Book Review: Thomas E. Sniegoski’s Where Angels Fear to Tread

Posted April 20, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Thomas E. Sniegoski’s Where Angels Fear to Tread

Where Angels Fear to Tread


Thomas E. Sniegoski

urban fantasy in Paperback edition that was published by ROC on March 2, 2010 and has 288 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Mean Streets, A Kiss Before Apocalypse, A Hundred Words for Hate, Dancing on the Head of a Pin, An Apple for the Creature, In the House of the Wicked, The Fallen, Leviathan, Aerie, Reckoning, Walking in the Midst of Fire, End of Days, A Deafening Silence in Heaven

Third in the Remy Chandler urban fantasy series about a fallen angel working as a P.I. in Boston.

My Take

In his search for Zoe, Remy takes us to some interesting bars with even more interesting characters before he prepares to do battle after battle.

Sneigoski teases us with Delilah’s actions and the veiled references as to her purpose in hunting down Zoe are maddening. As for Remy, it’s heartening to read of his becoming more reconciled to Madeline’s death. Of course, part of that is due to his growing interest in Linda in whom Francis was so interested. Mulvehill is trying to persuade Remy to see her in hopes of encouraging him to retain his humanity.

Part of my interest in this series is how God is portrayed. It’s so very different from the norm and seems more realistic. Fascinating.

The Story

The autistic Zoe has been kidnapped, and her mother comes to Remy for help getting her back. Her kidnapper intends to use her as his penance for what he sees as a betrayal of his god.

And yet another is after the girl. A timeless woman who will stop at nothing, will kill anyone to take Zoe and what she holds within her body.

The Characters

Remy Chandler has chosen to push his seraphim inside himself and immerse himself in being human as he pursues cases. Madeline is the wife who died. Marlowe is his Labrador with whom he can speak due to his angelic gifts. Detective Steve Mulvehill is a homicide detective with the Boston PD and is Remy’s best friend, and the only everyday friend left to Remy after Francis’ demise? disappearance? in Dancing on the Head of a Pin, 2.

Linda Somerset is a waitress with whom Francis, a fallen angel and assassin, is in love. And with whom Remy is becoming interested.

Zoe York is a six-year-old girl with a gift for seeing the future. Deryn York is her mother. Carl is Zoe’s deluded father.

Delilah is the wicked woman who wants to exploit Zoe.

The Cover

I like the cover. It’s an obscure scene from the book: Remy in his long coat with Marlowe at his head, electricity sparking around his hand clutching his sword as he faces off against an armor-clad Retriever of the Lord.