Author: Cole McCade
Publication Date: November 10, 2018
Page Length: 205 pages
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars
An eerie ritualistic murder sends Malcolm and Seong-Jae down a bizarre path of the occult to find a killer–but when it comes to witchcraft, the suspect’s not the only one casting a spell. With Seong-Jae haunting his dreams, Malcolm is practically bewitched, his trust in Seong-Jae growing deeper and deeper as both men learn to rely on each other.
But when the murder triggers memories from both Seong-Jae’s and Malcolm’s shadowed pasts, will the secrets they share bring them closer…or drive them further apart?
I thought this book is better than book four. But just by a little bit. Seong-Jae and Mal have more scenes together compared to the last book, so I would say there’s definitely more tender moments between the two in this story. I’m a little iffy on the crime-solving portion of the story though. These books don’t seem to have a very good balance between the two. It just seems like everything got solved very quickly, very conveniently, and there was no real closure.
And I don’t know if it’s because this is one of those stories that’s just a little bit short compared to books I’ve read or listened to lately (all in the 400-1000 page range), so a book around 200 pages might not be enough for me. Yes, this is part of what will ultimately be a very long series, but when the mystery aspect is divided up in chunks like this, it’s harder to stay engaged compared to longer books in a shortened series.
The start of all these books are from the victim’s perspective and some are more gruesome than others, but this one takes the cake. I winded up skimming through it. You don’t have to read the first chapter, because the rest of the book will give you enough context as to what happened. This crime is particularly disgusting. and the truth behind it even more disturbing.
Note: The author has a very detailed content warning at the start of each book, and I would highly recommend reading them before starting the story.