Fear the Dark (A Bishop/SCU Novel)

Fear the Dark (A Bishop/SCU Novel) - Kay Hooper Fear the Dark (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #16) by Kay Hooper

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.

My Review:
Fear the Dark carried a few familiar faces along with it. Those that are fans of the Bishop series will recognize a few of them. Although there is no love story to draw Kay's sweetheart fans I am however impressed by her continued handling of the sort of blurry para/scifi she blends in with the thriller fiction. There's plenty of slow mystery to enjoy and savor and just a tad darker in plot than I've expected of Kay but I had to admit that I enjoyed it.
Kay Hooper has been able to handle both romance and mystery as if it were second nature to her. That adds a lot of entertainment for the reader because they don't have to do any work to participate in the imaginings of what is taking place. Its already there. I love that about Kay's writing.
A note to new readers of the Bishop series - Fear the Dark can be read as a part of the series or alone Kay does enough to provide any missing gaps for new and regular readers without making anyone feel overwhelmed by the added cast or histories.
I did have some mixed feelings about the ending because I didn't quite feel as if it were an ending. Sudden endings have a tendency to shut the door on alternate possibilities I felt Kay had the option of pursuing but it didn't quite have the feel of a cliffhanger/set up for future installations even though we know there will be one later on.
I enjoyed the steady pace and plot and the cast as usual was its wonderful self, I always love Kay's writing so in the end my feelings are that Kay has succeeded in writing another winner for me.

My Rating:
5 Stars

Reviewed By: Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews

Note: I received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Penguin/NAL/Berkley