Living with the Dead by Kelley Armstrong (WotOW 9)
Robyn Peltier has always lived a normal life. So when her boss is murdered and she is named prime suspect, she is way out of her depth. As the bodies pile up only her friend Hope, and Hope’s somewhat spooky boyfriend Karl, are on her side. Hope, meanwhile, has a few secrets of her own. Namely that she is half-demon, and her ‘spooky’ boyfriend is actually a werewolf. Hope also knows that Robyn has accidentally stumbled into a bloody supernatural turf war. And the only way she can keep her friend alive is by letting her enter a world she’s safer knowing nothing about …
This is the first time that a non-supernatural has played a major role in one of the Women of the Otherworld books, so straight off, there was in interesting twist. Also, the story is told from multiple points of view (although all in the third person), meaning the action unfolds and crosses over as the plot progresses. There’s excitement right from the start (well, with a chaos half-demon as one of the major players, you can hardly expect anything less!) and I was gripped throughout – edge of my seat stuff. The character development doesn’t suffer though – Armstrong’s world of supernaturals has filled out nicely and even her new characters arrive as complete people that are believable and with whom you can fully empathise. This is an excellent episode in what must be one of the best supernatural series around!
Reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite