|What a thrill ride! Welcome to the newly fun-filled life of
former reporter Delilah Street. When she loses her job as
the paranormal journalist at a Kansas TV station, Delilah
follows her nose to Las Vegas to track down her body
double - a woman who could be Delilah's twin who has been
featured as a corpse on a popular crime show.
An orphan being one of many of Delilah's attributes, she is
both horrified and intrigued by this woman (and her lack of
modesty), but is almost immediately sidetracked by what can
only be described as a big jumbled mess. In short: hot men
(one in particular, though not for lack of interest but
thanks to her convent upbringing and some overbearing issues
from her forgotten past), emerging powers that no one else
seems to understand either, the mystery of a decades-old
double murder that Delilah has a hand in discovering, a few
abductions, a new dog, and an eclectic new bunch of friends.
Not to mention that, as a Kansas girl, Delilah's been
pretty well sheltered from the Millennium Revelation. In
Delilah's reality, at the turn of the millennium, the
supernaturals all came out of the closet. In Kansas, that
meant she'd seen a few weird things and had regular contact
with vampires (in fact, her coloring made her a favorite
among the latter). In Vegas ... well, anything goes. The
city is run by werewolves and thronging with unhuman
species, some of which Delilah didn't even know existed.
Delilah's Romeo and Juliet are at the core of this story,
but there is, obviously, a lot of clutter. Strangely, the
odds and ends seem to fit right in with Delilah herself.
She really doesn't know anything more than the reader, who is
left feeling directly involved, if a little clueless. At
first it seems as though the little, quirky, murky peeks
into her life are teases, but really they're part of the
noir-ish first-person style of the writing and of Delilah's
character. The plot is made even more fun by the glimpses
into the "paranormal" history of Las Vegas as well as the
CinSims, which are basically zombies created from movie
reels. It's pretty interesting to see some of those old
characters come to life. And, since Delilah prefers to
create a history to make up for her own lacking one, the
"vintage" individuals suit her just fine.
In fact, considering the welcome she's getting, Delilah
would prefer the SinCims. Oh, everybody wants her - the
problem is that everyone has their eyes on her because a)
she's an unhuman's wet dream, b) her body double's fifteen
seconds of fame has escalated well beyond that, and c) she
has a habit of sticking her nose in places that make
powerful people (or whatever) uncomfortable. Not that this
causes Delilah to tuck tail and run. Absolutely not. Our
heroine is stubborn and, if not brassy, definitely has brass
.. well, you know. She also has a tendency to leap before
she looks, and the book has a beautiful lack of transitions,
guaranteed to keep even the most impatient readers (of which
I am one) involved.
One might complain that there is little depth to the
characters in this book, including Delilah. I found that
that wasn't necessarily true; as a reader, you'll definitely
get full-fledged feelings for each of the characters.
However, Douglas is serious about the first-person
point-of-view; Delilah is far, far from omniscient. This
does leave the reader in the dark. The sly hints don't give
away much since they're presented as Delilah receives them,
and she doesn't always get it, either. What makes that very
nice is it will definitely keep you guessing.
Once you get over questioning Delilah's motives and her
judgment, you'll be in for the ride of your life. Here and
there, things get hokey with Delilah's first-ever boyfriend,
Ric, but thankfully the story moves so quickly these
exchanges are brief. Dancing with Werewolves is a
fascinating combination of romance, mystery, fantasy, and
paranormal that manages to stumble through all of those
genres without any unforgivable blunders. Douglas has
definitely created a character and a setting that will keep
readers coming back for more.