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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Review: Hallow's Eve


Hallow’s Eve
By Susan St. Clair

Kathleen refused to let a bitter snowstorm change her course. The open invitation to the community allowed her to join Richard, the Duke of Pentholl for Halloween celebrations. Alone and locked behind the dark castle walls Eve would confront the man who murdered her sister.


I found this to be an intriguing story with unexpected twists. There is fear, mystery, suspense, heartache, loss, disillusionment and love all packed into a few short pages.

Kathleen is a woman determined to face her sister’s murderer and uncover the truth. Braving fierce wind and weather, she brings her own storm to the castle, unleashing an unexpected evil.

This story starts off strong, giving a mysterious and foreboding feeling to the pages. I enjoyed the story, though I felt it was too short. There was so much potential to develop the story and extend the mystery, I found myself slightly disappointed when I reached the end. The plot is compelling with many unique twists and the author’s writing style is vivid, yet the jump from suspicion to happily-ever-after was a bit abrupt.

I would have liked to see more character development as well. Within these few pages Ms. St. Clair shows you two strong characters and I found myself wanting to know more, learn more, about their strengths and weaknesses, joys and heartaches. I felt like there was a whole world left to discover.

I liked this historical romance with its slight Scottish brogue woven into the dialogue. My biggest disappointment was that there wasn’t more of this story to read. I enjoyed the imagery and mood created by the author and wish I could have delved deeper into the story and its characters.

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Reviewed by Lily

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