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The Lightkeepers #1

The Final Seven

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The first Saturday in July. . . A missing coed . . .The number seven carved into her door . . .

The countdown has begun.

New Orleans Detective Micki Dee Dare is a seasoned, no-nonsense cop. She doesn't need a partner, especially not Zach "Hollywood" Harris, an irreverent charmer, fresh out of an experimental FBI program. And her assignment -- keep him alive while he fights crime using the special skills he brings to the table -- is not what she signed up for. But the die has been cast and there's nothing she can do about it.

Micki soon realizes there's more to her partner than meets the eye--and more at stake than catching bad guys and closing cases. There's a new kind of evil at work the Crescent City, more cunning, more powerful than any she's ever encountered. And she and Zach may be the only ones who can stop it.

As another coed goes missing and the darkness closes in, Micki must face a terrifying truth: this time she might not make it. This time the evil they're facing might destroy them all . . .

Full of surprise twists and unexpected turns, The Final Seven is a heart-pounding thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

9 pages, MP3 CD

First published February 11, 2016

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Erica Spindler

86 books2,353 followers
A New York Times and International bestselling author, Erica Spindler's skill for crafting engrossing plots and compelling characters has earned both critical praise and legions of fans. Her stories have been lauded as “thrill-packed page turners, white- knuckle rides and edge-of-your-seat whodunits.”

Erica loves meeting and interacting with her fans, both in person and online. She has a wicked sense of humor, an optimistic spirit and loves coffee, chocolate and red wine, not necessarily in that order.

In 2002 her novel Bone Cold won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence. A Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, she received a Kiss of Death Award for her novels Forbidden Fruit and Dead Run and was a four-time RITA® Award finalist. In 1999 Publishers Weekly awarded the audio version of her novel Shocking Pink a Listen Up Award, naming it one of the best audio mystery books of 1998.

Erica lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband and two sons.

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Profile Image for Deanna .
664 reviews12.4k followers
January 21, 2016
3.75 Stars

The Final Seven is the first in Erica Spindler's new series called The Lightkeeper's. Although she's written many other books, this is her first series. I think this is her first "Supernatural Suspense." She is frequently called "The Master of Addictive Suspense" and "Queen of the Romantic Thriller."

I've read a few of Erica Spindler's other books and really enjoyed them. I really wasn't sure how I would feel about this one as I don't normally read supernatural type books. I'm not against them or anything, just not really my thing. But I decided I would keep my mind open.

****There may be some minor spoilers ahead****

The book starts in New Orleans. Angel Gomez is leaving a frat party alone after her friend ditches her for some guy she just met. Angel was not having fun at the party anyway. She has always felt like she's never fit in. A bit of a loner, kids called her names like weirdo etc. She knew she wouldn't enjoy the party and now as she's walking home in the dark, she suddenly feels like she's being followed by someone....or some thing.

Meet Micki Dee Dare, a former southern belle turned tough cop who's not afraid to kick some butt. Then we have Zach Harris, who's quickly given the nickname "Hollywood" a very easy on the eyes charming bad boy type with some special skills and powers.

When Micki Dee is assigned new partner "Hollywood" and told about a special experimental program called "Sixers" she thinks someone is playing a joke on her. She doesn't believe in any "Hocus-pokus mumbo jumbo" and is very happy with her current partner. To say she's annoyed to be involved with this new Top Secret project and partner would be an understatement. But first and foremost she's a good cop. She has a crime to solve and quickly realizes that she just may need some help from her new partner after all.

There are some other very good characters in this book. Other well developed characters that helped pull me in to the story. I loved Angel's character. I also really liked Micki's relationship with her friend Jacqui and Jacqui's very special little boy Alexander or "Zander".

In the end I found the book pretty interesting. It was a quick and easy read with some good characters and twists and turns. I think for the first book in a series it wasn't too bad but it definitely took some time to get going. I read it very quickly which is usually a sign that I've enjoyed a book or that I skimmed quite a lot of it. I really did enjoy the story and the characters once everything got going and I do look forward to the next book. I did tell myself that I was going to try to read some different genres this year and I would say this qualifies.

Thank you to Erica Spindler, NetGalley, and the publisher for the opportunity to read this advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

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1,461 reviews1,087 followers
February 25, 2016
I have read quite a few books by Erica Spindler, which have been mostly in the romantic/suspense genre.
The Final Seven, the 1st book Erica Spindler’s latest The Lightkeepers Series is a bit different from what I have read by her in the past, which have been more in the romantic/suspense genre.

