Series: Insighter #2
Published by Berkley on November 7, 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Sexual Content: Brief, non-explicit, sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kate
The New York Times bestselling author of the Undead Novels takes on reincarnation in this unforgettable Insighter Novel about the pitfalls in past—and love—lives…
Leah Nazir lives in a world where the past can and will come back to bite you in the ass. No, not teething ghosts—reincarnation! As an Insighter, it’s Leah’s job to delve into the murky and (often) deadly former lives of her patients. And she knows a thing or two about danger after killing her mother’s murderer with the help of new beau, Archer Drake.
Isn’t he the best?
Now, it’s time to take their relationship to the next level, but not in any way Leah could have predicted. She and Archer head to Chicago to meet his parents—and try to figure out why Archer’s dad killed his brother decades ago. When someone tries to sabotage their investigation, Leah must decide if the Drake family past is a deal breaker…
**Spoilers for the first book of the Insighter series, DEJA WHO, are a bit unavoidable, so please don't read this review if you're planning on reading DEJA WHO!**
DEJA NEW follows DEJA WHO with the same amount of humor, sarcasm, and interesting storytelling. Between the characters' parenthetical inner monologues, flashbacks, and footnotes, DEJA NEW is a creatively told romance with a heavy dose of mystery.
My biggest issue with that the mystery was confusing, since the murderer was named Dennis and the victim was Donald, and they were brothers. And then there were all of Archer's cousins and siblings all living together, and there was not a clear delineation of who was who. Which really worked with the chaotic feeling of the household, but also made it a bit hard to figure out relationships.
In this book, Leah wasn't the main focus as she was in DEJA WHO, and the romance shifted from Leah and Archer to Angela and the police detective, Jason. It is a sweet romance, and Angela is a compelling protagonist, just not as amusing as Leah. Jason is adorable and so cute with Angela. Overall, the characters' interactions with each other were my favorite parts of the book. I could have done without the flashbacks of the various past lives, and like I said, the mystery wasn't super clear (the end reveal was not as compelling as it could have been). But I felt it was well done, with just enough time spent on each aspect of the story and subplots that I felt satisfied at the end with the resolution of most of the issues.
All in all, if you've read DEJA WHO, DEJA NEW is a fun continuation of Leah and Archer's story, with the addition of some new characters and a little bit of drama regarding Leah's baby. If you haven't, there isn't much that the reader needs to know about the first book, so you could read this book as a standalone, but you might feel a bit confused about the world, since it is so different and unique amongst the paranormal romance genre. As I loved DEJA WHO, I would definitely recommend the Insighter series to somebody looking for an off-the-wall paranormal romance with humor and heart.
- Deja Who - 5/5
- Deja New