Amityville Horrible by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Otherworld #10.8
Jaime Vegas—spiritualist, entertainer and, unbeknownst to her audience, real-life necromancer—swore she’d never do another reality ghost show after the last fiasco. But when she’s railroaded into a charity gig, she finds herself back on the set, this time with a cast of photogenic college kids, an up-and¬-coming Russian spiritualist, and a tale of missing girls and murder in New England. It’s cheesy, but that’s show business. With her werewolf Alpha lover, Jeremy Danvers, along to keep her nights interesting, it’s not so bad really. Until the bloody ghosts show up. Jaime has never faced spirits like these, and no matter how hard she tries, they won’t be ignored.
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Jaime and Jeremy on the road again! Who doesn’t want more of Jaime on set with Jeremy looking out for her? AMITYVILLE HORRIBLE is one of those delicious novellas that Armstrong releases through Subterranean Press and, like all of the others, it is an absolute delight.
I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed Jaime as narrator. It’s been a while since we’ve seen things from her point of view and it was so much fun being back in her shoes. Jaime’s narration charms me every time, thanks to her blend of stoic resolve to all things showbiz and necromancer combined with her more joyful and girly moments with/about Jeremy. She’s older than most of the other characters who narrate the series and it gives her voice a bit more maturity, but not in the stodgy mature kind of sense.
Armstrong has written a tidy little mystery for us and it’s as unpredictable as her longer novels. There are some spooky moments and chilling ghosts, plus an ending that you’ll find quite satisfying. She even manages to give us some small moments of romance so that we can remember just how good Jaime and Jeremy are together. (And it makes me sad all over that Jaime probably won’t ever show up on Bitten.)
My standard complaint of “I want more” notwithstanding, Armstrong delivers a great vignette into Jaime’s life. It’s a must read for fans of the series and it’s extremely affordable as an e-book for those who don’t want to shell out the $45 for the print version. Enjoy!