This series has a supernatural/paranormal “touch”. A group of people, working for a task force named Sixers, who have special abilities to fighting crime and evil.

The first book lays the foundation to the world of this group. Characters that will play a huge part are introduced, such as Micki, the tough cop who is partnered with Zach, one of the Sixers.

This is a well-written, taut and suspenseful plot, with so many twists and turns that grab you from the start. You just keep turning the pages…unable to put the book down.

I liked the paranormal and the romance and suspense elements a lot. In fact, I was pretty hooked and I am so looking forward to the next installment.
Profile Image for Carole (Carole's Random Life).
1,721 reviews462 followers
February 5, 2016
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I have some mixed feelings about this book. There were a lot of things that I did like but there were times that the story dragged for me. I just never really got sucked into the story. It wasn't a bad book in any way but it was a book that I found really easy to set aside. I thought it was okay and think that future books in the series may be a bit more enjoyable for me.

This book really laid the groundwork for a new series. A series with a bit of paranormal to be more precise. As is often the case, there was a lot of framework for the series to be put into place. The basic premise was built around a new group of crime fighters from the FBI called the "Sixers". This program is comprised of individuals with a sixth sense or some kind of special ability. The idea is to pair these agents with regular police detectives to solve crimes.

Micki is a no non-sense kind of cop. She is dedicated to her job and takes it very seriously. When she is chosen to be paired with the new officer from the secret "Sixers" program, she thinks it is a joke. When she meets her new partner, Zach, she is less than impressed but does her best to follow orders. Unfortunately, Zach doesn't always do things according to protocol and tends to follow his gut. He has some pretty useful gifts which he doesn't hesitate to use.

There was a lot of excitement in the book but nothing that really blew me away. There are quite a few mysteries to solve in this story with missing girls, a murder, and some unknown entities. The characters were interesting but I never felt any connection with any of them. I think that there may have been too much going on in this book in some ways. I think that if the focus could have been narrowed down a bit the characters could have been a little more fully developed and I would have been more engaged in the story.

I would recommend this book. I am looking forward to future installments in this series. I think that the premise is really interesting and as the series progresses the characters should become a little easier to relate to.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Erica Spindler Books via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

Initial Thoughts
I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either.
Profile Image for "Avonna.
1,150 reviews313 followers
February 19, 2016
The Final Seven (The Lightkeepers, #1) by Erica Spindler is the start of a new series and genre for this author. I have always enjoyed Ms. Spindler’s Romantic Suspense books and I also like a good paranormal story which is how this new genre book is advertised and why I wanted to try it.

NOPD Detective Micki Dare is a veteran, no nonsense cop who looks like a blonde bombshell and is partnered with Zach ‘Hollywood’ Harris from an FBI experimental program. The program participants are called Sixers and they all have special psychic abilities and levels. The disappearance of two young girls on their twenty first birthdays has everyone working to find the girls and to understand who or what has taken them and the abilities of the Sixers to find and fight that evil.

This book is an easy read and an interesting premise. The fight between light and dark forces. That said, the characters didn’t begin to grow on me until much too far into the story and the same with the suspense. The world-building all seemed to be rushed into the final third of the book, with a lot of people in the beginning withholding information to the point of my annoyance. I gave it a try, but I will probably not follow on with this series, but I will with Ms. Spindler’s Romantic Suspense books.

Thanks to Erica Spindler Books and Net Galley for the free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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1,938 reviews787 followers
October 13, 2017
Sometimes, I just don't understand why a book doesn't work for me. I mean I loved the next book in this series and I like the characters. But, The Final Seven is just one of those books that fail to grab my interest. For one thing, did it take me several days to finish the book and it's not a thick book with small font. I just felt that my heart was not in it. One theory I have is that I knew what would happen since I read the next book in the series. But, I usually don't have any problems with reading books in different order. It could be because it was the first book in the series and it was an introduction to the characters and sometimes the first book is not as good as the next book in the series when you get right to the action.

As you can see do I not have any good explanations, hell it could be that it was the wrong month to read the book. But, I will say this. It's not a badly written book. I like Erica Spindler's writing style, and I've read other books by her that I love. This is just one of those books that didn't enthrall me. But, I still look forward to reading book three in this series because I really liked book two.

