Adam or Sam? That burning question is finally and satisfyingly answered in chapter three of this darkly riveting and haunting first-person series following Mercy Thompson. Briggs' gift for dynamic storytelling is evident on every page. By consistently creating a multitude of vivid characters whose exploits run from humorous to perilous, she ensures her books fall under the category of extremely addictive.
Mercy's stubbornness and loyalty won't let her quit investigating, even when the Gray Lords indicate that she should stop or die. Adding to the pressure is knowing that she must decide between werewolves Adam and Sam, but can she choose between two very different potential mates?
(ACE, Jan., 304 pp., $7.99)