As I mentioned back in 2011 when I reviewed the first book in the Penn Cage series by Greg Iles, The Quiet Game, I didn’t actually start this series there. Nope, somehow I started with the second book, which is Turning Angel. I really want to thank whoever or whatever it is that turned me on to Greg Iles and his Penn Cage series, because man is it good.
Now while I liked The Quiet Game, I mean I did give it a four rating, Turning Angel really blew everything out of the f**king water. Right from the very first word on the very first page of Turning Angel, I was hooked, and still years after reading it, Turning Angel is still one of the books that I recommend to other people the most. If I could give it more than 5 ‘s I totally would.
Turning Angel takes us once again to Natchez, Mississippi to meet up with Penn Cage where his longtime friend Dr. Drew Elliott has a shocking confession for his longtime friend, just as the naked body of teenager Kate Townsend has just been found on the shore of the Mississippi river. And the blurb is right when it says that this confession, based on the circumstances, could put him on death row. I’m not going to lie, I thought it was kind of cliched that Dr. Elliott was ‘doing’ the co-ed. It’s like the most common thing to do when a man is having a mid-life crisis. But somehow, Greg Iles manages to take this cliche and have you sympathizing and identifying with Dr. Elliott instead of rolling your eyes at his stupidity for placing himself in that situation in the first place.
You would think that the affair part and being framed for murder was suspenseful enough, but no, not for a Greg Iles tale. No, the resulting investigation and quest to prove Dr. Elliott’s innocence literally has you on the edge of your seat right until the very last minute. Armed with a cast or characters, some you will love, some you will be indifferent towards, and some you will downright loathe, in Turning Angel, Greg Iles keeps you guessing, engaged, and entertained right until the very end.