I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Devil Dead by Linda Ladd
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Mystery
on August 4th, 2015
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LOST GIRLShe was last seen in New Orleans. Her father, a rich, powerful arms dealer, believes she was abducted. For ransom. For revenge. For reasons too horrible to imagine.
LOST INNOCENCEClaire Morgan, recent former cop turned private investigator, and her new partner begin their search at the girl’s school, where a violent junkie attacks Claire with scissors, raves of “demons and devils,” and then takes her own life.
LAST RITES Sinister clues lead Claire on a twisted trail through the bars and bayous of New Orleans to a bloodstained altar in Paris. Vast, secret, and powerful, it is a world that few enter or escape. And Claire is going in—the devil be damned…
Canton County Homicide Detective Claire Morgan roused up from where she lay dozing in the shade of a palm-draped cabana, relaxed and at peace with the world.
What I thought of this book
So I went into this one kind of blind because it’s like book eight in a series I have never read and so I didn’t really know Claire Morgan like those reading the series. I so have to be more careful about checking before requesting. (Though it would be nice if authors or publishers would make note of it being a series in the blurb!)
So I guess something really bad happened to her in the previous book cause it talked about her getting beat up by a serial killer and she has been on a two month vacation with her now fiance. They are summoned to a boat by an ex mobster that her fiance Nick knows because him and his wife need help finding their missing daughter.
Claire has decided to go private and quit the police force so this will be her first case as a private investigator. She isn’t licensed yet so Nick sets her up with Will Novak to work with her until she can go out on her own. Secretly I think he is hoping she will want to work with him permanently so she has back up that is huge and he won’t worry as much.
The case takes a strange turn into the Satanic occult and we meet some very interesting Bayou people. Their is a parallel story that goes along with the case story that shows the satanic side of things. I was a little confused at first in how it was going to tie into the missing person story. It was a strange story all in it’s self and a little boring.
Though I don’t have a lot of background on Claire I really did like her, she is a real go getter and will do whatever it takes to bring down the bad guys. Sometimes that makes her a bit reckless, but still an interesting character.
Will Novak, is a very silent person who has a lot of pain he hides inside. He had a very tragic thing happen to his family and it’s turned him into the man he is today. He is huge and very good at his job. He makes a great partner for Claire.
It had some great moments but overall I just found the book to be a little bland up until the last 15% of the book. I wanted to like the book more but the parallel story to me was confusing and dull and I just didn’t like it. Because of that it just made the book to me just okay. I don’t know if having read other books in this series would have made a different cause I didn’t feel real confused in that regard, but maybe I would have been more invested in the character.
I am interested enough to check out the beginning of the series to see if it’s just the authors writing style or just this book in the series that I wasn’t into. I am real interested in seeing others reviews of this book to see what they thought about it.
If you like crime novels and suspense then check it out but maybe start with book one. 🙂