Format: E-Galley, 304 pages
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Leah Nazir is an Insighter. Reincarnation is her business. But while her clients' pasts are a mess, Leah's is nothing short of tragedy. She's been murdered. A lot. If left to that bitch, destiny, it'll happen again. Leah wants to know who's been following her through time, and who's been stalking her in the present...
P.I. Archer Drake has been hired by Leah's mother to keep an eye on her. But the more time he spends watching, the more he finds himself infatuated. Before long, he even finds himself agreeing to help find the person who wants her dead. Over and over again.
Now going full-on "rewind," Leah hopes it can stave off the inevitable. After all, she's grown fond of this life - and even fonder of nerdy Archer. But changing her pattern means finding out who her killer is today. And as Leah fears, that could be anyone she has come to know and trust. Anyone.
Deja Who is the first installment in author MaryJanice Davidson's Insighter series. Meet 26-year old protagonist Leah Nazir. She is an Insighter who is able to recognize other people's previous lives and how their previous lives impact with their current ones. Leah knows all about previous lives. In fact, she's been at the center of some historical events and lived, only to be killed by a stalker who is infatuated with her. Leah is considered to be at the top of the Insighter profession. There really isn't anyone better than she is. However, Leah has some issues.
For years now, Leah has lived on the precipice of knowing that her killer is out there just waiting to strike again. In a previous life, she was killed by Jack the Ripper. So, in order to prevent that from happening for a 13th time, she has trained in various arts, she carries knives in her bra, yep, in her bra. And, she is one of the most sarcastic lead characters that you will discover outside of the authors Betsy Taylor character. Leah's other problems revolves around her estranged mother Nellie who I have to say not even I would have found a way to make things work between us. Too say that Leah isn't necessarily a nice person, well let's just leave that there.
Along comes Archer Drake. Drake is a private investigator hired by Leah's mother to find her while attempting to reconnect with her daughter who loathes the very air her mother breathes. Lovely. Anyway! Drake has worked more part times jobs than I have. What does Leah do upon meeting Drake? She stabs him. Twice. Drake is also a blank slate for Leah. He has no past that she can see, therefore he is a curiosity that Leah just can't ignore. Well, not much anyway. Would you be surprised or shocked at how quickly Drake and Leah fall in love, jump out of love, and back in love again while dealing with a psychotic killer who just won't leave Leah alone?
Have you ever read a book where the author tries to hard to be funny? This is the case of Deja Who. It is the reason I gave up on her previous series called Undead. But, I'm not done yet. I do love Cat, who is the former mayor of Boston. If you really want some laughs at how certain journalist and outlets take political correctness too seriously, you have to read about Cat's background. I also love the fact that she is basically Leah's best friend who is infatuated with carrots. Will I read the next installment? Only if the reviews are 4 stars or better.