Saturday, 12 November 2011

Review: Working Stiff by Rachel Caine

Title: Working Stiff
Author: Rachel Caine
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher Allison & Busby
Publication Date:USA:Aug 2nd 2011|UK:31st October 2011
Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn't the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment--until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele as part of an extortion racket. Now, Bryn faces being terminated--literally, and with extreme prejudice.

Wit the help of corporate double-agent Patrick McCallister, Bryn has a chance to take down the bigger problem--pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She'd better do it fast, before she becomes a zombie slave--a real working stiff. She'd be better off dead

I love Rachel Caine and was happy to get this sent to me from the publishers and couldn't wait to dive in.  When I began Working Stiff I though it had a slow start and middle and took a while for any real action to start.  Working Stiff finally picked up just past the halfway mark and I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out what happens next and managed to finish the last half of the book in a few hours.

Working Stiff is about a girl called Bryn who accidentally finds herself mixed up with a company called Pharmadene, the creators of ReturnĂ©, and ends up being a puppet for them to manipulate.  She is sent back to the funeral home with the task of finding out who is the supplier of ReturnĂ© and has a time limit to do ti, or her own supply of ReturnĂ© will be stopped and Bryn will begin to die again.

Things I liked about Working Stiff were the developing relationship between Patrick and Bryn, and I really liked how they didn't just dive straight in, but took for the whole books to actually do anything about it, which made it more believable to me.  I also loved Manny, he may be slightly crazy and have some OCD issues, but he made me laugh a lot.  When the book finally started to get interesting it was all the action, fighting and the fact that it actually seemed like they were doing something to stop Pharmadene, instead of twiddling their thumbs.

Although Working Stiff didn't leave lasting first impressions I would still consider giving book two a try when it is released.

1 comment:

  1. Rachel Caine *sigh*... Can you believe I still have to start reading the Morganville series?... I know O__o ... But I have too many books!! -.- *Oh well, lucky girl! ;P*
    Anyway, this sounds interesting! Thanks for the great review, Michelle! :)


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