Retribution Rails

By Erin Bowman

Source: Received from the publisher

Series: Vengeance Road #2

Received from the publisher, for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

My Rating: four-stars

Retribution Rails

Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:

When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.

I was really looking forward to reading this, since I read and enjoyed Vengeance Road in 2015.

I liked this book a lot! I really enjoyed that it switched between Reece and Charlotte’s perspectives (I do think I preferred Reece’s story), and that characters from Vengeance Road returned. I have read very few YA westerns, but after this I think I’m really interested in reading more of them.

Overall, I thought this was great: I loved the writing and I cared about the characters. The story slowed down a little at one point and I took a couple of days to get back into it, but then things really picked up at the end. And there’s a really good action scene towards the end of the book, which made me super tense and nervous for the characters.

I will say that while this is called a companion to Vengeance Road and not a direct sequel, I really think I got so much out of this book because I’d read Vengeance Road. I was emotionally invested in the story in a way that I might not have been if I had not been familiar with other characters and their stories from VR.

So if you liked Vengeance Road, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy Retribution Rails as well! Definitely recommended!

Project SPN Rewatch: Bedtime Stories

Project SPN Rewatch: Bedtime Stories

(As I mentioned in my post announcing this rewatch project, there will be spoilers!)

Season 3, Episode 5: Bedtime Stories

Image and episode summary from Wikipedia:

Sam and Dean travel to Maple Springs, New York to investigate a deadly attack against three brothers. Though they believe a werewolf to be the culprit, the lone survivor claims the attacker was a normal man. Over time, the Winchesters realize that fairy tales appear to be occurring within the town—the attack was based on Three Little Pigs—and are being controlled by the spirit of a young girl. Research on any local deaths of a young girl turn up nothing, but the brothers do find a comatose girl named Callie (Ava Rebecca Hughes) at the hospital. Her father, Dr. Garrison (Christopher Cousins), has been reading her fairy tales. Sam and Dean believe that she was poisoned with bleach by her step-mother, and has been bringing fairy tales to life in an attempt to get attention. Meanwhile, an old woman is brought into the hospital. In the style of Little Red Riding Hood, her granddaughter has been kidnapped. As Dean tracks down the girl but is attacked by the kidnapper, Sam explains the situation to Dr. Garrison. He cannot believe that his wife would do such a thing, but Callie’s spirit appears and confirms Sam’s claims. Callie then peacefully dies, and her spirit moves on. Elsewhere, the kidnapper is freed from Callie’s control. Later that night, Sam gives the Crossroads Demon (Sandra McCoy) with whom Dean made the pact an ultimatum—either release Dean from his bargain or die. The demon says that only her boss has the power to break the deal. When she refuses to reveal her boss’ name, Sam shoots her dead.

This episode opens on a sign for a housing development in Maple Springs, New York. Three guys are on a lot at night and there are some strange sounds…something is watching them. They’re complaining about the lumber, talking about a strong gust of wind blowing the whole place over…they’re three large guys…hmm…what does that remind me of?

One of them goes off to warm up the truck but gets attacked by something unseen and killed. The other two seem to meet similar fates. It sounds like some kind of dog or wolf is attacking them.

After the opening title screen, we meet up with Sam and Dean, driving down the highway. They’re arguing about something. Sam says they have the Colt and can summon the crossroads demon to try and get Dean out of his deal. Dean says it isn’t going to happen because if they screw with this plan, Sam dies; Sam says that if they do nothing, Dean dies.

Dean doesn’t want to have this conversation again, “because I said so”. Sam says Dean isn’t Dad. That stops them for a moment. But Dean repeats that it isn’t going to happen.

Dean asks Sam to tell him about the killer they’re investigating, presumably the thing that killed the guys at the start of the episode. The brothers seem to think they could be after a werewolf.

ID alert: they are posing as Detectives Plant and Page.

