H&W Investigations, Book 5
Synopsis: The Others–vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night–don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with the mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…
Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town–namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.
On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten–literally–in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them–and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…
Review: I was looking forward to the release of this fifth volume especially when we know that we have zombies here. I was really curious to see how Jess Haines would be able to bring them up into the story. Okay I admit that was not all, and I was impatient to see what the relationship between Shia and Royce would become after such a purpose! Yes, we were waiting for this change for a long time and I was curious to see what would happen next.
From the beginning of the novel, Shia has many doubts after the night she spent with our beloved vampire. Will she remain independent? Will she be now the victim of a vampire? We understand that she can such questions and at the same time I was disturbed by the lack of confidence she has about the man who has always tried everything to save her. We want to shake her sometimes to have such thoughts and so she could finally understand the truth that is right in front of her. I was sad to see her distrust and caution when there is no matter about that. But this proximity does not last long when Royce sends them away for their own safety herself and Sarah to Los Angeles to settle the events happened before. But far from being welcomed with open arms, our two young heroines find themselves in a power struggle that will take them much further than they would have thought. We discover a necromancer, a lot of zombies and many other characters.
It is very difficult for our heroine to return to her life as if nothing had happened and after a long pity on her own fate, she realizes she is not the only one who had some problems after all these events and her closest friends have all suffered the consequences of her actions whatsoever. Thus, after a slump, our heroine gradually returns to a normal life, allowing us to hear from old characters and even some very old ones.
It was a real pleasure to see Shia in this story and I must say that I also enjoyed discovering these zombies. All is well led and it was very interesting to try to understand what was actually happening. But what is certain is that I did not expect such an end. It was terrible, after reading the last words, I wanted more, a new chapter to be able to know what was going to happen to our beloved Shia.
This is a new very good novel and I really recommend the series if you do not know it yet. Each volume of the H&W Investigations is full of great ideas and I really hope to have the chance to read the next book as soon as possible.