This was another great book. Vic is his usually spazzy, neurotic self. I love him! The story was a bit different than some of the other stories, especially without the usual amount of interaction with Jacob. So I'm interested to see how this effects them going forward. There wasn't as much of Vic's gift here, but we get to know Bly the empath better. My particular favorite was the positive "Moroccan hamster" press! I'm part of a rattie rescue group, so it means a lot to me personally. Pet rats are cute, intelligent, funny, individuals (lookup dumbo rats). They're clean if you keep their cages clean. So anyway, that was fun. I had mixed feelings about Vic's frenemy, Hale. Very funny that Vic manages to get himself so worked up about it. But also a sad situation for the old guy even though he was a total jerk.
How can the books just keep getting better? This was amazing!
With many series I get to a point where I stop caring as much, and only read the books eventually, and sometimes not at all. But, this series? This is not even close to those.
I try to re-listen to the series once every year or so, and because of that it took me a while to get to this because that is a lot to listen to. Absolutely totally worth it. It was wonderful to experience this as a whole, from the beginning to now.
As someone in a long term relationship it was also great to see a couple that has been together for a while still be so into each other. Not just physically, but missing the silly things that you both do without thinking about it, and, maybe most of all, just getting to talk to each other about things, big and small. I could feel the loss and longing Vic had for Jacob, and the times they ran into each other? Sheesh. *fans self*
I love seeing Vic come into his own, feeling like he really has more to offer than he realized, and seeing his friend list expand is the best.
I love these characters, their lives, and their friends so much. The secondary characters are great, even the animal variety!
I thought about re-reading this immediately, but the audio is releasing later this month so I'm going to wait for that because it's going to be outstanding.
When this started, I was uncertain on how it would all work with Vic on an undercover assignment, away from Jacob.
Well. I of course needn't have worried for a nanosecond: once again a trusted storyteller demonstrates exactly why they're just that:
Q: The mattress had just the right amount of give. I expected to be shivering, until I remembered the way the heat rose in the cannery. So many details I never gave much thought. Overall, though, I’d known damn well I had a better life than I ever expected or deserved. And now it really hit home. /Q
Character growth, ok no, even more so self-realization to the nth, especially in Vic terms: check!
A smooooooooth reading experience: check!
Butterfly tummy type emotional passion and physical heat: check and check!
Humor and eye rolling fabulocity thanks to Vic being Vic: top notch 1st person perspective.
Jacob is kinda everything in this.
I enjoyed the creepy crawly outta this. Thank you, JCP, for continuing to share this supernaturally tinted Chi-town universe with us. And there's def more to come. Woot!
With the title of “Murder House,” I pictured an isolated creepy gothic mansion. Instead, the story is set in a 3-year old townhouse in Boystown! In a change of pace, Vic goes undercover with his new partner (don’t worry, not *that* kind of partner), Jack Bly, one of my favorite supporting characters. We also get to see a new side of Carl, who can morph into a very take charge guy, and Veronica Lipton. But, don’t worry about Jacob; he is well represented in the book. Oh, and did I mention the Moroccan hamsters?
And then there’s the audiobook. Gomez Pugh’s performance was, as always, brilliant as he brings the characters to life. His portrayal of the snarky, 80+ year old Sylvester Hale was spot on. So, after reading the book, treat yourself to the audiobook and get set for almost nine wonderful hours of listening to Vic, Jacob, and assorted characters in Murder House.
Rating: 4 stars I really enjoyed this book. It was good to see Vic spreading his wings and coming into his own in the FPMP. I’m not sure how going undercover was going to help him find out things about his past though. Jacob and Vic didn’t have much page time together in this book, but what they did have was wonderful. I think not having them in each other’s pocket made the times they were together more meaningful. All in all, a really good addition to the series. I really hope that the next one comes out sooner rather than later.