Welcome to this week’s “meeting” of the Preternatura Book Club! Today, we continue with the first book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, Halfway to the Grave.
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HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE, CHAPTERS 15-16
When we last left Cat and Bones, they had returned from Charlotte and seem to have made a breakthrough in their relationship—but Cat’s still afraid of her mom’s reaction and wants to wait and see him again in a week, after she moves to her own apartment. The apartment is apparently a dump—Cat’s mom is not happy to be leaving her there. As soon as mom leaves, Cat calls Bones over, and they “break in” the apartment good and proper.
Next morning, after Bones had gone, Cat’s dorky neighbor dropped by to meet her. He’s a gawky college boy named Timmie. She invites him in for coffee, and he’s kind of clumsy and shy and awkward.
After class, Cat heads of the Batcave, and grows cautious as she feels someone there who isn’t Bones. She thinks he’s one of Hennessey’s men, throws rocks in his eyes, and takes him down with a pretend silver knife. He claims he’s “Crispin’s best friend,” but she doesn’t let up. Finally, Bones arrives and rescues his friend, who is one of his Australian inmate pals, Charles, AKA Spade. He has some info on one of Hennessey’s flunkies they might be able to use.
Cat won’t be talked out of going, of course, and to prove she’s capable, she wants to fight Charles. She has a knife in his chest in record time.
So Cat tarts herself up and lures the flunkie outside. They go to his car and take off. Before long, she has him semi-staked and Bones takes over. It doesn’t take him long to get the guy, Tony, to talk. He says Lola in Lansing knows Hennessey’s whereabouts, or at least how to contact him. They drive to Lansing, a three-hour trip, and wait for Lola to show up. Just before Dawn, Lola shows up in a red sportscar, and Bones stops her in the parking lot. She says she doesn’t know where Hennessey is, but she does know where Switch is, Hennessey’s enforcer.
Two guys jump from the roof, and Cat-who’s waiting in the bushes—shouts a warning. Tony takes that opportunity to make his move, and Cat easily kills him. Bones killed the others, so they make their getaway. Bones gives her a lecture on how she should try to wound her victims instead of killing them.
I find myself wishing Cat wasn’t a college student. I know she’s a little older but I work at my day job with college students all day—even a couple who are 22—and they’re SO YOUNG. It makes me feel as if Bones is cradle-robbing. And Bones frozen at 24 seems…weird. Why not make Cat 25 or 26 and Bones at least 30? I guess I haven’t seen the usefulness of having them be this young and it bothers me.
So, is Timmy an evil minion posing as a gawky college kid, or is he really a college kid?