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Clare Kimball is a leading sculptress who witnessed a terrible event as a child, that haunts her memories and ultimately forces her to leave her New York apartment and return to her sleepy home town. Divine Evil contained stronger themes than normal in a Roberts title: there's rape, murder, sacrifices and satanic worship but there is also a generous dollop of romance for her romantic fanbase.
Divine Evil is similar to other Roberts titles that involve an artistic heroine who is as emotionally fragile as she is gifted and tough, off the top of my head I can think of two literary siblings to both Divine Evil and Clare: Carnal Innocence,and Carolina Moon. The trouble with Divine Evil is that although it has obviously been well-researched in terms of satanism and the rituals it feels oddly unfinished.
Claire upon moving to Emmitsboro begins to relive a nightmare from when she was five years old of sneaking into the back of her father's truck and following him to the woods where she sees strange men dressed in animal masks rape a woman and perform a satanic ritual. However, until nearly midway through the novel, we are never exactly clear if Clare realises that this was more than a dream, and despite a rash of similar satanic themed killings she fails to put together clues that even Scooby Doo wouldn't miss!
For all of that though, the characters of Clare and Cameron (the local bad boy reformed to become sheriff) make a decent couple but again there are elements that feel unfinished in that there aren't any major obstacles for them to overcome for the path of true love to run smoothly. This is a good and suspenseful novel but it does read as rather a let down when you sample the other books of this type that Nora excelled with. The town of Emmitsboro lacks the sleepy, small town camraderie that Nora excels at (Carnal Innocence in particular felt like a real place). It is all too easy to figure out who the major players in the Satanic circle are due to the small number of characters in play, but what could have been gripping and creepy becomes stilted and a little hollow as we are never told or fully explained why so many normal people would become involved with the dark arts.
In terms of narrative although I liked the characters of Cam and Clare a lot I couldn't help but think that neither of them were particularly quick on the uptake. The creepy Goth kid who wears a pentagram springs to mind, it felt like the reader was being asked to suspend disbelief a little too much that not a single character seemed to recognise a major satanic symbol when it was paraded in full view!
I would say that this is well worth buying as an interesting and rather dark Roberts book if you can get a copy cheaply but it is by no means Nora's best attempt at this type of story. The end in some ways is unsatisfying as there is no customary recap on the major characters and what they are doing now, but there is a hell of a twist that I defy even the most jaded reader to spot coming, and may be worth buying just for that revelation.
Otherwise this is a solid effort but not a great one. I would recommend Nora fans seek out Carolina Moon, Carnal Innocence and Blood Brothers if they want to delve into Nora's darker stories.
Liked the characters and enjoyed the romance but found it hard to suspend my disbelief when it got to the Satanism and devil worship...
The "evil" characters were stereotypical as was the ending but the relationship between the central characters is well developed and something to smile at. Worth reading and will probably appeal to lots of other readers.
The set-up involves Clare's dissatisfaction with her arty New York lifestyle which is vaguely underlined by the dreams she keeps having about a black magic sabbat. Cue her move back to her Maryland home town.
Soon she encounters all the people she knew as a teenager, include her brother's best friend Cam, the waster turned cop.
The all the clichés come out to play: lonely, goth-y teenager, simple-minded old lady, happy-go-lucky waitress in the local diner, creepy, drink-sodden stepfather, and the mayor.
Interlace with all the daily goings-on of the town is a series of occult ceremonies which use naked women as a focal point. Soon what was a pervy pastime for local males turns into a maelstrom of sadistic murder.
To say the book is formulaic is not to say that it doesn't work. Roberts is an expert at turning out this kind of fiction. Here she buys into the "Twin Peaks" vibe of the early nineties. It's great if you like this sort of thing.