Golem in My Glovebox by R.L. Naquin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the culmination of the previous larger storyline involving the murder of the Hidden board members. It is also a bit of closure to the “where is my mother?” story, too.
We join Zoey as she continues to struggle with the work/life/Aegis work balance. Her BFF is holding down the fort at Zoey’s “real work,” while Maurice is essentially holding down the fort at Zoey’s Aegis work/home. Combined, though, Zoey still doesn’t seem to have enough “free time” to adequately address the rapidly declining state of hidden affairs. On top of all the usual craziness, it looks like the murderer has stepped up her super creepy game.
This book is filled with all the creepiest things. Really, everything that might give you nightmares. Oddly enough, it’s not the “monsters” that are the scary things in this book. The big story here is Zoey and Riley on the road trip from hell, working to re-assemble the hidden “cops” and save Zoey’s mom. The body count is climbing and I really don’t know how Zoey and Riley manage to muddle through on very little food, sleep, and quality time together (other than driving). Poor Zoey needs a genuine vacation after this book.
So, as I said, we finally get some closure in the larger stories. After some misdirection and really creepy things, Zoey collects even more friends and allies, and, most importantly, we see an end to the big bad story. Don’t worry, it is rapidly replaced with an even bigger bad that we get to chase down in the remaining books in this series. After the bummer ending of the last book, this ending was a much needed breath of fresh air.
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