by W.R. Gingell
Series: The City Between #1
Narrator: Zehra Jane Naqvi
Length: 7 hours and 43 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Narration: 4 cups Speed: 1.5X
When you get up in the morning, the last thing you expect is to see a murdered guy hanging outside your window. Things like that tend to draw the attention of the local police, and when you’re squatting in your parents’ old house until you can afford to buy it, another thing you can’t afford is the attention of the cops.
Oh yeah. Hi. My name is Pet.
It’s not my real name, but it’s the only one you’re getting. Things like names are important these days.
And it’s not so much that I’m Pet.
I’m a pet.
A human pet: I belong to the two Behindkind fae and the pouty vampire who just moved into my house. It’s not weird, I promise—well, it’s weird, yeah. But it’s not weird weird, you know?
Between Jobs by W.R. Gingell is the first novel in the City Between, an edgy urban fantasy series. Dark humor, an Australian setting and an unusual cast of characters kept me engaged.
A young seventeen-year-old girl working a crappy job and squatting in her parent’s abandoned home witnesses a murder that changes her life.
Her parents were murdered seven years ago while she slept in her hidden bedroom behind the bookshelf. Now three psychos have moved in and they’ve named her Pet.
Pet calls them psychos, but Zero and Zero’s steward, Athelas are Fae. JinYeoung refuses to speak English and is a vampire. They are Enforcers from the Behindkind sent to investigate murders.
“She does make a good cup of tea, after all. Let’s have her as a pet.”
Zero said coolly, “Don’t go giving it a name and patting it on the head. Don’t get fond of it. It’ll die soon enough.”
Between Jobs was a cool mix. A murder-mystery involving supernaturals and the worlds of Humans, the Between and the Behind. It offered a unique world and twist on paranormals while mixing in elements of humor.
Set in Hobart, Tasmania. I loved the Australian setting. The world building unfolded as Pet learned. On the plus side it kept the pace fast and light despite the dark grisly murders and freakishness of the Behind. There is more to be discovered and Gingell succeeded in making me want more.
I loved the characters. Each has a distinct personality and I enjoyed watching the dynamics that developed as they interacted. Even the Hobart police detective who seems immune to glamour added to the tale. It is clear there is something different about Pet. Zero is the leader of the psychos and we learn some interesting tidbits about him. JinYeoung only speaks Korean but his interaction with Pet is hilarious. Athelas cracks me up. He kind of sits back and finds humor in the interactions of the others, only stepping in when necessary.
Zehra Jane Naqvi narrates and did a splendid job capturing the voices of these characters, particularly our heroine Pet.
The story wrapped up fairly well concerning the books plot, but left lots of threads and questions. I am looking forward to listening to the next novel.Between Jobs by W.R. Gingell is the first #audio in the City Between, an edgy urban fantasy series w/ dark humor, and an Australian setting. #loveaudiobooks Click To Tweet
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