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Living with the Dead (Women of the Otherworld #9)

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The men and women of the Otherworld – witches, werewolves, demons, vampires – live unseen among us. Only now a reckless killer has torn down the wall, trapping one very human woman in the supernatural crossfire.

Robyn moved to LA after her husband died to try to put some distance between herself and the life they had together. And the challenges of her job as the PR consult
Paperback, 440 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Orbit (first published October 21st 2008)
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Allison Thom was the father of her baby. (Her view points were incredibly creepy, I skim them now as well when I reread the series.)
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Definitely my least enjoyed of the series - it was actually kind of hard to keep reading.

Armstrong changed writing styles to third person and shifted points of view a lot. Every chapter changed, and short chapters they were. Not only that, but almost all the points of views were from new characters of the series that don't have impact beyond this book. Her technique made her writing style suffer. When she switched from an intimate point of view to a distant one, the writing technique simplified
Jul 28, 2010 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Women of the Otherworld series
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2010
I can't shrug off the feeling that Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld books are shifting more and more from urban fantasy to just plain mystery. But maybe I am just too used to her world and it seems too real to me? I don't know. Living with the Dead is another entertaining but ultimately forgettable addition to one of my favorite series. Let me sum it up.

The positive:

1) This book is just as page-turning as Armstrong's previous novels. Well-paced and never boring.

2) Kumpania - a commune
Nov 25, 2008 MissM rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2008
I really like this series overall and look forward to them, but this one was just a miss for me. The main character of the book really wasn't a supernatural at all. And the jumpy POV changes made the book feel choppy and lacked cohesion. I liked the Detective character that was introduced but overall, it just really wasn't the high point of the series for me. I'm kinda bored with Hope at this point and I'm ready to get back to more interesting characters in the series. Because Hope's power is so ...more
Apr 21, 2010 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this ninth book in Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series the author brings us something different: the protagonist is a non-supernatural.
Robyn Peltier is a PR consultant with no special powers or abilities what so ever, well… except maybe attracting bad luck. She does know how to pick her friends though, as Hope Adams and Karl Marsten come to her rescue when Robyn's problems evolve from bad to worse.

This is another solid read by Kelley Armstrong. It read like a suspense novel, packed w
Julie (jjmachshev)
Nov 08, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
Now how do I rate Kelley Armstrong's latest in her 'Women of the Otherworld' series? "Living with the Dead" isn't about just one woman. In a lot of ways it's not even about one couple, it's really about two men, two women, a ghost, and the question of what is love.

Robyn is a woman who recently lost her love, her soulmate, to a senseless and stupid crime. She spends her time now just going through the motions of living and keeping a scrapbook about good samaritans who are killed for their deeds,
Dec 04, 2008 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The beginning of the book was great, but then the characters basically chased each other around for a two hundred pages. There were too many viewpoint characters and perspective shifts, and Hope is probably my least favorite Armstrong heroine. I hope this series picks back up, this is the second one in a row that I've been a bit disappointed in.

Here's my full review.
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

This book is the least Otherworld-ly out of the bunch and, as a result, also the one that I only passably enjoyed. Kelley Armstrong switches up her tried and true format in Living with the Dead and that was a big mistake in my opinion. Instead of sticking with her enthralling first person point of views she opts for that of the third person and gives the lead role to a previously unknown, human character. This installment also focuses on clairvoyants which are not a breed
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Carolyn F.

Am I the only one who didn't like the ending? (view spoiler) So, I've left this book dazed and confused. I'm still going to read/listen to the next book in the series but this was not my favorite of the bunch.
Katie Michaels
This didn't feel like an Otherworld book. At all. It was deeply disturbing and dark. It featured some characters we know: primarily Hope and Karl, but unlike any of the previous books, this was written in the third person and the real main character was a regular human we've never met before.

It's been six months since Robyn's husband Damon died. Since then, she's moved to LA to start a new life for herself. She's a PR rep for a celebutante, but she's really just going through the motions. Hope i
Apr 07, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
This review was originally posted on my review blog : Falling Off The Shelf.

