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.
Hold Back the Dark by Kay Hooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Very creepy addition to the series. A psychic blast was sent out and received by small group of psychics to come to Prosperity, North Carolina. Something evil is going on there and only this group can stop it.
Noah Bishop and his wife felt the blast but were not part of the invitation but they do provide the place in North Carolina for everyone to gather before heading to Prosperity. Hollis Templeton and her partner/lover Reece DeMarco along with 6 other psychic who are not part of Bishops SCU team were the ones that got the summons. Those 6 psychic are aware of SVU but have not wanted to join and instead try to live ordinary lives with un-ordinary abilities. Even though hesitant they know they need to get to Prosperity to help fight whatever evil has taken over the town.
Madness has taken over a few of the residents minds and had them comment unspeakable acts of violence. Sheriff Jackson Archer has never had any trouble in Prosperity. Its a nice, peaceful place to live. He doesn’t understand the heinous murders that are suddenly being committed in his town and only at the urging of his chief deputy Katie Cole who has kept her abilities hidden does he call in Noah Bishop’s special team.
You curiosity was captivated from the beginning. I liked how the author had the book broken up into three sections.. The Summons, The Gathering and then The Darkness. The ending was a little abrupt and I am hoping that we get to see more of the 6 in future books but overall I liked this creepy little addition to the series.
Want a sneak peak? Here is an excerpt from the book provided by the publisher..
“Oh, God.” Special Agent Tony Harte groaned, holding his head with both hands. “What the hell was that?”
His boss, Special Crimes Unit Chief Noah Bishop, shook his own head slightly, then grimaced and lifted a hand to rub his left temple, where a rather exotic white streak stood out starkly in his thick black hair. He was far paler than normal, and his sentry-sharp pale gray eyes were darker than Tony had ever seen them, like tarnished silver.
“Vision?” Tony demanded. “Because I’ll swear I saw colors I’ve never seen before. I didn’t pick up all that from you, surely?” He was a clairvoyant, though not a particularly strong one; even so, he had been known to easily pick up information, experiences, and even emotions from other SCU agents, especially if they were “broadcasting” for some reason.
Bishop looked down at the legal pad lying before him on the conference table in the room at Quantico where the SCU teams usually met to discuss cases, and where he and Tony had been, in fact, going over several cold cases, as they regularly did, as evidenced by a dozen or so folders scattered on the table.
“Not a normal vision,” Bishop said finally, characteristically answering only one of the questions asked. He looked at the pen in his right hand with a brief frown before dropping it into a cup of pencils and pens nearby on the table.
“That’s an oxymoron,” Tony said, scrabbling in the first-aid case he had located in a cabinet. “Normal vision. Our kind, I mean. If we’re out of aspirin, I’m gonna kill somebody.”
Special Agent Miranda Bishop, walking rather carefully, came into the room just then, a legal pad beneath one arm, holding something in that closed hand, and holding a large bottle of OTC painkillers in the other hand. She caught Tony’s eye and tossed him the bottle.
Miranda sat down beside her husband at the conference table and held out her closed hand, opening it to reveal several capsules. “Here, take these.” And before Bishop, notoriously unwilling to take anything that might blunt any of his senses, could shape a refusal, she added, “I know exactly what your head feels like. Take them. We both need to be able to think clearly.”
Bishop looked at his wife’s startlingly lovely face, now unusually pale, her electric blue eyes dark with pain, and he swallowed the capsules.
I’m all right. Getting there, anyway. Was worried about our connection since I couldn’t . . . feel you there for a while. But as long as that’s all right, then we’re all right.
Yes, love. We’re all right.
You couldn’t feel me either, though, could you? While it was happening?
No. But we’re fine now. Whatever that was . . . I don’t believe it intended to damage us.
Noah . . . What’s coming . . . Can it be stopped?
If it can be stopped, we’ll do all we can to stop it. We’ve been warned, and a heads-up from the universe is . . . rare.
We weren’t summoned. Not us, not directly.
No. But we were shown enough that I can’t help believing we’re meant to help those summoned. We have resources. Experience. Knowledge most of those summoned can’t possibly have.
But we can’t interfere.
Not once it really starts. Once they’re in place and it all begins to evolve. But I think we have a little time before that—otherwise, why the warning? Time to gather, to plan. Which means what we do in the next twenty-four to forty-eight hours is critical.
Yes. Darling . . . if we fail, if they fail . . .
Then the world will see evil in forms only we’ve seen until now. Forms none of their armies can fight, none of their weapons can destroy.