416 pages, Paperback
Received from Publicist
First in Charlie Madigan series
Atlanta: it's the promised city for the off-worlders, foreigners from the alternate dimensions of heaven-like Elysia and hell-like Charbydon. Some bring good works and miracles. And some bring unimaginable evil....
Charlie Madigan is a divorced mother of one, and a kick-ass cop trained to take down the toughest human and off-world criminals. She's recently returned from the dead after a brutal attack, an unexplained revival that has left her plagued by ruthless nightmares and random outbursts of strength that make doing her job for Atlanta P.D.'s Integration Task Force even harder. Since the Revelation, the criminal element in Underground Atlanta has grown, leaving Charlie and her partner Hank to keep the chaos to a dull roar. But now an insidious new danger is descending on her city with terrifying speed, threatening innocent lives: a deadly, off-world narcotic known as ash. Charlie is determined to uncover the source of ash before it targets another victim -- but can she protect those she loves from a force more powerful than heaven and hell combined?
It seems a bit outdated and WHAT is up with her face?
OMFG! This book is so freaking good! The action is intense and I fell deeply in love with several of the characters not just the FMC (female main character).
Charlie has attitude and brains to back it up. This combination usually results in a great character. I think this is the only book I have ever read where the FMC is a mother and that element added so much to who Charlie is. Her dynamic with her sister is so relatable and in all I simply loved Charlie.
Hank is such a great partner and I adore the dynamic between them. He’s so protective. Emma we only get to see through mother’s eyes so of course she is pretty loveable. The most surprising secondary character (the one that stole the show in my eyes) was Rex. I adored him so much.
The plot was never-ending action from the very first page. Gay knows how to write a hook and continue keeping the the readers attention until the very end.
Great book all around. Now I’m off to start the next one!
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