More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fear the Dark , please sign up. Do you need to read the other 15 books in order to read this one? Barbara WOW! Sixteen already?! The answer to your question is "No". This book can be read as a standalone, but reading the others will give you the backstory …more WOW! This book can be read as a standalone, but reading the others will give you the backstory on Bishop and the FBI Special Crimes Unit, as well as some of the lead characters in this one.
The first book to feature Noah Bishop is "Stealing Shadows. See 1 question about Fear the Dark…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Cardboard characters which I did not find at all relatable. I felt I knew none of them by the end of the story. Oh, I see!!! I get it…. Weird things are happening in the small town of Serenity. People have gone missing under very strange circumstances. The local Police Chief Jonah Riggs contacts the Special Crimes Unit people for help…and soon 4 agents arrive to assist him in solving the baffling mystery.
All the pages of explaining the supernatural things drove me crazy and after a while I just skipped all the pnr info. And romance…. And really, when the villain is revealed and the reasons given for why he committed the crimes just felt a bit unreal and unbelievable. There are a lot of readers who liked this book, but for me ….
View all 14 comments. At first I thought it was cool this book was set in Tennessee, but then I was like.. LOL All of these people in the town of Serenity are vanishing. I was thinking alien abductions, or some other wackadoo thing. I was wrong! The Chief, Jonah, is stumped trying to figure out how people can just vanish.
They bring in some FBI agents that are actually psychics etc. They do a really good job at helping to find out exactly what is going on. I really didn't see that one coming. I thought this was a good mystery book. I was really freaked out about it in the beginning. I wanted it to be the crazy Bermuda Triangle type stuff. It's really good though.
Crime is low for the little town of Serenity, so when several people go missing in the span of one month, Police Chief Jonah Riggs is baffled.
What make these occurrences stand out even more are the strange, unexplainable details accompanying each case. Fear the Dark was sort of like X-Files melded with Crime is low for the little town of Serenity, so when several people go missing in the span of one month, Police Chief Jonah Riggs is baffled. Yes, there are characters from the previous installments, but the story focused more on Chief Jonah Riggs and the local mystery. The story was addictive, puzzling and a bit creepy! One thing I did miss was romance. There was a married couple from the previous installment, Lucas and Samantha, part of the SCU, and I appreciated the obvious care and deep connection they had, but other than that there was nothing.
This story was more plot than character driven, which is usually not my favorite type of story, but there was enough action and mystery to still make it enjoyable. Any fan of mystery with a paranormal base or anyone who was addicted to the X-Files like I was should enjoy Fear the Dark. A copy was kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review. View all 13 comments. Mar 04, Chloe rated it liked it. I like reading Bishop series but this book was a little disappointing. It started really well but the ending seemed rushed and none of the characters introduced in the book were well developed.
View 2 comments. Oct 20, Lily Night Owl Book Cafe rated it really liked it Shelves: challenge , paranormal , own , to-review , thriller. When people of Sereni Fear the Dark was my first novel by Kay Hooper and therefor an introduction to the authors writing style. View 1 comment. Nov 23, Ballerina60 rated it it was ok. WHY is it assumed that the "older" victim will have to go to an old folks home after being a victim? Oct 12, Cheryl rated it it was ok. The first half was good. The plot really bogged down in the middle, due to endless rehashing of the clues.
The story didn't improve after that. Nov 06, Linda Strong rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in When I hear the name, Kay Hooper, I automatically think of telepaths and empaths, psychics and mediums, clairevoyants. This is as close as I get to the paranormal.. There is usually a bit of romance in her books. I have enjoyed them all immensely. In a very small town in Tennessee, people are disappearing.
Not only going missing, but seemingly disappearing into thin air. First it's two teenagers, eloping. Then a judge. That's when the local sherif When I hear the name, Kay Hooper, I automatically think of telepaths and empaths, psychics and mediums, clairevoyants. That's when the local sheriff calls in this very special branch of the FBI, whose agents all have one gift or another. The agents are stymied..
A year-old child disappears in the middle of the night.. The secret to this mystery lies in what single connection they all have. The suspense becomes more strained when a police office officer is murdered. The town is terrified and no one seems to be safe. As with all Kay Hooper's book, I really enjoyed this one. There are several twists and turns leading away from outer space theories straight into the real here and now. Since I am not a psychic, I had no idea where this was going I would recommend this one to anyone who likes the elements of magic, suspense and lots of surprises.
