Review: Deja New (Insighter #2) by MaryJanice Davidson

November 7, 2017 Review 0

Review: Deja New (Insighter #2) by MaryJanice Davidson

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…

Title: Deja New
Author: MaryJanice Davidson
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Deja Who: An Insighter Novel, Undead and Done
Series: Insighter #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Deja Who: An Insighter Novel
Published by Berkley
Source: Publisher
Published: November 7, 2017
Genres: Crime Drama, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 320
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: two-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Time for book 2 in the Insighter series. I readily admitted I struggled with the first book because, while I loved the concept, I was less than thrilled that it was humorous. So now I am over that and ready to jump into Deja New and lose myself in Leah’s world.

…To be somewhat disappointed. Again.

Don’t get me wrong. I did enjoy the book. However, Leah felt to be more of a secondary character this time around. The focal point of this story is Archer’s family. In a nutshell, Archer’s dad killed his brother years ago. He willingly turned himself in and has been server his time. Too willingly. Angela, Archer’s cousin, doesn’t believe Uncle Dennis is guilty and has been trying to solve the crime ever since she became of age while also trying to support her family. In the Drake family household live the various Drake cousins and siblings as well as their mother, Emma, which is a ghost of herself since the death of her husband. She and Archer head to Chicago so she can meet the family and possibly help figure out who the real killer is.

If you haven’t read the first book in the series, I suggest putting this book down and starting from the beginning. Once you have read the first book, still expect to feel confused once you start this one. I’ve read them both and still get lost. And what is so hard and throws me off? The Insighter’s flashbacks. I’ll get to that in a moment. The story (without the Insighter interruptions) is fun and fast-paced. There are quite a few characters to keep up with however, the main focus falls on Angela. She is very much a dog with a bone determined to find out who really killed her father, and while sometimes her tenacity can be annoying, the lengths she goes to are still entertaining. She has quite the crush on Detective Jason Chambers, who also harbors a secret crush and watching them dance around their secrets feelings was fairly comical. The dialog within the Drake family household is quick, snappy and will leave your head spinning trying to keep up on who’s who. My advice is just to pay attention to Jack and ignore the rest.

And now for the Insighter interruptions. They are hard to absorb. Yes, they have a purpose to the story, but it takes a long time before you begin to figure out why. No, I’m not explaining their purpose. If I had to figure it out so should you except I will say they have to do with Angela. Unfortunately, while they are a necessary evil, I find they do tend to cause too much disruption to the flow of the story.

Comedy and chaos are what rule the murder mystery in Deja New. It’s served up with a bit of romance and quite a few quirky characters that you may or may not want to remember. The moments that stand out to me do make the book worth the read although the Insighter flashbacks tend to be a buzzkill. If nothing else, I would read it to find out about the latest with Leah and Archer. A baby and what a baby that is going to be! ACK!

Deja New

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