It was, however, nice to read about how Micki and Zack got to work together and how they met Angel. And, also getting to know Eli from the start was nice since I like him. But, the story in the next book is definitely better!
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3,880 reviews1,635 followers
December 16, 2015

WOW! This is a departure from Erica Spidler's usual books. Having read the author's books for several years, I wasn't sure how I was going to like this one. I kept hearing things like .. supernatural .... psychics ...... good vs evil .... things I would never have associated with this author.

BOY! WAS I WRONG! This is a super-duper read. Supernatural? YES psychics? YES Good vs Evil? YES And those factors turn this into a fascinating read.

NOPD Detective Micki Dare is a take-charge type of cop. She's the job 24/7. She finds herself burdened with a new partner ... Zach Harris. He's a charmer, he's a hottie, and he has a certain 'something' that draws people to him. He's one of an experimental program called Sixes. Harris has been trained at a specialized police academy.

There are so many secrets to be revealed. And Micki and Harris are like oil and water, but opposites do attract. She sees the world in black and white. He lives in a world of shadows.

Young college girls are disappearing .. all of them on their birthdays. Micki is following the evidence .. Harris is following his 'feelings'. At each crime scene, there is the number 7 in one way or another. The number seven scratched into one's door .. a circle of 7 items in another.

This is an extremely well-written book. The suspense builds and builds and continues to build until the very last page. Both Micki and Zach are great characters .... very much humanized by what they each learn ... about each other and about themselves.

I highly recommend this one to anyone who is a fan of Erica Spindler's... to anyone who enjoys a bit of supernatural... to anyone who likes a good mystery.

My heart-felt thanks to the author who furnished an advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Profile Image for "Avonna.
1,150 reviews313 followers
January 23, 2016
The Final Seven (The Lightkeepers, #1) by Erica Spindler is the start of a new series and genre for this author. I have always enjoyed Ms. Spindler’s Romantic Suspense books and I also like a good paranormal story which is how this new genre book is advertised and why I wanted to try it.
NOPD Detective Micki Dare is a veteran, no nonsense cop who looks like a blonde bombshell and is partnered with Zach ‘Hollywood’ Harris from an FBI experimental program. The program participants are called Sixers and they all have special psychic abilities and levels. The disappearance of two young girls on their twenty first birthdays has everyone working to find the girls and to understand who or what has taken them and the abilities of the Sixers to find and fight that evil.
This book is an easy read and an interesting premise. The fight between light and dark forces. That said, the characters didn’t begin to grow on me until much too far into the story and the same with the suspense. The world-building all seemed to be rushed into the final third of the book, with a lot of people in the beginning withholding information to the point of my annoyance. I gave it a try, but I will probably not follow on with this series, but I will with Ms. Spindler’s Romantic Suspense books.
Thanks to Erica Spindler Books and Net Galley for the free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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318 reviews19 followers
February 23, 2016
The Lightkeepers Series
The Final Seven (Book 1)

The Final Seven is the first book in Erica Spindle's new The Lightkeepers series. It is different from any of the other Erica Spindle book's I've read because it brings in a little paranormal aspect to it, which I thought worked really well. This book was definitely different then the books that I have been reading lately, which I think was part of why I enjoyed it so much. Can't wait to see what else happens with Micki and Zach.

NOPD Detective Micki Dare is a tough no nonsense cop who doesn't need a partner to do her job. But when her captain assigns her with "Detective" Jach Harris, she has something to say about it. But Zach isn't your normal detective. He is part of the FBI's secret program called the Sixers, where people have certain "abilities" that go beyond the normal five senses (Sight, Taste, Smell, Touch, and Hearing). Micki's job: keep Zach alive (aka babysit) while they investigate missing co-eds.

But there is a darkness setting it's sights on New Orleans and Micki and Zach are fighting an invisible force determined to snuff out the light. The Final Seven is a story of light vs. the darkness and putting trust in your partner before the darkness wins.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**

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840 reviews218 followers
April 6, 2016
Erica Spindler is one of the few crime writers I still read regularly. The Final Seven is a departure from her usual fare, in content AND in publication. (It's self-published only in the US. Otherwise, Hachette's the publisher in the UK and Australia.) While it has good things in common with the author's thrillers, this first book in the Lightkeepers series has a paranormal bent.

