The beginning chapters of Stacia Kane’s Personal Demons is a bit choppy. There are some strange cuts and splices. In particular, there are several instances where important, plot-relevant conversations occur offscreen and are only mentioned in retrospect as Megan muses about them. (I think it would have been more effective to show these conversations rather than narrate about them after the fact.) I also had trouble getting a feel for the passage of time in these early chapters. I would think days passed, and it would turn out to be hours, or vice versa.
However, it was worth my while to persevere past the beginning. Personal Demons turned out to be a fun novel, if not necessarily one that will stick in my mind forever. I love the premise: Megan, a psychologist, is the host of a radio talk show that promises to “slay your personal demons.” Megan thinks it’s bad enough that her boss makes her use that cheesy tag line, but when it turns out that personal demons actually exist and take her threat literally, she’s got bigger problems on her plate. Like, say, fighting for her life.
Stacia Kane mixes this fast-paced plot with some humor and a heavy dollop of romance, and the result is a quick, enjoyable read. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for Megan in Demon Inside.
Megan Chase — (2008-2010) Publisher: Megan promises listeners to her new radio call-in show that she’ll “slay their personal demons,” and they believe her. So do the personal demons… although she doesn’t know it, Megan is the only human without a demon on her shoulder! Megan and her allies — a demon lover who both protects and seduces her with devilish intensity, a witch with poor social skills, and three cockney guard demons — have to deal not only with the personal demons, but a soul-sucker, ghosts of Megan’s past, and a reporter who threatens to destroy Megan’s career!