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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Horrorscope II: The Return of Helen is the continuation of Brian Evans' thriller/horror series and focuses on the return of Helen, the psychic that was done in by the Mafia in book one. Before mommy dearest comes back, the hunt is on for her son, with both the Nicolo family and the police believing that he may possess his mother's abilities and could help (or hurt?) the case.
Complete with confusing cameos from the likes of Carrot Top and others, there was a unique zany quality that had me confused at first, but when I just went with it and accepted that this book was a bit out there, I did end up enjoying it. This was very much a transitional piece, making connections from the first book and putting out feelers and hints about the next book in the series. That being said, while I would have appreciated being able to read the first and next books, this one had a good story in its own right and, while not quite standing on its own, did provide a great and compelling story that would have been supplemented by the book-ended stories.
Brian Evans has a realistic and no-muss no-fuss style to his writing. He doesn't waste time with lurid descriptions or ruminate on the "Whys" and "What's happenings" of the world. Instead, you have to simply buckle in and join him as his characters make you dance and take you on a ride. This was a rather refreshing writing style, one that did take some getting used to as it was very blunt, but appropriate for the subject matter. Horrorscope II is a great story that fills the gap between the first and final chapters of Evan's trilogy.