Amityville Horrible (Women of the Otherworld #10.5)
Kelley Armstrong (Illustrations by Maurizio Manzleri)
Published: Dec. 10, 2012 (Subterranean Press)
Purchase at: Amazon
Reviewed by: Jo
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
I was more than a little sad when Thirteen, the final installment of Kelley Armstrong’s fantastic Women of the Otherworld series, was released this summer. With the promise at the end that it wasn’t the last we would see of these characters though, here we have Amityville Horrible a novella featuring Jamie, set sometime between Frostbitten and Waking the Witch.
When Jamie’s manager ropes her into to doing another reality TV show, this time for charity, she is hoping it won’t be as eventful as the last one. Of course nothing is ever simple when you’re a necromancer and celebrity spiritualist. When she stumbles across the long dead victims of a serial killer asking for her help, Jamie realizes she may have more to contend with than just bad special effects and monster egos from her co-stars.
Having been a Jamie fan since she first strutted into this series in killer heels, I really enjoyed getting back to her as a lead character. This may only be a novella but there was plenty going on, with Jamie finding herself in more than one, frankly, terrifying situation. The fact that, unlike some of the other characters from this series, Jamie doesn’t have super strength or magic abilities only makes her willingness to follow a ghost into a pitch-dark basement even braver in my eyes!
Jeremy, the pack alpha and Jamie’s boyfriend, comes along for the ride and we get a little more insight into their relationship dynamic. Jamie may be glamorous and confident in her show-biz persona, but she still has difficulty when it comes to her self-esteem. I liked seeing how this had changed over the years (aided by Jeremy) and how she is starting to believe in herself more.
Kelley Armstrong really is a master at writing characters that feel real, from the attention seeking extras to Jamie’s less than honest manager. Her writing style flows so naturally that I always lose myself in her books within the first couple of pages and Amityville Horrible was no exception. The premise may be very similar to No Human’s Involved (Jamie’s full-length book) but to be honest it’s been so long since I picked that up and this just made me remember how brilliant it is. There is more than one twist in this novella and a few eerie moments that had the hairs on the back of my neck standing on end.
Fun, spooky and sexy at times, Amityville Horrible is a great addition to this much beloved series. With all the things that make Armstrong one of my favorite authors, it has softened the blow of the series coming to an end for me. Here’s hoping we’ll see lots more of these novellas.
Sexual Content: Sensual scenes
Note: The edition I was reading (Kindle) had several illustration included which were not only beautifully drawn but really added to the reading experience.