The witches, they are real…
A series of bizarre assaults is mystifying Boston police: an unknown attacker is viciously beating random strangers and leaving a note quoting an old warning about witchcraft. History professor Alex Maple was one of the victims, and now he’s gone missing. Vickie Preston is certain that someone has taken her friend for malicious purposes. She’s having blood-drenched visions that seem to be staining her waking life, and the escalating attacks suggest that a dangerous cult is at work behind the scenes—a cult so powerful that its members would rather die than be apprehended.
Vickie is grateful to have Special Agent Griffin Pryce and the FBI’s elite Krewe of Hunters on her side. Vickie and Griffin are finding their way in an increasingly passionate relationship, and he’s keeping her safe and sane amid the disturbing investigation. The search for Alex will take them deep into the wilderness of Massachusetts on the trail of a serial killer, where an ancient evil is waking.
Worldbuilding: Boston setting, and I enjoyed the search for “Jehova”. Really strong start, with creepy old mental hospital.
Characters: Alex is nice; I love me a geek with a sharp mind and interesting info. Vickie and Griffin are fun leads, and since this is my first read in this series it was a cool introduction, but for some odd reason I didn’t connect to either of them though I generally love detectives and agents.
Plot: The investigation of Alex’s disappearance and the cult idea plus serial assaults/kills were really cool concepts, but the pace of events felt too sluggish for me. The romance didn’t do it for me, it was already-established-relationship which is rarely fun for me since there’s considerably less tension than in any other setting, basically, and they have this sweet romance thing going which yet again not one of my favs.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, mostly Vickie/Griffin POV. The dialogue felt somewhat stiff sometimes, and I think it was the writing style that had me disconnecting from the characters.
Curb Appeal: Coo cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my paranormal romantic suspense moods.
While I enjoyed Dark Rites, I had more fun reading Flawless by Heather Graham, for instance. I want to try another title of the series before I make my mind about reading more from the Krewe of Hunters.
I do recommend this one to fans of ghosts and procedurals that involve cults and cool history. If you’re into bantery dialogue though, this is not for you.