Turns out the last brother didn’t die, and is recovering in the hospital. He thinks Sam and Dean are there to do a police sketch of the attacker. Apparently the attacker stared at the third brother and took off.

The attacker is described as six feet tall with dark hair. Sam and Dean are asking about his teeth and fingernails, trying to get a sense of whether he was a werewolf, haha.

There is a moment where the victim talks about this thing having killed his brothers, and Sam and Dean pause for a moment.

The victim mentions a Wile E. Coyote tattoo on the attacker. Then his doctor comes in and Dean wants to ask him some questions.

LOL Sam’s sketch of the attacker is hilarious.

Outside, Sam asks what the doctor has to say about the two dead brothers. No missing hearts, DOA; they’re out of ideas as to what the attacker could be.

Meanwhile, a couple is in the woods on a hike, lost and out of food. This isn’t good. They find a house in the middle of a clearing. Not suspicious at all…an old woman comes out and says the trail can get twisty out there. There’s a pie cooling on the windowsill and she invites them in to rest. The girl wants to head out but the guy wants to take her up on the offer, telling his girlfriend that she’s a harmless old lady. I have a bad feeling about this…

They have some tea and pie and get sick. The old woman smiles, and takes a knife from the dishrack, and kills the man. Outside, a young girl watches through the window. Creepy!

Sam and Dean are back at the hospital, and see the girlfriend from the woods in a hospital bed, talking to the doctor from the previous victim. Dr. Garrison – he sees Sam and Dean and asks them what the hell is going on.

Sam and Dean enter the room to interview the girl. She tells them how she got away while her boyfriend was being carved up by the old lady. She remembers seeing the little girl out the window, asking Sam and Dean if they found her. Dean asks for a description of the little girl: she had dark hair and really pale skin, around 8 years old.

At the old woman’s house, they find no trace of sulphur but lots of EMF by the window, indicating that the girl was a spirit.

Sam says he has a theory, surrounding fairy tales. The murders seem to parallel the three little pigs, and Hansel and Gretel. Sam tells Dean about the Grimm brothers’ stories, full of sex and violence, which were sanitized over the years. But Dean wants to know how the ghost fits into all of this. Research time!

The research doesn’t turn up anything helpful. Sam tells Dean about a woman who could enter trances and her thoughts and actions were completely controlled by spirits. Dean wonders if this is what the little girl is doing somehow.

They find a toad in their path and Dean says there’s no way he’s kissing it.

Sam notices a house with a pumpkin on the porch. There’s a mouse on the porch. Sam asks Dean if he remembers Cinderella: the pumpkin that turns into a coach, the mice…to which Dean responds, “Dude, could you be more gay?”

I do not really remember this episode, and I definitely don’t remember that line, and I’m disappointed that that’s something that would be said to be a joke or insult on this show (and am reminded that I felt the same way while rewatching Gilmore Girls. Lines like that, clearly intended to be jokes or insults, felt super jarring and just clearly wrong, but it was not that long ago that these episodes were written).

Anyway. They enter the house (looks like they picked the lock) and look around. Hearing a noise, they move to the back of the house, where they find a woman handcuffed to a stove. The woman says her stepmom screamed at her, beat her, and chained her up. Dean sees the little girl in the hall and goes out to find her. He follows her through the house and asks her who she is. She flickers in and out, like a ghost, and leaves a red apple behind.

Dean tells Sam about the apple outside the house, and Sam says it’s Snow White (Dean says he saw the porn version). Sam explains that in Snow White, the wicked stepmother tries to kill Snow White with a poison apple, and is put into a deep sleep – so deep it’s almost like she’s dead.

They check at the hospital and are told that there are no comatose girls – except Callie, who turns out to be Dr. Garrison’s daughter, who has been there for a long time.

We see the doctor reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales to his daughter, and the voice over continues while a man helps an old lady with her bags in the parking lot. Then he shoves her in the van and starts to beat her up – and we see the Wile E. Coyote tattoo on his arm. In the distance, the little girl watches.

