When I pick a Bishop/Special Crimes Unit book, I know exactly what I’m getting: a team of psychics on a trail of a gruesome monster. A kind of monster that leaves a trail of dead bodies in its wake. Plus a cameo or two by most dear, most beloved characters from previous books. Fear the Dark by Kay Hooper has all that, and more.

Good old SCU elements

Fear the Dark features a pair of new agents: Dante, a medium, and Robbie, a telepath. They’re green, inexperienced, and are under the impression that Bishop is scarier than Miranda. In other words, they’re adorable. In that new agent kind of way that we haven’t really seen from this particular series before.

They team up with Samantha and Lucas, who were the stars — and an absolute treat — in Hunting Fear. Now they are doubly so. While not exactly in the spotlight and not nearly as significant as they were in their own book, Sam and Luke are precious and charming and so wonderfully contrasting against Robbie and Dante. A little bit weary, a lot more experienced, and still hopeful. Plus, their new dynamic is to die for. Fussing husband Luke will never be forgotten. Oh, how far he’s come!

Finally, there is Jonah, the local sheriff who cares about his town and his people very, very much. He is charming in the way most Kay Hooper’s men are. Which, of course, is always a delight. Especially because all these men are very much aware that they are surrounded by remarkable women, dealing with whom is a struggle of its own kind. Kay Hooper always handles that particular issue magnificently.

Tangled in a dark, dark mystery

But the true treat of Fear the Dark is the plot. It starts out truly mysterious. People vanishing in the dark, with no signs of, well, anything. Then, with the first body, it turns dangerous. And, finally, it proves to be different from the latest SCU books, in which Evil was almost an abstract concept.

Because the truth is, there are all kinds of monsters in this world. And not all of them are Evil. Not all of them even sociopaths, or psychopaths. This monster in the dark is very, very human. Despite his abilities. And I liked that. A lot.

Fear The Dark by Kay Hooper

More, please

Fear The Dark by Kay Hooper turned to be an absolute treat from the first word to the last. It isn’t perfect, it has things I would’ve maybe preferred to be a bit different, a shift in focus here, a little less description there. But as a whole, it is fantastic. No character felt unnecessary, which is something that was present in a few previous books, no romance was forced, and the villain was well and truly real. Dark and scary, but delightful. Just as all SCU books are.

Fear the Dark by Kay Hooper

Fear the Dark by Kay Hooper (Bishop/SCU #16)

Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #16

Published by Berkley on October 20th 2015
Adult, Mystery, Paranormal

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How do you find someone who has vanished without a trace?

Something strange is happening in the small mountain town of Serenity, Tennessee. People going on routine errands never reach their destination. Over the past few weeks, it's happened to five men and women - and now a child.

A team from the FBI's Special Crimes Unit is immediately sent in. Agents Lucas and Samantha Jordan, partners in work and in life, have very different abilities. Samantha is clairvoyant and Lucas is able to find the lost and abducted. With them are new partners Dante Swann, a medium, and Robbie Hodge, a telepath.

The town is already on the edge of panic, but when a cop is killed, the team’s hunt for the lost turns into something very personal… and very dangerous.

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Also by the author: Wait for Dark

What kind of monsters and evil things do you like best? The more abstract and epic ones, or rather more human ones?

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