Ali Vali is a master of complex and riveting mysteries that will keep you on the edge of your seat reading until the end, and Answering the Call is a perfect example of her mastery. Answering the Call is the second in Ms. Vali’s Call series and takes place months after Calling the Dead ends with most of the same characters and adding some new protagonists to the tale. The setting is also the same as the first book, the recovery period of post Katrina New Orleans.
This second book is just as intriguing and multi-layered as the first novel. Ms. Vali also has all of those little plot twists that she throws into the tale which keeps you guessing and totally surprises you. For instance, I knew who the bad guy was about halfway through the story. I was proud of myself for figuring it out so soon. Good thing I kept reading because than I made it to the end of the story and found another of those little plot twists and…well, you will have to read it all the way to the end yourself to find out.
As I mentioned above, Answering the Call is the second book in the Call series, and to be honest, it really is not a stand-alone book. You really need to get Calling the Dead and read both books in the order they were written. If you only read this book, you will miss a good deal of information that it would be impossible for the author to give you in a blurb. I also think you would have a hard time connecting with the characters since they were already established and evolved in the first novel. Reading the books out of order would ruin the first book for you as well since the killer in the Calling the Dead is known in Answering the Call.
I encourage you to buy both books from the publisher Bold Strokes Books and read them in order. They are both outstanding mystery/romance novels and you will be glad you did.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.