Those who read this blog or follow me on twitter will probably know that I am a big Nancy Holder fan, and after reading Possessions
- which I was unable to put down while reading, especially towards the end - I was very keen on getting to The Evil Within
. What was really great was not just that I was not disappointed, but that Holder had improved on everything - all the little things that I didn't quite like about Possessions, or that I felt could have been handled differently (for the better) were fixed here, and to me it made The Evil Within
an even better read than its predecessor.
a lot of the early story was rich kid/scholarship, Mean Girls-type of drama, with the paranormal coming in behind that. While the rich kid, Mean Girls drama adds flavour to The Evil Within
, the paranormal aspect of the series was in full-force here. To me the change in emphasis is a good thing - it helps pick up the pace a bit and really gets into all the things that I wanted answered after reading the first book. It also allows the characterisation to pick up - now that everything seems more focussed, and with higher stakes and new goals for characters, everything gets expanded and for the best.
I love a book that keeps me guessing along with the characters, and The Evil Within
definitely managed to do that. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen next, something came along and flipped me so I was not sure/was proved wrong - and it wasn't in a way that didn't make sense/conflicted with everything that had set up, so it made for a fantastic whirlwind of a plot. If Pretty Little Devils
had me guessing and second-guessing the truth, then The Evil Within
had been fourth and fifth-guessing at what would happen and had happened. And as a person who tends to figure things out 'too soon', I loved that.
Overall The Evil Within
was an incredibly spooky read that, once picked up proved very addictive and difficult to put down. Now that I have finished The Evil Within
though, and put it down, it is now simply a matter of eagerly waiting for part three.