by Jeff Mariotte –
(Book 2 in the Supernatural-based novel series.*) Gorier, grittier than the first SPN novel, Witch’s Canyon includes lots of deaths, so many that the author never bothered to give us a final count. And the real-life repercussions on a small town that has suffered such catastrophic and spectacular losses are never addressed. Let’s face it, in a world as wired and connected as it was in 2006, the events – and the death count – in one small town near the Grand Canyon would have been major fodder for the 24-hour news channels and could never have been explained away by the too-easy explanation the town’s sheriff says (in the final pages) that people are already accepting. In fact, in light of the timeframe of the killings and their horrendous natures, that explanation would never be accepted by the town’s citizens. Still, the story was exciting and it moved along quickly. I would have liked to have spent a little more time in Dean’s and Sam’s heads, but the bits I did get rang true to their characters as SPN fans have come to know them.
* A quibble: Would someone please label these novels by 1) their order in the book series and 2) their timeframes within the SPN TV series timeline? It’s annoying as hell for any reader to have to look them up online to find out the chronology, and even more annoying for those of us who have quirks** about reading things in order.
** Quirks = OSOD***
*** OSOD = Obsessive Series-Order Disorder