Today is Cordelia's main chance at a Hollywood career. The lucky lady has been accepted as a contestant on a new version of 'Survivor.' The plan; spend 5 days in a 'haunted house' along with eight other contestants. The last survivor gets $100,000 and lots of good media exposure. Laughing Pig Productions is hoping it has a wild hit on its hands. In any case, the special effects are spectacular, bloody writing oozing from the walls, panthers in the bedrooms, and nighttime visitations. If they were special effects, that is.
Cordelia has hardly arrived on set when she has a vision. Something horrible is happening to Kirsten St. Clair, who Cordelia met when trying out for the show. Desperate, Cordelia manages to get a message out to Angel, Wesley, and Gunn. They find Kirsten has definitely disappeared without a trace. When Angel invades Laughing Pig to get more information he discovers that Kirsten is not the only actress that has disappeared from their stable. His only other clue is the sighting of a strange limousine.
On top of everything else, Gunn is investigating a murder on his own turf. A woman's body turns up stripped of all identifying marks - like her fingerprints and face. The first (and only clue) he turns up is, you guessed it, further appearances of the ghostly limousine. Somehow the corpse, Kirsten, Cordelia, Laughing Pig, and the limousine are all tied together, and several lives depend on it. When our heroes tangle with several new flavors of demon they find a distinct odor of lawyer - the Wolfram and Hart kind.
What Jeff Mariotte has created here is a classic and complex Angel tale which displays all of the four main characters at their best. Mariotte is a veteran Angel writer who can be counted on to deliver the right proportions of action and character. 'Haunted' is set post-Darla, and is a pleasant change from previous books in this series. Gunn and Wesley are well fleshed in, and Cordelia is great in a lead role. While the plot isn't totally original, it has a lot of unique twists and turns that spell plenty of excitement for Angel's fans. Get ready for some serious exorcism.