For the first time since Claire Kennedy died, there wasn’t a deputy guarding the site of her murder.
Kayla peered out from behind the boarded up beauty salon. Seeing no one, she hoisted her backpack and set out, kicking stones, her gaze fixed on the ground. She was careful to walk slowly. If you ran, grown-ups paid attention. Kayla hated it when they paid attention. She liked being invisible.
Until her mom died, murdered with her best friend in this same building, Kayla had always been invisible. But now it wasn’t just the other kids who whispered behind her back, calling her weird or, in grown-up language “an odd little thing.” Grown-ups did, too. It wouldn’t help if they found her sneaking into the place where her mom had died.
Kayla knew the rear door would be locked. Kayla had lock picks from her Junior Detective kit, but they were just toys. Kayla didn’t need toys. She knew a way in, though. A boarded up window on the first floor with a gap big enough to for a nine-year-old to squeeze through. Concrete blocks scattered behind the building made a good stepladder.
She pushed her backpack in first. It hit the floor with thump.
As she hoisted herself through the window, she avoided the broken glass she’d cut herself on last time. Grandma had flipped out and taken her to the clinic. Grandma was like that. She worried a lot. After Mom died, Kayla thought Grandma would have less to worry about. No such luck.
She dropped to the floor and rummaged in her backpack for her flashlight. Plastic, of course. She’d considered asking Grandma for a real one for her birthday, but hadn’t figured out yet how to explain why she needed it.
Kayla shone the flashlight around. Empty. No, that was the wrong word. The building was only empty of people. Abandoned.
There was tons of crap here, all of it dirty and old and broken, but Kayla barely needed the flashlight to get where she was going. She’d been here five times since her mom had died. She’d recorded every visit in her notebook. There hadn’t been much to see, though. By the time she thought of coming, the police had cleared the place out.
This time it would be different. If Claire Kennedy had been killed here, there had to be a connection to her mother’s murder. There just had to be.
She opened the basement door and shone her light down into blackness. She went down one step, then stopped, working up her nerve as she always did before shutting the door and letting the darkness of the basement envelope her, her plastic flashlight barely strong enough to cast a distant circle of light.
Halfway down the stairs she heard the thump of a door shutting above. A deputy back on duty? That was okay. He’d peek inside the main floor, assure himself all was clear, then go back to sit outside in his pickup. Kayla knew the routine.
Excerpted from WAKING THE WITCH by Kelley Armstrong. Copyright © 2010 by Kelley Armstrong.
At 21, Savannah Levine—orphaned daughter of a notorious dark witch and a cutthroat sorcerer—has an impressive knowledge of and skill at spell casting. Even so, the once rebellious teen can’t convince her adoptive parents—both supernatural detectives—to let her work a case. It’s only when they take off on a romantic vacation alone that she gets the chance she’s been waiting for. Recruited by another supernatural detective, Savannah travels to Columbus, Washington, where two troubled young women have been found murdered in an abandoned warehouse. She feels certain she can handle the investigation, but with signs of supernatural activity appearing at every turn, the danger far exceeds anything an untried witch is prepared for....
Hardcover Book : 320 pages
Publisher: Dutton/Div of Penguin USA Inc. ( August 03, 2010 )
Item #: 13-180427
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 12.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
1st, if you haven't read the beginning of this series you are doing yourself a disservice. Reading the first book through the tenth book will give you some background as to who the characters are. You don't necessarily need to read the first ten books, but let me say you would love them and it would let you know who Savannah is as a person. She grows up in the first ten books and you will be SO very excited when you get to this book. The whole Other-World series starting with "Bitten" is AWESOME! I will say that you will be sad when you get to the last book ("Thirteen"), but what a ride it is. I have bought every single book about the Other-World characters. If you have read the first ten books then you all ready know how excited you are and let me say it is all that you are hoping it will be. I was totally shocked at who Savannah becomes and I think that you will be too. Have FUN!
Reviewer: Michele C
This was the kind of book this author does good.Can't wait for the next one!
Armstrong has outdone herself again. Savannah's book practically stole the show. Her character development may be even more interesting than Paige and almost as interesting as Elena's. I hope to see at least another two books focus on Savannah's development. Right now, I am itching for the 2nd installment to come out. I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for stong, independent female protagonists.