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But for Bryn Davis, death is only the START of her troubles. Rachel Caine's "Working Stiff," the first book in a new series, quickly kills off the heroine and reanimates her, and launches her into a bizarre, action-packed adventure. However, this book can be downright depressing at times, and the story sometimes drags in overcomplex circles.
Ex-soldier Bryn Davis takes a job as a funeral director, but her first day is a disaster. A teen girl kills herself, Bryn is pursued by the creepy Fast Freddy, and she discovers that her boss is selling a strange drug that reanimates the dead. And then he kills her.
When she wakes up, she's still technically dead -- but she's being kept animate by an experimental drug called Returne, which the Pharmadene company has discovered. However, they will only keep her alive for as long as she's useful to them, and since their company has a leak connected to her funeral home, they want her to ferret out the supplier.
But while hired gun Joe Fideli and the icy security chief McCallister are helping her, Bryn knows that her days are literally numbered. And as she becomes tangled in elaborate webs of conspiracy and megalomania, she finds that her enemies are both inside and outside Pharmadene... and if she doesn't stop them, the entire world may be next.
It took me a long time to figure out why I simply didn't like "Working Stiff." But eventually I worked it out -- this book is possibly the darkest, bleakest story that Rachel Caine has written to date. And not in a good way, but in a "I want to suck on the business end of a Glock" way.Read more ›
I am fast becoming a Rachel Caine fangirl. I have now read three of her books and I have devoured each and every one. She is a genius at creating delightfully ordinary characters and thoroughly unique stories which are easy to read with just a sprinkling of humour and plenty of energy. This is exactly what I look for when I look for my next good read and Working Stiff has it down to a tee.
I was immediately drawn in by Bryn and how very like you and me she is.Read more ›
The other reviewers have done a great job summarising the tale, so I won't go into that, but I did feel that this book was particularly bleak. I could see no HEA for Bryn, and despite what I found out about her, I didn't feel like I knew her well enough to be rooting for her. Add in the fact that she's supposedly an ex-solder , and thereby would have been used to fighting, ambushes, with above average defense skills and strength, I found her to be nothing like that. She seemed to lack confidence and then seemed to accept what happened to her with utter passivity and surrealism.
Yes, the idea is interesting, but I cannot see where this series can go, and other than Bryn meeting her maker and being 'eternally rewarded' by him for her selflessness and sacrifice, I can't see any kind of HEA for her. So, whilst I will read the next book in the series if my library gets it in, for me, it won't be an autobuy. But maybe not if it comes out in the grey, dark and wet days of Oct/Nov/Dec, as that's a dull and dreary and bleak enough period as it is.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely brilliant! Loved the characters, the pace and the idea!I actually forgot what the book was about as had read Morganville series and downloaded as I love the author so it... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Natalie
Got this on the off-chance it might be good and was pleasantly surprised. Unusual twist on zombie tale. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jacqueline Farrell
Another good read from Rachel. I was sceptical about this but once got into it couldn't wait to download followup. Not disappointing.Published 12 months ago by wendy anderson
Working Stiff - (A Revivalist Novel) by Rachel Caine
I can guarantee that having read this book you will look at funeral directors in a new light. Read more
Once again Rachel Caine has written a book I couldn't put down.
If you loved the weather wardens and morganville vampire series you will love this. Read more
As always from Ms Caine, a brilliantly crafted, beautifully written, gripping read. Characters you can identify and empathise with, situations you can believe in .. Read morePublished 19 months ago by maeve
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