by Terri Garey
There’s something about almost dying that makes a girl rethink her priorities. Take Nicki Styx—she was strictly goth and vintage, until a brush with the afterlife leaves her with the ability to see dead people.
Before you can say boo, Atlanta’s ghosts are knocking at Nicki’s door. Now her days consist of reluctantly cleaning up messes left by the dearly departed, leading ghouls to the Light . . . and one-on-one anatomy lessons with Dr. Joe Bascombe, the dreamy surgeon who saved her life. All this catering to the deceased is a real drag, especially for a girl who’d rather be playing hanky-panky with her hunky new boyfriend . . . who’s beginning to think she’s totally nuts.
But things get even more complicated when a friend foolishly sells her soul to the devil, and Nicki’s new gift lands her in some deep voodoo.
As it turns out for Nicki Styx, death was just the beginning.
Amazon and Barnes and Noble must know I read Halloween themed mysteries this time of year. I have received multiple emails containing reduced-price books in the genre and I just can not resist such temptation. 😉
Dead Girls Are Easy was one such book. I was intreguied by the premise: young woman momentarily dies but awakes with the ability to see the dead. Plus, she gets involved with a hot doctor and battles evil voodoo spirits. Yep, I couldn’t put it down.
I liked Nicki Styx, the ghost magnet, because of how comfortable she is with herself. I enjoyed her spunky nature and quirkiness; I also enjoyed how she does her best to help each ghost despite the situations it puts her in. I was a tad annoyed that Garey insisted on portraying Nicki as a ‘shock and awe semi-goth girl.’ She didn’t read like that at all for me. She is an independent woman with a unique style, and Garey’s insistence came across a little pushy. I also got a tad frustrated with Nicki’s awkward hesitation to her budding relationship with Joe. The hesitation was justified, and actually quite believable, but still annoying at times. And speaking of Joe…loved him! He’s my type of guy: strong, smart, protective, but comfortable with an independent and stuborn woman. All of the supporting characters were fun but a tad underdeveloped. I feel that will just get better as the series progresses because Garey is gifted at making each character unique. I was just left wanting a tad more this time.
Credit goes to Garey for making my skin crawl through the voodoo scenes! It was awesome! But, that’s all I’m going to say…the less you know the more spooky it is!
Dead Girls Are Easy is a fast-paced and fun scare with a good story-line. Also, take time to check out Terri Garey’s website; she seems just as fun and spunky as Nicki Styx! Expect many more Halloween/spooky novels over the next few weeks!