Recent college grad Alex Conner is thrilled to have landed a job as the Hughes County coroner/medical examiner in Pierre, South Dakota. But when her first day on the job ends with a missing corpse, Alex starts to wonder if she would have been better off collecting unemployment...
When the cops made some cryptic comments about being careful with the body they brought in, Alex just thought the boys in blue were messing with her. That is, until something freaky happens that no amount of med school could have prepared her for. By the time Alex gets herself together, the body has disappeared and the other residents of the morgue start talking her ear off.
After working up the courage to report the missing body, Alex is transferred to the mysterious Precinct 13 where she discovers that her new co-workers—including a cute technomage named Jack—are paranormals just like her. Now, Alex is being encouraged to use her ability to speak to the dead to solve crimes. And despite being in the middle of nowhere, Hughes County sure does have a lot of paranormal activity…
My Thoughts :
The large majority of the books I have read lately are continuations in a series I have been enjoying. While I am excited about new additions to an already familiar series I do sometimes need something new to perk me up. Tate Hallaway isn't a new author to me but her latest release, Precinct 13, was not from the two series I have read by her. I expected something different due to the cover being nothing like her previous books but I didn't expect the cool unusual happenings surrounding Alex!
I was hooked within a few pages. The start was just too fun and exciting. I found myself reading half of the book without taking a break. I was totally engrossed. Alex was a nice character, the paranormal elements were fresh and the story was edgy. Of course what helped make this book special was the author. Her writing style always gets major points from me but she really out did herself this time around.
13 Precinct could be a one off but I certainly hope it is the start of a series. The book finishes with everything tied up but there is some real good ideas and aspects in there that could go on to develop into much greater things. I would rush to pre-order a sequel and would love to see what the dragons, golems, faeries etc get up to in Pierre on a regular basis.
So if you are looking for something new and unique to curl up with as the weather gets colder, look no further. This is a book you can snuggle up with and lose yourself in another world. One of stories that excites and satisfies. One of the Christmas wishlist or to buy on your next book splurge. I wish I had gotten a copy as soon as it was released.