When Deacon James’s younger sister Melanie calls him, terrified, he goes to her aid in the small Georgia town of Sociable. What he finds is a scared young woman in the grip of what she insists is a paranormal nightmare—and murder. Two local men have been killed under mysterious circumstances. And Melanie is the prime suspect.
Trinity Nichols left a high-stress job for quiet, small-town life. But news of the murders has left her—and the town—on edge, especially when there is nothing remotely ordinary about how the men died. And her investigation is yielding more than she bargained for, including a group of strangers who have descended on Sociable, some with abilities Trinity finds hard to believe, and agendas she refuses to trust. For some reason, they know a lot more than they should about what’s happening in town. And what’s happening is growing stranger by the minute.
Now Trinity, Deacon, and this odd band of FBI agents must work together to solve a series of disturbances so incredible that Trinity, and the town of Sociable, will be changed forever. She just isn’t certain who—or what—will be left standing when it’s all over.
What I liked: There are always so very many twists in this series and Ms Hooper is a master of the macabre. Haunted is no exception. It has one of my favorites in the whole Bishop SCU Series, Hollis. She's had such an unbelievable journey from her very first appearance. The things Ms Hooper has put Hollis through are almost indescribable. Yet, Hollis perseveres and grows and learns. At this point, I don't think anyone in the Unit knows what Hollis might become. Her powers keep growing and changing. Well, except for one that she desperately needs. To compensate, her partner uses his shields to protect and ground Hollis. A psychic with no shields is extremely vulnerable.
This case is no exception to the darkness and mystery that Bishop's teams usually face. The murders are a puzzle though. One set of murders are occurring in the mountains and another in the small Appalachian town of Sociable, Georgia. The sheriff of Sociable is one smart cookie. Born and raised there but she is more than capable with her law enforcement training in Atlanta and even some courses through the FBI. When a close friend and fellow member of The Group (former classmates and longtime residents of Sociable), is discovered dead in his locked apartment by Sheriff Trinity Nichols, she wastes no time in enlisting help from the FBI SCU. While Hollis is one of the female leads, Trinity is the other. Where Hollis is a somewhat tragic figure, Trinity is just the opposite. She's very calm, accepting and just has an air of confidence. She handles things most people would be wringing their hands over. I not only enjoyed her character but her loyal very smart companion, Braden. He's an exceptional dog in more ways than one.
What I didn't like: While I do more than enjoy this series, there is a long span between books. They are usually written as trilogies and it can be about a year or so between books; this makes picking up the books and just reading very difficult. I usually try and go back and re-read my reviews to catch up on the storyline. The books are filled with details that mean something and picking up a year later can certainly strain your recall.
Recommended for readers who have followed the series from the beginning. In other words, start with the first book!