My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Private Investigator and Ley Line witch, Rachel Morgan, has her hands full dealing with a mentally unstable demon breaking into her house, an apparent serial killer preying on newly turned female lupines, and Trent Kalamack who wants to hire her as security for his wedding. There is truly no rest for the wicked in The Hollows.
What is it with this series?! The storylines have such wonderful potential, but the angst between Ivy and Rachel simply ruin them. Their exasperating co-dependence is unhealthy to say the least, and their hot/cold relationship is in dire need of a resolution sooner rather than later.
The secondary characters are much more appealing. Jenks is as hilarious as always and it is worth reading the book if only for his colorful epithets. Trent’s “the ends justify the means” approach certainly tests the boundaries of moral action, yet it is also clear that Rachel’s biased view of him taints her perspective (alas a limitation of 1st person narrative). The demons play a larger role in this book with Al’s return and the intriguing dynamic between Newt and Minias.
There are also some incredible twists and turns in that latter half of the book that are both shocking and compelling, and open up intriguing avenues for future installments.
Despite my issues with the characters, the ongoing story arc is interesting enough to continue the series and Marguerite Gavin’s narration is superb.