Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #24)by Laurell K. Hamilton
Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée.
It’s wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass—to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.
Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother her. But the women being victimized aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.
It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita’s own soul may not survive unscathed.
Dead Ice seems an appropriate title for the book, Anita and all her usual drama queens and petty guests are present for the typical argue, fight, kill, screw, screw, argue some more - but it didn't feel like any of them were really "there". The car is running but no ones behind the wheel type there. Anita and the others are being pulled through this very confusing plot which is riddled with more holes than swiss cheese yet most of them only seem to be just going through the motions when their turn comes around to pop their head out from wherever they're hiding. Its sad because the life is still there waiting for them to catch up or to wake up and play but these broken people are just continuing on in this world where it feels like they've all lost themselves and they've lost reason. They've lost their purpose and have been drowned by the weight of expectation, the weight of responsibility and the weight to exist in a place where Anita is simply a vessel meant to whore herself out to every body part that twitches. Its a distraction from her position as executioner which seems to have fallen by the way side and she doesn't really take seriously. It felt like the circumstances were like a parent telling a petulant child to "go do this" and if you don't there's a punishment waiting for you. So Anita obeys like a good little robot and does her job (half assed) then goes back to her corner to resume moping.
At this point I think Anita would be better off cutting all ties, wiping the slate, and starting over from square one and making someone other than herself and the drama surrounding her priority. She needs to take her job seriously and she needs to find a way to allow the poly "more by the minute" to fall by the way side for awhile.
She needs to remember who she is and started out as and regain the strength and the will to exist "all in" without the elementary pettiness and mentality. When did Anita turn into a twelve year old? I mean really. I know people that have had to deal with a lot of crap in their lives can sometimes revert inward but someone really needs to shake Anita to her core and bring her out of this swill.
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Note: I received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley.