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Chasing Azrael: Deathly Insanity by Hazel Butler is the story of a woman whose husband committed suicide. Andee Tilbrook, a young widow, has the ability to see and communicate with the dead and this has kept her in contact with James, her dead husband. When Josh, her husband’s best friend, becomes involved with a mysterious Russian woman, Natalya, she becomes aware of her attraction to Josh and vice versa. However, James is still very much around in her life. Aggressive and confrontational, Natalya attacks Andee and events soon lead to a police investigation and they discover that Natalya is suspected by the police for a number of murders. Andee finds herself getting involved with the case and eventually, she is faced with a situation where it becomes a matter of life and death.
Hazel Butler’s Chasing Azrael is a paranormal thriller about an unwilling necromancer who gets entangled in difficult relationships. Andee Tilbrook, the heroine in the story, has always been surrounded by death and when her husband committed suicide, she becomes more engrossed with the dead. Imagine a world where one can see and talk to the ghosts of people who are long dead and, on the other hand, face the realities of everyday life. As such, this is a dialogue driven narrative that will change the reader’s ideas about death and dying. It is a love triangle where one of the characters involved is already lying in the cemetery. And above all, this is a story of undying love, a love that could lead to death so that it can be fulfilled. Chasing Azrael is quite a compelling read.