Who By Water
Jo Wiley thinks she has everything she needs in her quirky but tidy life in Ljubljana.
Her teahouse is thriving. She’s surrounded herself with chosen family and her friends, well… several of them come with benefits.
When a body is discovered at a glitzy party, Jo’s carefully constructed reality starts to unravel. Her lover’s murder lifts a veil on a hidden world of ghosts, demons, and forgotten gods where Jo is the link between this reality and the next. She may also be the reason her friends are turning up dead.
Jo has to use her new gift to find the killer, and fast, because there are worse things than dying.
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Jo Wiley lives a quiet life in Slovenia, far from her American home and her crazy family. But her family wasn't so crazy after all. There really is something up with Jo.
She can speak to the dead.
So maybe setting her life in a town that has a history going back thousands of years wasn't her best move. When an ancient evil surfaces Jo has to figure out what to do and how to handle her new abilities.
One of the best parts of this book is Victoria Raschke's lyrical writing style. She puts you in the heart of a sweet, old town and then lets all hell break loose.
Jo Wiley is one of those anomalies: an American living in Slovenia. With a group of friends, she manages a tea house in Ljubljana and keeps the various aspects of her social life strictly separate. When Jo accompanies a friend to the opening of a new archaeological exhibit in town, the worst she’s expecting to have to deal with is being polite to a slimy bar owner who fancies himself irresistible to women. She’s not expecting to see one of her lovers murdered, or to suddenly receive a warning from her dead father...
Who by Water layers realistic fantasy and fantastic reality over the ancient setting of Slovenia’s capital, weaving in allusions to the Catholic Inquisition, witch hunters, and older than both, the Roman settlement of Iulia Aemona that preceded the city. Victoria Raschke’s writing provides an eminently plausible scenario of ancient artifacts and psychic abilities drawn to Ljubljana’s historic nexus, with Jo Wiley, our pragmatic protagonist, front and centre with a talent for speaking to the dead that she wasn’t aware she possessed. I found the pacing of the novel was excellent, and while some of the characters hinted at far more backstory than was actually explored in the book, the story was well-written and a highly enjoyable start to the series.