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.
What I liked: Fear the Dark is the 16th book in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series and I'm certainly not bored but wondering what's going to happen in the next offering.
I really love the settings for this series. They aren't in some large metropolitan city but usually in what I would consider a very normal small town setting. The setting adds to the enjoyment of the books but also adds to the suspense portion as most residents should be able to notice a new face and suspicion would fall on that individual. Not the case in Fear the Dark, but I couldn't figure it out and most of what happens in the beginning of the story was a huge mystery to me.
Ms Hooper stretches the paranormal genre with this series. It's well written, exciting, dark in some cases, and might even scare you a bit. (Some of the books in this series actually scared me a lot). I never know what she has in store for her characters and the "big bad" they have to deal with.
I also enjoyed that as this series has progressed, more and more law enforcement agencies are realizing the Special Crimes Unit is not some phony hocus-pocus unit. With each involvement in a case, their credibility grows and grows. In addition, each character's (and they are usually reoccurring) special abilities are not stagnant. They are all evolving over time and practice.
I can't really say anything in addition to the synopsis without talking in circles or giving something away, so I won't. I will say, the suspense is real and the trauma even more so. Ms Hooper doesn't always write happy endings at least in one way or another. She paints a real life picture.
What I didn't like: This series has a bevy of characters and it's sometimes hard to keep up with each one and their "powers". BUT, Ms Hooper is kind enough to help us out with "brief character bios, definitions of various psychic abilities plus a Special Crimes Unit 'timeline'...:
The books in this series can be standalone but I think it enhances the experience when you've read the back stories on so many of the characters.