Wrong Side of Hell
Wrong Side of Hell follows the story of Gideon Black, a morgue van driver who can hear the dead speak. He doesn’t like what he hears.
The premise of the book is what attracted me to it. I loved the idea of the dead speaking to a body mover. Soyna Bateman has given us a great example of what Urban Fantasy should be. The book is unique, but still within genre. It contains shifters, golems, bogeymen, and the underworld at war with humans. But what makes it unique is that the story is told from the perspective of someone who can hear dead bodies speak.
One of the things I liked most about the book was that it read like an action movie built around an interesting premise. The book is mostly fast paced, with the backstory built slowly throughout the book (which helped the pacing).
Another thing I enjoyed is the humor (extra points). Example:
“Asking too many questions can get you killed.”
I stared right back at her. “Maybe. But I’m pretty sure not asking questions will definitely get me killed.”
On the negative side, there were a few unbelievable situations (which we consider lazy writing). One example is the protagonist “has forgot” to follow up with someone who has information that is vital to his success. When he remembers, he decides not to follow up because something else is more important. It just wasn’t believable and felt like the author didn’t want to reveal information vital to the ending too soon in the book.
Another problem I had was the main character learns how to do advanced magic on his own. No book, no mentor, it just happens -- which not only steals some of the fantasy, but makes another unbelievable situation.
As a whole, Wrong Side of Hell is an exciting read that expands the genre, but had a few unbelievable situations. It makes our Must Read Urban Fantasy list because it expands the genre in an interesting way.
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