Author: Darynda Jones Published: August 16, 2011 Pages: 307
Stars: 3.5 out of 5
If you hang around with dead people, life can get pretty complicated. Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Complicated is her middle name. The deceased find her very sparkly. Demons find her irresistible. And one entity in particular wants to seduce her in every way possible.
When Charley and Cookie (her best friend/receptionist) have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. Cookie’s friend Mimi disappeared five days earlier.
Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty.
This book starts off quickly with Charley’s best friend/secretary asking to help her find her friend Mimi who has been missing for five days. Charley’s life becomes instantly complicated when Reyes falls through her sealing and is covered in blood. Charley soon discovers demons have found Reyes and have hurt him severely in hopes of either killing his mortal body so he goes back to hell or Charley finding his body so the demons have access to heaven. But once again, Reyes is not forthcoming with information and is still a mystery to Charley if he is a good guy or bad. Let’s not forget he is the son of Satan.
To make matters more complicated, Charley’s uncle has put a tail on her in hopes of discovering where Reyes has disappeared to. And low and behold the ‘spy’ is Garrett. The case Charley is working on is extremely dangerous. It was a little disappointing to see how dumb Charley’s character was being. For example, she wakes up one morning to a note pretty much threatening her that if she doesn’t quick her investigation, she will turn up dead. But what does she do, she acts as though it is no big deal and ignores the threat.
In this book, Charley used her sarcasm/wit way to much. I was starting to get annoyed with how often she did it. But the author did an amazing job bring the otherworldly character of Charley slightly more into a realistic character with the encounter with her father at the police station. The story the author creates in this scene is hard to believe. Part of me wishes the author would ended it differently, instead of the happy family ending. Oh well. I was shocked by Reyes in the end of the book. The ending of this book defiantly leaves the reader wanting more and wondering what’s next.