Friday, December 25, 2009

Review: The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay

Divorced mother of one, Charlie Madigan, lives in a world where the beings of heaven and hell exist among us, and they aren't the things of Sunday school lessons and Hallmark figurines. In the years since the Revelation, they've become our co-workers, neighbors, and fellow citizens.

Charlie works for ITF (Integration Task Force). It's her job to see that the continued integration of our new "friends" goes smoothly and everyone obeys the law, but when a new off-world drug is released in Underground Atlanta, her daughter is targeted, and her ex-husband makes a fateful bargain to win her back, there's nothing in heaven or earth (or hell for that matter) that Charlie won't do to set things right. (Summary from the official website of Kelly Gay)

My thoughts...This debut novel by Kelly Gay takes the reader into to an incredibly complex, fascinating, and scary world where humans are not the only creatures that walk the streets.  But these are not your average beings, I'm not talking about Vampires and Werewolves, I am speaking of beings from other worlds that have come to our world to live.  The incredibly strong heroine Charlie deals with being a single mom, a paranormal police officer and a set of personal problems that would make anyone think they were crazy.  She has a supernatural partner, a Siren, who is sure to steal your heart.  The two try to prevent a foreign drug from harming the population of the city of Atlanta. 

The storyline of The Better Part of Darkness moved along at a steady pace.  Although the pages are filled with elaborate details of their world, I was not overwhelmed but fully immersed.  I could imagine the city and the emotions experienced by the characters.  Like any good mystery, there were clues to help the reader piece together the crime and determine the culprit.  There were some grey areas when trying to determine who was good and who was evil.  While the current plot wrapped up nicely, Charlie is left with quite a few loose ends for the next book, The Darkest Edge of Dawn. 

For more infomation about Kelly Gay and her book, please visit her website or her blog.

If you enjoyed this book, you may also like...
1. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
2. Three Days To Dead by Kelly Medling
3. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews


misskallie2000 said...

This book sounds like a winter. Have added to my to buy list.

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