Book: Hit List

Laurell K Hamilton
Urban Fantasy
Berkley / 2011
Hardback / 336 Pages
Series Anita Blake # 20

A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect “monsters” are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, US Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.

But some monsters are very real. The Harlequin have been the bogeymen of the vampire world for more than a thousand years; they are a secret so dark that even to speak their name can earn you a death sentence. Now they are here in America, hunting weretigers…and human police.

The Harlequin serve the Mother of All Darkness, the first vampire. She was supposed to be dead, but only her body was destroyed. Now she needs a new one, and she’s decided that Anita Blake’s is the body she wants. Edward thinks the serial killings are a trap to lure Anita closer to the most dangerous vampire they’ve ever hunted. The vampires call Edward “Death,” and Anita the “Executioner,” but Mommy Darkest is coming to kill one and possess the other, and she doesn’t care how many others have to die along the way.

I picked this book up because Series

What I liked the Most?

What I liked the Least? The end of the book – WTF?????

Review: You know – I hesitated to buy the book for a really long time then I saw it on sale and thought why not. I started reading it, not really expecting much but hoping for at least decent. Letting me catch up with the gang – Jean Claude, Richard, Nathaniel & Jason.

Story opens with Anita & Edward at a crime scene and she’s being a girl. Say what?? Yep she was all maudlin and distraught about the death of yet another person she doesn’t know, wallowing in her own misery instead of showing interest in solving the murder.

Flash forward – hotel room with the only other female agent; story starts to heat up. Harlequin has returned to torment Anita some more. Taunting her with the other agents health. Hey we might have a story her.

And that is the way the whole story went – drag drag drag – oh poor pitiful me with my harem of boys (and let’s not forget we added some girls so all the boys have a hole) and all this magical power you’re just jealous of what I have dramatics to WONDERFUL story line and then back again. With the abso most distressing ending EVER!!!!

Recommended to: Die hard fans of the series only

Best Quote: “We settled this, Anita. The … one who can’t be named - I really hate that we can’t even say their names out loud. It feels like we’re in a Harry Potter book talking about He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.”

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