Kitty Raises Hell (Kitty Norville Series #6)

Kitty Raises Hell (Kitty Norville Series #6) - Kitty is back home in Denver – but it seems something has followed her from Vegas. After severely hurting and annoying a cult dedicated to Tiamat, a personification of chaos, she finds the deities name burned into her club. Very soon, it’s clear that some kind of fiery, intangible entity is hunting them.And how do you fight something intangible? Something intangible that can burn anything it touches? Something intangible you can’t even see yet can burn you from the inside out?And how do you do that before it kills anyone – or before it kills anyone else? How do you keep everyone safe?And how can you fight it while at the same time reassuring and protecting a wolf pack, one you’ve only just adopted, one you’ve only just become alpha of?And, when enmeshed in undead politics, how do you know who you can trust to help and whether you’re just digging yourself in deeper.And how do you do all that and continue to run a successful and fun radio show?Of course, tracking down what the monster is takes time and investigation – it’s a mystery. The problem with mysteries is it’s very hard to pace it well, and this is certainly an issue with this book. We spend a long time with Kitty and co basically sat around saying “I don’t know.” They follow up leads and get “I don’t know” back. They ask questions – more I don’t know. It’s kind of frustrating to feel it all going round in circles without actually going anywhere. However, I do accept that party of this is a thematic point. I mean, the characters are frustrated and lost and worried. They don’t know what’s happening, they know people are going to die, they know all their lives are at risk. So, yes, this is a realistic thing to happen.The problem is, from a reader’s stand point, while you can feel the frustration, you can’t feel the underlying fear and tension (or I didn’t, anyway) that would have made it nail biting. I wasn’t boring, it was still interesting it was even exciting at times, but there was that edge of “can we have the answer yet?” that frustrated meI think the main thing that made it harder to deal with was the end. I don’t want to spoil, but the idea that they went through all these questions, pursued all these leads, thought people had died and went through all this worry – then they just get the answer like that? It robs from the tension – it becomes less of a “yes we’ve finally found the answer” and more “what, the answer was that easy? Guys, what were you whining about?”Read More