Friday, November 26, 2010

Book 54-Twisted Branch by Chris Blaine

When Dawn and I started this challenge of 100 books in 2010 we agreed that we would find new and exciting authors to read. My sister borrow this book from a friend, and lent it to me thinking it would be something that would interest me. Yeah...if I enjoyed watching paint dry or dust settle.

Twisted Branch is the story of Sam Ford, a History teacher for Jefferson Junior High. He is a respected teacher who enjoys his job and the kids he teaches..until a student accuses him of sexually molesting her. Sam is forced to run, and run he does, to the town of Cape May where the Abbadon Inn awaits.

The Abbadon in was built in the 1800's and is owned by the Mitchell, and Rachel Morrison who live there with their strange son Carl. Carl is unable to attend school in the town, as he is bullied and harassed by the other kids. Sam comes to the Inn looking for work, and the Mitchells hire him to teach their son.

Sam is penniless, and is forced into living in the Abbadon Inn to support himself, but soon finds out the Inn may not want him there. Strange noices, nasty smells and heating problems lead Sam to delve deeper in the history of the Inn and try to make sense of what is going on. It may cost him his sanity, or his life.

Sounds like a decent story huh? Yeah well I don't know how many times I almost put the book down, getting to tired of listening to Sam deal with issues in his love life, and personal doubts. The story completely dragged on, going no where, until about the last 70 pages. It was really quite disappointing. I had such high hopes for this book (so much so I went on to ebay and bought the next book in the series before reading this one).

I've probably gotten myself into trouble. As I have mentioned before, if I start a book in a series, I HAVE to finish the entire series...maybe I'll get lucky when I read the next one...and Chris Blaine's writing technique has improved dramatically.

Book 55 is Subterranean by James Rollins.

Till next time!

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