This was more of a mystical thriller that keeps you moving forward as to what will happen to the missing women of New
Orleans. You can almost feel the mystery developing under the humid nights of the French Quarter.
The story line is very good. BUT, there is always a but. There maybe too much going on, the story seems to be just a little
to cluttered. If you tighten up the characters more. It was hard for me to feel involved in the story or main characters.
There's the Millets' psychic abilites, which leads to mental conversations between them interspersed with conversations with
"normal people", there's their ancester, Jude, who, unbeknownst to them is residing as a spirit in their attic and keeping
tabs on them, there's Gray's suppressed history and the "bonding" business, there's a group of disembodied voices called
"ushers" that guide Marley at times, there's a race of non-human bad guys called Embran, who hatch from eggs, live inside
the earth and look like Komodo Dragons of all things! There was little or no suspense as to who the "bad guys" were; I mean
really, who ELSE could it have been?
Bottom line, much as I admire Cameron's writing, I'd recommend not to finish the series.
Marley Millet is a clairvoyant who travels outside her body (hence the title) where she is trying to decipher who is killing singers in New Orleans. Ex-cop turned journalist, Gray Fisher was investigating two of the four missing women and seems to be a suspect. When Marley and Gray team up, it is a strained relationship since Marley doesn't trust Gray. On the other hand, Gray is instantly attracted to Marley and wants her assistance in solving the mystery among other things.
This is a totally unique take on demons and dragons. The psychic elements were a little different too. The Millet family is a unique group of psychics with varying specialties. The family curse is not a new element but having the only non-red haired family member being the potential ruiner of the family is interesting. Being the non-red head in question, Sykes (who isn't the hero but is featured in this book) was definitely an anomaly. Unfortunately before I can get to his story, I need to read Willow's first. Willow wasn't a character that I particularly enjoyed but she's part of the family and I'm sure her book will be good too.
The only thing that I found disconcerting was that events were mentioned where it seemed that you should know what they were. They the details were revealed in visions or dreams afterwards. It kept me thinking I'd missed something or that this really wasn't the first book in the series.
The suspense portion of this book was great. The identity of the serial killer is a total surprise and a well kept secret right up until the end. Even with the killer's perspective (which was really cool), there were not enough clues to figure out the who or why.