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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
A Devil in Every Dark Corner by Amanda Braun Boe is the first book in the Otherworldly Investigations series. Imogen has spent her entire life around the otherworldly, thanks to her family’s business. Otherworldly Investigations helps people by hunting monsters but she has spent recent years wishing to follow a different path. She’s drawn back into her family’s business when her sister Carmen reaches out for help. The sisters discover a startling truth behind recent murders which have a connection to the Thistle Witch who has powerful abilities and a dangerous plan being set in motion. But if they are to stand a chance of winning the fight, the sisters will have to turn to a power that could prove to be more dangerous than the Thistle Witch.
Imogen is an immediately likable and endearing character who is charming, witty, and relatable. Part of her journey is the closeness with her family which is presented through wholesome scenes that show the dynamics between them. Amanda Braun Boe allows you to see the heart within the family and connect with each of them. Carmen is a significant character in Imogen’s story both as her sister and as the catalyst for bringing her back home. She contributes to the humor and adds a lightness that will no doubt make you smile. The story has an incredible world as a backdrop with established rules that help ground the setting in reality with pocket demons, powerful magic, and real dangers. The world consists of a variety of demons, ghosts, and monsters that the family hunts with the magical elements having a significant place in the story. Magic plays an important role in the characters’ lives such as Carmen’s shapeshifting abilities and Imogen’s deep connection to it. This world is vivid with intricate mythology - monsters, a ship taken over by a ragtag group of monsters, and a mysterious dog sighting. Each part creates an originality that draws you into the world and makes it a fun ride from beginning to end. A Devil in Every Dark Corner is witty and clever with original storytelling, top-notch humor, the bonds of family, and powerful magic.