult suspense
Recommended by Me
First sentence It was April 1, 1995 and Tad McGreevy's eighth birthday party.
Lives of the people in a small town are entwined when a killer escapes prison and starts killing. At the center of these people is Tad McGreevy, a kid who sees auras. Years ago, at his eight birthday party, he saw the aura of the clown his mom hired. It was a sickly grey/green. The worst kind. The clown, Michael Clayton was arrested for the torture and killing of little boys. But now he's back and Tad must protect those he loves.
What it has going for it
First off, a crazy killing clown is freaky! Second, a kid who sees auras and has prophetic dreams about said killer clown sounds like one heck of a book, am I right? This book was, in a word, intense. The suspense kept me turning pages in morbid fascination as I winced my way through this one. The look into the lives of these characters and their own individual "evils" was like they say, "watching a train wreck". You just can't look away. Tad was a good protagonist. After the horrors he faced as a child I was impressed with his resiliency and conviction. If my parents had done to me what his did to him, I'd be in no hurry to start trying to warn people again. I'd want to keep my mouth shut! But not Tad. He worked well as a central point to all the characters in the book, and, believe me, there were a lot. Twisted and crazy this one will keep you turning those pages.
I mentioned that there were a lot of characters and there was. A lot. That was fine with me. I didn't have too hard of a time keeping them all straight, but what did bother me was we kept getting all this back story every time we skipped characters and it slowed down the plot. I was all into the suspense and all of the sudden it would be talking about why so and so was the way they were due to some event that took places ages ago. It got a little frustrating. I also found the writing to read more like newspaper articles than fiction. That made sense once I got to the end of the book and found out the author, did in fact, write for several newspapers. It worked for this particular book but could sometimes pull you out of the story with its neutral look on things.
When Tad got Charlie Chandler to agree to help him find Stevie. I like the idea of those two teaming up.
Yea or Nay?
Obviously this is a preferred taste type of book. Those who like watching crime shows on TV, like myself, will enjoy the suspense. And to them I say yes.
My thanks to the author, Connie and Premier Virtual Author Book Tours for getting me a review copy.
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