Release Date: September 9, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Chick-Lit
Leah Nazir is an Insighter. Reincarnation is her business. But while her clients' pasts are a mess, Leah's is nothing short of tragedy. She's been murdered. A lot. If left to that bitch, destiny, it'll happen again. Leah wants to know who's been following her through time, and who's been stalking her in the present...
P.I. Archer Drake has been hired by Leah's mother to keep an eye on her. But the more time he spends watching, the more he finds himself infatuated. Before long, he even finds himself agreeing to help find the person who wants her dead. Over and over again.
Now going full-on "rewind," Leah hopes it can stave off the inevitable. After all, she's grown fond of this life - and even fonder of nerdy Archer. But changing her pattern means finding out who her killer is today. And as Leah fears, that could be anyone she has come to know and trust. Anyone.
I can always rely on Mary Janice Davidson to give me a good time. Her new series, Insighter, debuts with DEJA WHO. This new urban fantasy/chick-lit inducts us to a world where reincarnation is widely accepted and people's past lives are taken into account when they commit a crime. Our new heroine, Leah Nazir, is an Insighter and a clinical expert of sorts. She works with the criminal justice system in diagnosing criminals and who they were in their past lives.
And inasmuch as Leah is a big help in cleaning up the streets with serial killers and repeat offenders, she's also in the midst of her own impending murder. History repeating itself is a common theme in DEJA WHO and Leah is expecting her would-be murderer in this lifetime but this time, she won't be a helpless victim. With armed breasts (think Lady Gaga in Alejandro), suave combat moves, and MJDavidson's signature snark, Leah Nazir is a worthy successor to Queen Betsy Taylor (MJD's heroine in her vampire series which is concluding soon ;().
DEJA WHO is a very entertaining read, MJD's humor might be an acquired taste for some but I found myself laughing and giggle snorting over a few silly and outrageous scenes. But underneath this rather amusing sheen lies subtle and somber notes. Leah's relationship with her mother is nonexistent at best and tumultuous at worst. Leah's mother is a piece of work and shamelessly used Leah for profit. Then there's also Leah counting down the days to her inevitable death. Can she escape it this time and break the cycle or will her nemesis succeed yet again, throwing Leah back into another round of rebirth and all the baggage that goes with it.
I liked DEJA WHO, it's not a literary masterpiece BUT it's packed with ridiculousness designed to lighten up your mood even for just a few hours. It has the right amount of mystery, suspense, and romance for it to be stimulating. And with Queen Betsy ending this year, I'm elated that we have a new batshit crazy heroine to follow.