Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Series: Charlie Madigan #1
This certainly has the potential to be a really good series. It did have some unique aspects which made this stand out. The coolest thing about this book was that Charlie is a single mom. In urban fantasy a divorced mother for a main character is a rarity. Actually I don’t think I’ve ever encountered one in urban fantasy before. Another thing that made this special was the world. All of the supes came from alternate universes that roughly resemble heaven and hell. The supes in this weren’t the usual ones found in urban fantasy like vampires and werewolves.
In this world supes are out in the open. Charlie is a cop with a partner, Hank, who is a siren. A drug called ash is putting people into comas and eventually killing them. The case gets personal when someone she knows is affected. The case does tie into some issues Charlie has been having. She had died 8 months before and was brought back to life. She hasn’t quite been the same since.
I’m sure some people will find it annoying that Charlie wasn’t over her ex yet. Although I did not like her ex, how she felt about him seemed realistic. Having been through a similar situation, her reaction to him made sense. I hope she has the sense to realize that love isn’t always enough, and stay away from him.
I ship Hank. He was was kind, caring, and loyal. Their relationship may stay platonic, which is fine, but they had great chemistry. I would love to see their relationship evolve into something more.
This would have been better if the mystery involving the drugs had been more complex. There weren’t any red herrings; it was all fairly straight forward. Also I didn’t like it that Charlie made a lot of rash decisions that had dire consequences. Her friends and family may not want to stick around if things stay this way because they might not want to deal with the consequences of her impetuousness.