Sam and Dean locate Callie’s hospital room, and see the doctor reading to her. Callie is grown up. Dr. Garrison comes over to Sam and Dean, and they find out that Callie has been in a coma since she was 8. She swallowed bleach and was found by Dr. Garrison’s wife. It turns out his wife is Callie’s stepmother, but she passed away last year and now his daughter is all he has left.

Callie does seem to be Snow White in her own story. Dean tells Sam about Misha Barton’s character in The Sixth Sense – Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy. They think Callie’s spirit gets angrier and angrier, while hearing these fairy tales. Her body is being kept alive, so how do they stop her spirit?

Meanwhile the old woman who was beaten up by the parking lot is wheeled in and the doctors say she seems to have been attacked by a dog or wolf. Sam and Dean overhear this and recall that when they found Dr. Garrison in Callie’s room, he was reading Little Red Riding Hood to her.

Sam and Dean get the old woman’s next-of-kin address – a granddaughter. Dean says he’s going to go stop the big bad wolf while Sam finds a way to stop Callie.

Little Red Riding Hood gets in her grandma’s van, except it isn’t Grandma driving.

Back at the hospital, Sam speaks to Dr. Garrison about Callie. He tries to explain that what happened to Callie was not an accident but the doctor doesn’t want to hear it. Sam says that Dr. Garrison’s wife poisoned Callie and understandably, the doctor is upset. He goes into Callie’s room and closes the door, but Sam enters. The doctor threatens to call security, but Sam explains what’s happening with Callie’s spirit. The doctor admits that he’s seen her too.

Dean breaks into Grandma’s house, and finds Little Red Riding Hood hiding with a scratch on her face. The bad guy shows up and attacks Dean. Time to fight!

The doctor is telling Sam that he sensed Callie’s presence but he thought he was dreaming. Sam says she’s been trying to talk to her dad. Sam says Callie has, in her own way, told them that the doctor’s wife poisoned Callie. And now she’s angry and desperate because no one will listen to her, and it’s killing people. Sam asks the doctor to listen to his daughter.

As Sam and Dean fight, Callie’s spirit watches in the background. She hears her father talking to her – he asks if it’s true that her stepmother hurt her. He says he’s listening now and asks her to tell him. Callie’s spirit appears in the hospital room and he asks her if it’s true. She nods. Her father tells her she has to stop what she’s doing. She’s hurting people. He knows the truth now and it’s time for her to let go – and for him to let go. He turns back to his daughter in the hospital bed and kisses her forehead. Then she flatlines and at that moment, Dean gains the upper hand in the fight and the man begs him to stop, asking where he is and what’s going on.

Later, Sam and Dean speak with the doctor and tell him it’s really over, thanks to him.

Dean tells Sam the doctor had some good advice, about letting go. Sam asks Dean if that’s what he wants him to do – let him go. Dean walks away without answering. SAD!

Back at the motel that night, while Dean is sleeping, Sam gets up and leaves. He performs the crossroad ritual and meets a crossroad demon. The demon says Dean has been to see her twice, but she’s never had the pleasure of meeting him.

Sam points the Colt at her and says she can beg for her life. The demon tells him that the Colt isn’t the original and asks where he got it. Sam doesn’t answer but she says it had to be Ruby, who will get what’s coming for her.

Sam says he came to make her an offer: let Dean out of the deal right now and everyone lives. Or else he’ll shoot her with the Colt. The demon says this isn’t very convincing. Does he even want to break the deal? Isn’t he tired of cleaning up Dean’s messes and dealing with him? He’s stronger than Dean, better than him. He’s here going through the motions but the truth is, it will be relief when Dean is gone. No more desperate, sloppy, needy Dean and he can finally be free.

