Willow’s Review of River Road by Suzanne Johnson
I greatly enjoyed the first book in this series, Royal Street, so I came into this one with some high expectations. Thankfully, Johnson didn’t disappoint, and this story proved to be just as engrossing as it’s predecessor. =^.^=
Johnson once again shows her skills at blending modern-day post-Katrina New Orleans with that of the preternatural world which she created in the first book. And if I’m to be honest, this is what really makes this an enjoyable series for me. Being able to read about parts of New Orleans and the surrounding parishes, gaining a glimpse into the city’s rich history, it really makes me want to go for a visit myself some day. Likewise I enjoyed how Johnson brings the dialects of the area into her writing. It didn’t take much for me to be able to imagine how each character talks and what the different cultures are like. I do love it when an author is successful at bringing a story to life in my head as I’m reading. Major kudos points to Johnson for a job well done in that department.
I loved that all of my favorite characters from the first book returned for this one. It was nice to see DJ really come into her own in this book. Yes, she still has moments of self-doubt and there are times where she messes up, but for the most part you can definitely tell that she’s grown stronger and more confident. I was surprised at how much Alex had toned down, at least as far as his “You will do things this way or not at all” towards DJ is concerned. I liked that there was more team work between them and less demanding of control from him. I also enjoyed watching the sexual tension between them play out. But then I could say the same for when it comes to her and Jean Lafitte or Jake. At this point I’m not entirely sure who I want her to hook up with when all is said and done. And I know it may sound strange, but I wouldn’t mind if she chose all three, though that could be asking for trouble now that I think about it.
As for the story itself, let me simply say that once you get started you won’t want to stop reading. It’s fast paced, filled with suspense, and will keep you guessing as to who the culprit is with every chapter. Or maybe you’ll figure out who’s the bad guy early on…at which point I guarantee you’ll want to keep reading just to find out what happens at the end to everyone. Either way, be prepared for a few surprises, and expect to shed a few tears before this book is over. And yes, you will want to read the next book in the series once it comes out, make no mistake on that. =^.^=