Thursday, 15 March 2012

Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Title: Second Grave on the Left
Author: Darynda Jones
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Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback

Tell Me About It
When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.

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. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?
My Thoughts
I absolutely love this series even though this is only the second book I have read so far.  Charley Davidson is a P.I and the Grim Reaper.  Her job as a P.I mainly involves investigating murders, while her job as the grim helps the victims, and any other ghosts she comes across, cross over.
When I got my copy I couldn't wait to dive in and it does not disappoint.  Each chapter starts off with a quote from t-shirts or bumper sticker and had me laughing at them.  Charley is sarcastic as ever and some of the things she says or does kept me amused.  I also love the relationship between Cookie and Charley, I love how they interact and banter with each other, even down to the name calling.

In Second Grave on the Left Charley is investigating the disappearance of an old friend of Cookie's but is also worried about Reyes, who is hiding not only from the demons out to find him, but also from Charley so she doesn't get found by these demons who are also looking for her.  His appearances to speak to Charley have no success in her finding him, and eventually puts a strain on their 'relationship'.  Charley is getting more frustrated with how he is acting and throw herself into the investigation while also looking on the side for Reyes.

Charley soon works out she is not as invincible as she thinks she is, and after her Father is held hostage and she comes to his rescue she not only learns how easy she can be harmed, but also a new ability that comes with being a Reaper.  The resulting statement that she wrote for Uncle Bob though had me laughing so much I had to stop reading for a few minutes till I calmed down.

Second Grave on the Left lets us see Charley in a new light, not only as her abilities grow and develop, but also as an actual person.  We get to see her get closure with her sister after something that was said when they were both younger, and I was happy to see the story come out and their bond become closer.
Near the end of Second Grave on the Left a rift is made between Reyes and Charley and it's made quite clear what he thinks about her now.  Part of me is looking forward to seeing how he reacts to her now, but part of me doesn't want to see what he has in store.

Darynda has wrote another great book that had me hooked the moment I started it and I can't wait to see what happen in the next book Third Grave Dead Ahead.

1 comment:

  1. i will receive it for my birthday thanks to a RAK,i'm so happy and your review just made me even more impatient


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