Series: Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #15
Published by Berkley on September 2, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: References to sexual relationships.
Reviewed by: Julia
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.
Though I had misgivings entering the Bishop/ Special Crimes Unit series with number fifteen, I found HAUNTED to be easy to pick up and follow. Some of the aspects that made HAUNTED accessible were positive , while others ultimately proved to be a narrative shortcoming.
On the positive side, there were the footnotes that indicated when characters were discussing events from prior books. Even for readers familiar with the series, this tool would provided much needed reminders of prior events. The characters discuss theory and past cases well enough that HAUNTED is easy to read as a standalone. Unfortunately, the same exposition that makes this book easy to follow bogged down the story for me very quickly. Characters spend an enormous amount of this book explaining things to each other. Almost all of the action revolves around these conversations, as pieces of this paranormal puzzle are pieced together and past experiences are used to try and formulate strategies for the current case. While I appreciated the lack of a secrecy between parties (supernatural abilities are very quickly acknowledged and openly discussed amongst the investigators), less talk and more action would have made for a faster pace. This wordy, methodical investigation had a hard time holding my attention.
While this slow style doesn't have me interested in going back to read prior books, it is exciting to know that I could pick up any Bishop/ Special Crimes Unit book, past or future, and easily be oriented to the characters and storyline. Fans of thorough, grounded magical mechanics will enjoy this book more than I did, and I am willing to try another Bishop/ Special Crimes Unit book if it comes my way.Series Titles:
- Stealing Shadows
- Hiding in the Shadows
- Out of the Shadows
- Touching Evil
- Whisper of Evil
- Sense of Evil
- Hunting Fear
- Chill of Fear
- Sleeping with Fear
- Blood Dreams
- Blood Sins
- Blood Ties