Series: Midnight, Texas #1
Published by Ace on May 6, 2014
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
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My Reviews in this series: Day Shift
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
FIRST IN A NEW TRILOGY
From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale—populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it…
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.
There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).
Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth...
Midnight Crossroad was different then the usual type of urban fantasy I’m used to reading that is typically fast and very in your face with the supernatural elements. This one had a pace that was just what I imagine Texas is like, a leisurely mosey. Don’t mistake me tho it was incredibly readable and such a refreshing change of pace especially considering I’m normally an adrenaline junkie.
The story takes place in a very very small town in Texas that pretty much only stays alive because it has a stoplight. There are only let’s see, 1+1+1+2+3+2+3 = 13 people that live there. I didn’t realize it was 13 people what a lucky number hah. Thankfully we only read from the POV of three characters, Manfred, Fiji and Bobo. The newest town resident Manfred who is a physic, Fiji is a witch and Bobo owns the pawn shop. I loved these characters. I enjoyed reading from all of their perspectives which for me isn’t always the case when I read multiple pov books. The main plot involves the murder mystery of a former resident Aubrey who was Bobo’s girlfriend who’d gone missing several months before.
Things I liked
– In Midnight you don’t ask personal questions of your neighbors because this is a place where people go who have secrets they don’t want to share. It made for such an intriguing aspect of the book because readers were right there next to the characters learning things about each other.
– Subtle paranormal/urban fantasy that hinted at what some people were while some characters were obviously one supernatural type or another. I liked being left guessing for a few of the characters and perhaps we will learn what is special about them in the next book.
– Each one of the main characters were interesting and treated to as much development as the other. Tho I did think that how quickly each one of the town residents were introduced within the first few pages of the book was a bit fast.
– There was a good bit of diversity in the characters
– The mystery kept me interested and the extra plot threads with Bobo and the racial extremist group that were tied in definitely spiced things up.
– a talking cat…I am always a sucker for a talking cat!
Midnight Crossroad was a great read and I’m already digging into the second book. I also found out these book take place in the same “universe” as the Sookie Stackhouse books ( tho are not tied together thankfully). I can’t wait to find out what other secrets are hidden in this tiny stoplight town.