First Grave on the Right

First Grave on the Right

Audiobook CD - 2010
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Charley has the ability to see and talk to dead people. Her job is to convince these 'specters' to walk toward the light and go to the 'other side.' But when people are murdered or die badly, she finds herself wanting to avenge them and struggles to not get involved. To complicate matters, Charley has been having realistic, passionate dreams about an entity she encountered in the past. However, it soon seems like he may not be dead and that their hot rendezvous actually may not have been dreams.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan Audio, p2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427211309
1427211302
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (570 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: 1st grave on the right

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goddessbeth
Sep 30, 2016

I'm reminded again why Paranormal Romance isn't my thing. I mean, Romance isn't my thing in general, but I'm so over supernatural urban fantasy that I'm six feet under it. Maybe it was reading too much Laurell K. Hamilton a decade ago, or being a True Blood (TV show) binger for a couple of years. I just could not get into this one.

There's some genuinely funny lines, but amount twice as many 'trying-too-hard-to-be-funny' lines, which made it feel forced. There's a whole host of ensemble characters, but the main character annoyed the hell out of me (I just can't get over rude, obnoxious people). There's a few mysteries but I didn't feel the tension to keep turning pages (or, in this case, listening well after I arrive home).

This may be the kind of book I'd like marginally better if it wasn't an audiobook, simply because the vocal inflection would be more in my line of snark than the narrator's. But I don't think I could ever really, really like it- Charley is just a tad too annoying for me. And Reyes is too perfect to be interesting. And the other characters feel more like plot devices. And maybe the books get better as she goes, but I just don't have the space on my TBR shelf to pursue a series that doesn't grab me at go.

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lisastitch
Oct 24, 2013

Yes, if you like Janet Evanovich, you'll like Charley--similar sense of humor and similar scenarios--but not just a knock-off of Stephanie Plum

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JudithE
Mar 17, 2012

Same reader as Janet Evanovich books, so sounds a lot like her characters.

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1oneheart
Sep 26, 2011

Intellegent and Humorious

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