Book Review: Deep Down by: Deborah Coates

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Tor Books

Publish Date: March 5, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Hardcover

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Death stalks the haunted, windswept prairie in this chilling sequel to Wide Open

Now that she's solved her sister's murder, Hallie Michaels has left the army and isn't sure what to do next. Her relationship with deputy Boyd Davies is tentative, there's still distance between her and her father, and she needs a job. The good news is, she hasn't seen a ghost in weeks.

All that changes when she gets a call asking her to help an elderly neighbor who is being stalked by black dogs, creatures from the underworld that are harbingers of death. When a black dog appears, Hallie learns, a reaper is sure to follow. And if the dark visions she's suddenly receiving are any indication, it looks like the reaper is now following her.

Meanwhile, strange events herald the arrival of ghosts from Boyd's past, ghosts the young deputy isn't ready to face. Refusing Hallie's help, Boyd takes off to deal with the problem on his own, only to find that he's facing something much larger and more frightening than he'd imagined.

Stalked by a reaper and plagued by dark visions, Hallie finds she must face her fears and travel into Death's own realm to save those she most loves.

Review: Hallie Michaels’ future is up in the air since she’s left the Army and started to come to grips with her unusual new abilities. Hallie can see ghosts and when a neighbor (Pabby) asks her to deal with the black dogs stalking her property, Hallie realizes she can see harbingers of death and reapers, too. Mix them with the evil which has returned for her (kind of) boyfriend, Deputy Boyd Davies and you have ‘Deep Down’!

I haven’t read ‘Wide Open’, the first book featuring Hallie Michaels, but I have it on my to-be-read shelf now. I think if I had read ‘Wide Open’, I would have had a better grasp on some of the subtleties of the characters and their behavior coming into the events in ‘Deep Down’. Nonetheless, I was able to get into and really enjoy this book. Slightly reminiscent to me of Kat Richardson’s “Greywalker” series, Hallie is a no-nonsense type of woman who is feeling her way through this new perspective on life (and death). ‘Deep Down’ didn’t even feel like fiction, it was written in such a way you could see the events transpiring in real life. I felt connected to the characters because the author was able to make them very well-rounded and believable. Aside from Hallie, my favorite character was Maker – one of the harbingers. I’m excited to see where the final book in the trilogy will take Hallie. 

Series: Wide Open (1), Deep Down (2)


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