- Expected Apr 7, 2020
A town shrouded in the occult. An evil that lurks in the dark. The SCU returns in a hair-raising novel from New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper.
Nellie Cavendish has very good reasons to seek out her roots, and not only because she has no memory of her mother and hardly knew the father who left her upbringing to paid caregivers. In the eight years since her twenty-first birthday, very odd things have begun to happen. Crows gather near her wherever she goes, electronics short out when she touches them, and when she’s upset, really upset, it storms. At first, she chalked up the unusual happenings to coincidence, but that explanation doesn't begin to cover the vivid nightmares that torment her. She can no longer pretend to ignore them. She has to find out the truth. And the only starting point she has is a mysterious letter from her father delivered ten years after his death, insisting she go to a town called Salem and risk her life to stop some unnamed evil. Before her thirtieth birthday.
As a longtime member of the FBI's Special Crimes Unit, Grayson Sheridan has learned not to be surprised by the unusual and the macabre--but Salem is different. Evidence of Satanic activities and the disappearance of three strangers to the town are what brought Salem to the attention of the SCU, and when Gray arrives to find his undercover partner vanished, he knows that whatever’s hiding in the seemingly peaceful little town is deadly. But what actually hides in the shadows and secrets of Salem is unlike anything the agents have ever encountered.
Nellie Cavendish, the heroine of bestseller Hooper's disappointing 19th Bishop/Special Crimes Unit novel (after 2018's Hold Back the Dark), has always felt she was different. Her mother disappeared when she was a toddler, and her father kept her at a distance. On her 29th birthday, Nellie receives a letter from her late father, who left the letter with a lawyer shortly before his death a decade earlier, urging her to go to the Appalachian town of Salem, where the Cavendish family has its roots, before she turns 30. Nellie, who knows nothing of her family history and has only an inkling of her potential powers, travels to Salem, where everyone has psychic abilities. Meanwhile, the ruthless Duncan Cavendish regards Nellie, the last of the Cavendish line, as a threat to his plot to take over the town and will do anything to stop her before she comes into full control of her psychic powers on her 30th birthday. Two Bishop/SCU agents assist Nellie in her battle with Duncan. The only surprise in this story of good versus evil is the anticlimactic ending. Even series fans will feel cheated.