Monday 5 December 2011

Review: For I Have Sinned - Darynda Jones

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Darynda Jones revisits the sexy, suspenseful world of supernatural shenanigans she created in her Grave series with For I Have Sinned. In this Charley Davidson story, Charley helps a woman find out how she died and gives her the closure she needs to pass through to the other side.

Charley Davidson Series:
First Grave on the Right
For I Have Sinned (Novella)
Second Grave on the Left
Third Grave Dead Ahead
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Fifth Grave Past the Light
Shimmer (Free Short Story)
Glow (Free Short Story)
Sixth Grave on the Edge
Seventh Grave and No Body
Eighth Grave After Dark
Brighter Than the Sun (Novella)
The Dirt on the Ninth Grave
The Curse of Tenth Grave
A Very Charley Christmas (Free Short Story)
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave
The Graveyard Shift (Novella)

Visit Darynda Jones' website for more information

For I Have Sinned is a short story set in the Charley Davidson series between book one (First Grave on the Right) and book two (Second Grave on the Left). I have to say straight away don't read this story if you haven't read the first book - it will give you major spoilers if you do. To be honest I'm pretty sure I picked up a spoiler anyway and I only just finished reading the first book! I am wondering if that's because the version I read was an ARC though and perhaps it wouldn't have been a spoiler if I'd actually read a finished copy.

This is a sweet short story told from the perspective of a ghost who comes to Charley looking for help, I don't want to say anymore about the plot because there isn't a lot that happens and it would be too easy to spoil it for you. It was interesting to see Charley from the outside, I've now got a much clearer picture of what she looks like - especially to the ghosts who come searching for her.

Like I said not much happens in the story but it was a quick, easy read and it's one that has been made available online for free by the author which I appreciate. I don't think you'd be missing much if you skipped this story but if you want to revisit Charley's world while you're waiting for the next book to come out then I'm sure you'll enjoy it. In a way I think it's a shame that this gives a spoiler for the first book because otherwise it would have been a great free way to test the waters and decide if you'd like to read the rest of the series.

UPDATE 2018: This story was originally available to read online for free but can now be purchased as an ebook

Source: Purchased

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  1. Ohh thanks for sharing - I really like this series!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  2. @ Bookdout - this is such a good series isn't it Shellyrae. I'm really looking forward to picking up the next one :o)



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