Sam tells her to shut up and to let him out of the deal. She says Dean’s an adult and made the deal out of his own free will, fair and square, and it’s iron clad. Sam says every deal can be broken, but she says not this one. Sam threatens to kill her and if she’s gone, so’s the deal, but she tells Sam – to his surprise – that she’s the saleswoman and her boss holds the contract, not her. Her boss wants Dean’s soul. If he shoots her, the deal still holds. Sam asks for her boss – who holds the contract? She says she can’t tell him. And there’s no way out of this deal.

Sam shoots her with the Colt, killing her. He doesn’t seem to feel too bad about it.

Lore:

-Demons

Overall Thoughts:

This is another episode that I didn’t really remember, other than the final scene between Sam and the crossroad demon. That scene is important in that we learn that a crossroad deal doesn’t end at the demon who initially makes the deal – there is a chain of command, and the demon’s boss is the one who holds the contract with people who sell their souls in these deals, including Dean’s.

Project SPN Rewatch: Sin City

Project SPN Rewatch: Sin City

(As I mentioned in my post announcing this rewatch project, there will be spoilers!)

Season 3, Episode 4: Sin City

Image and episode summary from Wikipedia:

Omens and two unusual deaths lead the brothers to Elizabethville, Ohio, a once-sleepy town that has been turned into a haven for gamblers and drinkers. They first speak with Father Gil (Robert Curtis Brown), who witnessed a suicide in his church. A fellow hunter named Richie then takes them to a local bar to investigate its owner Trotter. A fight breaks out between two patrons, and the bartender Casey (Sasha Barrese) uses the distraction to lure away Richie. She takes him to a home owned by her parents, and kills him in the basement. Elsewhere, Ruby helps Bobby repair the Colt—a mystical gun capable of killing anything. As Sam tests Trotter and discovers that he is not possessed, Dean searches for Richie. He locates the demonic Casey, and tricks her into stepping inside a devil’s trap—mystical symbols capable of rendering one powerless—in the basement. Dean begins an exorcism, but Casey destroys the book and telekinetically causes the basement entrance to cave in. Now trapped together, Dean and Casey begin a conversation. Though the demons encouraged Trotter to bring gambling and prostitution to the town, the citizens’ behavior is merely human nature. She also reveals that her world is in disarray following the demon Azazel’s death and Sam’s failure to replace him as leader. The two continue their discussion, and Casey begins developing respect for Dean. Meanwhile, Sam is unable to locate Dean or Casey, and enlists the help of Father Gil. He leads Sam to Casey just as Bobby arrives. Father Gil reveals himself to be a demon and incapacitates them. He breaks into the basement and frees his lover Casey. Despite her pleas, Father Gil sets his sights onto Dean. Sam intervenes and kills both demons with the Colt worrying Dean with his ruthlessness due to Azazel’s warning about Sam possibly not coming back “one hundred percent pure Sam.”

Haven’t started the episode yet but just based on the title, I do not remember this episode…

Okay so this episode opens in a church – where nothing good ever happens in the world of Supernatural…a nun is putting books back in the pews but the candles get blown out! Something bad is going to happen. Definitely.

She turns and a priest is standing there. I wouldn’t trust him…the priest offers to walk the nun to her car but they turn around and are stopped by a man on a balcony above them. He speaks to the priest, saying “You can’t help us, and if you can, you won’t”. Then he shoots himself! Yikes! I knew nothing good was going to happen.

Opening credits, then we open on Bobby and Dean doing some serious work to repair the Colt, it seems. Sam walks in, saying he’s found some omens in Ohio, mentioning that someone killed himself in Ohio.

Dean asks Bobby if he’ll have the Colt repaired by this afternoon while Sam and Dean go to Ohio to investigate, but it seems like that’s a no…

The boys arrive at the church and speak with the priest. He tells them the man who shot himself, Andy, had stopped coming to church regularly about 2 months ago, around the time the rest of the town changed. People used to care about each other, but lately people have been acting differently. Gambling, cheating, like a switch had flipped.

No coincidence that they opened the devil’s gate 2 months ago and this all started happening, Sam says.

