Dead Girls Are Easy (Nicki Styx Series #1)

Dead Girls Are Easy (Nicki Styx Series #1)

by Terri Garey

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ISBN-13: 9780061136153
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Series: Nicki Styx Series , #1
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

A Southern girl with an overactive imagination, RITA® and PRISM Award winner Terri Garey lives in Florida, where anything weird is considered normal. A former computer analyst, she left the dry world of logic behind in order to write novels filled with fantasy, romance, and happily-ever-afters.

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Dead Girls Are Easy

Chapter One

"She's coding. Give me another round of epi, stat."


"Keep bagging her, nurse. I'm not letting her go yet. Charge it to 360."

Had I left the TV on? I'd never cared much for medical dramas. Too much intensity, too much crying, too many doctors undergoing personal crises of faith—I'd rather believe they were professionals who knew what they were doing and leave it at that.

The body on the table jerked at least a foot in the air when the paddles touched its chest. A hand flopped to the side, revealing red fingernails and a silver thumb ring. A woman.

A high-pitched whining from one of the machines was getting on my nerves, but I had to give the director credit. The urgency on the faces of the people clustered around the gurney looked pretty real.

"Again." That doc just wasn't gonna give up, was he? Maybe he was hoping for a daytime Emmy—wasn't that what they gave for bad soap operas? The heartburn that made me lie down on the couch was finally gone, but it seemed too much trouble to look for the remote, so I just watched.

The camera angle shifted so that now I was above the action, looking down from a high corner of the room. There was a blond nurse standing at the head of the table, squeezing a bulb-like thing over the patient's face.

The body flopped again at another jolt of electricity while I winced in sympathy. She wasn't a car battery, for goodness sake.

"Check her pupils." The nurse holding the bulb stepped back while another one leaned in with a little flashlight and pried the woman's eyelid open with athumb.

"No reaction, Doctor. Nothing on the EKG, either."

The guy holding the paddles let his shoulders slump, while the two nurses gave each other significant glances. It was then I got a good look at the woman on the bed. Dark hair, cropped short like a boy's, with a telltale streak of pink. She was me.

No sooner had the realization hit when a pulling sensation jerked me up and out of the deathbed scene. Suddenly I was in a dark tunnel, rushing along like I was on the subway, only there were no seats, no drunks, and no rhythmic rattle of rails. There was just me, and a light that grew steadily brighter the faster I went.

I was weightless, and somehow a part of the light, becoming more so the closer I got. It radiated and shimmered like coiled lightning, pulsing white with a golden center, and it drew me like a lodestone. I couldn't wait to see what lay beyond it.

Silence gave way to music, but it wasn't like any I'd ever heard before. It seemed to be coming from the light itself, yet it was all around true music of the soul. There were others there, though I couldn't see them clearly, bright shapes pulsing and flowing.

My forward progress slowed, then stopped. I heard a voice.

"It's not your time, Nicki."

"I'm dreaming, right?"

"You've awakened unto Life, but the dream is not yet over."

I can't explain what perfect sense that statement made, any more than I could explain how so many things that had troubled me in the past suddenly made sense. Like why my mother gave me up for adoption before the cord that bound us had even been cut, or why really bad things happen to really good people. For a few precious moments I actually saw the fabled "grand design" stretched out before me like an infinite spiderweb. I barely had time to grasp it before it was snatched away.

"Go back, Nicki, but don't forget—do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

My body felt strange, heavy. It was an effort to open my eyes, and when I did, I wished I hadn't. The glare of a fluorescent bar surrounded by stained ceiling tiles was not the light I longed for.

"Hey." I felt a hand touch my hair. Evan's face came into view, a very uncharacteristic look of concern in his blue eyes. "How you feeling, girlie?" he asked.

My chest felt like there was an elephant sitting on it and my mouth was dry as sand, but I managed to croak out a reply.

"Like shit."

That brought back the lopsided grin I knew so well, and made me feel a little better. My best friend since childhood, Evan wasn't the type to play nursemaid unless there was a handsome guy around who wanted to play doctor. We'd shared backyards, homework, and confidences while we were growing up, so it had come as no big surprise in junior high when we shared a crush on the same football player.

"What happened?" Talking was an effort.

"You faked a heart attack and almost gave me one in the process." Evan's joking still carried overtones of worry. "Good thing I decided to come check on you when you didn't answer the phone. I knew you didn't have a date, and I couldn't believe you'd go out for Chinese without me."

I licked dry lips, not entirely sure I was awake. "A heart attack?"

"Mitral valve prolapse."

I slid my eyes toward the unfamiliar voice. There was a dark-haired man at the foot of the bed, studying my chart. He wore green surgical scrubs and the typical stethoscope around the neck, and when he glanced up, I recognized him. He was the soap opera guy who tried so hard to save the woman on the gurney.


"A small heart defect, normally benign, but in your case nearly fatal."

He moved to stand across the bed from Evan. "We thought we'd lost you, Miss . . ." He consulted the chart again. ". . . Styx, is it?" He grinned. "I guess you didn't have the right change for the ferryman."

Evan looked at him blankly, but I . . .

