Two great reviews for No Good Deed!
If you’ve seen me on my Facebook Page or Twitter (@onemoredraft) — yes, that was a baldfaced plug — you already saw The Canary Review’s great take on No Good Deed (4 out of 5 chirps!), and now there’s another from The Midwest Book Review, and it’s another fair bit of awesome, biased though I am. I’ve reprinted it in total, since it won’t hit their site until the first week of June and I’m too excited to wait (and, of course, I’ve been given permission).
Kelly McGinnis has her hands full as the mother of twins and the wife of a man suffering from multiple sclerosis, but when she interrupts a scene of police brutality and thwarts an actual demon, her penchant for righting wrongs rises to new, supernatural levels.
She manages to kill the demon through instinct alone; then is approached by a secret group of demon hunters who solicit her talents in their ongoing quest for justice.
Kelly joins their battle – only to confront a powerful demon who presents her with a compelling story with a different angle on matters. Now she’s uncertain about which side really holds truth and justice – and about her own alliances in an evolving battle between magical forces overlying reality itself.
Any reader of urban fantasy and P.I. investigations will find No Good Deed a powerful story of magic and survival which opens with a ‘bang’ right from the first paragraphs of the Epilogue: “I can barely shove one foot in front of the other and I have no idea which way I’m going, but I can’t stop. Down every hall is a gruesome tangle of impossible creatures, and every one of them is split open or strung with barbs or dragging their insides after them, flailing along on shattered limbs or shredded wings or blasted stumps. I’ve got the pistol, half a can of spray and a handful of useless shotgun slugs. I’m dead.”
Over a two-week period Kelly’s life changes drastically and Kelly’s first person account of her transformation holds vivid action, reflection, and enough twists and turns of plot to keep readers guessing as to the nature of evil and the outcome of her mission.
Kelly’s confrontations with creatures from hell bring new perspectives on the nature of belief and the human condition itself: “Telling someone like my mother that Hell is a real, physical place, somewhere you can travel to and from, would be like spray-painting the statue of Jesus hanging over the pulpit during mass. Better off telling her the Pope is gay. That’s what I really learned from CCD. Faith is based on the intangible, the un-provable. If you take something from behind the curtain and hold it up to the light, you’re going to find problems with it, so keep it hidden and you can always pretend it’s perfect.”
Slowly Kelly comes to realize truths about herself, Umber, and the demons – and most of all, about her true nature if she becomes involved in killing them off. She finds it’s not always about ‘smart’ choices, but about right ones. And she comes to a diverging road that will determine not only her own future, but that of the world.
No Good Deed is a powerful story of demons without and those within the human psyche. It’s a fine story highly recommended for any who want a more literary and thoughtful read than is offered by the usual tale of magical encounters.
Okay, yes, I’m pretty chuffed.