Review: Deja Who: An Insighter Novel (Insighter #1) by MaryJanice Davidson

September 2, 2016 Review 0

Review: Deja Who: An Insighter Novel (Insighter #1) by MaryJanice Davidson

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Undead novels comes a delightfully addictive new series about past lives and bad habits—and one woman paranormally predisposed to getting at the bottom of both. It’s her job.

You couldn’t arrest someone for killing in a past life. You couldn’t bring a civil suit against them, either. They could only be legally penalized for what they did this time around—and what a dark circus the legal system had been before that legislation passed! (It was still a dark circus, but perhaps not as dark.)  But you could spot them, and watch them. You could set traps for them.
Leah Nazir is an Insighter. Reincarnation is her business. But while her clients’ pasts are a mess, Leah’s is nothing short of tragedy. She’s been murdered. A lot. If left to that bitch, destiny, it’ll happen again. Leah wants to know who’s been following her through time, and who’s been stalking her in the present...

P.I. Archer Drake has been hired by Leah’s mother to keep an eye on her. But the more time he spends watching, the more he finds himself infatuated. Before long, he even finds himself agreeing to help find the person who wants her dead. Over and over again.

Now going full-on “rewind,” Leah hopes it can stave off the inevitable. After all, she’s grown fond of this life—and even fonder of nerdy Archer. But changing her pattern means finding out who her killer is today. And as Leah fears, that could be anyone she has come to know and trust. Anyone

Title: Deja Who: An Insighter Novel
Author: MaryJanice Davidson
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Undead and Done, Deja New
Series: Insighter #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Deja New
Published by Berkley
Source: Publisher
Published: September 6, 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Comedy, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 304
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: two-half-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.
300 Review

My very first book by author MaryJanice Davidson and I find myself…undecided. The author came highly recommend to me via one of her other series which looking at that blurb I have an idea what I’ll be getting into. However, when it comes to Deja Who, I am undecided.

Breakdown of the story is this: Leah is an Insighter. She can see the past lives of her clients and tries to help them. Leah’s past lives have been very tragic being murdered every time. Her mom, who Leah does NOT talk to, hires a P.I. to keep an eye out on her. Thinking he’s the man that is supposed to kill her in this life, she confronts him. Well really, she attacks him. Turns out it’s not him but Leah finds Archer fascinatingly attractive because he is life-blind. Leah cannot ‘see’ him. He is equally attracted to her and joins in her crazy quest to find her would-be killer before he strikes.

What really attracted me to the story was this whole Insighter business. Insight as in the ability to see past lives, communicate with them, how they shape who the person is now. It took me a while to understand it all, but once I grasped the concept, I loved it. I can see how having this constant ability to ‘see’ people could make Leah harsh and abrupt. That’s a nice way of saying, she was kind of a bio-tch. It’s like the preverbal, obnoxious pick a card, pick a card, pick a card questions shoved in your face with it never ending. So knowing that, discovering a person who is life-blind, IE no past lives to see, would definitely be a bonus. It helps that Archer is also attracted to her. There’s quite a bit of sexual tension, yes/no, we should, we can’t that make everything quite comical. Of course there is a killer on the loose out to get Leah and that made for a good mystery with the eventual ‘and the killer is…’ reveal had me not too surprised and yet still I was surprised.

You would think with that mix of Insighter, romantic interest, a killer and a mystery to solve I would have liked the book. I did, for the most part, enjoy Deja Who. So what is keeping me from giving this book a higher rating and being madly in love with this book? I didn’t expect Deja Who to be humorous. I know that sounds lame but honestly, I expected a serious book. I expected strong, tough characters. I expected to gasp and be sitting on the edge of my seat absorbing this Insighter’s world. Instead, I was chuckling over the humor, sometimes the silliness of the actions by the characters. Archer was just so, not P.I. material. I liked his character but then things would come out of his mind that would give me pause, and not in a positive way. In a way, he was a buzzkill to the flow of the story. Leah and Cat, they I really liked. They certainly made the story riveting, and the whole Insighter thing, yes that really worked. However, the whole lack of seriousness, that was a turn off.

So now I sit here feeling undecided. It’s not the author’s fault I was unprepared for the humor. It’s just sad to think the possibilities regarding Insighters, Leah, Archer and Cat are all going to be buried in humor. To be honest, now that I know what to expect, I do intend to continue with the series. I just know I will need a different mindset when I read future books.



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