Book Review: “Truth & Consequences” by Kelley Armstrong

Posted November 11, 2020 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: “Truth & Consequences” by Kelley Armstrong

I received this book for free from Author, Free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

"Truth & Consequences" by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #0.12
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Author on 2002
Pages: 7
Format: PDF
Source: Author, Free

Also in this series: Otherworld Secrets, Otherworld Chills, "Bargain", "Recruit", "Framed", Bitten, Driven, "Forsaken"

Also by this author: Omens, Wild Justice, Sea of Shadows, Visions, The Masked Truth, City of the Lost, Forest of Ruin, Betrayals, A Darkness Absolute, Indigo, Rituals, The Unquiet Past, This Fallen Prey, Stolen, Rough Justice, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Broken, Dark Screams: Volume Nine, No Humans Involved,, Waking the Witch, Portents, Missing, Alone in the Wild, Watcher in the Woods, Otherworld Secrets, Wherever She Goes, "The Case of the Half-Demon Spy", "Territorial", "Escape", "Adventurer", Otherworld Chills, A Stranger in Town, "Bargain", Hex on the Beach, "Recruit", "Checkmate", "Framed", Cursed Luck, High Jinx, Bitten, Driven, "Forsaken"

A free short story, 0.12 in the Women of the Otherworld urban fantasy series. The focus is on Elena Michaels and werewolf sightings.

If you’re interested, there is a chronological listing of the Women of the Otherworld books on my website.

My Take

Not one of Armstrong’s best, yet still interesting. Armstrong uses third person point-of-view — mostly an antagonist point-of-view from Carter’s perspective with a wee bit of protagonist point-of-view from Elena’s perspective at the end.

The pace was an easy sell and primarily character-driven with that amusing insight into how Carter set up this meeting and his “investment” in his attaché case.

Elena was certainly obstinate in this, and while Armstrong indicates that “Truth & Consequences” is the first time Elena appears in Otherworld and serves up the reason Elena left the Pack…I’m not seeing it.

I do have to wonder how Davis and Wyotski never noticed the clump of gore…

The Story

Two eager paranormal investigators — and one skeptic — sit down to a meeting about werewolf sightings.

The Characters

Elena Michaels is the only female werewolf in the world and a journalist.

Lyle Davis is with the PRC and Robert Wyotski is with the Hecate Society.

Jose Carter has a pile of proof for a werewolf sighting.

Emma Simmons had been fascinated by the paranormal.

The Cover and Title

The cover is more titillating than accurate with a naked blonde Elena, her right arm bent with her hand covering her breasts and holding a pendant with a five-pointed star facing us, but her head is turned as if to look behind her at the lone figure in the misty distance walking under an old-fashioned triple street lamp. It’s a lonely cover … in the depth of night. At the very top is an info blurb in white with the author’s name in yellow immediately below it, crossing Elena’s eyes. A testimonial in yellow is to the left of her elbow while the title, also in yellow, is below Elena’s elbow at the bottom.

The title is what happens, tell the “Truth & Consequences” will follow.

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