Book Review: Angels of Destruction – Keith Donohue [TSS]

Title: Angels of Destruction: A Novel
Author: Keith Donohue
ISBN: 9780307450265
Pages: 368
Release Date: March 31, 2009
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

When a little girl appears in the middle of the night on Margaret Quinn’s doorstep, Margaret can’t help but take her in.  She deduces the child’s name is Norah and that the girl is an orphan.  Widowed, Margaret is lonely, especially since her only daughter Erica ran away from home at the age of seventeen and never came back.  Margaret takes Norah in, passing her off as her granddaughter, unleashing a chain of events that she could not have foreseen.

Review:

I really enjoyed Keith Donohue’s first novel, The Stolen Child, but it took me awhile to pick up Angels of Destruction.  Now that I’ve read it, I wish I had run out and gotten it as soon as it came out – it’s a wonderfully subtle and beautiful book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

The aspect of Angels of Destruction that struck me most was its poignant commentary on the relationship between mother and daughter.  Margaret is so broken after Erica leaves.  Even though it’s been about 15 years since she left, Margaret still waits every day for her daughter to come home.  Donohue portrays a mother’s grief and heartbreak at the loss of her daughter very convincingly.

After readers finish the last pages of this book, they will begin to contemplate the existence of angels.  Are there angels walking among us?  What is the definition of an angel – does it have to be a celestial being, or can it just be someone who helps us when we need it most?  In Angels of Destruction, Norah is clearly an angel for Margaret.  After Norah arrives, Margaret begins to awaken from the slumber she’s been in since Erica’s flight.  Norah is the catalyst which begins Margaret’s healing process.

The flashback to Erica’s time is a very effective tool.  It helps the reader gain a larger perspective on both Erica and Margaret’s relationship as well as the role Norah has to play in their story.

I really enjoyed Angels of Destruction and will definitely be picking up Keith Donohue’s next novel as soon as it comes out.  If you appreciate well-written stories with a tinge of the supernatural (or celestial, as the case may be), then you should seek out this novel.

Comments

  1. I think I would need a couple clones of myself to read everything that sounds good here on your blog. This is one of them. It sounds like an intriguing book. I have a daughter, and understand that our relationship will always been complicated and very different from the one I have with my son.

  2. I think I would need a couple clones of myself to read everything that sounds good here on your blog. This is one of them. It sounds like an intriguing book. I have a daughter, and understand that our relationship will always been complicated and very different from the one I have with my son.

  3. This book does call out to me. I like the idea of the story and that it has some celestial elements. I’ve discovered recently that I really do enjoy those types of books – not the over-the-top fantasy, but rather the more subtle ones. Thanks for introducing it to me!

  4. This book does call out to me. I like the idea of the story and that it has some celestial elements. I’ve discovered recently that I really do enjoy those types of books – not the over-the-top fantasy, but rather the more subtle ones. Thanks for introducing it to me!

  5. This sounds like an amazing read, thanks for the great review, adding it to my TBR list. I will have to also look up The Stolen Child.

  6. This sounds like an amazing read, thanks for the great review, adding it to my TBR list. I will have to also look up The Stolen Child.

  7. I really enjoyed your review — so much so that I’ve put this book high on my list. Thank you!

  8. I really enjoyed your review — so much so that I’ve put this book high on my list. Thank you!

  9. This sounds like a very emotionally powerful book. Gorgeous review.

  10. This sounds like a very emotionally powerful book. Gorgeous review.

  11. Swapna, I am always amazed at the amount of books that you read. But I love it. Where would I find so many wonderful reviews and books to tease me – buy me, buy me!! LOL

  12. Swapna, I am always amazed at the amount of books that you read. But I love it. Where would I find so many wonderful reviews and books to tease me – buy me, buy me!! LOL

  13. Sounds good to me AND they have it at my local library! I just had to reserve it straight away.. Thanks for the great review!

  14. Sounds good to me AND they have it at my local library! I just had to reserve it straight away.. Thanks for the great review!

  15. I loved Stolen Child and read just the first line of your review. Oh why didn’t I read this sooner? I’ll make sure to get to it soon!

  16. I loved Stolen Child and read just the first line of your review. Oh why didn’t I read this sooner? I’ll make sure to get to it soon!

  17. I’ve had The Stolen Child on my list for several years and now feel compelled to add this one as well!

  18. I’ve had The Stolen Child on my list for several years and now feel compelled to add this one as well!

  19. I don’t think that “Stolen Child” was ever even on my radar, but you’ve moved this from my ‘maybe’ list to my ‘gotta read it!’ list.

  20. I don’t think that “Stolen Child” was ever even on my radar, but you’ve moved this from my ‘maybe’ list to my ‘gotta read it!’ list.

  21. This sounds like a wonderful read! I have not yet read any books by this author, but I am going to have to add this one to my wish list. Come to think of it, I might have to add both of them. I love that the book deals with the difficulties between mothers and daughters. Like Sandy, I know all to well what that is like!

  22. This sounds like a wonderful read! I have not yet read any books by this author, but I am going to have to add this one to my wish list. Come to think of it, I might have to add both of them. I love that the book deals with the difficulties between mothers and daughters. Like Sandy, I know all to well what that is like!

  23. Keith Donohue sounds like an author I would love. I can’t believe I’ve yet to read either this or The Stolen Child! Thank you for reminding me that I need to.

  24. Keith Donohue sounds like an author I would love. I can’t believe I’ve yet to read either this or The Stolen Child! Thank you for reminding me that I need to.

  25. I’m so glad you enjoyed this book. I loved it, as well as Stolen Child. I love books that still linger with you, even after you’ve finished reading them.

  26. I’m so glad you enjoyed this book. I loved it, as well as Stolen Child. I love books that still linger with you, even after you’ve finished reading them.

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