The boys check into their motel room and Dean notices a guy across the hall – Ritchie. Dean invites him in and asks how they know each other. Turns out Ritchie is another hunter, saying Dean and he met dealing with a succubus a while back while Sam was away in school.

Ritchie says he’s got nothing re: any demonic activity in town. They discuss the situation, and Ritchie give them the name of a guy who seems to run the town now. Sam and Dean drive out to look into it.

This town used to be a boarded-up factory town but now it seems to be overrun by gambling and what I believe the show is implying are prostitutes?

Sam and Dean walk into a packed bar and see Ritchie again. He points out the guy who’s in charge around here. They see the priest sitting at the bar, and Sam asks why he’s there. The priest says like it or not, you go where your flock is. He has a drink and walks out.

Dean orders a drink, and some guy walks into the bar, approaching a guy at the pool table. Sam notices a gun in the man’s hand, and he shoots the guy at the pool table. Dean tackles the shooter and douses him with holy water, but it has no effect. He tells Dean that the man he shot slept with his wife. Dean tells the bartender to call 911 and happens to lock eyes with the man that Ritchie said was in charge of this place.

Dean remarks that nothing was possessing him and maybe this is what it is: a town full of scum bags.

Dean asks where Ritchie is.

Cut to Ritchie and the bartender getting out of his car at the bartender’s place, heading downstairs into what seems to be a little basement dungeon-esque. Something tells me this won’t end well for Ritchie.

The bartender reveals that she knows Ritchie is a hunter and that she’s a demon. In a matter of seconds, Ritchie is dead!

Back at what I think is another bar, Sam and Dean are having dinner and a drink discussing Ritchie. Dean says Ritchie wouldn’t bail and he’s going to find him. Sam wants to trail Trotter, the man in charge.

Back at Bobby’s, he’s having some target practice with the Colt. Suddenly Ruby appears! Bobby asks who she is and she reveals that she is a demon and the Colt won’t stop her right now. Bobby shoots her but the Colt doesn’t kill the demon. Ruby says she’ll help him out with the Colt, which definitely seems to confuse Bobby.

Sam is tracking down Trotter when he gets a phone call from Dean. Sam says to meet him at the bar in 20 minutes.

Dean waits at the bar. The bartender who killed Ritchie is back! She starts talking to Dean. Dean asks her to grab a drink after her shift but she says why wait, let’s go right now. Uh oh!

Sam sneaks into Trotter’s office and starts looking through his stuff. Trotter and one of his henchmen shows up and threatens to call the cops on Sam for B&E. Sam disarms him and says he doesn’t want any money. He throws holy water on them, which really confuses them, and Sam realizes his mistake when it has no effect. Sam apologizes and flees.

Back at the bartender’s, Dean enters the same basement dungeon where we know Ritchie was killed. Dean mentions that Ritchie was a friend of his. He tracked the GPS on his cellphone and swung by earlier to give him a proper burial. The bartender launches herself at Dean but it seems he also made a devil’s trap while he was over earlier.

So now the demon is trapped Dean starts to perform an exorcism, but the demon uses her powers to rip the book away from Dean, and then causes the entrance to the basement to collapse, trapping Dean in there with her.

Dean starts recovering the pages of the journal so he can carry on with the exorcism (DEAN this is why you should really memorize the words!). Dean knows Sam is looking for him, but the demon seems to know that too, taunting Dean that everyone knows that Sam is the brains of the operation.

The demon says that she isn’t flying solo either – while Dean waits for Sam to show up, she’s waiting for her friends to show up.

Sam is now back at the bar waiting for Dean. He asks the male bartender if he’s seen Dean. This guy is not very forthcoming and Sam has to give him some money but he reveals that Dean left with Casey (the bartender) about an hour ago. After giving him more money, the bartender gives Sam the address.

Dean can’t get any reception on his phone down in that basement dungeon, and the demon says they may as well be civil since they can’t control the outcome.

