Working Stiff – Rachel Caine

Working StiffTitle: Working Stiff (Revivalist #1)
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Roc
Format: Paperback
Pages: 306
My rating★★★★✫

I found the second Revivalist novel, Two Weeks’ Notice’ on a book fair in 2015. I had to buy it, because it was a novel by Rachel Caine. So I did and then I ordered the first and third novel of this trilogy online. It has been a while since I have read a fantasy series, so that’s why I thought I’d read the first novel now.

What the book is about

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.

Wit 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…

What I think about the book

I have bought these series because of Rachel Caine so I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. Zombies and undead people were not on my list when I picked up this book, but the title (Working Stiff) could have given me a clue of course. Getting a job at a mortuary would never be my first choice, but someone needs to do it… Bryn simply seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. So before she knows it, she is in way over her head and there’s no going back to where she came from. Lucky for Bryn she knows how to handle herself, and a gun.That’s what I liked about her for sure. She was not just a helpless girl, even though she had to move fast and was depending on others to keep her ‘alive’.

The topic was slightly weird. How does one ‘cure’ death? That sounds a bit like horror and science fiction to me, not just fantasy. I certainly hated the pharmaceutical company Pharmadene and their crazy employee Irene Harte. At first she seems to be protecting the company she works for with her corporate bullshit and her secrets, but there is much more there. Not a very likable woman for sure.

In the end the topic did not really matter. Rachel Caine knows how to make being undead sexy, attractive and at times even romantic. In the beginning Patrick McCallister seems distant and a bit arrogant, but after a while he becomes sweet and caring. He just needs this distance in order to get his job done without being distracted by Bryn. I do however love how their relationship evolves. There isn’t much time for them to be together, but when they are, Patrick shows her how much he cares. Even when he is not there. I would most certainly love a guy who would pull the plug on me if there was no more hope. It takes guts to do so. Glad it wasn’t necessary though, as it is of course better for Bryn to stay alive, or undead in her case.

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