When an author writes a series of any length the readers begin to notice a pattern. There are favorites and "okay"'s over time and it becomes harder t...moreWhen an author writes a series of any length the readers begin to notice a pattern. There are favorites and "okay"'s over time and it becomes harder to wow all but the die-hard fans. Perhaps this is why there seem to be several reviews stating that the reader felt something was missing...
When compared to the most recent additions to the series, Haven is a different kind of book. In tone, this book reminds me more of Hiding in Shadows, the second book published. It had more an aura of creepiness than anything else as part of the mystery revolves around buried and unreliable memories. Too, there seemed to be three main characters rather than two and this leaves the reader often confused on where the plot is going at times. This aspect is easier to deal with once the reader realizes that this not a romance as the previous novels have been to varying intensities. The closest thing to romance is the awareness and budding closeness of two of the three characters; the sort of which, should this story be the start of an urban fantasy story line, the two would eventually get together around book 4.
As to the actual plot and pacing, I am generally pleased. There were enough hints that events could be predicted, but Hooper also used worked in enough doubt and several red herrings so as to leave one continually questioning if they are correct. The last few chapters were especially interesting in that the reader is left in a bit of helpless frustration, knowing bits each person knows but unable to do anything but watch as those pieces are slowly put together.
One -perhaps petty- thing of note was that there was a mention of trying to find a person through her Facebook page. This book did not begin with a year stamp as the previous books have, but there was still a mention of incidents in the previous book having "happened a few months previously" (referring to Miranda). This would lend belief against there having been a time jump (it must be remembered that the SCU series exists within book time where months pass between cases, not years) large enough for Facebook to have not only been invented, but wide-spread enough for it to have been a possibility. (less)
I liked this book, I really did, but at the same time there was just something missing in it. It was a quick read and I feel as though the reader is m...moreI liked this book, I really did, but at the same time there was just something missing in it. It was a quick read and I feel as though the reader is more told what happens than shown. It didn't feel as though Dani and Marc had their relationship evolve properly, again the reader is basically just told that it did. I suppose I was rather annoyed when, near the beginning, it was said that Marc was NOT psychic and then he just WAS, but whatever. My favorite character was by far Hollis, maybe because she's been in several of the previous books and is always changing. Plus you've gotta love her nine lives.(less)