My review of The Devil of Light by Gae-Lynn Woods @gaelynnwoods, A Forney County Novel.
The Devil of Light is a fast-paced, suspenseful crime novel set in a small, peaceful town in Texas. The peace is disrupted as mysteries dating back to the 1920’s, and bodies from recent missing person reports, boil up to the surface.
Gae-Lynn Woods leaves you hanging at the end of each chapter with a little tease that will keep you moving through to the next chapter. I like the main character, Cass Eliott and her partner Mitch Stone (great detective name). The investigation into the crimes, the procedural work, is detailed enough to be interesting, but not so detailed that you get caught up in the words and get bored. I was never bored in the book and the author did a good job of describing the scenery and the characters to draw you into the story.
There were very few grammatical errors, which led to an enjoyable reading experience. The story was interesting, believable, and had me thinking it could happen in any small town where people know practically everyone in town.
Ms. Woods is writing her second book based on the same characters in what, I hope, is a sequel to this story. Because that is probably the only thing I didn’t like – I didn’t want the story to end without finding out who is “the old man,” and seeing justice for the killings (I’ll admit I’m a little selfish here). So, I enjoyed the book and am hoping the story continues and these things I didn’t find out are discovered in Ms. Woods’s next book.