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Chapelwood by Cherie Priest
Series: Borden Dispatches #2
Published by Roc on September 1, 2015
Genres: Horror, Fantasy
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Birmingham, Alabama is infested with malevolence. Prejudice and hatred have consumed the minds and hearts of its populace. A murderer, unimaginatively named “Harry the Hacker” by the press, has been carving up citizens with a hatchet. And from the church known as Chapelwood, an unholy gospel is being spread by a sect that worships dark gods from beyond the heavens.
This darkness calls to Lizzie Borden. It is reminiscent of an evil she had dared hoped was extinguished. The parishioners of Chapelwood plan to sacrifice a young woman to summon beings never meant to share reality with humanity. An apocalypse will follow in their wake which will scorch the earth of all life.
Unless she stops it…
I felt Maplecroft ended the story quite fully and in a satisfying way. Chapelwood continues in similar style about thirty years later. Whaaaaat? Why was there such a huge time gap?
This is horror in a lovecraftian form, which works for me. I kept waiting for the story to start, wanting someone to gather evidence, plan and develop a strategy for dealing with creatures, more like they did in the first book.
I thought when the Inspector invited Lizzie to get involved and they went to Alabama, it would happen. I looked forward to their analysis and discussions of how to proceed, but NO. They just observed and bumbled into situations unprepared and unarmed. It was frustrating to have them not really utilize their experience and intelligence as much as they could.
I wondered if the Borden Dispatches series would continue, with Ruth, but apparently it is two books only. I am much more comfortable and excited about this genre than I was at the time I listened to Maplecroft. But Chapelwood confused me, leaving me uncertain as to what happened and where things go from here.
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