Haunted Kay HooperLet me start this review with a sort of disclaimer:  I have always loved Kay Hooper’s Bishop/Special Crimes Units novels.  That enjoyment doesn’t mean that I don’t know that some are better than others – but – I enjoy the stories nonetheless.  Having said that…

from Goodreads:

How do you make peace with the dead if the dead aren’t ready to forgive? In New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper’s new novel, the answer lies in the twisting shadows of a small town, and its secrets yet unearthed…

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.

This book is in my personal collection- owned.

Read on for my review of Haunted – no spoilers, promise.

I grew up in a small, small town so I understand the dynamics of Sociable.  Everyone knows everyone else and most of everyone else’s business too.  There truly are few real secrets in small towns.

Haunted is partially centered around a group of friends and how their lives intertwine whether the people involved want that or not.  When a member of this circle is found dead, under very unusual circumstances, every person who knew the deceased is now on edge for very good reasons.

The other part is focused on the hunt for a killer… who seems to be headed in the direction of Sociable.

Without giving away any spoilers – this Bishop/Special Crimes Unit novel follows the same general pattern of the others meaning.. paranormal activity, murder and members of the SCU finally admitting that they are falling in love with each other.  🙂

I was drawn into the story and completely enjoyed every moment of it.  There is suspense galore – paranormal involvement on a huge scale and some romance tossed in as well.

If you’ve read any of the Bishop novels, you will love this one.  If you’ve never picked one up then let this one be your first, I think you’ll enjoy it.  (The only way to read Bishop novels and know all the characters from the very start is to begin with the first Bishop Special Crimes Unit novel, because honestly, everyone within this universe could and does show up in or is mentioned in future books)

I’d give this one a 9 out 10 rating scale.  (it’s hard to get that perfect 10)