Book Review: The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish
ashley | It certainly feels like Kristi Charish is pumping out a new book every month. But you won’t hear me complaining, I loved each one of her Owl books so picking up her new series, The Voodoo Killings, was as natural as breathing. Phone calls from zombies? Mentions of ghosts and other strange supernatural phenomenon? Yes please. But if that wasn’t enough for me, this takes place in Seattle and references dead grunge stars almost constantly. I like to think Charish wrote this book just for me.
Just when I thought I was over the zombie craze, Charish produces something that reignites my interest in them in a fresh and fulfilling way. And I was hooked right from the start. I like that her living dead stems from voodoo and raising the dead, not some virus gone wrong that infected the human race. She’s reaching back to traditional roots and to me, it’s almost even more frightening than science-gone-wrong. These old ways run deep and who knows what some people are capable of.
There was a little part of me that worried this might go off the deep end. Mixing ghosts and zombies and voodoo with the sarcasm of a witty lead, I didn’t know how seriously I would be able to take this. But thankfully it all actually blends together really nicely and the further you read, the more things fall into place and find a natural groove, so a girl reaching over to the otherside to harvest energy to raise the dead doesn’t seem as strange.
In fact, I actually really grew to love this monster mash. There were so many interesting elements that all wound around a serial killer trying to raise a big bag monster. And while nothing was too obscure and some things you might have come across in other stories, Charish still managed to make everything seem new and fresh. Something I could get excited about again. And of course, it helped that I was kept on my toes throughout. I had theories, I always have theories, but the culprit isn’t ever totally obvious and it wasn’t until the end that the pieces finally came together. Something I am always grateful for.
Kincaid was a great character. Like Owl, she was stubburn and witty and temperamental, my favourite kind of anti-heroine. Like Owl, she seemed to know how to get herself into more trouble than she was aware of, which ultimately created more of an interesting adventure for the reader. But Kincaid isn’t just a replica of Owl, she stands alone as a character, one I’m looking forward to getting to know a lot more.
But I also need to mention Nate, Kincaid’s grunge ghost roommate. Not only was he just a cool character, their friendship and teamwork was a really great additional dynamic. I really enjoyed the two of them. And how their storyline evolved at the end of the book… I didn’t see that coming but I am SO excited to see where it goes!
I can say this with the utmost confidence: Charish’s books never disappoint. I will always recommend them for a fun, adventurous and fresh read and I will always anxiously wait for the next one. Which with Charish’s track record will likely be before the end of the year.
today! may 10, 2016