Nov 19, Lee rated it it was ok. This was too predictable. The main characters were not developed enough so I really didn't care about them. Also, this thing with Noah and Miranda not providing information to there people is getting old. I found myself not liking them in this book.
Overall I felt that Hooper just jotted down an outline for a story and filled in out of necessity to get it published. I wouldn't recommend this. Jul 30, Minx rated it liked it Shelves: paranormal , read-in , crime. I read this book for a reading challenge and I actually liked this story. It was a crime, mystery, thriller with a supernatural twist. It was entertaining and I enjoyed the story. The pacing was not too fast but it did not drag either.
The mystery element kept me questioning who did it until the final reveal and that was fabulous. I would consider reading another book in this series in the future. Aug 24, Sophia rated it really liked it Shelves: pnr-uf , romantic-suspense , review-requests.
So I read this blurb that just compelled me to read the book. I saw that, whew, this was already far into a series and established in a spin-off series. What was a reader gal to do? Well of course I snatched it and did some finger crossing that I wouldn't be hopelessly lost. Small town, spooky vanishings, FBI unit of psychically skilled investigators, yep, just hadta So, it didn't burn me that I jumped into the middle of the series because of the way the author set up the story. She started wi So I read this blurb that just compelled me to read the book.
She started with the new situation and new characters before bringing into play the established ones. I definitely had the vibe that I was reading about people who got their own story earlier when it came to the FBI team, but it was secondary to the engrossing present situation. The story opens when small mountain town chief of police, Jonah, gets a call from one of his officers. He arrives at the scene to find a recently abandoned vehicle, evidence that two teens were eloping together, no signs of a struggle, and foot prints that just stop and disappear.
This is followed by a rash of people vanishing and no clues left behind. Jonah is joined by Luke Jordan whose psychic ability helps him find people and Jordan's wife, Sam, who is a strong telepath, two junior members of the team, Robbie and Dante. The FBI team aren't in the area long before they sense the strong residue of evil and a cunning hunter who is strong and getting stronger.
They need to stop him soon. Alright, this was the perfect blend of atmospheric, sinister, and spooky. I enjoyed tracking with the law enforcement team on their case. The story was so strong that it could have easily overpowered the characters, but the author wrote a strong lead in Jonah and surrounded him with a well-drawn team both of local townspeople and the FBI agents.
The story was mostly Jonah's narration, but it did flip between several others including the villain and one of the victims. I loved that I wasn't able to solve it and was pointing fingers a few different directions. It is a gritty and darker story, but doesn't drop into horror. Even though, Luke and Sam were new to me, I could tell that they are a well established couple in the series. I enjoy couples who share a detecting partnership because of the dynamics involved and these two were no exception.
Sam is the stronger psychic and prone to push past her limits to help people and Luke is her lead on the team and has the job of knowing the difference between a lover's worry about the danger and a leader's concern that his subordinate might be pushing too hard. I definitely want to go back and get the start of their story and the start of the Bishops' story couple who are the founders of the special psychic unit , too.
Only niggle was the abrupt ending though I will say that it was the type of abrupt that you usually get in a series when storylines will carry forward so maybe I just need to be patient. All in all, this was a great introduction to a series of psychic thriller suspenses and I want to go back for the backlist and continue forward. I think these would have appeal to a broad range of readers from lovers of straight thrillers to paranormal mystery lovers and through on to blends of paranormal romantic suspense or thrillers.
My thanks to Penguin Group for providing the book in exchange for an honest review. Oct 24, Stephanie G rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed-read-by-eva. The Special Crimes Unit is called to Serenity, Tennessee when strange happenings have people disappearing without a trace and the town is on the edge of panic in this thrilling paranormal suspense.
This fast paced and smooth flowing plot pulls readers in with lots of suspense, thrills and very strange happenings as seemingly random people disappear into thin air. The local police chief makes note of a quite a few oddities that mark each crime but leave no clues to the how or whys so with five me The Special Crimes Unit is called to Serenity, Tennessee when strange happenings have people disappearing without a trace and the town is on the edge of panic in this thrilling paranormal suspense.
The local police chief makes note of a quite a few oddities that mark each crime but leave no clues to the how or whys so with five men and women and one child missing, he calls in the SCU. Agents Luke and Samantha are teamed up with newbies Dante Swan and Robbie Hodge and even with their unique abilities they realize this case is something they have never seen before.
