I loved this book even more than I loved #1, ‘Shadows In The Water’. It was fast paced, had a great human element, and did I mention Jabbers becomes a little more likable? Kory layers even more of Louie’s motivation and backstory into this novel, as well as her current…alliance (?) with Konstantine. There is action here, and a lot of it. There is justice, vengeance and near-perfect justice. This book, this series, is unlike anything else I have ever read. And in my 50 years of life, I’ve read a lot more than I’ve listed on Goodreads.
This series is listed as paranormal because of Louie’s gift. It is listed as action (or should be) because of Louie’s brand of justice. It should be considered a classic because of Kory’s ability to suck her readers in and not let go until the very end. To say her characters are realistic and well-drawn isn’t the whole truth. They are so real you feel like you could sit down and have coffee with them. Well…maybe not Louie. She’s not the type to sit down and swap gossip over a cup. You’d be best not to get her angry at you. Each important character in the Louie-verse, as I call it, has so much depth and so many nuances that you can’t help but form some sort of connection with them. Even Konstantine.
This book, this series, is multi-faceted, unforgettable and exquisite in its grip.
If you enjoy paranormal, YOU SHOULD READ THIS SERIES!
You can find it wherever you buy books, either in electronic form or the dead-tree kind.
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There are so many things to say about this book, I’ve actually been pondering this review for hours.
First off, it is a sequel. This is not a stand-alone book, and I wish I had known this before starting to read. I picked up on this early in the first pages when events were referenced and I had no idea what the characters were talking about. So I went back to Bold Strokes Books and bought the first book, ‘Calling The Dead’. Without going into that book’s review here, let me tell you the two books and their titles are as inter-woven and necessary to each other as a right shoe is to the left.
So, I’m going to assume that you’ve read ‘Calling The Dead’ and trust me when I say, you want to. Really. Now you’re wondering if this book is any good. It is not just good, it is a gut-grabbing, hair-curling, roller-coaster of twists and turns all wrapped in a murder mystery. This is not your grandmother’s mystery! There is blood and guts here, and lots of it. There are sick and twisted bad-guys with sick and demented goals. There are good guys and gals too, lots of them, who want to see the depravity stop and people protected. Chivalry, high emotion and love abounds here as well. The story is paced well and the characters, and there are many, are so well crafted, that you’ll swear they aren’t made-up. Both main families feel so real that you think that you could just call them up. There is only one question I was left with, but it makes no difference to the story.
Why is Sept’s hair white?
So in closing, first, get yourself a copy of ‘Calling The Dead’, then get yourself a copy of this book, ‘Answering The Call’. Prepare to lose yourself in a world of Ali Vali’s making. Leave the dishes unwashed, and let the dog out before you start reading because you won’t want to be disturbed afterward. Oh yeah, and enjoy Mike too.
Fabulously creepy cover, a wonderfully gripping story…what are you still doing here? Go get your own copy!
This book was a pleasant read. Not dark and twisty as I expected. The characters are memorable, even the one I wanted to slap for being spineless most of the time. She eventually breaks out of that pattern and grows, so don’t give up on her. The rest of the cast is so memorable, I was still thinking about some of them days later.
I’d like to see if these characters turn up anywhere else in the author’s imaginary universe. They’re the kind of people I could have Sunday brunch with. Wonder how I can get an invitation?
I was honored with an ARC from Bold Strokes Books and NetGalley. This book is due out December 11th.