When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.
Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?
It’s official! I have fallen in love with this series! I have actually finished this entire series (what’s released so far) but I am going to review one book at a time.
As always, the character of Charley Davidson doesn’t disappoint. She’s sarcastic as always. In this book, we learn something new about her abilities in this book and I have a feeling that aside from the craziness that is the fact that she’s a Grim Reaper, we as readers are going to be blown away by what her full capabilities are as the series progresses. Reyes hints at something big here and there but states that he can’t tell her because she needs to learn on her own. I am thinking that it is going to floor us when we finally understand the full scope of what she is and what she can do.
Oh yeah, and Reyes Farrow may very well be my ex-husband on the page. The strong, sexy bad boy type. Even though you KNOW you should walk away, you just cant seem to keep away from him, no matter how hard you try to hate him. I cant wait to see where these two go in the future books. Right now, it’s all about the “will they or wont they?” tension.
Garret Swopes is growing on me like a fungus. As the books progress, I am liking him more and more. I think I would like him a whole lot better if we saw more of him in the books because he’s still not an overly prominent character.
The thing I love most about this series is how Darynda mixes the “mystery of the day” with the ongoing mystery that is Reyes Farrow. Because there are two major storylines happening at once, thee book seems to be much longer than it really is. The story ends up feeling really full and “robust” (if you can call a story robust). When you reach the end of one of these books, you see so much story happen that it feels like more than one book.
WARNING: This book has a plot bomb that will leave you slack jawed! Total stunner moment that completely took me by surprise.
Overall, I am giving Second Grave on the Left 4.5 stars! Another wonderful installment in a wonderful series!
FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT
Charley Davidson #1
SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT
Charley Davidson #2
THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD
Charley Davidson #3
FOURTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET
Charley Davidson #4