Welcome to the world of grim reaper extraordinaire, Charley Davidson. Try as she might, there’s no avoiding her destiny.
Sometimes being the grim reaper really is, well, grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple of months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above . . . or at least get dressed. It becomes clear something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. But the more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.
In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved.
Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans in this hilarious fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling series from Darynda Jones. .
“He’s an enigma wrapped up in sensuality padlocked with a dozen chains of desire and topped off with a razor-sharp ribbon of danger. There are more layers to him than a billionaire’s wedding cake.”
WOW! Dark book. This isn’t the light fair we got in the first three books. There are a lot of darker themes that are explored. I really like it. Yet it is a bit of a departure, and I’m sure there are others out there that don’t like this book because it is too dark, too different. I appreciated it, though.
Charley is still Charley – which means she is chaos incarnate and determined to be a flakey, unstable person. Yet, she is going through a lot this book. She is very clearly affected by what happened in the previous book. She is afraid of the outside world, she is having panic attacks. She just displays classic PTSD signs. This is something I never expected to see in this sort of series. I didn’t expect this kind of follow through in what was a major event in the main character’s life. I’ll always love this book for this follow through alone. Some other series I’ve read, which really should have included it because it fit into their story better, didn’t include this to their detriment. This did, even though it didn’t have to. This wasn’t necessary for this series, yet instead it made it even better because it was included.
It doesn’t help that demons are trying to attack Charley all book. They’re after her for what she is, and what she could represent for them: a portal to the heavenly plains. Enter Reyes. He is just awesome to have around. He is fighting all the demons for Charley in the book, because 1. she doesn’t know how, even though Reyes says she has the power and 2. so she wouldn’t even have to find out about them in the first place. Isn’t he the best?
Not only is Charley’s story pretty dark, the main investigation she is looking into is horrifying. She is looking into the systematic terrorisation of a young woman, Harper. It started when Harper was about 5 years old, and no one has ever believed her, despite evidence to the contrary. We’re talking about pet bunnies being killed and left in her bed level of terrorisation. And her parents thought she was just trying to seek attention. It is horrifying and heartbreaking. Yet it also sort of overshadowed by Charley, and Charley and Reyes, and the demons.
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet is the first hint that the series is changing. There is a lot added on to the lore in this book, and not always for the better. Garrett apparently went to hell, and now he has come back bearing prophecy. The demons are acting completely different. Charley is gaining more powers. There are more psychics/people with power than there were before – or was even mentioned before. There is just so much more added on without much care. It doesn’t bode well.
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