winged reviews
Adult, Review / January 26, 2012
Working Stiff by Rachel CaineWorking Stiff
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: Revivalist #1
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Date: October 2011
473 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn't the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment--until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele as part of an extortion racket. Now, Bryn faces being terminated--literally, and with extreme prejudice.

With the help of corporate double-agent Patrick McCallister, Bryn has a chance to take down the bigger problem--pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She'd better do it fast, before she becomes a zombie slave--a real working stiff. She'd be better off dead...

I was quite disappointed with this book. I have never read a Rachel Caine book before (although I am collecting the Morganville Vampire books so that should change soon!) and as the MV books are of the paranormal genre and so loved, I thought that Working Stiff would have more of a ‘paranormal’ story to it than it did.

As I mentioned in my Teaser Tuesday post, the ‘zombie’ aspect in this book isn’t traditional. It’s a very different take on zombies. The zombies in this book are simply people who have died and then been revived with a drug. They go back to living normally afterwards and simply have to have a shot of the drug each day to maintain their body functions. So the story is more of a crime/thriller about the company producing the drug rather than a paranormal/fantasy story as I had expected.

I can’t really say much else of the storyline itself as this was one of those books where something major happens right at the beginning. So to say any more would spoil the whole book I’m afraid.

I did enjoy the writing style and I thought the idea was quite original but unfortunately it just didn’t grip me. It took me a while to get into and became a bit of a chore to pick up until about two thirds of the way in. I also wasn’t really fond of the main character Bryn. I felt that she didn’t have much character and gave in too easy and just sort of went along with what ever she was told to do. And the only character I found I did really love was her dog, Mr French!

As I mentioned, the story picks up a lot towards the end. I enjoyed these parts and I started to feel more of a connection toward Bryn and what was happening to the characters but unfortunately it was just a bit little too late.

One other thing I feel I must point out to any potential readers is that there are some seriously disturbing scenes in Working Stiff. This is an adult book, not for romance reasons but more for violence, torture, murder and generally just creepiness!

This will NOT stop me reading Morganville Vampires. I think this was simply a problem of picking up a book (mistakenly) that wasn’t my thing. However if you like this type of genre, then this is a very well written story.

2 Stars

4 Responses to Working Stiff by Rachel Caine

  1. Vanya D. says:

    Yay for Mr. French!

  2. Faye says:

    It's a shame you didn't like this but every book can't be for everyone! I have to say I'm actually slightly intrigued myself as it sounds like someone I could enjoy and I do like Rachel Caine!
    I'm glad you haven't discarded MV completely though! They're really good reads! In fact, I should probably get a start on the second one…

    Great Review!

    Faye 🙂
    My recent post The Big Debate – Ebooks Vs Hard Copies.

    • Alison1805 says:

      Awww thanks Faye. I don't want people to be put off by it becuase I'm sure there will be people who love this type of story. It just wasn't for me.

      Looking forward to MV though! Everyone seems to rave about those!! I have books 4, 5 and 6. So I can't start yet lol

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