Wednesday, July 25, 2012
On Serial Murders: A Review of Haunted by Kelley Armstron
Eve is the narrator of Haunted, and her story was so much more compelling to me, it's hard to describe. This is the point where I have to warn you that I may spoil a few minor points from books 1-4. Click to read at your own peril.
Eve is a ghost, stuck in the after life. She's spent her entire death obsessing about finding away to affect things in the real world, so that she can protect her teenage daughter, Savannah. Then the Fates give her a job to do--recapture a murderous demon spirit that has been unleashed on the world. This spirit, referred to as the Nix, invades the minds of unstable women and encourages them to kill people.
As states above, Eve is a compelling protagonist. She's not all pure and good. The ends justify the means in her mind, and she's done some questionable things. She still has her own moral code, it's just a flexible one. Seeing a story like this from her eyes is a dark, scary, and oddly fun ride. Her emotional journey and character development were believable and fascinating.
I like the interaction between Eve and Kristof. The second-chance love story really worked for me (though it's a small part of the story).
Th larger plot is pants-pissingly scary. I liked the fact that the Nix could only work through influence--she could encourage evil, but not force anyone to do anything. The idea of real life, every day women, being murderers in the making, is incredibly eerie.
The biggest downside of this book, for me, is the length. Nearly five hundred pages is a bit more than the story really calls for. I wouldn't say that I was ever bored, exactly, but...Did we really need the visit to the pirate world, or the extended stay in serial killer hell? Interesting, entertaining, but unnecessary.
Every series has its ups and downs. For me, this one was an up. I would encourage anyone who has tried and enjoyed Kelley Armstrong's books to continue on to this one. And if you haven't tried her yet, you really should! 4 stars.