Friday, February 4, 2011

Demon Hunts by CE Murphy

Demon Hunts (Walker Papers, Book 5) by C E Murphy is definitely the best book in the series so far.  It's Christmas time and Santa has a lot of surprises in store for Joanne Walker.  Not long after the events of Walking Dead (The Walker Papers, Book 4), the Seattle area is hit with a new serial killer--a paranormal killer who chews on his victims.  Joanne & Billy are on the case--but there's not much to go on.  This killer leaves no trace evidence, not even the kind these two paranormal detectives can find.  Frustration leads them to involve a civilian in the case, which, of course, backfires on them leaving Joanne in the doghouse with Morrison and them both with a deadline to meet or else face suspension.  

The mystery of this story is very interesting--it involves a wendigo and it forces Joanne to continue expanding her perception of her power and the realities in which she works.  However, what is more interesting is Joanne's journey in this book.  She comes face to face with people from her past and has to begin the difficult process of knitting together her life from before her tragedy at 15 with her present life.  She also becomes more aware of the significance of her mother's death in the spiritual world and her place in it.

Never in doubt is the fact that Joanne will find the killer and save the city, but she faces some pretty difficult choices during her quest.   She has to embrace both her healing path and her warrior's path, which may have serious repercussions on her relationships.  In the end, however, she meets the challenges and makes the tough decisions to keep her on her destined path.  And, she starts the new year with a bit of hope.

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