DNF: Deja Who by MaryJanice Davidson

Insighter, Book 1

Synopsis: You couldn’t arrest someone for killing in a past life. You couldn’t bring a civil suit against them, either. They could only be legally penalized for what they did this time around—and what a dark circus the legal system had been before that legislation passed! (It was still a dark circus, but perhaps not as dark.)  But you could spot them, and watch them. You could set traps for them.
Leah Nazir is an Insighter. Reincarnation is her business. But while her clients’ pasts are a mess, Leah’s is nothing short of tragedy. She’s been murdered. A lot. If left to that bitch, destiny, it’ll happen again. Leah wants to know who’s been following her through time, and who’s been stalking her in the present…

P.I. Archer Drake has been hired by Leah’s mother to keep an eye on her. But the more time he spends watching, the more he finds himself infatuated. Before long, he even finds himself agreeing to help find the person who wants her dead. Over and over again.

Now going full-on “rewind,” Leah hopes it can stave off the inevitable. After all, she’s grown fond of this life—and even fonder of nerdy Archer. But changing her pattern means finding out who her killer is today. And as Leah fears, that could be anyone she has come to know and trust. Anyone.

Review: I discovered MaryJanice Davidson with her Queen Betsy series, and although I’ve never finished it, I had a good time with this humorous, full of ideas series. When I saw that the author was engaged in a new genre and even a brand new series, I admit that I was very curious to see how it would be and I was eager to immerse myself in this first story. Moreover, the author seemed to announce new themes and I was curious to see her ideas.

From the beginning, I struggled to get into the story. The theme itself is really interesting as well as the outline of the story but I did not really managed to connect with the story or the characters. It’s a shame because as I said I was curious to learn more. But it is true that when after a half of the novel, when I saw that my feeling would not change I preferred to stop.

In this first volume we discover Leah a young woman who has the ability to discover the past lives of people. Which is a little sad in the end is that the path drawn for us is unchanging in each life and each person finds him/herself in a loop that does not change. But now, Leah tries to help them or to trap them according to what they are and it’s not an easy task. Yet she is herself mired in a vicious circle where she dies murdered and where she is determined to understand what is happening and who wants to kill her! More than that, it seems that someone follows her and he could help her more than she thought.

Like I said the idea is original and good and maybe it’s the mood I had but it wasn’t a book for me. However, I’m sure it will please to others.



27 thoughts on “DNF: Deja Who by MaryJanice Davidson

  1. My attention span isn’t up to speed still, so I know that if you and Kimberly struggled getting into this one, that it isn’t right for me right now. Thanks for the helpful review.

  2. I am not familiar with this author or any of her work. I really can relate to loving one series and just not being able to get into the authors new series. Sorry it wasn’t a good one for you!

  3. I’ve read a few of her books and thought that they were funny, but she never really worked for me. I’m sorry you struggled with this one. I hope the next book will be stronger.

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