Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Synopsis: 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…
Review: CHAPELWOOD is the second book in the Borden Dispatches taking place 30 years after MAPLECROFT. CHAPELWOOD has Lizzie Borden only as a secondary character, with the focus on a girl named Ruth in Birmingham, Alabama and Inspector Simon Wolf. There is a new, yet related, evil which is threatening Birmingham whose word is being spread by a new church, Chapelwood. I had thought, as CHAPELWOOD is one of the Borden Dispatches, Lizzie would be more prominently featured. The majority of characters were well-developed, but the pacing and plot were more circuitous. While I enjoyed the very last few pages of the book and the first half, the way the story seemed to fall apart after the halfway mark was disappointing. This is only the second book I’ve read from this author and I do, overall, like her style. I may have to try some of her other novels.