Genre: Fantasy Crime Thriller
*I received an advanced copy for review; however, I also purchased the book (and I have no regrets!).
Louie Thorne was not granted an easy life. From childhood, Lou has had a special ability that has made being normal a difficult task since she must be alert in water and darkness. When her parents are brutally murdered, Lou learns to master her powers to destroy the crime family that killed her family. While the darkness now makes Lou feel safe, it has also taken away any hope of living a normal life. So Lou’s aunt convinces Lou to help a retired DEA agent on a missing person’s case. Her aunt hopes to reign in Lou’s darkness, but it may just be that Lou’s darkness is the only thing that can bring the truth of her parents’ murderer to light.
Shadows in the Water sucked me in even faster than Shrum’s Jessie Sullivan novels—and I’m a big fan of the Jessie novels. Shadows in the Water is a completely different kind of story from the Jessie Sullivan novels, and I have to say, I think Shrum has found her niche in thrillers. I loved how there were several points of view, and I was impressed at how well they all came together in the end. Lou was an intriguing character with her special abilities and her cold demeanor. I thought her lack of emotions was well written and made her an interesting character, but it made her difficult for me to connect with. However, I enjoyed Lou and my lack of connection to her, while noticeable, did not affect my enjoyment of the book. On the other hand, I fell in love with King, Mel, and Konstantine. King and Konstantine were full of emotional depth, and Mel’s sassy attitude made me instantly like her. Shadows in the Water was hard to put down; I really wanted to read it all in one sitting. I was glad to see this was the start to a new series because I hated to see this book end! This is a must-read novel, and I highly recommend it.
You can purchase Shadows in the Water from Amazon.
If you haven’t read the Jessie Sullivan novels, take a look around Kory Shrum’s website and check out her books. Dying for a Living is free on Amazon.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
*This is book one, and it is currently Free on Amazon*
Jessie Sullivan has a job that would make most people shudder. She dies for a living. As one of the world’s small percentage of Necronites (not zombie, that term is not politically correct), Jessie is able to survive dying. The government has a death replacement program, so Jessie is given a client who will die, and she dies in his or her stead. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks Necronites should have the same rights as regular people, and someone wants Necronites out of the picture. After being murdered, Jessie must unravel the secrets of her past if she is to keep those she loves safe and keep herself from permanent death.
Dying For A Living by Kory Shrum was a fantastic reimagining of zombies. The story is set in the modern world with some very specific differences, and I was instantly sucked into the world of Necronites and AMPs. Jessie is a humorous character with a sarcastic attitude that I loved immediately. I loved the idea of Jessie being a death replacement agent, and what Jessie deals with by dying so frequently makes the story fun and kept me guessing about what was really happening. Jessie’s past is full of secrets that kept me turning the pages because I needed to know what would happen next. Because this is the first of a series (book 2 is out and book 3 is available for pre-order), the end does not wrap everything up, and it does end on a cliffhanger. This book was a lot of fun to read, and I definitely recommend it. I can’t wait to read the next one.
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About the author:
Kory M. Shrum lives in Michigan with her partner and a ferocious guard pug. She has dabbled in everything from fortune telling to martial arts and when not reading or writing, she can be found teaching, traveling, and wearing a gi. This award-winning author specializes in dark fantasy and supernatural suspense, which includes the popular Jesse Sullivan series.
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