Fear the Dark by Kay Hooper

Fear the Dark by Kay HooperFear the Dark by Kay Hooper

Series: #16 Bishop, #4 Bishop SCU
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley on October 20, 2015
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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So I read this blurb that just compelled me to read the book. I saw that, whew, this was already far into a series and established in a spin-off series. What was a reader gal to do? Well of course I snatched it and did some finger crossing that I wouldn’t be hopelessly lost. Small town, spooky vanishings, FBI unit of psychically skilled investigators, yep, just hadta…

So, it didn’t burn me that I jumped into the middle of the series because of the way the author set up the story. She started with the new situation and new characters before bringing into play the established ones. I definitely had the vibe that I was reading about people who got their own story earlier when it came to the FBI team, but it was secondary to the engrossing present situation.

The story opens when small mountain town chief of police, Jonah, gets a call from one of his officers. He arrives at the scene to find a recently abandoned vehicle, evidence that two teens were eloping together, no signs of a struggle, and foot prints that just stop and disappear. This is followed by a rash of people vanishing and no clues left behind. Jonah can’t keep his town safe on his own so he calls in the FBI Special Crimes Unit.

Jonah is joined by Luke Jordan whose psychic ability helps him find people and Jordan’s wife, Sam, who is a strong telepath, two junior members of the team, Robbie and Dante. The FBI team aren’t in the area long before they sense the strong residue of evil and a cunning hunter who is strong and getting stronger. They need to stop him soon.

Alright, this was the perfect blend of atmospheric, sinister, and spooky. I enjoyed tracking with the law enforcement team on their case. The story was so strong that it could have easily overpowered the characters, but the author wrote a strong lead in Jonah and surrounded him with a well-drawn team both of local townspeople and the FBI agents. The story was mostly Jonah’s narration, but it did flip between several others including the villain and one of the victims.

I loved that I wasn’t able to solve it and was pointing fingers a few different directions. It is a gritty and darker story, but doesn’t drop into horror.

Even though, Luke and Sam were new to me, I could tell that they are a well-established couple in the series. I enjoy couples who share a detecting partnership because of the dynamics involved and these two were no exception. Sam is the stronger psychic and prone to push past her limits to help people and Luke is her lead on the team and has the job of knowing the difference between a lover’s worry about the danger and a leader’s concern that his subordinate might be pushing too hard. I definitely want to go back and get the start of their story and the start of the Bishops’ story (couple who are the founders of the special psychic unit), too.

Only niggle was the abrupt ending though I will say that it was the type of abrupt that you usually get in a series when storylines will carry forward so maybe I just need to be patient.

All in all, this was a great introduction to a series of psychic thriller suspenses and I want to go back for the backlist and continue forward. I think these would have appeal to a broad range of readers from lovers of straight thrillers to paranormal mystery lovers and through on to blends of paranormal romantic suspense or thrillers. See? Lots of folks should trysy!

My thanks to Penguin Group for providing the book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Kay Hooper

Kay Hooper was born in California, in an air force base hospital since her father was stationed there at the time. The family moved back to North Carolina shortly afterward, so she was raised and went to school there.
The oldest of three children, Kay has a brother two years younger and a sister seven years younger. Her father and brother are builders who own a highly respected construction company, and her mother worked for many years in personnel management before becoming Kay’s personal assistant, a position she held until her untimely death in March 2002. Kay’s sister Linda works as her Business Manager, Events Coordinator, and is playing a major role in the creation and operation of The Kay Hooper Foundation.

Kay graduated from East Rutherford High School and attended Isothermal Community College — where she quickly discovered that business classes did not in any way enthrall her. Switching to more involving courses such as history and literature, she also began to concentrate on writing, which had been a longtime interest. Very quickly hooked, she asked for a Christmas typewriter and began seriously working on her first novel. That book, a Regency romance titled Lady Thief, sold to Dell Publishing in 1980. She has since published more than 60 novels and four novellas.

Kay is single and lives in a very small town in North Carolina, not far from her father and siblings. Deigning to live with her are a flock of cats — Bonnie, Ginger, Oscar, Tuffy, Felix, Renny, and Isabel — of various personalities who all like sleeping on manuscripts and whatever research happens to be spread across Kay’s desk. And living amongst the many felines are two cheerfully tolerant dogs, a shelter rescue, Bandit, who looks rather like a small sheepdog, and a Sheltie named Lizzie.

Kay Robbins is a pseudonym used by her.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • The best mysteries are ones you can’t solve! Gotta keep the reader guessing. This one sounds great.

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

    • This was a compelling one. I loved the atmospheric feeling.

  • Debbie Haupt

    OH I Love this series and in fact need to catch up a few novels. I also love how these books can be stand a lones but if you liked this I suggest you go back to the beginning because there is some essential history especially about Noah Bishop. Great review and push for me to get back in the Hooper saddle 🙂

    • Ha! That is great to know. I was really into this one. Glad I got you excited about one of your favorite series again.

  • I’ve read Kay Hooper before, but not in a long time. I think I’ve read some of these stories with teh Special Crimes Unit. I really liked this.

    I’m glad you really enjoyed this. perfect for this time of year.

    • Definitely, Quinn! It was indeed perfect for a spooky read.

  • *sigh* Small town, spooky vanishings, you just had to didnt you? now i have another on my tbr pile blah and a character with psychic abilities? yes please

    • Buahaha! Oh, I guess I should apologize, but its fun to know that I’ve added to your TBR pile. You’ve added to mine.

      • I went ahead and bought it, I hope I can squeeze it in before Halloween

        • It’s not huge so if you get a few evenings free then you should be alright. Look forward to your thoughts, Lily!

  • oh I love those psychic thrillers…they can be so fun to read especially when you have well-established characters.

    • Yes, it has been so long since I’ve read one. This was great and I definitely want more.

  • Oh yeah, this is quite attractive, i’m in the mood for romantic suspenses these days ! Great review 😉

    • This sure hit the spot for me when I was in the mood. Thanks, Iza!

  • I like these types of thrillers. It’s been a while since I read one.

    • Yeah, me, too, Mary! And it was pretty good for my first one in a long while.

  • This looks like a great book. I haven’t read many romantic suspense novels this year. Great review.

    • I really enjoyed it, Melanie. It has been fun trying new to me rom susp authors and finding ones I like.

  • First books can be sticky sometimes. Too much “introductions” to do that some parts feel weak… like the ending. It’s cool that it still was a worthy book

    • I definitely want to go back and get the others. I agree, sometimes first time with a new series can be sticky. This one helped me get into the stride of the series so I was glad for the easy beginning.

  • Now this sounds good, and I like these type of series where each book is a new case…and the spooky factor is perfect for this time of year…so glad you took a chance!

    • I’m glad I accepted this one, too. Those gals at Penguin know exactly how to word their emails to entice me in. LOL. It was a great spooky read and I liked how this series connects through the characters, but offers a new case each book.