As a molecular biologist, I found the premise of the first book in this series (Pines) to be highly questionable, bordering on ludicrous. But I enjoy fiction and even though the book wasn't that well-written, it was definitely a cool idea, a short page-turner, and I can suspend disbelief. So I wanted to know where Crouch took it. I was also wondering if we'd find out that the story Ethan had been told was BS and something far more sinister was at work (which I'm still wondering since I haven't read the third book yet - but I plan to). All that said, I enjoyed the second book more; the characters were more intriguing and less annoying, the prose was improved, and the mood was even darker. And it's still just as irresistible to read as the first one, if not moreso. This town has its hooks in me too.
Published Oct. 19, 2013