Saturday, 4 October 2014

Book Review: Living with the Dead by Kelley Armstrong (WOTO #9)

The men and women of the Otherworld – witches, werewolves, demons, vampires – live unseen among us. Only now a reckless killer has torn down the wall, trapping one very human woman in the supernatural crossfire.

Robyn moved to LA after her husband died to try to put some distance between herself and the life they had together. And the challenges of her job as the PR consultant to a Paris Hilton wannabe are pretty distracting. But then her celebutante is gunned down in a night club, and Robyn is suddenly the prime suspect. The two people most determined to clear her are her old friend, the half-demon tabloid reporter Hope Adams, and a homicide detective with an uncanny affinity for the dead.

Soon Robyn finds herself in the heart of a world she never even knew existed – and which she was safer knowing nothing about . . .

My Review:
Robyn is trying to get over her husband's death but finds herself in trouble as the prime suspect in the murder of her celebrity client. Her friend Hope knows she is innocent and she and Karl try to solve the crime and keep Robyn safe from the killer.

This is the second book in the series that I have been disappointed in, the other being Dime Store Magic. But for me this book was poor because it didn't really feel the way the other books did.

What I love about the series is the strong mixture of supernatural females-witches, werewolves, demons etc. So in this book our heroine is suddenly a human with no powers and who is pretty boring. Robyn just isn't complex like Elena, endearing like Jaime or intriguing like Eve. I just didn't find her interesting in any way. Hope and Karl spend most of the book dithering over their relationship worries and hiding everything from Robyn, none of which made for a particularly interesting story. In fact the first half of the book is a lacklustre half mystery with little of interest going on. The book feels more like a crime novel for the most part. And for me there was an overdose of Cabal politics going on that I couldn't really get into. Sometimes books in the series are dominated by Cabal based action.

The only really interesting good character is Finn, a cop and necromancer who tries to get ghosts to reveal their killers, if he finds them in time. The parts of the book that he was in were much better and had a decent plot but in between, the boring Robyn woes spoiled even that. It was a bit predictable that he was eventually going to meet Robyn's ghost husband but it was one of the better bits of the story. Adele makes a nasty bad character and is evil enough to be more interesting than most of the good guys.

There is content that some readers might find disturbing. The bad girl killer is a twisted, evil bitch who gets pregnant by a mentally disturbed boy to get his powers, prevents a girl from getting pregnant to her partner so the girl will be offered up to the other men in the commune instead, and seducing kids. The people in the commune are involved in child cruelty, incest, murder and all sorts so I didn't care much about what happened to any of them either. So while it looks like the book was packed with plot and twisted stories, it just lacked flow, cohesion and interest for me.

Disappointing book and I certainly hope not to see Robyn again. The next book is back to Elena, thankfully, but I'm already dreading that Savannah-fest to finish the series off. Can't help thinking that having Finn and Cassandra (or Eve) solving a crime as a team would have been a whole lot better than what we got!

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  1. Wowziers this sounds horrible! I am totally staying away from this
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. The series itself was great for the most part but this one didn't work for me!