Living with the Dead (Women of the Otherworld, Book 9)
by Kelley Armstrong
Cover Artist: Photo: Craig White
Review by Gayle Surrette
Spectra Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553806649
Date: 21 October 2008 List Price $22.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Robyn Peltier moves to Los Angeles, becoming a PR consultant to Portia Kane, celebutant. Robyn just couldn't stand to stay where there were so many happy memories of her husband who'd been shot down on the side of the highway. Hope Adams took a transfer to the Los Angeles office so she can keep an eye on Robyn -- since Robyn is the only friend from school who didn't walk away when Hope had her breakdown. And Karl Marsten, he just wants to keep an eye on Hope. So, everything looked like it would just a normal support-a-friend-in-need couple of months. Or at least it seemed that way until someone murdered Portia, and Robyn is looking like the number one suspect.
Detective John Finley, Finn to his friends, sees ghosts. He can even talk to them. His high percentage of close-outs on cases has been helped in part by this ability. But it's not doing him much good in this case -- he's beginning to think that he'll never figure things out if he doesn't find Robyn Peltier -- and her friends are not talking.
I love reading books about the paranormal creatures that live among us, with us all unknowing. But even though I love the books, I'm not so sure that it would be all that great in reality. Robyn Peltier has been friends with Hope since high school, and she has no clue about Hope's true nature. Suddenly, she's thrown into a situation that makes no sense. She's being stalked by a killer that seems to know exactly where she is at all times and can find her, even when Robyn didn't know where she was going. She's determined to protect Hope and Karl from the killer -- little knowing that they are far better equipped to help her than the other way around.
Just think about it. How would you react if suddenly you were dropped into a world that had werewolves, half-demons, far-viewers, and seers? What would you do? Armstrong, through Robyn's point of view, gives us a chance to really think about the world she's created and what it would be like to suddenly find that all you thought you knew about the world was, if not wrong, certainly missing a lot of information.
As usual this is a mix of romance, action, adventure, edge of the seat danger, and some thoughtful comments on the world and the nature of people (no matter who or what they are).
If you haven't read previous books you can start with this one but you'll really want to read them all.