Dead Girls Are Easy. Copyright © by Terri Garey. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Dead Girls Are Easy 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
romance_connoisseur More than 1 year ago
Terri Garey has captured me at once with "Dead Girls are Easy" the story of Nikki Styx and her unusual ability to see and converse with the dead. This was a laugh-out-loud riot that was both a refreshing and amusing. Nice easy read, story line flows well, and the characters are fantastically developed. I'd give this one a sixth star if that was an option!
Irish_Lassie More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! In fact all of Teri Garey's in this series are just a hoot to read. The characters are funny, the dialog is wonderful and it is just a FUN book to read. I would recommend it and have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book is awesome. It rocks. This was my first time reading Terri Garey, and I have to say I was more than pleasantly surprised. She is awesome. Nicki Styx has had a near death experience. Now she can see the dead. Falling for Joe, the hunky doctor who brought her back to life, they come together to solve a mystery. The characters are all amazing. The story is flawless and fresh, with plenty of ghouls, laughs, and romance to keep you reading from beginning to end. It's a must read. Terri Garey is amazing.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Entertaining and easy to read, Nicki has a lot of attitude and Joe seems cute - a little one dimensional still but I am sure that will improve. I think Garey could have played up the dead wandering around a little more - harrased Nicki with it bit - Mrs Goldblatt was fun. Some neat little twists and i'll look forward to seeing where the series goes.
miyurose on LibraryThing 8 months ago
There¿s nothing particularly complex here, but I enjoyed it. Nicki deals pretty well with her newfound ¿gift¿, and I like her relationships, both with her best friend Evan and her new (and unlikely) boyfriend, Dr. Joe. No one really knows why or how Nicki can now see and talk to the dead, but the voodoo makes for an interesting twist. Not every dead person is looking for the light. The tone here is also good¿ It¿s not as silly as a MaryJanice Davidson, but not as serious as a Laurell K. Hamilton. I would definitely read more in this series.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I loved the plot of this book by Terri Garey. Nicki has a near death experience and when she awakes, lo and behold, she sees dead people. The dead people all need a little help, "tell so and so this for me", "I need to give something to someone"...but then her neighbor gets murdered. Suddenly Nicki finds out she's fighting for her home, her mind, and her life! With a fun storyline, and interesting characters this story flies right off the words on the page. This is an extremely strong entry into what looks to be a new paranormal series. Two (minor) points bothered me. The first being that the ending wasn't as strong as I feel it could've been. I think it was fairly abrupt and a little too tidy, although there was a short string or two left hanging. Surely those strings lead to some future plot lines. The other thing, is probably my own special quirk but I everytime I read her name Nicki Styx, visions of Motley Crew danced in my head. Slightly odd. Basically, great kudos to this book. Pick it up and enjoy.
irisdovie on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - I liked the humor, the love story and the supernatural. I thought the heroine was spunky and admired her character.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Nicki Styx is a young, hip woman living in Atlanta. When a heart defect causes her to die, well for a while, she comes back changed. Now she can see dead people and needs to help them with their problems. But it is not all bad news. She does meet a hunky doctor who finds her irresistable.I really enjoyed this book. I like Nicki, her business partner and his boyfriend, and the doctor is to die for. The book is a quick read that kept me interested and up late at night. I will be reading the second book in the series.
amf0001 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Clearly the start of a series, this very light, very slight romp through Near Death Experiences, introduces us to Nicki Styxx, a traditional chic lit heroine, with the obligatory gay best friend Evan, and new love, could he be true love, Dr Joe, who not only saves her life, but then sleeps with her and includes her in a study he is doing. So medical eithics is not his strong point. I actually didn't like this book, because it was too chick litlike for me. I like romances and erotica, but chick lit heroines don't actually do it for me, I usually find them annoying. And Nicki is a bit annoying. Dr Joe is a cipher and Evan the gay friend was so stereotypical, you could predict every word that came out of his mouth. The plot was actually a strong point for once, in that there were some interesting ideas there, but they were so poorly realized, and the writing was so banal, that the book didn't sustain interest for me. I was skimming by the end.Could have been much better, so C+, I thought.
DebR on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Light read, mostly fun although it felt a bit unfocused to me, particularly the way the ending of the mystery/suspense part of the plot was handled. I liked it enough that I'll probably read a sequel if there is one, but I'd hope to see some tightening up of the writing and editing in a second book or I probably wouldn't read a third.One thing that *really* annoyed me was that the author seems to have an aversion to the phrase "want to." I lost count of how many times the word "wanna" was used instead of "want to." While that's fine now and then for adding flavor to dialog, it gets really old when it's used so often, even in sentences that aren't dialog!I think I find it more frustrating when a book is "pretty good" and could've been better with just a *little* more work, than I do when I read a book that's out-and-out bad. That was my reaction to this one...pretty good, could have been so much better with the benefit of tighter editing.
seph on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The last book I read was a chore to get through, so in picking this one up I was hoping for a light distraction, and that's exactly what I got. This book is filled with clichés: the sort-of-goth girl who loves the goth look and music but swears she's not goth, her flamboyantly gay best friend, his muscular but quiet boyfriend, the normal guy who's intrigued by the freaks, the wise black woman who speaks in riddles, ... I could go on. It's not deep reading at all, rather more of a bubble-gum book. The story was decent though, and it was just the light distraction I was looking for. I will probably look for further books in this series to read when my brain needs a bit of a vacation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never read a book by this author and got it on accident. It was pretty funny and I'll read another book by this author again.
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Kaoden39 More than 1 year ago
What a fun book. There is a great mixture of fun and fear in this story. Ms. Garey has a likable heroine in Nicki Styx. She is a fun character that marches to her own drum. To my friends that like a love story within their story this is a good book for you. There were a fun group of supporting characters including Nicki's best friend Evan. It was just fun. The chemistry between the characters is great!! I think that I am not fond of her boyfriend in the book. I cannot tell you why but I do not like him. There is so much to like in this book and I do love it!! The bad guys are such fun bad guys and as with the good guys they are multi-dimensional and I really liked that. Read this!!
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