Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
How do you make peace with the dead if the dead aren’t ready to forgive? In New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper’s new novel, the answer lies in the twisting shadows of a small town, and its secrets yet unearthed…
When Deacon James’s younger sister Melanie calls him, terrified, he goes to her aid in the small Georgia town of Sociable. What he finds is a scared young woman in the grip of what she insists is a paranormal nightmare—and murder. Two local men have been killed under mysterious circumstances. And Melanie is the prime suspect.
Trinity Nichols left a high-stress job for quiet, small-town life. But news of the murders has left her—and the town—on edge, especially when there is nothing remotely ordinary about how the men died. And her investigation is yielding more than she bargained for, including a group of strangers who have descended on Sociable, some with abilities Trinity finds hard to believe, and agendas she refuses to trust. For some reason, they know a lot more than they should about what’s happening in town. And what’s happening is growing stranger by the minute.
Now Trinity, Deacon, and this odd band of FBI agents must work together to solve a series of disturbances so incredible that Trinity, and the town of Sociable, will be changed forever. She just isn’t certain who—or what—will be left standing when it’s all over.
A gripping, engaging, scary, intriguing mystery! I was engrossed from the first word…and found it extremely difficult to put it down at night.
If I had known this was book 15 of an on-going series before beginning to read it, would I have waited to read this and started at the beginning? Maybe…. However, I am glad I did not. If one takes their time reading the first 5 chapters or so, they can get all the backstory on the characters necessary to follow the story. So while this is one of 15 in a series, it can and does stand alone.
I enjoy hour long murder mysteries like Castle or Bones; I was a bit apprehensive as to whether it would translate into the written word. I have a hard time with gore. I am happy to report that the level of gore was acceptable and the described visuals were gripping and horrific, but tolerable for this reader. Mixing the supernatural in the mix added spice into the story, one which was thoroughly enjoyable.
Trinity is an easily relatable small town sheriff….and I just love Braden! It was interesting to see how the “feds” interacted with Trinity and as time went on, she fit in like…as if she were one the team of psychically charged federal agents. Given the history between the feds, I am drawn to go back and read the series.
The murder scenes were compelling but not to wickedly graphic and the plot was convoluted enough to keep me guessing throughout.
All in all – a good read. I will be putting more of the series on my personal TBR (to be read) list 🙂 for those Sunday afternoons in front of the fire (no night time reading though!!!).