Crane by Stacey Rourke


Three stars, rounded up from a middle of the road 2.5 stars.

Dark grows near, sense the fear,
Cloak of night, brings Horseman’s plight.
His pricy toll, will be a soul.
Run and hide, before his ride.


I seem to have a bit of a Headless Horseman addiction.

This is the second book in so many months I have read about him, but I can’t help feeling that if I had read this book without reading [book:Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution|22318426] I might have liked it a little more.

craneCrane follows Ireland Crane, as she moves to Sleepy Hollow after a nasty breakup to take a job as a school counselor. Soon after her big move, people start turning up dead. The book bounces back and forth between the present and the past, where Ichabod Crane, Rip Van Winkle and Washington Irving, ex-soldiers in the army move to the town to start over. Ichabod Crane becomes a schoolteacher, but soon the murders begin and he and his friends attempt to find out who is behind it.

This had a lot of similarities between this and SH: CotR, including a character that comes to the future from the past, although in this case it is Rip Van Winkle and not Ichabod Crane. Adjustment to life in a different century was also used as comic relief.

Thanks to you, I now know what twerking is, and deeply long for my own time when a flash of ankle was considered lewd.

This book didn’t need it. I also find it difficult to believe that a woman with the spirit of a legendary ghost that wants to kill people inside her would be found desirable and not instantly be checked in to the nearest sanitarium.

And of course the dreadful douchebag ex must appear for no other reason than to make the main character seem desirable.

All in all Crane is a story that kept my attention, but was a little bit cheesy in the romance department.


About Kaora

Software Developer by day, avid reader by night. I also play a lot of video games especially Assassin’s Creed, League of Legends, Overwatch, CounterStrike, Call of Duty, Tomb Raider and Mass Effect, although this does seriously cut into my reading time. So in a nutshell…. Just a huge nerd.

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