The characters were visually appealing and easy to see in my minds eye as I read. They were likable and easy to empathize with. The hunky-human-sheriff-turned-werewolf; the tantalizing bisexual vampire; the menacingly mischievous tooth fairy; the curmudgeon boss; the distant yet loyal uncle... and that's just an example from the cast of characters that make an appearance. There is a touch of romance, with Sadie crushing on the sheriff and the vampire signaling his interest in her. Dialogue flowed and was believable; it was authentic to each character and helped move the story forward. The bad puns scattered throughout the tale had me grinning as much as the tooth pulling had me squirming. Did I mention already the mind-numbing horror a dentist invokes in me? Setting details for the town of Grimloch gave a true small town feel. There were some spelling, grammar and punctuation issues -mainly in the second half of the book - using "hinds" when "hands" was clearly intended, comes to mind. There was also something about the way characters went "in" to places or things, that felt sort of "off" in some weird way, but I shrugged it off as likely a southern tone.
All in all, this was a fun and interesting read - albeit a tad on the horror side with the dental work, for this reader. The pace of the tale is fairly quick and there is action galore. The main mystery is resolved but opens other questions in both protagonist Sadie's and the reader's minds; yes, a stand alone book that leaves a reader wanting more. I highly recommend this book and should really give it a five star rating. But... *shudders* the dental work! ** Review originally posted to Amazon reviews on November 30, 2017 and to Goodreads on the same date. **