Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA (March 24, 2022)

From Goodreads.com: The cries of the dead are deafening

Women are being taken in Virginia, and FBI agent Mark Gallagher is determined to put a stop to it. Certain he’s closing in on the killer known as The Embracer, Mark is less than thrilled when he’s partnered with rookie agent Colleen Law, worried she’s a liability when there’s so much at stake.

But like everyone in the Krewe of Hunters, Colleen has talents that extend beyond the usual investigative toolbox. She can hear the voices of the victims in her head, and they’re telling her she and Mark are near to uncovering the truth.

When Mark’s prime suspect takes a liking to Colleen, he’s surprisingly protective of his new partner, even as he admits her connection to the victims is key. But tense interrogations turn dangerously personal when someone close to Colleen goes missing, luring the agents deep into the shadows of wooded rural Virginia, where nobody can hear them scream.

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My Rating: 2.5  stars out of 5

Let me start right in by saying that this one was not for me. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that when I requested to read this one, it was not disclosed that it was in fact book number thirty-six in an established series, and therefore I missed all of the other stories detailing Mark and his "abilities". 

Or perhaps it had something to do with the fact that I wasn't expecting them to be getting help from ghosts. Sure I've read a book a time or two where someone has an uncanny "knack" for figuring things out, whether it be a "gut feeling", or in some cases a "sixth sense", but this is the first time it's been more of a paranormal story than a police story. 

I'm also still unsure as to why it's called a "Krewe" instead of a Crew when "Krewe" is literally defined in the dictionary as " an organization or association that stages a parade or other event for a carnival celebration.  Krewes are associated especially with Mardi Gras in New Orleans"

Now, overlooking these things. I found the writing to be solid if a bit disjointed with the points of view switching in the middle of chapters without warning. I even thought the characters were well fleshed out (even the background characters), although I have to say I caught on to who the killer was pretty quickly. However, this novel (for me at least), also dragged on unnecessarily and lacked that spark to keep me as a reader engaged. Instead of being glued to the pages to find out what happened next, I found it all too easy to put this one down, go do my dishes or clean my house, and then come back to it. Or read it right before bed to help me sleep which is certainly not the intention of the author I'm sure. 

Overall, I'm sure there are still people who will enjoy this novel. Whether they are established readers of this series, or like a more paranormal aspect to their stories. And while this series wasn't for me, I would be willing to give this author another shot down the road. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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                                            Sound of Darkness is available on Amazon.com