Dean argues with her about her killing Ritchie. She tells him she didn’t do anything to this town except point out the business opportunities to be taken advantage of. Humanity’s weakness did the rest. And that weakness is why the demons will win this war.

At Casey’s apartment, Sam looks around finds sulphur, which we know is a sign of demonic activity.

Downstairs, the demon asks Dean if he believes in God. He says he’d like to. She says God hasn’t done a bang-up job: war, genocide, a body count that amazes even the demons. She says it’s their turn now.

Sam is back at the bar, calling Bobby for help. He tells the bartender they weren’t there. He gets upset with this town, and sees the priest back at the bar. He approaches him.

The demon starts talking to Dean about Lucifer, their belief in him as a higher power. Dean doesn’t seem to believe that Lucifer is really real, but the demon says she’s got faith that he is and that he will return.

Dean says that demons are liars and evil, but the demon fires back with Dick Cheney, haha.

Dean asks her what it’s like in Hell. She knows all about his deal. She tells him that he won’t like it there. It’s a pit of despair. “Why do you think we want to come here”, she asks.

Sam is talking to the priest about Casey, the bartender. Sam says that she and Dean are off together, and the priest says they’re consenting adults. He tells Sam he thought he and Dean were insurance investigators…Sam says he went to Casey’s but they weren’t there and that he had a feeling they might be in trouble. Sam asks if there’s anything he can tell him about Casey, anywhere she might go.

The priest offers to help Sam and go with him to find Dean and Casey. I’m sure nothing else is going on…Oh dear, when his back is to Sam, the priest reveals that he’s a demon too!

Dean and Casey are still chilling in the basement, waiting to see who shows up first. Casey says Dean is likeable. She says a lot of others would mock him for that deal he made to save Sam and think it’s weak or stupid, but not her. Dean says it’s been kind of liberating. Why worry about a future when he doesn’t have one? Casey asks Dean if he’s scared, even a little. He says no, of course not…but…

Meanwhile, while they drive to Casey’s, the priest starts asking Sam about his work as an insurance investigator. He says Sam seems smart and he could see him doing great things.

The priest asks about Dean, if he finds trouble. Says he’s lucky to have Sam.

Casey catches Dean looking at her and she teases him, saying if anything happened between him, she didn’t think he’d respect her in the morning. It’s okay, he says. “I barely respect you now.”

He asks her another question: the gate opened, demon army got out, what then? He doesn’t see a big plan. She tells him that was the plan. Azazel was a tyrant but he held them all together (yellow eyes). I guess this is the first time we hear his name. And now that he’s gone, it’s all fallen apart. No chain of command?

She tells Dean that Sam was supposed to be the leader of the demon army. But he hasn’t stepped up to the plate. Casey says now they have chaos. Hundreds of demons, jockeying for power, all out there. She says she was ready to follow Sam.

The priest and Sam arrive at the old house where we know Dean and Casey are trapped, in the basement. Sam hears Dan calling for him. “Looks like you win”, Casey says. When no one answers the door, Sam and the priest split up. Sam finds Dean through a grate or something to the basement, and Dean says the basement caved in. Sam mentions that he arrived with the priest, and Dean looks back to Casey, and Dean tells him to be careful. Sam seems to get the message.

He comes around the corner, and finds the priest, who shows Sam is demon eyes. Suddenly Bobby shows up! He takes a shot at the priest but misses, and gets tossed around by the demon. The priest enters the house and heads to the basement. Sam goes over to help Bobby, who gives him his gun – the Colt! Ruby appears and tells Sam to go after the priest.

Meanwhile the priest gets into the basement, and when Dean goes after him, he easily swats Dean away. Casey warns the priest about the devil’s trap, and he smashes the ground, breaking the trap’s seal. Now Casey is free. She and the priest smooch! Dean sees this, and gives them a look. “You two?” “For centuries”, the priest replies. “We’ve been to Hell and back.”

