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Publisher's Summary

A town in the thrall of evil. A summons that can't be ignored. The SCU returns in a nail-biting novel from New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper.

The Chosen have been warned. Powerful psychics across the globe have gotten the same eerie and insistent message: Go to Prosperity. Because in this small North Carolina mountain town, madness has taken hold...

Trapped in a nightmare they can't escape, the residents of Prosperity are killing one another, waking up with no memory of the monstrous acts they've committed - or the reasons why. Chief Deputy Katie Cole knows that whatever evil is afoot is beyond her expertise, and beyond the understanding of Sheriff Jackson Archer. They need help.

The Special Crimes Unit is called in for its specific brand of investigation, to aid the Chosen as well as the once-peaceful mountain town. It will take all the agents' training, all their experience, and every extra sense they can call on to get to the bottom of things in Prosperity. And as a sinister pattern begins to emerge, even the most experienced and hardened SCU agents must brace themselves for a flood of darkness unlike any the world has ever seen...

©2018 Kay Hooper (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with The Berkley Publishing Group, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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Not my favorite Kay Hooper book...

Although I normally enjoy Kay Hooper for the paranormal mystery books, I did not enjoy this one.
The characters were very shallow, the plot was thin and the crimes were described with sketchy detail. I felt like the book was missing a lot.
If you are a first time reader/listener of this author this book may be satisfactory. If you have been a long time fan of Hooper's and are familiar with her previous works, I think this book might be a disappointment.
To each his own and this is only my opinion.
If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
Thank You.

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Another good one.

I loved this book. My only issue is that some of it felt rushed. Like the action scenes were brief. Not like battles in any of the other books.

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  • Robin
  • Dahlonega, GA, United States
  • 05-17-18

Would have been better as a short story.

WARNING: Do not listen to while driving or operating heavy machinery.
Took weeks to get past the the first part. Excellent cure for insomnia with no sleeping pill aftereffect.
Takes till the very end of chapter 6, beginning chapter 7 for any story to find its' way. Roughly 3 hrs into the audio, if you can make it that far.
The ending chapters had a water downed story to it, which would have been better as a short story.
Did Kay really write this?
If book is dropped in the tub, over the boat while fishing, or otherwise soiled..no worries. Tis a good throw-a-way book
Dante

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Hold Back the Dark

Enjoyed this book. Love all of Kay Hopper's books. I enjoyed revisiting with some of the past characters.

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Great story and performance but ending lacking detail

This story involved 6 non SCU team members and their contribution each seemed to be glossed over at the end. Additionally the ending seem rushed with little detail when it should have been the climax of the story. This is not the norm with Kay Hooper and this is my first disappointment.

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Very Disappointing!!

My husband and I are huge fans of Kay Hooper and her Bishop series. This book had no excitement, no thrill, no suspense, just as the book was starting to get semi-good it was all over. We were quite sad. We were really looking forward to this book. My suggestion is don’t waste your time:(

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  • Kim N.
  • Valencia, PA United States
  • 04-15-18

disappointed

I have listened to most of the books in this series which i have enjoyed. I found this one to be lacking in content. it was repetitive in comparison to previous books in that even though the characters changed the dialogue and story was very similar to previous ones.

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Disappointed

I have read all of Kay Hoopers books and just finished wait for dark, which was very good. So I was excited to read Hold back the dark. What a disappointment!
Half the book was once explaining their abilities and not enough of a story line.
The ending was horrible and uneventful.
May be the last Hooper book I read.

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Not Her Best

I love! Kay Hooper so even when she is not at her best she is still a good listen., tie that in with Joyce Bean my most favorite narrator and you have an enjoyable book.

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Good story ended way too quickly.

Good story but the end of the book lacked details that felt necessary.
Very good performance. Felt like author wrapped it up without substance.