Another twisting, atmospheric and dark psychic romantic thriller that follows on the heels of the first Fatal Dreams book, Race the Darkness.
Lathan Montgomery has psychic gifts that are the envy of no one and leave him separated from the normal world though invaluable as an FBI consultant. He has a strongly developed sense of smell that allows him to even scent memories. And people put off a lot of scent memories that can overwhelm him particularly if he is touching them. Lately, he has been on the hunt for a serial killer he calls The Strategist and that is his focus until he comes upon a woman in need of rescue. His timely arrival before she is assaulted startles him when he blissfully discovers that she gives off no scent memories for him and her touch is soothing- he needs her?
Evanee Brown just needs to make enough money to escape town- escape her creepy and obsessive step-brother who insists she’s his and the jurisdiction of his father the sheriff. Junior has her trapped until a stranger comes along and rescues her. The big man with the face tattoo might be terrifying to others, but Evanee knows who the real monsters are and they can have the most handsome faces. Lathan is different, but he is compassionate, understanding, and makes her feel safe. She’s not proud of her past, but somehow she has found someone who knows a bit about being hurt, vulnerable, and alone. It is Lathan who stays by her through the threat from Junior and this new terrifying psychic gift when she falls asleep and dreams. They are both on the radar of a cunning killer now.
Hunt the Dawn started out and had me confused at first. It seemed disjointed and unconnected as it introduced the new situation and characters. But as I read on, it snapped into place and things started making sense. It built the suspense and slowly revealed it’s secrets and twists so the reader gets the full-effect of the horror of the situation.
The characters are likeable having flaws and strengths that make them interesting. These are both vulnerable people who really need each other. They stumble along and make mistakes and make assumptions, but they share a passion that comes quickly since there is a fated mates element to this world.
I was fascinated by the psychic gifts that both possessed and how their gifts worked together. Lathan’s scent gift that could read peoples’ emotions and memories and Evanee’s dreams that brought back real objects from her encounters with the dead.
The suspense element included narration of both Lathan and Evanee, but also the killer. The reader knows who the killer is all along, but that doesn’t detract from the tension because he is hiding in plain sight and no one realizes their danger.
The connection to the first book is there when the Race the Darkness characters crossover and have minor roles in this one. On an aside, best to read these in order so this one makes better sense when the tie-in with the other book begins.
In summary, this was fantastic and another riveting read like the first book. I don’t know if there will be any more in the series though I’d enjoy a story about Evanee’s brother or Lathan’s friend Gill. I would recommend this one to those who enjoy darker, grittier romantic suspenses or thrillers with a psychic element.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.
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