Personal Demons
Stacia Kane
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Personal Demons
Stacia Kane
Juno Books
Paperback
304 pages
May 2008
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Dr. Megan Chase is a counselor who now has a radio call-in show which gives her the title 'Personal Demon Slayer.' It's a joke title, of course, but unfortunately for Megan, various real personal demons don't realize that and a mini-war is started to have Megan on their side.

Megan meets the mysterious Greyson Dante, a lawyer (or is he?) who seems to want to protect her and has some strange bodyguards that he issues her. A reporter wants to write a feature on her and soon discovers the guilty secret from her past - along with some other secrets. Megan attends a group therapy session that makes one want to run the other way screaming, and she begins to see strange things lurking on people's shoulders. All this while trying to keep her radio show going and placate the other partners in her counseling practice makes for a busy few days for Megan. But there is something significantly darker trying to get hold of her; can she keep herself safe when she can't trust the motives of anyone else?

This is a really enjoyable read with great pacing and some interesting settings. While not particularly innovative, it still feels fresh, and the variety of characters add to the interest, although some of them aren't very convincingly explored. For example, the reporter character, Brian, isn't all that clearly drawn, and his behavior seems unlikely for a reporter - in other words, he doesn't appear to write about any of the amazing events happening around him. Megan herself is well-drawn, however, a likeable and believable character. Greyson Dante is necessarily mysterious and his motivation hard to fathom, but he is an appealing character and the sparks between him and Megan are well-written. Various technical terms for different demons and their organizational structure are given but not explained, along with other plot elements that feel rather vague, but it is overall a good read and the beginning of what seems to be an interesting series featuring Megan and Dante.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2008

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