Warning: Minor Cliffhanger (Stop doing this!)
Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth…but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason. When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma, is the serial killer’s next target Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’ help. Arsonist or not, he’s the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.
It was a text from Cookie.
I’m not good at cocking guns.
I texted her back:
You can do this. Learn the cock, Cookie.
Know the cock.
Be the cock.
Fifth Grave Past the Light is still super fun to read. It is still completely full of Charley running around doing interesting, funny things. However, this is also the least put together story so far. Things are breaking down along the edges. It is still fun to read, but I can see the breakdown.
Most of the breakdown along the edges is in the worldbuilding. The investigation parts are still well laid out. Charley, Reyes, Cookie, Ubie, and all the characters are still well thought out characters with great chemistry. But, Darynda Jones’ continual adding of more and more information that contradicts the previous stuff we have learned has started to backfire. Now there are a bunch of prophecies, and the way they are explained doesn’t make sense. What Charley and Reyes are and what they can do seems to have changed again. Just none of it is starting to make sense.
But, the investigation was still really fun. In fact, the entire concept in Fifth Grave Past the Light is awesome! And a bit heartbreaking. Over the course of the book, more and more women are crowding into Charley’s apartment. Every single one is traumatised, none will talk to her. None can tell her what is going on, so she has to go looking around, trying to figure out where a few dozen women were found dead. Shouldn’t be too hard, a find of that nature should be talked about, right? It is too bad this story is sometimes ignored in favour of the introduction of a continual breakdown of the worldbuilding.
There is also a secondary investigation that has been carried over from previously. Charley is still looking into a series of arsons. And she has reason to suspect that Reyes Farrow is doing it. It is minor, but consequential. Also it takes away from the awesome investigation above. I like it, and I don’t.
Charley and Reyes are adorable together, though. Most of the previous drama is behind them, now, and they’re able to focus on being together. And it is so, so cute. Series has been worth reading so far in part because of Charley and Reyes and the relationship they have together.
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