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Product Details

  • Series: Women of the Otherworld (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553806645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553806649
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Armstrong's newest will be greeted with warm enthusiasm by fans awaiting the return of the half-demon Hope Adams and her werewolf boyfriend, Karl Marsten. Hope's friend Robyn is mourning the recent murder of her good Samaritan husband, Damon, and trying to tolerate her job as a PR representative for Portia Kane, a tabloid celebutante. But when Portia is shot and Robyn becomes the prime suspect, she flees, only to find herself inexplicably in the middle of the supernatural world Hope has been trying to shield her from. Stalked by a psychopathic clairvoyant and tracked by the cop, John Findley, who happens to see dead people, Robyn is way out of her league. Armstrong's newest is definitely more accessible as a stand-alone than her previous ones, but still, without having read the rest of the series, it's a bit confusing. The characters are great: Adele is a very disturbing villain and Robyn's grief over the loss of her husband is touching. The conclusion, however, is less than satisfying, clearly setting up the next entry in the series. New readers would do better starting off with earlier books. (Oct. 28)
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From School Library Journal

Armstrong makes a strong return, and fans of Personal Demon will be delighted to travel with Karl, the jewel thief werewolf, and Hope, the Expisco half-demon, as they race to help Hope's friend Robyn, a human framed for a murder she didn't commit and on the run from the cops and the villain who fears she'll expose the paranormal races of the Otherworld. As Armstrong readers have come to expect, this book is balanced between likable characters and the creepy evil that they fight, all wrapped together with nonstop, edge-of-your-seat action. There is only a faint touch of romance here; rather, the novel features sexually explicit themes and violence, including the mistreatment of minors and the disabled by the villain. Recommended for public libraries where urban fantasy is popular. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/08.]—Crystal Renfro, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta
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I'm married with three kids and live in rural Ontario, Canada. After graduating with a degree in psychology, I switched gears and studied computer programming. Currently, I'm a full-time writer and parent. Could I make this section any more dull? Probably not.

Customer Reviews

Too many characters.
This book is quite complex to read and cannot be enjoyed properly without reading the rest of the series.
I look forward to her next book, I only hope it is as well written as this one was.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Fiction_Fan on November 5, 2008
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Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. But "Living with the Dead" makes me wonder if her series has jumped the shark. Too many characters. Too many shifting P.O.V.S. Too much confusion all around. I like twists and turns, but I found myself working too hard to keep up for too little pay off in the end.

I liked the Robyn character and thought her plight was well written, but I didn't feel like I got to know her well enough because just when things got juicy, we were shuttled off into someone else's mind. I also missed the sensuality of the earlier novels in this series. I'll certainly try Ms. Armstrong's next story, but I hope the author returns to using only one or two POVs per story and focuses on a strong but understandable plot.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Souza on October 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have been a Kelley Armstrong fan for years and always finish the newest book looking forward to the next one. Her characters are interesting, quirky, and believable and her plotting is strong. While followers of her series will enjoy the book, with its focus on Hope and Karl, I wouldn't recommend it to new readers.

The multiple points of view aren't entirely successful, the villian isn't entirely believable in her own voice (this would be an instance where distance would have been a better choice) and there are too many characters who tell rather than show. Finally, while I appreciate an author who can disorient me with unexpected but entirely plausible last minute characters, it works better if keeping the reader off balance is part of the complete reading experience rather than a one-off.

This is not a bad book at all, but any of the other Women of the Otherworld books would be a better entry point for this series.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on January 16, 2009
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Well ... almost, anyway. Although she doesn't quite reach the heights of her earlier work, Armstrong's latest instalment in the "Women of the Otherworld" series is much more gripping and entertaining read than its predecessor(Personal Demon), with more interesting and varied characters. As always, it's beautifully written too.

I'm not going to attempt to provide a plot summary here, at the risk of giving away too much - it's quite intricate, and it appears other reviewers have done a much better job than I could in that respect! There is less eroticism in this novel than previous novels, but a lot of action makes up for that; while I have no issue with eroticism in novels, too often it's overdone, and in my view wouldn't have fitted in too well with the plot and structure of this particular story.

This is the first of the series, if I recall correctly, in which the story is told in the third person, from a greater variety of perspectives; in the main, this narrative choice is successful, though it might have been better had the points of view been limited to three or at most four characters. I have to agree with a previous reviewer that there is a little too much telling rather than showing, but it's not excessive. The ending also felt a bit rushed, as though the book had suddenly run out of steam in the last 20-odd pages.

The new characters - such as Robyn, the very human PR agent who unwittingly becomes a murder suspect, and Finn, the copper with an unusual gift - are engaging (though Robyn's habit of making Spectacularly Stupid Decisions got a touch frustrating after a while), and I'd like to see Finn, at least, make an appearance in later novels.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Uhrmacher on November 6, 2008
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Kelley Armstrong was one of the first Urban Fantasy authors I read as an adult. Bitten made me fall in love with the characters, the world, and caused me to drool all over myself, waiting for more.

As her series has progressed different narrators have been introduced, but she's stayed mostly in the first person. Living with the Dead (Women of the Otherworld, Book 9) is the first one I can think of where it is completely third person. With multiple, multiple narrators. I normally can't stand it when the author does that, but Kelley managed a smooth transition from narrator to narrator even though they had such differing personalities.

There was Hope, my favorite half-demon, whose role was helping Robyn, the completely human, normal narrator the story focused on while being pursued by Detective Finn, a man who sees ghosts but doesn't quite know why. Of course where there's Hope there's Karl, the most fascinating werewolf second only to Clay. I've loved Karl since he helped Elena escape during Bitten while remaining unapologetic. Also joining the ranks were Colm and Adele, two clairvoyants whose relationship and family life made the guys from Deliverance look almost normal.

The negative of this barrage of voices culminated in the ending. Though the brunt of the story focused on Robyn, a story arc was created for Hope and Karl and their strained relationship. I'll admit I'm becoming a sex fiend when it comes to my books, so the fact that there wasn't any lovin' depicted did rankle a bit, but the romance Armstrong infused helped fill the hole.
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