When I found out that Kory M. Shrum was working on a new crime thriller book, I was super excited! Then when I was able to get an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of the book to proofread, I freaked out even more!
Shadows in the Water is about a woman named Louie Thorne who is seeking revenge for the death of her parents. But this is not your typical revenge story, as Louie has a special gift. A gift that allows her to dish out punishment to members of a Mafia family involved in her parent’s deaths. As she uses this gift to exact her revenge, she learns that this gift does not come without costs and dangers.
The first chapter of this book was so intense and gripping, that to this day I get a little creeped out when I give my children baths! The characters are everything I look for in a good story: Complex, quirky, layered, and most of all… flawed. With the gift that Louie possesses it would be easy for her to become a complete “Mary Sue”, but she is far from that. Not that she isn’t a complete Bad-Ass, because she totally is!
With each new book that Shrum writes it just gets better and better, and it started off pretty darn great! This latest book was so good that I purchased it for my Kindle despite already having the ARC copy so that I could lend it out to my family and get them hooked as well.
I highly recommend reading this book – Just not in the bath!
This was the favorite book I have read all year, probably the last few years. The story telling and narrative in this book are nothing less than beautiful and amazing!
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
“But how awful would that be? How terrible to live surrounded by the stark, sharp, hollowness of things that simply were enough?”
“To be so lovely and so lost. To be all answerful with all that knowing trapped inside. To be beautiful and broken.”
“She felt the panic rising in her then. She knew. She knew how quickly things could break. You did the things you could. You tended to the world for the world’s sake. You hoped you would be safe. But still she knew. It could come crashing down and there was nothing you could do. And yes, she knew she wasn’t right. She knew her everything was canted wrong. She knew her head was all unkilter. She knew she wasn’t true inside. She knew.” View all my reviews
I was directed to read this book because I am a huge fan of the Dresden files by Jim Butcher. The setting in Hounded is Urban Fantasy and the protagonist is a snarky, wise-cracking, magic wielding bad-ass who is friends with werewolves and other mythical creatures / deities. That being said, do not expect this book to be a clone of The Dresden Files books.
The protagonist Atticus is a 2100 year old druid, who looks like he is still twenty-one. The last of his kind. Hiding out from the Fey in Arizona. All he wants really is to be left alone. But that would make a pretty boring book now wouldn’t it? Atticus is in possession of a very powerful magic sword that the Celtic god of love Really would like back and has been sending assassins after him for years. Now, he has discovered where Atticus is and his patience has run out. The thing is, Atticus really does not want to go anywhere. He has found a life he likes. My favorite Character in this book was Oberon. Oberon is Atticus’s Irish Wolfhound that he has bound to his mind so they can communicate telepathically. Oberon and Atticus share not only in adventure but in witty banter.
I completed this book in three days as I could not put it down! I promptly picked up the second book in this series (Hexed) and have finished it as well (review coming soon) and am now starting book three (Hammered).
I have been a Dresden fan since book 1, and this book is probably the most unique book yet. I guess it is not a spoiler to tell you that Harry is dead since the book description gives that away.
Harry is usually a wizard of impulsive action, so not being able to affect the world directly is new to him and those of us who have come along with him for the ride so far. Jim Butcher (Author) still finds ways to make this work very well.
I would not recommend this book if you are new to the Dresden series as you will not quite understand the links between all the existing characters and previous sub-plots going on in the Dresden-verse. But I highly recommend this series!
Trying to really explain this book without giving too much away is such a hard thing to do, but here goes…
This book ties together the murder weapon that Cain used to kill Abel with Superman, and Cal Harper. Who is Cal Harper? Well to answer that too much would give away some of what I think makes Meltzer’s books so hard to put down. While Cal is trying to find out what has happened to his father who he has not seen since childhood, he gets wrapped up in trouble. A psycho is after Cal and his Father, Cal becomes wanted by the Feds and the only way they can save their lives and clear their names is to solve the mystery.
I love the gritty realism that Meltzer puts into his stories and the way he builds his characters. There are times you want to reach through the pages and slap them silly. Then as the story goes on you get glimpses into what is really driving them, their secrets and histories. There is some definite twists and turns along the way to keep you guessing.
As a side note I also listened to this on Audiobook read by Scott Brick. He did an amazing job bringing even more personality and feeling to the already amazing story.
This was my first Meltzer book, and now I am on a mission to read them all.