Tuesday, July 17, 2012

No Good Deed by Bill Blais : MY REVIEW

No Good Deed (Kelly & Umber, #1)(Blurb from Night Owl Reviews)
"In the last ten days, I've resigned myself to three things: Your kid'll break his arm the day after you lose your job; you should always look a gift horse in the mouth; and nothing, not even ridding the world of demons, is as straightforward as you'd think."

Kelly McGinnis has spent her adult life trying to do the right thing, but as a newly down-sized mother of twins and the wife of a man living with Multiple Sclerosis, she also knows that trying isn't always enough.

While interrupting a scene of police brutality, Kelly unwittingly releases a real, live demon. After she manages to kill the creature through gut instinct and blind luck, she is approached to join a secret group of demon hunters who reveal an underworld of monsters and magic.

Against her better judgment, Kelly accepts the lucrative, if bizarre, offer; but when she meets Umber, a compelling incubus with an unexpectedly human story, she learns that the truth is far stranger and more terrifying than she imagined.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Accidentally witnessing something she never should have seen, Kelly is approached a few days later and offered a dangerous job along and enough money to help her family through their current financial problems. However, as she begins training and learns more about the monsters she has been hired to kill, Kelly must try to make sense of conflicting information.

A very fast, entertaining read, this book was a page-turner for me. Kelly is funny, smart and tenacious. The relationship she has with her husband and kids felt real to me and, sometimes, very emotional. I appreciated and understood much of Kelly’s inner turmoil but sometimes it seemed to drag the story down a little.

This is the first book in a planned series. The next installment, Hell Hath No Fury, is also available. I purchased it immediately after I finished reading this one as I am fully invested in Kelly and her supporting cast. Bill Blais has done a superb job building an alternate reality that is complex and mesmerizing.

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1 comment:

Bill Blais said...

Thanks for sharing this, Laurie! I'm thrilled you enjoyed NGD so much (even with the occasional slow bits). I hope HHNF stands up!