No Humans Involved
by Kelley Armstrong
Review by Gayle Surrette
Spectra Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0553805088
Date: 01 May, 2007 List Price $20.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
In No Human Involved, Kelley Armstrong lets us learn a little more about Jaime Vargas, necromancer. Jamie is finally getting a shot at a TV show of her own. She's one of three spiritualists placed together in a survivor-type television extravaganza where during the finale they will raise the ghost of Marilyn Monroe. While the house in which they're living and filming, has ghosts, what worries Jamie are the fragmented ghosts in the garden, who are able to interact with the physical world. They don't play nice and they want Jaime's help.
Jaime now has to investigate the ghosts in the garden, keep up with her rivals, and manage to not act like a jerk around Jeremy Danvers, who has come out to spend some time with Jamie. But then things, as they usually do, take a turn for the worse.
.Jaime has been pretty much on the periphery of the stories thus far, brought in for support or because of her expertise but always as a secondary character -- though an intriguing one. Here's we get to learn via flashbacks and interactions a bit about Jamie's youth and adulthood. Jamie, like all the women in the Women of the Otherworld series, is a strong, no nonsense individual, who can and do save herself from danger. They definitely have their softer side but they're no ones arm candy, and they should never ever be underestimated.
Armstrong, deftly manages to intertwine the threads of the TV show and the internal scheming of the director, other spiritualists, the ghosts, and the seemingly unrelated but integral sideline of research into magic users, and recent disappearances, and deaths. Jeremy Danvers also is brought to the fore and we get to see him develop more as a character rather than the strong, silent, alpha wereleader stereotype. Everyone has grown since the first book, Bitten.
As with any series, if you read from the beginning you'll have a greater understanding of the characters and their motivations. However, there is plenty of backfill given in the narrative as characters debate their moves to give you a good grasp of what has gone before.
This is a paranormal romantic thriller, so there is plenty of sexual references and thinking about it, and descriptions of the act. But it's fairly normal straight up hetero and while integral to character development those opposed can skim by it without loosing the plot.