Living With the Dead (Review)

Book cover of "Living With the Dead" by Kelley Armstrong.Title: Living With the Dead

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Publication Year: 2008

Pages: 560

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Smart, sexy, and supernatural — the men and women of the Otherworld live unseen among us. For the most part, mere mortals never suspect their existence — and that’s the way they want it. But now a reckless killer has torn down the wall between our worlds, trapping one very vulnerable, and very mortal, woman in the supernatural cross fire.

Robyn Peltier moved to Los Angeles shortly after her young husband’s sudden and unexpected death. Her hope was that her hectic new life as the PR consultant to a spoiled celebutante would provide a distraction from her grief. But when her client is murdered, Robyn finds herself on the run as the prime suspect. And as more bodies pile up around her, it seems only her friend, tabloid journalist Hope Adams, is on her side.

But Hope and her somewhat spooky boyfriend Karl know it’s just a matter of time before Robyn is caught. For she’s gotten herself in the middle of a turf war between two Otherworld races who’ll spill any amount of blood — human and inhuman — to protect what they consider theirs for eternity. And the only way Hope can save her friend is by letting her enter a world she’s safer knowing nothing about.

(This is the ninth book in the Women of the Otherworld series, after Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Chaotic (novella), Broken, No Humans Involved, and Personal Demon.)

I had trouble with this book in the beginning. The story is told from multiple points of view – Robyn, Adele, Hope, and Finn – and three of those narrators are characters that are new to the series. Because of that, I had a bit of trouble empathizing with any of them in the beginning besides Hope (and, through her eyes, Karl). Everyone else was just … there.

Once I got to know the narrators better, though, I started to appreciate their perspectives being brought to the table. It wouldn’t have been quite the same story had I not been able to “see” things happen from more than one perspective. There would have been too much missing to get a clear picture of what was happening.

In the end, I really enjoyed the adventure and the way that things came together. I’m not sure that I’d care to read more from Robyn’ or Finn’s perspective, but I appreciated the story they told in Living With the Dead.


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