Monday, February 13

Book Review: Living With the Dead

Title: Living With the Dead

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Pages: 457

Summary: Robyn Peltier’s life is just about as normal as it can get . . . until she moves to L.A. for a fresh start as an A-list publicist and her celebutante client is gunned down at a nightclub. Normal is a thing of the past as she is suddenly the prime suspect in a murder investigation and an unwilling participant in a grisly supernatural turf war. (As if it wasn’t hard enough dealing with Hollywood tabloids!) Robyn’s best friend, half-demon tabloid reporter Hope Adams, and her mysterious boyfriend, Karl, are determined to clear Robyn’s name with the help of a homicide detective with the uncanny affinity for the dead, and a very persistent ghost.

Soon Robyn finds herself at the heart of a world she never knew existed - one she was safer knowing nothing about.

My Rating: 6.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I have to say for a Women of the Otherworld book, this one was a disappointment. It could have worked if it was a standalone novel, that had connections to the series, but this book fell flat for me.

One of the biggest issues for me was that the main protagonist wasn't supernatural nor was she really the "main character" in the book. While her role in the story was important, I felt she took the back seat in the story.  Events occurred, and she just happened to be there at the wrong time, which in the end, caused her to be wrapped up with supernaturals.  The other characters in the book seemed to have more weight and importance than Robin, which just didn't seem right to me. As the main character she should have the center of attention, not be drifting along with every else.

Another issue I had was the book had far too many narratives,  I believe there were five in total. Normally, I enjoy books with multiple narratives, but  it did not work for this book. It took away from the usual atmosphere that found in the  other books from the series.  It suppose to focus on the women, preferably the main character of the story, not random men we'll probably never see again.  I also found that some of the narratives weren't completely distinct from each other. Colm and Adele narratives often seemed to blend as one person, rather than two separate people.  I also found there was to many threads to the story, instead of coming together to make a clever, complicated story, it fell apart.

Although I'm not a big mystery fan, the author did do a good job at creating a mystery to solve. Some things were predictable, but I did enjoy the way the author built up suspense for the story, and tried to keep the reader guessing on some characters true motives. But overall, this book did not work for me. I think if this was a standalone book I would have enjoyed it more,  but as part of the Women of the Otherworld series, it just didn't have that same flair as the other books.

Would I recommend it to read: This wasn't my favourite of the series, in fact it's up there with my least favourites that I've read by the author, if you enjoy the series, than read this. I'm not sure how much this book is needed to read the rest of the series, so in order to finish it, you'll probably need to read this book.

What to read next: Frostbitten, Waking the Witch, Spellbound (the next three books in the series)


  1. Oh, I am sorry that this book wasn't what you were hoping it would be. Hopefully the next in the series will be better.

    1. Yeah, but I won't love all of them in the series. Here's hoping the next book is a good one.

  2. I am afraid that this series has all blurred into one large book at this point. I would be hard pressed to pick out favourites... I can't even remember which ones I didn't like any more. One day I will reread them.

    1. It's starting to feel like that huh? The appeal from the first part of the series is lost. I think it may have to do with brining in so many of the other characters in each book, some of the more favourable ones, take over the story. We'll see how the next few books go for me.