Hall, Rachel Howzell

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We Lie Here

Hall conveys the racist atmosphere of a small town and writes knowingly of extreme family dysfunction, but the meandering narrative, self-gaslighting protagonist, and several plot holes weaken the story.

These Toxic Things

Hall’s latest is a tech-savvy juggernaut of fear and paranoia, rendered quirky and original by the colloquial voice of its millennial protagonist. Some good advice before reading: Make sure the doors are locked.

They All Fall Down

Hall's ("Lou Norton" series) stand-alone homage to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None contains very little suspense or drama as each unlikable character is exposed as despicable and then killed off. And while unreliable narrators are definitely on trend, Miriam's voice is so muddled and flighty that it will leave readers exasperated rather than titillated. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/18.]

City of Saviors: A Detective Elouise Norton Novel

In her fourth gritty series police procedural, Hall once again captivates readers with her intricately woven plot and well-drawn characters. Her protagonist easily holds her own against her male colleagues in this genre. [See Jessica Moyer's Mystery Spotlight "Novel Crime Scenes," LJ 4/15/17.]

Skies of Ash: A Detective Elouise Norton Novel

The genre needs more strong, black female heroines like Lou, and even when the plot slides into soap-opera territory in places, Hall's take-no-prisoners lead keeps readers on their toes. This is a woman you'd want on your side.

Land of Shadows

Recommended for libraries with a strong following for police procedurals and a welcome addition for collections seeking more diverse characters in the mystery genre. [Previewed in Kristi Chadwick's "Pushing Boundaries" feature, LJ 4/15/13.]

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