Title: Midnight Crossroad
Series: Midnight, Texas
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Hachette Book Group, $34.99 RRP
Let’s just preface this with no, I did not read the No.1 bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series and no, I do not watch True Blood. Now that we’ve got that out of the way- what did I think of Midnight Crossroad, the first in Charlaine Harris’ new paranormal trilogy set in Texas about a “telephone psychic” named Manfred Bernardo?
I didn’t hate it.
As someone who hasn’t ever read anything from Harris I do believe I’ve gone into this with a fresh, unbiased, pair of eyes. So upon reading Midnight Crossroad, with no preconceived notions of Harris’ writing and storytelling, I was rather pleased to find how easy it was to become immersed in the lives of the residents of the fictional town of Midnight.
While Harris does flit from one character’s viewpoint to another, with the use of a third-person omniscient narrator, allowing us full access into a flurry of character’s minds- you never feel inundated and/or out of sorts. The main character, Manfred, serves as an introduction for the reader, as a newcomer, to Midnight. Like our authentic-with-fraudulent-moments psychic main character, we are thrown into the quaint lives of his neighbours. In this supernatural thriller Harris takes the supernatural and almost normalises it, not in a patronising way that seems off but rather, so that the supernatural is seen in such a casual fashion that it’s rather odd to be normal.
You’ll love the characters, there are no Mary Sues/Gary Stus to be detected and Harris has a way with macabre descriptions that I like. Granted the plot does sort of drag a bit, I felt like not much had occurred almost half-way through the book, you don’t get bored. Midnight Crossroad offers subtle humour and uncomfortable awkward moments that make for great entertainment. Which also serves to give the characters a believable quality.
If you’re down to read an amusing novel that’s the start of an amusing trilogy give it a go. You’ll be absorbed in no time, even if you’ve never read a thing from Harris in your life. I can vouch for that, at least.
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