The Stubborn Dead
by Natasha Hoar
Published: January 23rd 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
Series: Lost Souls #1
Source: From NetGalley for review
Rachel Miller thought her next job was a run-of-the-mill haunting.
As a member of the Order of Rescue Mediums it's her duty to release trapped spirits from the earthly realm. But when called to client Sylvia Elkeles's house, she finds a wraith who doesn't act like he should.
The Order considers the wraith an extreme threat and Rachel may be forced to use a barbaric ritual to free him — a ritual that comes with a heavy personal price.
If she fails to humanely release the wraith, she'll have her supernatural abilities bound.
When Janus Ostara — local supernatural mob boss — shows up demanding her attention, and Sylvia keeps secrets that may place Rachel in mortal danger, she doesn't need her abilities to know something darkly sinister is at play.
Between uncovering Sylvia's disturbing motives, and avoiding Janus, Rachel has enough on her hands without dealing with a wraith who may not realize he's supposed to be dead...
*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
This is one of those entertaining and actionfilled stories. But man, was it short! I didn't realize it until I was finished and expected to see what happens with Kit and Rachel (you know, some roooomance!), and OOPS!, it ended! Which was sad, since I was really getting into the story :/
And since it was so short, there really wasn't any time for any character development or even to get deeper with the plot. Which really was unfortunate, since I was finally getting some contact with Rachel.
There's few glimpses about Rachel's past and the world around her. We get to find out that she's part of The Order, and her mum is The Boss. And we get to meet Janus, a mob boss, and few of Rachel's clients.
But it still felt like the novella was only length of one chapter. The information we gather is pretty small amount and nothing drastic is really revealed. Though there is some mysteries that leaves you craving for more.
And yes, it left me definitely craving for more, since when I finally got into story, it ended. So hopefully the second part will be a whole book, since there really is potential with Rachel :)