Hold Back the Dark

Hold Back the Dark

Book - 2018
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"An SCU team investigates an inexplicable string of murders committed by men and women with no memory of their crimes in the latest in this New York Times bestselling series. Madness has taken ahold of Prosperity, North Carolina. Residents are killing one another, as if in a dream, and waking up with no memory of the monstrous acts they've committed--or why. As the death toll climbs, the local sheriff's department is further rocked by a murder carried out by one of their own. Deputy Katie Cole knows that whatever monster is afoot is beyond her scope...The Special Crimes Unit is called in for their specific brand of investigation. It will take all their training, all their experience, and every extra sense they can call on to get to the bottom of things in Prosperity. And as a dark pattern begins to emerge, even the most experienced and hardened SCU agents have to wonder if this is beyond their understanding"-- Provided by publisher.
Called in to a small North Carolina town, where residents are acting out their nightmares and waking up with no memory of their actions, the Special Crimes Unit uncovers a pattern that pits their skills against an unprecedented darkness.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425280959
0425280950
Branch Call Number: HOOPER
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 24 cm

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MB_kcls
Apr 11, 2019

I'm a fan of Kay Hooper and her various Bishop series, always eagerly awaiting the next installment, but 'Hold Back the Dark' is a huge disappointment for me. Yes, it has all the right parts of a story: a great setting, interesting characters, a potentially engaging plot, some conflict and of course Hooper's enduring theme. Where it falls apart is with the plot. 'Hold Back the Dark' is all exposition (set-up), a bit of rising action, no climax to that action and an exceptionally unfulfilling denouement.

This story is far too heavy on 'headaches', 'crawling, tingling' skin, 'pressure', talking about abilities and wandering around.

'Hold Back the Dark' does do a great job of introducing new and very reluctant psychic crime-fighters still figuring out their abilities and IF they want to fight extraordinary crime, but really little else. I was shocked and disappointed by the sudden, convenient, out-of-nowhere ending and, worse, the "explanation" of the why it all happened.

I can only believe 'Hold Back the Dark' is a setup for those new characters Hooper introduced.
I certainly hope so, otherwise why have bothered?

Barely 3 stars C-

DCLadults May 07, 2018

I have enjoyed this series in the past. It started off well but the last chapter was disappointing.

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nannianni
May 06, 2018

The plot holds your attention up until the last few pages. Then the ending falls flat.

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