Kelley Armstrong’s Living With the Dead
I have to be honest and say that I discovered Kelley Armstrong by accident, but it was a happy one. She was the introduction to a new genre that had caught my eye and am thrilled to explore now. Kelley has become one of my favorite authors, one of whom has not disappointed her readers so far.
Living with the Dead is book number 9 in the Women of the Otherworld series. It’s a paranormal story that involves a demon, a werewolf, a necromancer and an assortment of other supernatural beings. Just another gripping tale of those who live amongst us that we are totally unaware of.
A dead celebutante, a PR Consultant, a half demon. An odd mixture of characters brings this story to life. Robyn moves to L.A. in an effort to hide from the grief of losing her husband. She soon becomes the number 1 suspect in the murder investigation of her celebutante client. Hope has come to L.A. on an assignment from her job as weird news journalist, and to see how her longtime friend Robyn is doing. Her concern grows when she discovers that her friend has become L.A.’s most sought out fugitive. Through misguided good intentions, a deep desire to keep secrets well hidden, this friendship goes on a journey of discovery; one of themselves and of each other.
A cop that can see the ghost of dead people, a werewolf that feeds chaos to his girlfriend, and a father trying to right a wrong he stumbled onto over ten years ago. These are the people that come to the aid of Robyn and Hope. Not knowing who to trust and whom to fear twists the paths of each person together, away from each and back again.
I was not disappointed with the book. From the beginning where the action takes off, through all of the twists and turns that was intriguing as well as satisfying, on to the end that leaves you wanting more. Though I met Hope and Karl in Personal Demon, it was nice to see their story continued. It’s also nice that despite being book number nine in the Women of the Otherworld series, this story was complete and strong enough to stand on its own.
I am looking forward to continuing this series and learning more about the women that lead these adventures. If you want to know more about Kelley Armstrong, check out her website at http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com. It is a great website and very user friendly. Kelley has another adult series that follows Nadia Stratford a female assassin, and a young adult series (the Darkest Powers Series) that follows Chloe Sauders, a young teen who is able to see dead people. Waking the Witch just came out and the series continues with Spellbound, which is due out July 2011. Both of these are a part of the Women of the Otherworld Series. The spin off of The Darkest Powers series continues with The Gathering, which is due out in April 2011.