And herein is the problem, because I don't connect with the concept. The FBI has launched a special division for paranormal crime investigation training. Only it's top-secret, and its graduates are now integrated into regular police forces. And thus New Orleans Detective Micki Dare is paired with Zach Harris. Not only that, but he's also given the rank of Detective. WHICH HE DIDN'T EARN. Micki is rightfully furious about this, and the situation is so frustrating.

Anyway, Zach turns out to be handy at finding evidence even though he keeps breaking rules, such as abandoning a crime scene. He and Micki go undercover, and pash on, and she's attracted to him, and I JUST DON'T SHIP IT. Mind you, the first time the two meet Zach harasses Micki with inappropriate comments, so I disliked him from the start.

I'll continue with this series, but I can't recommend it like I would the author's other novels.
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385 reviews80 followers
April 5, 2016
ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Erica Spindler Books in exchange for an honest review.

The Final Seven was not what I was expecting. Overall, I enjoyed it. It was fast paced and suspenseful.

This series kicks off with the pairing of Micki and Zach. Micki worked for the New Orleans Police Department and got a new partner, Zach, who was part of a secret group called the Sixers. Zach has 6th sense abilities.

There was a lot happening in this book. Almost too much.

The following plots were developed at the same time:
1. Working relationship development between Micki and Zach
2. Crime plot of the missing girls
3. Sixers plot (which was underdeveloped and seemed to be abandoned part way through the story)
4. Supernatural aspect of the crime plot
5. Newly introduced supernatural organization
6. Zach’s history

Told in the third person, the story alternated between Micki’s POV and Zach’s POV. (and sometimes a minor character’s POV) Part way through the book, the POV changed to mostly Zach’s POV. It sometimes made the story felt a little disconnected.

I like this author’s writing style found the story engaging. Looking forward to seeing what’s next for Micki and Zach.
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2,614 reviews369 followers
December 10, 2015
I have read and enjoyed other books by Erica Spindler but in all honesty this book was not for me. I love Mystery Thrillers but I found this supernatural thriller a little out of my genre.

Detective Micki Dee Dare gets an unwanted new partner, Zach “Hollywood” Harris from an experimental FBI program. She is tasked with keeping him alive while he fights crime using his special skill. I did enjoy parts of this novel but generally struggled to keep interested throughout and felt disappointed with the book overall.
I will be happy to read more of Erica Spindler's novels in the future but will not be reading any more of this series.

I would like to thank Net Galley and Erica Spindler books for supplying me with a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest review.
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528 reviews85 followers
April 23, 2018
Book #1 in The Lightkeepers series. I am a fan of Erica Spindler so I was excited when a friend sent me a message that this book was free. I grabbed it without even reading the description. This is unlike anything I have read by her. I am not usually a fan of paranormal, but I went with the flow. I liked the premise better than I expected. As with most of Spindler's books, I enjoyed the characters and the writing. I did feel that the ending was rushed and several questions were not answered. Will be reading more of the series. Don't let my opinion defer you from picking up this book. I just prefer books with human killers. 3 stars
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1,751 reviews95 followers
February 12, 2016
Erica Spindler has gone and changed genre's on us and I loved it!! Known for her romantic suspense novels or just plain suspense, she takes a step into the paranormal side. Thankfully, there are no vampires or werewolves.

Her latest book, first in a series, takes place in New Orleans and deals with rough, tough, take no prisoners female detective who just happens to look like a blonde Angelina Jolie. Now I've seen a blonde Angelina Jolie in "Girl Interrupted" and frankly, that girl scared me. HA! She's set up with a new partner who resembles but is better looking than Bradley Cooper (impossible) who just happens to have a sixth sense and can feel things normal humans can't. It's a fight between the light and the dark side. And, it's the beginning of a new unit for the NOPD which is highly secret and definitely under cover.

I can tell you once I began reading this book, I took a liking to both these characters and the story just grabbed me. I could not put it down. Paranormal is not my normal genre, per se, but I have and will read it. Ms. Spindler put a twist into this one that truly made it believable for me and entertaining. I can't recommend this one enough. It's available 2/11/16. Having read this one, I already look forward to the next one!

Huge thanks to Erica Spindler books for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
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583 reviews65 followers
January 13, 2016


I was lucky enough to have picked up my first Erica Spindler book more than a decade ago ... I don't know when exactly that was ... I was in high school ... holy crap ... it was almost 20 years ago. Damn. Well, I've been a fan for a very long time. DECADES. I don't know how many of her works I've read but I like her suspense novels the best. This amazing lady can weave a story like no one's business. When I saw that The Final Seven was on NetGalley, I didn't even read the blurb; I just knew that I had to have it and luckily enough, I was chosen to be graced with a copy.

