Book Review: Pack of Lies

Pack of Lies is the second book in the Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne-Gilman. It is just as good as the first one. Maybe a little better because the very first paragraph grabs you.

Blurb: My name is Bonita Torres, and eight months ago I was an unemployed college graduate without a plan. Now I’m an investigator with the Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations team of New York. Pretty awesome, right?

The Cosa Nostradamus, the magical community, isn’t quick to give up its secrets, though. Not even to fellow members. Not even when it’s in their best interests. So we’ve been busting our tails, perfecting our forensic skills, working to gain acceptance. The team’s tight… but we have our quirks, too. And our Big Dog, Benjamin Venec…well, he’s a special case, all right.

But we can’t give up. We’re needed, especially when a case comes along that threatens to pit human against fatae. But one wrong move could cost us everything we’ve worked for….

There are a lot of reasons I really liked this book. It moves fast, there is plenty of drama and the potential for a soul mate. Not sure; it reads like that, but no one is accepting it as such.

There is also a unicorn. I like unicorns (almost as much as I like dragons and there are dragons in this too!) and you don’t see unicorns too often in urban fantasy. They appear more frequently in traditional fantasy, but I don’t think they are terribly common there, either.

The sister is another reason. She is expertly manipulated and maybe she sees it, maybe she doesn’t. In any case, she created a situation that caused trouble for a lot of people, and is still convinced she is right. I am not sure why. Her reasons aren’t really explained all that well.

The bad guys though – they have no magic and they are ruthless. They have a lot of potential  and I think they will appear in future books.

The ending was very sad. It fit, but it was just so sad. I kinda feel sorry for them.

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