Series: Spook Squad #2
Published by Dell Source: Netgalley
Genres: Fantasy, Law Enforcement, Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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COUNTDOWN TO CRISIS
A serial killer strikes every twelve hours. A vampire takes lives at random. At first glance, these tragic incidents seem unrelated. But Special Investigations Unit agents Sam Ryan and Gabriel Stern trace them both back to a military base known as Hopeworth. Is the murder spree part of a cover-up? And are the vampire killings less by chance and more methodical?
The investigation takes an eerie, personal turn when Sam discovers a connection between herself and the victims—and a clue to her own mysterious origins. With the violence escalating and the danger drawing closer to home, the stakes are raised and the mission changes from seeking justice to ensuring Sam and Gabriel’s own survival. And the one person who seems to hold all the answers—about Hopeworth, about Sam’s past—is a mystery man she isn’t sure she can trust. They share a psychic link through her dreams, and he once saved her life, but he may just be the greatest enemy humankind has ever known.
I’ve loved Keri Arthur for a long time now, I think I read her entire Riley Jenson series in like a week and a half, I was kind of obsessed. I’ve read a couple of her other books outside of the Riley series, and I really do enjoy her writing style. So when I saw this book, I knew I was going to give it a try. I know this is a rerelease of the series, which was originally published a while ago, but I figured I love her writing style, so chances are I was going to like this book as well.
First off I want to mention that I didn’t read the first book in this series, which I think really threw off my enjoyment of this book in the beginning. I felt like I was playing a lot of catchup in the beginning, like I was missing out on some of the interpersonal relationship backgrounds. That being said, I was really intrigued by a couple of things right off the bat, the relationship between Sam and Gabriel and the whole Kite mystery.
One of the things that I love about Keri Arthur is that she creates the great paranormal worlds that are complex but fun to follow. She makes the creatures in these world complex and so interesting. I liked her world building in this book, and like in her other books this is also a mystery based book, which I think just add to the enjoyment of the world.
Like I mentioned, this book is all about the mystery. I actually really like the law enforcement angle that she uses in this book, and I like how the relationship dynamic played out with Sam and Gabriel. They have this great kind of power struggle going on between them, with Gabriel hoping Sam with all for a transfer, and Sam just being super stubborn and refusing to give Gabriel his way. I have to admit Sam made me laugh more than once during her quest for one-up-manship. I liked how Sam’s powers are expanding and she is trying to get a handle on them all, it makes for an interesting story.
As always I loved the pacing and the length of this book, Keri Arthur is good at giving me what I want in that regard. I liked that so much of this book is based on the story and not the romance, which for me just makes the romance better in the end. I also liked how Keri is good at mixing in humor to the book, nothing better than a book that makes me laugh out loud. If you like Keri Arthur I think you will probably like this book.