The Laughing Corpse (Review)

Book cover for "The Laughing Corpse" by Laurell K. Hamilton.Title: The Laughing Corpse

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Publication Year: 1994

Pages: 293

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery

Source: Borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Animator and vampire hunter Anita Blake is about to discover that some secrets are better left buried – and some people better off dead?

(This is the second book in the Anita Blake series, after Guilty Pleasures.)

To be honest, this book was the one that really got me interested in continuing to read the series, more than the first. I felt like there was more going on in The Laughing Corpse, more nuance to the characters, and definitely more interesting things happening with Anita and her necromancer abilities.

I also have a bit of a soft spot for voodoo (vaudun in the book), and since it plays a rather large part in this story, that was definitely a plus. There’s just a lot more interesting things happening, and lots of interesting characters. For starters, the relationship between Gaynor and his psycho girlfriend, plus his previous relationship with “Wheelchair Wanda”, were rather … unique.

If you’ve read Guilty Pleasures but just aren’t quite hooked on the series yet, give this one a go. It roped me in, and might have the same effect on you.


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