Robyn Peltier never knew that moving to Los Angelas would be such a eye-opening experience. It's one thing following around a famous celebutante like Portia Kane, clearly another when your being chased down by psychotic murderers. All she ever wanted to do was move away from the horrible memories of her husbands death, not walk straight into more. When her client is gunned down in the back room of a local night club, Rob
In Living with the Dead we continue with the Hope and Karl storyline, this time adding Hope's best friend Robyn. On many points Living with the Dead is very different from its eight predecessors, and in my opinion this is not a good thing.

After being widowed at twenty-eight, Robyn takes the job of being Portia's PR person. When Portia is murdered in a club and Robyn flights the scene to chase after the killer, she is number one suspect on the police's list. Together with her friend Hope and Hop
Hope and Karl return to the next addition to the women of the otherworld. This time they are trying to save Hope's friend Robyn. Robyn, who has no supernatural abilites at all, and who is mourning the recent murder of her good Samaritan husband, Damon, and trying to tolerate her job as a PR representative for Portia Kane, a tabloid celebutante. But when Portia is shot and Robyn becomes the prime suspect, she flees, only to find herself inexplicably in the middle of the supernatural world Hope ha ...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This was a nice, refreshing installment in the Women of the Otherworld series. I really liked the twists and turns in this story, and there was sure lots of that and lots of action. In my opinion a very well put together story into an elaborate world.

My only complaint was the fact that we didn't know most of the characters involved, so this could "almost" be a stand-alone story (you wouldn't need a lot of background story to understand it). I did come to like Robyn and Finn. Even though Damon, h
Nov 20, 2015 Suzan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
This isn't my favourite of Kelley's books, in fact in the series it's my least favourite, however even Kelley's 'worst' book is better then most out there and still very good. Karl is not my favourite pack member cause the favourite positions are commandeered by the surviving original pack members but I do love him! He is the major redeeming factor in the book! That and I love learning more about such an elusive supernatural type. Clairvoyants are one of the rarest supernatural races and general ...more
Nov 23, 2008 Tez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pleasant enough visit to Armstrong's Otherworld

Living with the Dead is not quite what I expected coming on the heels of Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld, Book 8), which left Lucas in a quandry that I had thought would lead to some interesting upheaval in the overall story arc of the series. Instead Lucas is a minor off-screen character here and we continue on with half choas demon Hope and her werewolf mate Karl. But Living with the dead is more multithreaded than Armstrong's previous bo
Hope's old friend Robyn recently lost her husband and is lost to grief. Hope is a half-chaos demon who works for the tabloids and the supernatural Council, but she drops everything to go stay with Robyn for a while. It turns out Robyn needs her help more than she ever expected--because Robyn's starlet client has just been murdered, and Robyn is the number one suspect. It's up to Hope, her werewolf boyfriend Karl, and a cop who can see ghosts to find the truth.

One annoying thing about listening
Paul Wardman
Sep 30, 2015 Paul Wardman rated it liked it
What happens when a human is caught up in the events of the supernatural world? That's essentially what this book is about.

The book is told from four different people's perspective. It never gets overwhelming but there is a case for the argument that there are too many narrators.

For the second book in a row the recurring characters are Hope and Karl. Because of the story they weren't at the heart of the action as much as their previous outing but by no means were they relegated to the backgrou
I couldn't wait to get my mitts on this book, having been aching with anticipation to see what some of my favorite characters were up to. Turns out, the anticipation was a little bit better than the book. This latest entry into the WotU series focuses around not just one, but at least four other people. There's not a lot of rhyme or reason to when shifts occur or even why it's necessary for so many people to be narrators. (My guess is that it was just easier for Armstrong to write as the villain ...more
Dec 29, 2008 Gemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural
I am a huge Kelly Armstrong fan, and I have devoured all her 'Women of the Underworld' books right from the beginning. I have, however, been disappointed with the most recent books. Armstrong usually sticks to a first person point of view, which allows her strong characters to really grow and reveal themselves to you as you follow their journey. In her most recent publications of this series, she has played around with multiple view points, and it doesn't work. It felt stilted in 'No Humans Invo ...more
Sep 10, 2015 Tanya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, paranormal
Many of the reviews I read on this book seem to have issues with one of the protagonists not being a supernatural. Personally, I liked Armstrong’s choice to use a human character as a central figure. In a world where people are constantly trying to hide who they are, it’s inevitable that someone outside that secret will stumble upon it. And while the supernaturals normally take care of these people, that’s not always the most reasonable solution. There’s no reason to kill Robyn in this book, exc ...more
This was definitely the weakest of her books so far. There were too many points of view, and I really disliked the antagonists' perspective. I didn't feel it really added much of anything. It simply filled me with disgust, because there was absolutely nothing redeemable about Adele, and she was just completely abhorrent.

