Publisher: Etopia Press
Series: Living Dead World #1
Jen MacLellan has hit a dead end...
Jen knows tattooed, blue-haired Jack Norris is trouble the minute he opens his front door. And being a mortician in the avante garde East Side of Providence, Jen has seen a lot. Jack has recruited Jen's teenage brother Drew to play drums for his less-than-respectable punk band, and Jen has no choice but to follow their gigs to keep her little brother out of trouble. But when Drew goes missing, she finds herself in the awkward position of asking for Jack's help. Shocked that he agrees, Jen decides she may have misjudged him. Worse, she might even like him.
But when Jen is brutally attacked, she awakens in the hospital where a Sid Vicious look-alike greets her with the news: she's dead, and he's the reaper assigned to take her away. Yeah, not so much. Refusing to leave, Jen's spirit watches helplessly as her loved ones suffer, powerless to ease her family's grief or prevent the police from accusing Jack of her murder. Desperate to help them, Jen convinces the reaper to bring her back. But reanimating corpses isn't as easy as it looks, and neither is finding a killer before it's too late...
This book had me hooked right from the start, the author pulls no punches, and her no-holds-barred style of writing easily kept my attention.
Much of the book is staging the protagonist Jen’s future circumstances and is perfectly portrayed. It didn’t feel like it was dragging on whatsoever but kept my attention to the very last page. I couldn’t put it down and devoured it in mere hours.
The character building was phenomenally done with the character Jack, him being the epitome of why one should never judge someone by their appearance. The writing for Jen was also well done with Jen being the ever dutiful daughter of a mortician. She, a mortician herself, is the true disciplinarian of her younger brother Drew, and because of this her life gets entangled with Jack’s when he decides to have Drew as a part of his band. And this creates a bit of an issue because of Jen’s current, often MIA boyfriend, Craig.
What plays out I can’t say is entirely unexpected, but kept my interest, though there were definitely parts I never saw coming. I was fully invested in the storyline, and by the end was anxiously torn by the circumstances and didn’t even take a breath before starting the next book. I enjoyed this book so much, that if there was something I didn’t like I truly don’t remember it. This is the kind of book I would have no problem with reading over and over again. I really can’t wait for the next one.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nessie is a Massachusetts native and mother of two who has dabbled in everything from abstract painting to freelance sports reporting. She also loves a good story, whether it's reading or writing one. Active membership in a writer's critique group has helped erase the memory of two horribly written practice novels.
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