The priest starts to attack Dean but Casey says not to kill him, let’s just go. But before anything else can happen, Dean shoots the priest with the Colt, killing the demon. Dean shouts for Sam to wait, but he shoots Casey with the Colt too.

Later, Dean asks Bobby what he thinks. What they did here, did it make a difference? Bobby says less demons to worry about isn’t nothing. When Dean says Trotter is still alive, Bobby says humans aren’t their job. Dean says maybe it’s a losing battle.

Dean says that the demon’s dead but so is the girl it was possessing. Bobby says it had to be done, but Dean tells Bobby that he didn’t see Sam. It was cold. Dean asks Bobby something – back in Wyoming, yellow eyes said something to Dean: that when Sam came back, maybe he came back different. Bobby asks different how. Dean says whatever it was, it didn’t sound good. He asks Bobby if he thinks something’s wrong with Sam. Bobby says no, demons lie. He’s sure Sam’s okay. Dean says yeah, him too.

Back at the motel, Ruby walks in and starts talking to Sam, saying he killed two demons today. Sam says he killed two humans too. Ruby says chances are those humans would have died a slow death due to the demons possessing them. Ruby says Sam should show her a little more respect, especially if Sam wants her help for Dean’s problem (his deal).

Sam says Ruby keeps dangling that in front of him but last time he checked, Dean’s still going to Hell. Ruby says everything in its own time but there’s a quid pro quo. Sam asks why she’s fighting on their (the human) side of this war. Ruby says if he doesn’t want her help, give her the Colt and she’ll pass it on to someone who will use it. Sam threatens to use it on her but she says it won’t do much for Dean.

Sam puts the gun down. Ruby says this won’t be easy. He’ll have to do things that go against his gentle nature but it has to be done.

Lore:

-Demons

Overall Thoughts:

Well I can see why I didn’t remember this episode. It isn’t terrible but it isn’t a standout. I liked the scenes with Dean and Casey speaking openly with each other while they were trapped, because we got a glimpse of Dean’s worries about Hell (even if he couldn’t admit that he was afraid). And I love any time Bobby shows up in an episode.

But clearly the big picture is that there’s a demon war coming and Sam is getting involved in something with Ruby behind Dean’s back, while Dean worries about Sam without knowing what’s really going on.

The Dry

By Jane Harper

Source: Purchased

Series: Aaron Falk #1

Publication Date: January 10, 2017

Published by Flatiron Books

My Rating: four-stars

The Dry

Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:

WHO REALLY KILLED THE HADLER FAMILY?

I just can’t understand how someone like him could do something like that.

Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn’t rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.

Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke’s death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend’s crime.

I was looking for a good mystery to read to fill the Tana French void, now that I’ve read and loved all of her Dublin Murder Squad series. I’d heard very good things about The Dry, so I decided to pick it up and check it out.

This was really good! I loved the way the mystery was connected to a mystery in the past, and even if I thought I had it figured out, it was still a tense, suspensful, twisty story.  I also love reading mysteries set outside of North America, and the drought gave everything an extra air of menace.

Apparently the second book in this series is coming out in early 2018 and I’m very excited to read it! This is definitely a recommended read for mystery lovers.

Week In Review

December 4 – 10

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Happy Sunday! I’m enjoying some coffee and Coronation Street after a lovely weekend.

New books:

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for this ARC of The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson. I’m really curious about this one, and it might be just the thing to read over my Christmas holidays!

Books read:

I finished reading two good books this week:

The Dry, Jane Harper; and

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen.

Current reads:

I’m reading two books right now, but I’m not very  far into either one yet:

The Power, Naomi Alderman; and

Jane, Unlimited, Kristin Cashore.

Reviews:

I posted two reviews this week:

Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds; and

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, Melissa de la Cruz.

I also posted about Supernatural: season three, episode three, Bad Day at Black Rock.

 

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Time for more Corrie, coffee, and couch time!