First I want to start off by saying I’m a fan of Kim Harrison’s books and I was looking forward to reading this book, the cover was amazing. But I was a little disappointed unlike “The Hollows” her adult series which is quite good. I wasn’t riveted by this one. The pacing was slow moving and by time anything happened it was anti climatic. Still there were some redeeming aspects to this book first I liked the main character Madison given the fact that was killed so young. I think I would be whiny too. The premises of angels whose day jobs are reapers. Light and dark with opossing viewpoints and agendas was interesting. All potential for good plot lines that the writer didn’t take advantage of. When the secret behind the amulet that Madison wears around her neck and keeps Madison corporeal is explained, and who its previous owner was. The story starts to get a little convoluted. Again more potential from plot lines that were left unexplored. A lot of the backstory felt glossed over. Time keepers blab blah it kinda goes in one ear and out the other. I wanted to care about these characters but I couldn’t get there. I think tighten up the story by including more details, adding more pages the seize contributed to the glossed over feeling. Because Madison’s story/ world there wasn’t enough of it. That would have lent itself to a better reading experience. So for those reason I gave Once Dead Twice Shy a 3 / 5.