Saturday, October 20, 2012

Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway

Alex has been struggling to make life in the real world work for her. After years of therapy and medication, it's disconcerting, to say the least, to discover that she really had been seeing trolls under bridges...

Her first inkling is what happens when she autopsies a body - in her brand new role as coroner/medical examiner in a small town. She's pretty sure the cops, who brought in the body, had heard about her past and were just being nasty. Until the body reanimates and walks out, she ends up with some interesting new 'ink', and Mrs Finnegan, waiting in the cooler, begins to talk.

The chief sends her off to Precinct 13, where this sort of thing is understood. And that's Alex's introduction to the paranormal world. Oh, then there's crop circles, mutilated cows, unexplained flying objects...

It's difficult to tell you why this books is a good read, without giving things away. I can say that there's a nice cast of supporting characters, and enough going on that you'll be anxious for the sequel.

If you like this book then try:
  • Dark currents by Jacqueline Carey.
  • Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire.
  • Urban shaman by C. E. Murphy.
  • Wraith by Phaedra Wheldon.
  • Demons not included by Cheyenne McCray.
  • The iron hunt by Marjorie M. Liu.
  • Storm front by Jim Butcher.
Reviewed by Thalia.

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book - it was just the right blend of mystery and magic, with a little dose of the supernatural on the side. Alex is very relatable character and the office politics of Precinct 13 are at times both laugh out loud funny and disturbingly familiar. Sometimes these supernatural series get a little heavy, with lots of subplots and deep dark mythologies dragging down the story with too much detail - Hallaway has hit just the right amount of background and mythology (not too heavy and not too light) making a thoroughly enjoyable read that deserves to be read in one sitting. I sincerely hope there are more books in this series so we can see what happens to Alex and the rest of the team.