I've been wracking my brain and I don't think that Spindler has ever written a supernatural or paranormal book before. I had absolutely NO IDEA that was what this one was classified as ... I knew it was romantic suspense so when the supernatural stuff started happening, I was excited. Other than some vampire books (the sparkly ones in particular), I've not read any other supernatural stuff before. I had no doubt that Spindler would not let me regret picking this up and I didn't.

I loved just about every aspect of this book. Hell, I even noted in my Kindle that this would be a 5 star book for me when I was just on page 4. I knew right away that the pages held an amazing story that I would get lost in. Gosh, this is really difficult ... I don't want to give away any secrets!! I'll just say this ... when (not if) you grab this one, you'll fall in love with the characters almost immediately. Micki is this no-nonsense, her pair is bigger than yours, cop and she is fabulously strong and snarky and what I want to be if I ever grow up. And Zach. Dear, sweet, Zach. I told my husband that if I ever met this Zach character in real life that he was TOAST. I'm telling you, I would boot my hubby's ass to the curb if Zach ever came walking into my life. Spindler just writes these amazing characters ... they are so real that you build this relationship with them. (Stay away from Zach. He's mine.) I just couldn't get enough.

The story moves along at a pretty fast clip and that amps up the suspense as you are reading. From the moment I started the Final Seven, I felt like I was all coiled up and ready to pounce, I was just completely on edge. And the twists and turns that you're thrown into ... holy crap! This is not a story that you will soon forget. I'm excited to see how the rest of the series plays out, there are just endless possibilities for the characters and the plot. I'll be (impatiently) waiting for the next installment to come out! Such a great book!!

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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3,867 reviews108 followers
February 10, 2016
Erica Spindler Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

The government has acknowledged the existence of a 6th sense and has started an experimental program called The Sixers. The participants have certain abilities and are trained at a specialized academy. Detective Michaela "Micki" Dare of the NOPD is receiving one of said recruits as her new partner. Picked as Zach's partner for her ability to stay professional and block people out, Micki is the perfect match for Zach, who can use his sense to manipulate individuals. With four missing young women and a great evil than they have ever faced, can Micki and Zach put aside their differences and solve the case?

As I thought The Final Seven was going to be a straightforward police procedural/thriller, I was pleasantly surprised with the paranormal twist. It added depth to the story and I can see potential for it to generate great plot lines in the future. The notion of light versus dark is not a new one, but the combination of the concept and the great characterization, all within a police procedural framework, makes this book interesting and unique in its own right. I recommend The Final Seven to readers who are fans of the genre or who are willing to take a chance on a great thriller.
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21 reviews2 followers
July 7, 2017
Wow! This new series is an amazing start into a new genre for Erica Spindler as it differs majorly from the usual romance-suspense book - but don't be scared, it reads as wonderful as ever!

NOPD Veteran Detective Micki Dare is partnered with Zach, one of the participants of a FBI experimental program in which the participants are called Sixers. They all have special abilities and levels and as the disappearance of two young girls has everyone fighting to find answers the Sixers fight to find and fight evil.

Quick, very suspenseful read with a fresh spin on the old good against evil premise!

The rating's missing one star because the characters and the whole setting took a (tiny) while too long to grow on me but when they did, I didn’t want the book to end. Looking forward to the continuation of this series!

