Summary from Amazon:
Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.
Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.
With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride was the very first credit I used when I signed up for Audible, and what a good pick I made. This book has been on my TBR list for a couple years now. In fact, last year around this time, I borrowed the print copy from the library. But I never did get around to reading it, and returned it unread. I was bound and determined to read to read it this Autumn, though, and I thought listening to the audiobook was the way to go. I’m pretty darn pleased with that decision.
Holy cow, Lish McBride filled Hold Me Closer, Necromancer with so many unique, interesting, and well-developed character. The protagonist, Sam, immediately pulled me into the story. He’s an entertaining narrator, with an interesting sense of humor. I particularly appreciated Sam’s ability to not be all woe-is-me. In a matter of days, he’s hit with life-changin information, and he’s been put in some tough situations, but Sam’s always, for lack of a better phrase, “takes it like a man.” (although honestly, it’s a ridiculous phrase, as if how women take things is less desirable).
As wonderful a character as Sam is, McBride gives us so many enteraining secondary characters. There are Sam’s best friends Ramon, Brooke, and Frank. All three have a unique importance in the story, and all three have very unique personalities.
Ramon is pretty much the best friend we all want. He’s incredibly loyal, and has Sam’s back. Brooke is one of the funniest characters in the novel. She has to deal with some seriously shitty events, but she’s always got her attitude on. Of course, there are moments when we understand that Brooke is a bit unhappy, but the story never gets to down in the dumps. Frank’s role is much smaller than Ramon and Brooke’s, but he’s a nice addition into the story.
Sam’s nemesis, Douglas, is one scary bastard. McBride gives us a little background on Douglas’s upbringing, and he let’s us into Douglas’s mind a little, and let me tell you – Douglas is an evil guy. But without Douglas there wouldn’t be a story.
There are so many other characters that I wish I could touch on, but then this review would be WAY too long. But let’s just say there are some awesome werewolves in this story.
The actual story was ridiculously entertaining. It almost never dragged, the action kept coming. The book is told in multiple POVs. I loved Sam’s first-person narration, because his voice is quite spunky, really, and humorous. I do admit to getting a little bit impatient during the scenes that are told in third-person POV, especially those scenes following Douglas. I did like some of that background information, but I just wanted to get back to Sam’s chapters. I couldn’t get enough of his voice.
I think Hold Me Closer, Necromancer would make an amazing movie. Sometimes paranormal stories can get a little campy in movies (with all those werewolves, vampires, etc), but I kept picturing this story as a movie similar in style to Warm Bodies.
If you’re a seasonal reader, now’s the perfect time to read Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. It’s not particuarly creepy, but it does have that Halloween feel. But, if you’re not a seasonal reading, anytime is really the perfect time to crack this book open. It is one of the most entertaining and humorous books I’ve read this year.