Friday, September 2, 2011

Book Review: The Last Noel by Heather Graham

The Last Noel by Heather Graham
Genre: Suspense
Paperback, 398 pages
Borrowed from NYPL 58th Street Branch

With a storm paralyzing New England, the O’Boyle household becomes prey to a pair of brutal escaped killers desperate to find refuge.

Skyler O’Boyle is convinced the only way they can live through the night is by playing a daring psychological game to throw the convicts off their guard. Threatened by a pair of Smith & Wessons, she has to pray that the rest of her family will play along, buying them time. Her one hope for rescue is that the men are unaware that her daughter, Kat, has escaped into the blizzard. But as the wind and snow continue to rage with all the vehemence of a maddened banshee, her prayers that Kat can somehow find help seem fragile indeed.

When Kat stumbles on a third felon, half-frozen and delirious, her shock deepens, because she recognizes Craig Devon immediately. What is the onetime love of her life doing back in town - and in such company? With the threat of death hanging over the O’Boyles, Craig is desperate to unload a vital secret that could change their destiny. But can he trust Kat with the truth? Because one false move and everything he’s sacrificed will shatter - and this could be everyone’s final Christmas alive.

I was in the library the other day (as I am, normally) and saw this book jumped at me from the shelf. No not literally, although that would be awesome. I had already chosen about 4 or 5 books to take out but I absolutely had to take this one as well. Everything about it was so enticing, from it's cover to the title - I was also pretty eager to read a story by Heather Graham. Unfortunately, I wasn't as pleased with the book as I had hoped I'd be.

Don't get me wrong, the book was fine! But I didn't want it to be fine...I was hoping it would blow me away! Shiver me timbers! Batten down the hatches! None of that makes sense but you know what I'm saying!! Okay here's the thing - the opening was solid, the premise, solid...but then things went downhill. The characters were hard to relate to, they seemed to be only half fleshed out. The "ruthless killer" had hokey, cheesy lines. Generally, all the I wasn't at all frightened by him although I think I was supposed to be.

Finally, the romance/suspense thing didn't work for me so much. I have to be in the mood for that sort of thing and wasn't really expecting it twist the story in an unbelieveably boring directon. When I saw the words "Daring Psychological game", I was hoping it would be something like the movie "The Ref" but even darker.

All in all, I give The Last Noel 2.5 out of 4 stars. M'eh.


  1. Great honest review, I will pass on this one. It also sounds like it didn't meet your mood, funny how the summaries can sway us give us expectations.

    Hope you enjoy the next book you read.

  2. Yipes. Have you ever read any other of her books? I read one and it was...okay. But I know she got some Stoker nominations, so I'm going to keep looking at her titles. This one would sound good to me too and it's too bad it didn't live up to your expectations.

  3. I know the feeling. Hope your next read is more enjoyable.

  4. Good review! I usually like her books, but I haven't read any in awhile.

  5. Sorry that this one didn't live up to your expectations. Hope that your other four or five library selections work out better :)

  6. Hey, thanks for the comments on my reviews of the books in the Alex Cross series. I just wanted to let you know that I've changed websites and have new reviews posted there. My new website is:

  7. I enjoyed your review, you describe the book just like you think about the romance part.


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