Author: L.A. Stockman
Publisher: NineStar Press
Length: 152 Pages
At a Glance: A mostly enjoyable paranormal mystery that shows potential.
Reviewed By: Lindsey
Blurb: Twelve dead children. An ex-priest with the faith to move mountains. A hunter out of the depths of legend. Together, they must find a way to overcome their pasts and become something entirely new if they are to defeat an ancient evil.
David Shaughnessy was content in his life as a police detective in Armata, California. It lacked the visceral, sick thrill that came with exorcising demons, but it was better for him, saner. Until the night he got called out to a vicious murder in the woods, and met Dallan Jaeger. The older man and Interpol agent is much more than he seems to be, and their connection is immediate, powerful. Trust blooms quickly as they learn to work together to pursue the evil fae responsible for the murders.
They must learn to do more than trust each other if David is to fulfill his birthright and claim what was so long denied him. Only then do they have a hope of catching the killer…in the Twist.his career anormal investigator is in danger of being ripped away. Owen would gladly battle a bloodthirsty spirit for e, but he’s out of his element in the world of reality television.
Review: The premise for the first book in The Wild Hunt series is pretty unique. David is a detective in Armata, California, and at a murder scene involving a kid, ends up thrown back into a world he had been trying to forget when he left Rome and the Vatican. Except, instead of only knowing of demons, he finds there is whole spectrum of other nasty things out there.
Dallan Jaeger is not just an Interpol agent. He is a man who tracks the big baddies and is a part of a secret department within Interpol, to keep their existence quiet. He is a man with quite a bit of secrets.
First I want to jump into my niggles with the story so that I can go on to what did work for me, since I think there is quite a few good aspects to the story. I say I mostly enjoyed it, because there were just some minor issues I had with this story that made it difficult to really become immersed.
Even though each chapter was essentially supposed to be from one character’s POV, via third-person narrative, there were several sections where the POV seemed to switch to the other character’s, making me have to re-read those paragraphs a couple of times. I honestly don’t know if it was just me or the authors writing style that caused this to happen, and it was a little frustrating. Also, it was pretty much insta-love. This is common and for me isn’t always an issue, but in this particular story, I felt it a little rushed in the romance portion of the story.
Now, on to what I did enjoy! The mystery was pretty unique and I enjoyed David’s history, which impacts the mystery pretty substantially. It wasn’t easy to read about what he went through, and I cringed many times, but overall I feel his history and the truth of who he is will give a lot of options and ideas to use in future stories.
David and his sister, Saoirse, live in a unique situation, and are truly wonderful people who collect the unwanted children and provide love and shelter. The children play a huge role in David’s life, and based on this first book, some of them are going to be an integral part of the series as a whole. I am looking forward to finding out what is to come.
I don’t recommend this story for people who are squeamish and have difficulties with reading about children being killed. The killings are discussed often and their injuries are clearly portrayed, not glossed over in anyway. For me, it added to the tension and driving force to find the killer fae, but for others it may be difficult to read such detail.
All in all, I think this first book in the series has a lot of promise. I am intrigued by the world L.A. Stockman has started, and there are so many directions this story could go. It will be interesting to see what else is in store for David and Dallan.
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