REVIEW WRITTEN BY BETTY LOU ROSELLE
A. J. Scudiere’s first book in her ‘Nightshade, forensic files’ series is a thrill ride for all those who enjoy suspense novels. Her background as a biologist has helped her people ‘Under Dark Skies’ with really unique characters with special skills who yearn to be like everyone else. Lucky for us, they’re not.
Scudiere begins her story and our introduction to the heroine with Eleri Eames being discharged early from a mental institution by the mysterious Westerfield, senior agent in charge of the FBI’s covert operation Night Shade.
She is teamed up with new recruit Donovan Heath. A former medical examiner more at ease around the dead than the living, Donovan has stepped out of his comfort zone by taking a job that will require him to interact with others. We soon learn that his self-imposed isolation is because he’s not completely human.
I won’t give away any more than that, but we soon discover that all the members of this unit have skills beyond the norm that help them get an upper hand on those whose intentions are evil. This idea will be very popular with readers feeling so helpless these days watching the news and constantly seeing the horrible acts of terrorism.
In their first case, the team takes on a religious cult whose members are being killed. It was brought to their attention by an agent whose daughter was kidnapped and never found.
You’ll be on the edge of your seat as they use their special talents to infiltrate this group.
While we learn Donovan’s secrets, Scudiere wisely leaves much to discover about Eleri and the other members of Night Shade. And of course, there’s that sexual tension between her and Donovan left to explore.
I can’t wait for book 2 in this riveting series.
‘Under Dark Skies’ is published by Griffyn Ink and distributed by Ingram Book Group and Amazon.