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"And then it shrieked at me, the agony of centuries piercing my ears till I thought my skull would burst, electric shocks searing through my fingers, hand, arm, ripping through my whole body, gripping my lungs and squeezing until I couldn’t breathe. I flung the rock away, covering my ears and dropping to the floor, shaking, gasping for air, while still it screamed, on and on and on..." In Debriefing the Dead (The Dead Series, Book 1) by Kerry Blaisdell, Hyacinth Finch and her sister, Lily, were murdered by demons, leaving her 7-year-old nephew Geordi behind with no one except his father’s Sicilian mob family. Archangel Michael offers her a deal; retrieve a powerful stone from the demons before they give it to Satan. In return, Hyacinth can remain on earth long enough to find Geordi a better home.
The battle between good and evil is endless, and a resurrected art dealer has no choice but to be involved. The story premise and its narrative hook got my attention right away. Despite playing a role in the 'shady' part of her business, protagonist Hyacinth is a kind-hearted person who wants the best possible life for her sister and her adorable nephew. The supernatural mystery and suspense elements drive the fast-paced plot forward, combined with enough romance to add sentimental flair between the characters. Balanced with a sense of fun and quirky situations, Debriefing the Dead is excellently imaginative and hard to put down. So what's next for Geordi's devoted and fearless "Tata Hyhy"? I'm eager to find out how the story will continue. Overall, an exciting supernatural thriller from Kerry Blaisdell for fans of the genre.