Spine tingling anticipation builds lots of pulse-pounding tension as the story progresses and the oddities lead to some very startling discoveries with excitement building even more as one of the agents becomes a target of the darkness. This case pulled me in from the very beginning and had me as baffled as all the characters and I have to say not only kept me guessing, it kept surprising me as well. I always find that joining the SCU on a case is a thrilling experience, so of course I am looking forward to the next one. Mar 02, Danielle Gypsy Soul rated it liked it Shelves: books-i-ve-read.
I wanted to love this book because I really like this series and physic FBI agents are so fun to read about. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed. This book centers around a small town that has a serial killer who is making his victims just vanish and leaves nothing behind except that "time stops" whenever anyone comes within a certain radius of the crime scene. The story itself was fascinating but at the end there were too many unanswered questions that I felt didn't adequately explain some of the things that happened in the book.
This book had four agents trying to solve the crime and I really didn't feel like we had enough character development for Dante who was new and Robbie. Lucas and Samantha were the other two agents who had a previous book. I wanted to know more about Dante and we got very little about his past or his feelings in this book. There was no romance to speak of and that seems to be a bit of a trend in this series that I am sad about.
The ending had a twist that would have had so much more of a payoff had we had more character development. I enjoyed this book but I expect more from a book in this series. Feb 29, Wanda rated it it was ok Shelves: book , paranormal-thriller-suspense. There are strange occurrences in the town of Serenity as people are disappearing without a trace.
They are agents with psychic powers who use their special abilities to find lost people.
Unfortunately I struggled with this book, finding it to be disappointing on multiple levels. There was very little depth to both the story line and the characters. I found myself caring very little to what happened to the characters and sk There are strange occurrences in the town of Serenity as people are disappearing without a trace.
I found myself caring very little to what happened to the characters and skimmed through parts of the book. I have many unanswered questions on certain aspects of the story line, and the ending seemed hurried and contrived. I regretted wasting my time on this book. Fear the Dark features a pair of new agents: Dante, a medium, and Robbie, a telepath. They team up with Samantha and Lucas, who were the stars — and an absolute treat — in Hunting Fear. Now they are doubly so. While not exactly in the spotlight and not nearly as significant as Fear the Dark features a pair of new agents: Dante, a medium, and Robbie, a telepath.
While not exactly in the spotlight and not nearly as significant as they were in their own book, Sam and Luke are precious and charming and so wonderfully contrasting against Robbie and Dante. A little bit weary, a lot more experienced, and still hopeful. Plus, their new dynamic is to die for. Fussing husband Luke will never be forgotten. Finally, there is Jonah, the local sheriff who cares about his town and his people very, very much.
Which, of course, is always a delight. Especially because all these men are very much aware that they are surrounded by remarkable women, dealing with whom is a struggle of its own kind. Kay Hooper always handles that particular issue magnificently. Bishop and Luke talking about their amazing wives, though. I'm still screams. But the true treat of Fear the Dark is the plot.
It starts out truly mysterious. People vanishing in the dark, with no signs of, well, anything. Then, with the first body, it turns dangerous. And, finally, it proves to be different from the latest SCU books, in which Evil was almost an abstract concept. Because the truth is, there are all kinds of monsters in this world.
And not all of them are Evil. Not all of them even sociopaths, or psychopaths. This monster in the dark is very, very human. Despite his abilities. And I liked that. A lot. Fear The Dark by Kay Hooper turned to be an absolute treat from the first word to the last. But as a whole, it is fantastic. No character felt unnecessary, which is something that was present in a few previous books, no romance was forced, and the villain was well and truly real. Dark and scary, but delightful. Just as all SCU books are. Literally, one tiny gesture and I started sobbing uncontrollably.
And haven't stopped. What was happening to this sleepy little town was beyond creepy! In some instances, though, the underlying fear of the dark can be mistaken for a number of other phobias, or even general anxiety. An individual may not be able to fall asleep once it's dark and their mind starts to wander. I've decided to embrace my early-hours sensitivities as a healthy form of catharsis.
Why shouldn't my demons have a bit of a dance when no one else is looking? If my subconscious wants to party while my body is resting who am I to complain, just so long as he keeps himself to himself when I'm up and on my feet? News U. HuffPost Personal Video Horoscopes. Newsletters Coupons. Follow Us. Part of HuffPost Wellness. All rights reserved. For now, Frostrup is practicing acceptance rather than avoidance. She writes:. Are you afraid of the dark? How do you handle it? Tell us in the comments. Suggest a correction.