March 12, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews, Fiction, Urban Fantasy | By

Muddy Waters (Otherwhere #1)Muddy Waters by Sara O. Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.

I was really impressed with this book. When I started reading it, initially I was struck by several similarities between this book and the “Black Dog/Gemini/Lorimar Pack” books by Haley Edwards in that – like them – it too deals with a rip between our world and another where creatures of exist, and stars a half-human/half-other law enforcement officer dealing with cases that affect both realms. As I got further in two the story, however, I found similarity was only superficial, and that “Muddy Waters” is quite original in plot and in the structure of the universe in which the story takes place.

I really enjoyed the characters in the story, and Thompson has created an interesting and likable team to center the plot on. I also very much appreciated the balance she maintained between the mystery that forms the meat of the book’s plot and the overarching mystery that – presumably – will be further explored in the next book or books in this series.

The central mystery of this story is full of twists and turns and yet the pieces make sense when the puzzle is put together. As for the overarching mystery that will connect all the books in the series, rather than just offering a few cryptic dribs and drabs here and there, Thompson digs into the meat of this larger plot and brings it to an initial resolution while still ensuring there is enough left to keep you interested in and curious about what’s going to happen next. I just hope it won’t be too long before we get to find out.

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