There’s almost nothing Wanda Jefferson wants more than a family to call her own, and she’s almost got it all with her husband Heath, a beautiful home in the suburbs, and her soul-satisfying work with her best friends as part of OOPS—a paranormal crisis hotline.
Yet still, there’s a tiny hole in Wanda’s heart she longs to fill with a baby. As she and Heath explore adoption, and finally bring home a beautiful baby boy with the support of their friends and family, everything that can go wrong, does.
First, no one, not even Nina the baby-loving vampire, can soothe the cranky infant. He’s cries constantly, bringing Wanda’s insecurities as a new mother out in full force. Then banshee, Sal Brice and sexy skinwalker, Grey Hamlin show up, and yikes, do they have a tale to tell—one that involves a diabolical plan that threatens Wanda’s newly formed family!
You know what that means, right? Hell hath no fury like the OOPS women on a case!
This is a fun tale where the OOPS women (and sometimes men) are featured doing what they do best – being witchy, vampiric, talking to their familiars, shifting, and helping other supernatural beings.
And then Wanda adopts a baby – who is something else indeed – and it comes to a great surprise to her to find out just which sort of supernatural creature he turns out to be.
This was my first introduction to the OOPS women (and very much towards the end of the Accidentally Paranormal series) but I expect to read more and they are all obviously great characters and Dakota always writes a really good fun (suspense) novel.
On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory. But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself—or die trying.
A strange profession is dying for a living – ie the way you make your money.
In this alternative reality, people can be warned that they about to die and can employ someone to die for them. Jesse is such an agent. On the predicted day of the person’s death she – and her employee Ally – stay close to the dying until the incident occurs. Some people called Jesse a zombie, but she didn’t like that. She took the place of the client right through until the mortuary. She explains that death is like a black hole in space, a vortex that sucks the living colours out of a person. Jesse convinces that vortex to take her instead of her client and Ally convinces the mortician that Jesse with resurrect – in time.
Unfortunately to people outside this client/agent relationship, Jesse will really appear dead and thus hospitals etc will do everything they can to attempt to save her, including cutting off her clothes etc and she complains that she never comes out of these with a complete pair of shoes, and thus she now wears mis-matched as a style..
There is a problem with being a death replacement agent. After a certain number of deaths, not an known exact number, their brains become ‘friend’ and they are no longer compos mentis.
There is a faction within the populace, embedded in various religious hierarchies, who believe strongly that death replacement is an abomination and should not happen, and death replacement agents are going missing.
Jesse is drawn into this conspiracy and attempting to discover the people behind it and the prevention of more missing.
An interesting twist on the zombie story with military experiments, hidden secrets and politics. Elements of ‘ The Men who Stared at Goats’ included.