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Do Not Read Alone At Night
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2018
Kay Hooper has a way of drawing you so far into her story world that it is hard to tell real from fiction. And Hold Back the Dark does not disappoint, a true escape from reality. In true Hooper style, this book is full of edge of your seat suspense, as well as a struggle between good and true evil. As always you are holding your breath waiting to see if the good guys can survive. And as usual while reading this late at night alone in my house with just me and my fur babies, I was acutely aware of every bump, creak in the dark.
Hold Back the Dark is part of the Bishop/SCU Novel and like all of her other Bishop books, a special group of paranormal FBI agents have been drawn to a small town experiencing a phenomenon that defies the expertise of your normal, local law enforcement. Prosperity a quiet town in the Southeast mountains has had rash of brutal homicides involving unassuming citizens who are unable to recall having committed the crime. Yet the crimes are so horrific, the Sheriff and his deputy can't imagine they will ever be able to forget them.
A small group of psychics, who have refused to be recruited by Bishop, but had at one time lived in a group home Bishop had put together to help psychics struggling to cope in the real world with their "gifts", are being "called" to Prosperity by some unknown entity. Is it evil or is it good? Even Bishop is not sure and that's disconcerting because Bishop is a precog , able to see the future. Along with the untrained, inexperienced psychics, 4 of Bishop's SCU (spooky Crimes Unit as the FBI has nicknamed them) operatives,all who are recovering from a particularly nasty mission that has them trying to regroup and recharge, are also feeling the need to be in Prosperity. It really seems like the odds are against this ragtag group being able to help themselves, let alone help the Sheriff and the townspeople of Prosperity. In order to hold back the Dark that is threatening Prosperity, this group of psychics must pull together as a team and learn to use and trust their "gifts".
My only complaint is that the book comes to a sudden and dead stop without the usual slow descent back to the real world. It is almost like kay decided"OK I am done" and just quit writing! I can only hope that she has plans to include this group of characters in a future book as I am dying to know if they ever adjust to being who they are, instead of denying their special talents. I have loved every one of the Bishop /Haven/SCU books I have read so far and look forward to reading more in days that come.