Review: Muddy Waters (Otherwhere #1) by Sara O. Thompson

April 10, 2017 Review 0

Review: Muddy Waters (Otherwhere #1) by Sara O. ThompsonMuddy Waters by Sara O. Thompson
Series: Otherwhere, #1
Published by Curiousity Quills Press on April 4, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Edelweiss
Sexual Content: vague references to sex
Reviewed by: Kristina
3 Stars

Twenty years ago, the boundary between worlds dropped. It will be a while before the political, social, and religious upheaval settles down but the good news is: now you can book a vacation to Valhalla as easily as you can go to Las Vegas. Your real estate agent might be a Wood Sprite. Your mechanic might be a Minotaur. For better or for worse, Supernormals are part of Earth life.

Five years ago, Tessa Reddick was convicted of killing her entire family: 37 Witches from one of the most powerful covens in history. She’s been locked up at Lakeland Psychiatric hospital, still grieving but mad as hell at whoever–or whatever–put her there.

Half an hour ago, a handsome FBI agent showed up to spring Tessa from the joint
–but there’s a price. A series of murders is picking off Supernormals and the feds need the help of the last known Reddick Witch.

Determined to learn who set her up for the fall, help solve the FBI crimes, and maybe get closer to her mysterious (and seriously hot) Dark Elf partner, Tessa is more than willing to play Witchy Nancy Drew.

But Tessa has few friends left and something is coming for her, too – maybe it’s the one who framed her and killed her coven, or perhaps a new foe with a taste for Witch’s blood.

Solving crimes, doing magic, drinking bourbon. It’s dirty work, but somebody has to do it.

MUDDY WATERS is set in a world where the boundaries between world have been taken down or thinned and an influx of supernaturals have come creating new rules, prejudices, and realities that humans and "Others" have to live with. A lot is going on in this story as it seems this new reality is pretty new as people are still working out the kinks of how to live with people who have magic powers and which law enforcement agency has jurisdiction over what and who. The focus of the story is on a murder mystery that crosses worlds; ours and faerie or as the book calls it, Otherwhere.

Tessa Reddick is a pretty standard smart, underdog sort of urban fantasy heroine with a compelling backstory, just coming out of jail for a crime she didn't commit. Her partner Qyll is kind of interesting and I'd like to know more about his life as an elf in the Otherwhere. Along with Tessa and Qyll, most of the characters were not really fleshed out enough for me to get a true sense of who they are. Perhaps the fleshing out will occur in later books because I'd really like to get to know them better.

I was confused about the timeline of the story. There seemed to be random time jumps that had me going back pages to see if I missed something. Tessa gets out of jail, sets up her business, and then there is a very unclear idea of just how long she has been out until she starts working with the FBI. Has it been a week for her to get settled? Was she working for a few months on small jobs for the FBI before the central murder mystery starts? I don't know. I had the same issue with following the murders. There is one Tessa is doing on her own and one with the FBI. They sort of relate but it was hard to follow and I kept getting confused who was a part of which murder.

Basically, I enjoyed MUDDY WATERS enough to want to see where it goes in future books, but had issues with timing/pacing and fleshing out the characters.

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  1. Muddy Waters
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