Too Close to Evil
by Elizabeth Terrell
Web site: www.iuniverse.com
There is always someone who puts the lie to a truism,
the exception that proves the rule. Elizabeth Terrell is one
such. She puts the lie to the idea that no good will ever come of
Okay, so I live near where her book takes place, maybe
a little too near, I’m thinking. But even if I didn’t, her vivid
writing allowed me to picture everything Jared McKean did, from picking
up the girl to facing down the gang. Dialogue, pace, and the
freshness of ideas combined to make this a great read.
That surprised me, because this book was a little more
tough than my usual preference. I think I liked the range her
characters has. Despite each one’s main personality traits, she allows
them to exhibit characteristics that are contradictory, and – well,
that’s life, isn’t it?
She drew me in to the character’s lives as well as
their story, and now I await her next book eager to find out
what’s happening to my fictional neighbors.
And – my guess? She’ll be picked up by a
traditional publisher before long.