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{December 26, 2012}   {Review} Dead Wolf by Tim O’Rourke (Kiera Hudson Series Two #5)

16248999From Goodreads: Learning the painful secrets of her past, Kiera must understand why the truth had been kept from her. When confronting Murphy, Kiera soon discovers he has been keeping his own terrible secret.

With Kiera’s and her friend’s past lives coming back to haunt them, Jack Seth tells her, she must discover the identity of the hooded photographer if she is to push her life back and save those she loves.

But is the photographer linked to Murphy’s past? If so, can they be trusted to help Kiera like Jack says they can?


O’Rourke’s latest Kiera Hudson novel hits the ground running, picking up exactly where book four, Dead Seth, left readers with its unbearable cliffhanger.  Once again, we are absorbed into the world of vampyrus and lycanthropes, but this time we follow Murphy’s story as we continue putting together the pieces of O’Rourke’s vast, and amazing, puzzle.  Murphy’s story, like all those that came before (Potter’s, Isidor’s, Jacks, Kayla’s, and Kiera’s), is extremely engaging, and I was enamored from the very beginning.

All of the characters we have met in this beloved series have been flawed in some way, shape, or form, and though we hate to admit it, even the characters we love to hate seem less evil once we know what makes them tick. Murphy isn’t evil, by any means, but he is indeed flawed, though I wouldn’t have realized it without this in-depth look into his life.  Murphy has been with us from the very beginning—from Vampire Shift, the first book in the Kiera Hudson Series One, and I’ve always liked him.  He’s the elder grandfather type, but a hardballer all the same.  He’s caring, compassionate, but straightforward and blunt all in the same breath, and he’s always been there for the other characters (except when some unfortunate circumstances took him out of the novels for a little while in the first series, but, you know).  And his flaws are what really make him a believable character in the first place.  That goes, of course, for all the other wonderful characters O’Rourke has created, and I think that is why I love these novels so much.  Even though there are intense paranormal entities within the novel itself, the characters have thoughts and feelings just like you and me, and that makes the novels even more powerful as they unfold.

I can’t say I agree with all the choices that Murphy made in his younger years, just like I’m sure someone scrutinizing my life would say the same, but I definitely understand why Murphy did what he did, and how it all leads to the point where we are now within this fluid story.  And, I’m dying to read more!  Many questions have been answered, but there is so much more that I want to know; I can’t wait for the next installment!  In all honesty, I haven’t met a novel of O’Rourke’s I haven’t loved, and Dead Wolf is another wonderful testament to his sheer writing genius.  Seriously, you need to read his work.  Five stars.

5 stars

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


O’Rourke’s Amazing Novels YOU NEED TO READ  (On Amazon):


Kiera Hudson Series 1

Vampire Shift (#1)

Vampire Wake (#2)

Vampire Hunt (#3)

Vampire Breed (#4)

Wolf House (#4.5)

Vampire Hollows (#5)


Kiera Hudson Series 2

Dead Flesh (#1)

Dead Night: Potter’s Secrets (#1.5)

Dead Angels (#2)

Dead Statues (#3)

Dead Seth (#4)

Dead Wolf (#5)

Dead Water (#6)–Coming Soon 2013


Black Hill Farm Series

Black Hill Farm (#1)

Black Hill Farm Andy’s Diary (#2)


The Moon Trilogy

Moonlight (#1)


Samantha Carter Series

Vampire Seeker (#1) (Formerly known as Cowgirls and Vampires)


Doorways Series

Doorways (#1)

The League of Doorways (#2)


Flashes Series

Flashes (#1)–Coming 2013

Tim O'Rourke


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