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Urban Fantasy Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones

Third Grave dead Ahead by Darynda Jones ( Charley Davidson #3)

borrowed from the library

Synopsis from Goodreads
Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back! And she's drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because every time she closes her eyes she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan.

Granted she did imprison Reyes for all eternity, but how is she supposed to solve a missing-persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hell-bent on murder when the devil's son just won't give up on his plan of seduction..... and revenge?

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 I think Darynda Jones' books get better and better with each new one. They definitely get darker and much more gripping even if Charley Davidson started as light urban fantasy series

 Sure, there is still lots of laughter, but the stakes are higher and a lot of people close to Charley get hurt.

This time Charley tries to find a woman who disappeared from the household of an abusive husband while at the same time chasing the traces of Reyes' stepfather.

She is having a hard time concentrating from a lack of sleep. Since she bound Reyes to her, he torments her dreams and she can't rest, so our girl prefers to stay awake with copius amount of coffee which would burn through an average human's stomach lining easily. It's good that Charley is not an average human, right?

Reyes continues telling her that she is much more than she thinks and it's time she learned to use her powers, but Charley doesn't know how. As a result she is pushed to her limits physically and psychologically when everything she believed  was true collapses under pressure.

My heart always goes to Charley, but the ending of book #3 is especially heartbreaking and I can not wait to find out what twisted, gut wrenching story Darynda Jones prepared for us in the next installment of this series. Very much recommended to all fans of urban fantasy. Fabulous series!

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Я уже говорила, что серия Чарли Дэвидсон прекрасна, но с каждой книгой я всё больше в неё влюбляюсь. Как-то из лёгкого городского фэнтези, серия постепенно перешла во что-то более глубокое и режущее по сердцу.

Несмотря на постоянные шуточки Чарли, жизнь у неё не сахар. Да, её нелегко убить, но жизнь частного детектива почему-то постоянно приводит к её избиению, пыткам и прочим прелестям, на которые способен челевеческий род. Да, кстати, заметьте, что несмотря на паранормал  в этой серии, на самое большое зло способны люди, и именно с ними постоянно борется Чарли.

Вот и в этот раз она расследует дело об исчезновении жены богатого хирурга, подозревая, что муж-садист приложил к нему руку. В то же время она пытается найти отчима Рейса и доказать, что Рейс того не убил, что снимет с него все обвинения и освободит его из тюремного заключения. Рейс, метафизически привязанный к ней, преследует её во сне, настаивая на том, чтобы она начала пользоваться всеми своими способностями, несмотря на то, что наша героиня понятия не имеет как это сделать, и поэтому измученная Чарли отказывается спать и пьёт кофе вёдрами...

Концовка вообще душещипательная, и я с огромным нетерпением жду когда у меня получится прочесть продолжение и узнать, чем бедную Чарли в этот раз будет мучить автор. Советую всем фанатам городского фэнтези ибо серия блестящая!
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