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Three top spiritualists gathered in one house to raise the ghost of Marilyn
Monroe sounds like ideal reality TV, and for Jaime Vegas it could be the
stepping stone she needs for her own show. Unlike her colleagues, Jaime is the
real deal: a necromancer who can really contact the dead...and knows that the
house is really haunted. Soon Jaime realises that multiple spirits are trapped
in the gardens and calls upon Jeremy Danvers to help her investigate the ghosts
This is the seventh book in the Otherworld series
(after Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted and Broken)
and sees Jaime Vegas take over as narrator. Jaime has been a supporting
character in the books since Industrial Magic and it's great to see her take a
lead role given how much her character has been developed. Jaime is the oldest
narrator so far and it's great to see how that maturity allows her to deal with
manipulative TV executives and backstabbing co-stars.
Jaime's crush on
Jeremy has been a key part of her character development as she's generally very
mature and isn't prone to uncontrollable blushes and stammering. It has always
appeared unrequited so it is fascinating to see Jeremy start showing signs of
being interested in Jaime while trying to figure out how a potential
relationship would work alongside his role as Alpha of the werewolf
The book is mostly set in L.A. on the set of the spiritualist TV
show where Jaime discovers some unusual ghosts in the gardens and is soon led on
an investigation with Jeremy at her side. There are chapters interspersed from
the perspective of the "bad guys" of the book and it soon becomes clear that the
ghosts were killed in a shocking and barbaric way unheard of even in
supernatural communities. The plot is well-paced and tension packed with lots of
twists and turns, although one I did figure out a big one in advance.
world building allows a closer look at necromancers and also brings half-demon
Hope Adams into a main Otherworld book (she was previously the focus of a story
in Dates from Hell). Hope is the narrator of the next book and I'm not really sure if
I like her yet, although her relationship with Karl Marsten is interesting. The
development of Jaime's necromancy continues from the last book, showing that she
has one of the scariest gifts of all whilst allowing her to become more
accepting of it. Eve and Kristoff also return to help Jaime out leading to some
incredibly sweet scenes.
All in all, this was a great read and I'm
looking forward to Personal Demon.
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