Review: Hold Back The Dark by Kay Hooper

Author: Kay Hooper
Series: Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #18
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Pages: 301
Reviewer: Marie
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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An SCU team investigates an inexplicable string of murders committed by men and women with no memory of their crimes in the latest in this New York Times bestselling series.

Madness has taken ahold of Prosperity, North Carolina. Residents are killing one another, as if in a dream, and waking up with no memory of the monstrous acts they've committed--or why. As the death toll climbs, the local sheriff's department is further rocked by a murder carried out by one of their own. Deputy Katie Cole knows that whatever monster is afoot is beyond her scope...

The Special Crimes Unit is called in for their specific brand of investigation. It will take all their training, all their experience, and every extra sense they can call on to get to the bottom of things in Prosperity. And as a dark pattern begins to emerge, even the most experienced and hardened SCU agents have to wonder if this is beyond their understanding.

Marie's Thoughts
I have read every book in this series, and this one may be one of my favorites. And not because it’s one of the better stories told, but because it is so unique in comparison to the other books. It’s intriguing, extremely well written, and piques your curiosity far beyond a lot of the other books in the series. The author’s clever use of formatting made the story more interesting, and her descriptive storytelling paints the scene of this dark supernatural thriller.

As a fan of the series, I have always enjoyed the characters. Miranda and Bishop being some of my favorite, I was happy to see so much time dedicated to them in this book. It had felt as though that had been lost in some of the previous books and was a very nice surprise.

My only complaint, if you can call it that, was the very abrupt end to this story. It felt as though the story built slowly and meticulously, only to be slammed shut. It would have been nice to see the climactic ending play out just as the rest of the story had.

Overall, Ms. Hooper has done her job. She has continued this wonderful series brilliantly and has left us wanting even more.

I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

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