Robyn was okay, but not that great for a character either. I started out okay with her, but I had to write her off as stupid in the beginning, when Portia was murdered. (Is it a
Living With the Dead is a little different from the other books in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. Usually one supernatural woman takes center stage. Here, the story is told from the points of view of multiple people. The three main characters are Hope, Robyn, and Adele. Robyn, a human, suddenly finds herself the suspect in a murder investigation when one of her PR clients is murdered. Luckily for Robyn her childhood friend Hope Adams, a half-demon journalist who specializes i ...more
Jan 29, 2009 Sheena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
When recently widowed PR rep Robyn is framed for murder she finds herself surrounded by forces both supernatural and mundane, some trying to protect and others to harm her. Defended by a werewolf and half-demon, pursued by a necromancer police detective and a clairvoyant sociopath she's not sure who to trust or where to turn, not only to prove her innocence but save her life.

I am a big fan of the "Women of the Otherworld" series, especially the books about witches and werewolves. In this novel h
Kami Dodson-Perry
We learn a little more about Hope Adams & see the relationship between Hope & Karl become a comfortable & loving one. We are introduced to Robyn who is a friend of Hope's from college & 100% human with no knowledge of the supernatural world. We are also introduced to Finn a cop who can speak to the dead but does not know what he is or that other supernaturals exist.

You instantly dislike Adele who is the BAD guy of this story. Then I really hated her finding out t
Mar 17, 2014 Ahnah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very surprising and well done. Written from multi-character segments, one story is told from many perspectives and it must have been completely confusing to write!! Much work was put into this installment and has made me "find anew" my enjoyment from Ms. Armstron's books.

This book follows Hope & Karl(whom we all know from previous books if you are a fan.) and the evolvement of Hope as she learns to live with her powers. We also meet several new characters, and no more spoilers from me.....

Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
I don't know who first told me that "assuming makes an ASS out of U and ME," but I do know that I was young enough to be shocked that someone said ass. I think it was my mom. The point is, that I (and probably you too) have been aware of this idea for as long as I (and you) can remember.

Living with the Dead is a perfect illustration of that. One assumption leads to a bad decision leads to another assumption lead to another bad decision, etc. That's basically what the entire book is--assumptions
Apr 05, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-ghosts
Living with the Dead is a great addition to the Women of the Underworld series but Hope and Karl aren't my favorite characters. A commune/cult of Romany clairvoyants was an interesting turn that left me feeling a little lost. The plot itself, a non-supernatural woman unknowingly caught up in the hidden world of supernaturals was well done and Robyn was written very convincingly. She responded to situations the way I would and the way a lot of people I think would when confronted with a scary rea ...more
Oct 20, 2009 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am quite pleased with this book. I actually started it weeks ago but put it down because the first quarter of the book moved very slowly and I wasn't sure that a human, non-supernatural, main character was going to be worth my time. I was wrong. Armstrong did a wonderful job weaving Robyn and Hope's internal struggles into a pretty action packed, but not terribly predictable storyline. I actually think this installment is better than Hope's first book - My Personal Demon. Armstrong is finding ...more
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a
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Women of the Otherworld (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Stolen (Women of the Otherworld, #2)
  • Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #3)
  • Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #4)
  • Haunted (Women of the Otherworld, #5)
  • Broken (Women of the Otherworld, #6)
  • No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld, #7)
  • Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld, #8)
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“What am I? Let's just say I won't fetch a stick for you. I won't beg for treats. And, no matter how nicely you ask, I will not roll over and play dead.” 49 likes
“He leaned her back against the tub, setting her head on the edge, then washed her shoulders.
"I know I left you once."
She opened her mouth, wanting to say it didn't matter, it was forgotten. But it wasn't.
"I know I hurt you."
Again, she wanted to argue. But she couldn't.
"I know I said I won't leave you again, but I also know that's not enough, and that the only way you're going to trust that I won't leave is if I don't".
He slid the cloth over her arms.
"If this ends, Hope, it won't be me that ends it. I think you know that.”
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