Fear the Dark by Kay Hooper

Posted October 15, 2015 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 6 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fear the Dark by Kay HooperFear the Dark by Kay Hooper
Series: Bishop Special Crime Unit #16
Published by Berkley on October 6, 2015
Format: eARC
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Something strange is happening in the small mountain town of Serenity, Tennessee. People going on routine errands never reach their destination. It’s as if they simply disappear. Over the past few weeks, it’s happened to five men and women—and now a child.

The local police chief calls the FBI, and a team from the 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 possesses a unique ability to find the lost or 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 the mysterious events take a sinister turn when a body unrelated to the missing persons case surfaces and one of the SCU agents vanishes. Now, the team’s hunt for the lost has turned into something very personal…and very dangerous.

I started reading these books as mysteries but I loved the paranormal elements.  There are psychics, mediums, clairevoyants, telepaths and empaths, etc. These are my FAVORITE paranormal stories plus maybe magic.  The earlier books also normally had a romance, which added another good element.

I enjoyed Fear the Dark more than the last few books in the series.   The characters and the mystery held my attention.  Some of the latest books, including this one, do not really have a romance.  

One of the main characters, besides our FBI team, is the sheriff of the town, Jonah.  I liked him and it developed that he had some abilities in addition to being a really good cop.  

I’m sure there is an earlier book where Luke and Samantha get together but sadly, I do not remember it. (OK  I found it,  Hunting Fear, #7 in the series published in June 2005. I gave it 5 stars.)  I do remember, very well, Bishop and Miranda in several of the books, and they make a brief appearance here.

Since this series has my favorite type of paranormal combined with mystery, I will always continue with it.  If you enjoy that combination, I highly recommend the series since it is one of the few I have found with this focus. Fear the Dark is a fine addition.

About Kay Hooper

ay 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.

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Posted October 15, 2015 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 6 Comments

6 responses to “Fear the Dark by Kay Hooper

    • Tanya – yes Bishop and Miranda are here in the background. Some of the later books have more of them, than others do. There are 2 groups now the FBI special unit and Haven a private organization. The later books just don’t always have a romance and I miss that. But if the mystery plot is strong enough, like this book, I am fine with it. Anne