- Firstly, it's about a freelance exorcist - though reads much more like a darker, Dresden Files-esque crime novel. I wouldn't normally have picked this up, actually. However deep my love for the Dresden Files, ghosts just don't interest me in the same way that new takes on other supernatural critters do. Nevertheless, The Devil You Know was picked up, thanks to a great recommendation, and it's turned out a lot more interesting than I thought. Though its worldbuilding is minimal, there's some interesting clues: a resurgence of the dead, hints that what exorcists do may not be entirely benign...
- Secondly, it's much more a crime novel than most of The Dresden Files - which incorporate more traditional elements as well. Let's be honest - in the later books, the investigation is often just an excuse for some supernatural mayhem. Not so here: the plot is nicely intricate, and we're just getting to some very interesting revelations about our suspects. So far, I'd thoroughly recommend this for crime/UF crossover fans, or simply as a starting place for mystery fans to enter the genre.
- Thirdly, it's pretty dark. This is not a PG-friendly world: Castor swears with regularity (as expected, he's not having a fun time!), and there's no light, happy fluff. Well, so far. But somehow I don't expect it to get lighter!
- Cheryl, witness and possible romantic interest... Doesn't really interest me. This was the one letdown for me: though Rich comes off as a fully fleshed out character, I can't quite get a handle on Cheryl, who seems a little flat at times. Though maybe that's intentional!
Well, all I can really say so far is that I'm off to finish this book. Oh, and that I really need to thank Tom. ( :P) And tomorrow? You'll get my thoughts on my new
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