Now how do I rate Kelley Armstrong’s latest in her ‘Women of the Otherworld’ series? “Living with the Dead” isn’t about just one woman. In a lot of ways it’s not even about one couple, it’s really about two men, two women, a ghost, and the question of what is love.
Robyn is a woman who recently lost her love, her soulmate, to a senseless and stupid crime. She spends her time now just going through the motions of living and keeping a scrapbook about good samaritans who are killed for their deeds, furthering reinforcing the futility and stupidity of her husband’s death. When, through no real fault of her own, she becomes embroiled in a battle between two supernatural factions in LA, she ends up running for her life with no idea of why she’s become a target.
Hope is Robyn’s best friend and she and her werewolf boyfriend Karl have come to LA to do a story, but really to check on Robyn. These two will have to use all their abilities (she’s half demon) to keep Robyn alive long enough to figure out who’s after her and why! Then we also have a cop necromancer thrown into the mix. And with Robyn’s dead husband joining the search for Robyn and her pursuers, the mix is set.
If you’re looking for a pure romance, don’t look here. If you’re looking for a mystery with paranormal elements, an unusual love story that will make you ponder what love is and is not, a story about when and how grief affects different people, and a story about just how whacked out some fringe groups can get…then really pick up “Living With the Dead”. You may not exactly be smiling at the end of the book, but you will be panting for the next one.