At this point I want to thank Net Galley and the publishers for the free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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561 reviews36 followers
September 7, 2017
I love everything Erica Spindler writes! This is no exception. It's a little bit different from her regular novels but still fast, gripping and a great read. On to the next!
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951 reviews6 followers
December 28, 2015
I was given an ARC of The Final Seven from NetGalley for an honest review and this is my review.
This is one of the best books I have read in very long time and I am not sure how I am going to be able to wait almost an entire year for the next book in this series it is that good. I fell in love with Zach and Micki from the start and the idea of Sixers was fascinating and this book is just fabulous.
Now with that said key me explain a bit. Zach and Micki are two people who are paired up in the New Orleans Police Department as partners, Micki is a legitimate officer and Zach is part of the FBI's program known as Sixers who are more or less people with special sences but not really police officers. This leads to a number of problems with a by The book cop a what she feels as someone who is using hocus pocus to do his part of the job. Some of the situations Zach got the two of them into had me laughing as I was reading.
They also had a serious case they were dealing with which was looking for two missing college students that were taken on their twenty-first birthday. This leads to telling the reader all the secrets behind Zach's power and a group called Lightkeepers that are trying to save the world from the evil that is trying to take it over and reason behind the series of the books.
I am not going to give out spoilers but I can't wait to see where this series is going to go. The sexual tension between Zack and Micki is off the charters. The Lightkeepers are fascinating and this first book was a can't put it down thriller.
The Final Seven gets five out of five stars.
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1,493 reviews56 followers
February 11, 2016
When I requested to review Erica Spindler's newest book, The Final Seven, I was expecting a thrilling mystery suspense that would keep me on the edge and turning the pages. I wasn't disappointed in fact this was one book where a reader would definitely try to guess where the story is headed. What I didn't count for is the almost X-file-ish thing going on with a female protagonist, Micki Dare who happens to be a bad ass cop paired with a paranormal specialist trained by the FBI, Zach Harris. These two had all the makings of my favorite TV couples all rolled in to one. The paranormal activity was the center of the mystery at first, but there was a twist to the story that is going to be the overarching plot of the whole series. For this book, the mystery gets solved, the bad guy doesn't get away, the kick ass cop has some epiphany and the good looking paranormal expert has more things coming his way. The Final Seven is a great start to a new series and Mick and Zach are my new favorite couple. Looking forward to the next book.

*ARC provided thru NetGalley by the publisher*
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134 reviews8 followers
February 11, 2016
Spindler does it again and again!! She's the Queen of Cop Stories - this new series brings a touch of the supernatural! Micki is the tough detective who doesn't put up with anything and Zach is the FBI hotshot forced upon her that she has to partner with - and keep his secret. Co-eds start coming up missing and it'll take Mick's cop instincts and Zach's "special" talents to find them. The threat they are up against is not of this world, and if it wins, Hell could reign on Earth. The investigation/battle comes close to taking their lives. And Zach learns of his lost past. I cannot wait to see what they're next adventures will be - bring on the next book in the series, Erica!!
92 reviews1 follower
December 16, 2015
While different than most of her books, this promises to be a fabulous series. It was gripping and I couldn't put it down. Floor needs swept, couldn't stop reading. Meeting my sons girlfriend for the first time in a few hours, still couldn't put it down. It was heartfelt and gripping without being spooky. I enjoyed it and will be thinking about them for quite a while. Anxiously awaiting the next one!
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Author 1 book5 followers
January 4, 2016
This page turner was difficult to put down! It held my interest and I found it to be a fast and easy read! I highly recommend this book! I am looking forward to the next and hopefully I can get my hands on it soon!

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Author 4 books49 followers
February 28, 2016
I really enjoyed this novel - the first I've read by this author... So excited to have found a new great author to read!
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631 reviews14 followers
February 11, 2016
I was over the moon to be receive an advanced reader's copy of The Final Seven, being a massive Erica Spindler fan I am very familiar with her work. As always she never fails to disappoint, The Final Seven is the first in a new series by Erica called the Final Seven. And what a brilliant read it is to, I was hooked from the start and devoured this in one sitting.

The Final Seven is a paranormal crime thriller I must add and totally different to Erica's normal Romance Mystery thrillers. But I am a big fan of the paranormal so for me it was right up my street.

The story is set in New Orleans Louisiana where we are introduced to Detective Micki Dee Dare who doesn't need a partner, then finds herself burdened with hottie Zach Harris nickname"Hollywood" who is fresh out of an experimental FBI program. who is a charming bad boy with some very cool save-the-world skills. Micki soon realizes there's more to her partner than meets the eye and more at stake than catching bad guys and closing cases. There’s a new kind of evil at work the Crescent City, more cunning, more powerful than any she’s ever encountered. And she and Zach may be the only ones who can stop it. These are two characters you can not help but like.

Like all of Erica's book this has short chapters and is what I call a fast paced easy read. Which will have you have you on the edge of your seat. It is full of tension like a thriller should be, building up has you turn the pages keeping you captive. I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for Miki and Zach in the second book and watching their characters grow. I am sure there is lots more to see with them.

I highly recommend this book giving it 4 stars. Thank you to Sphere and Netgalley for a ARC.

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1,737 reviews44 followers
August 23, 2017

Ok, so this is a fairly good book BUT at not even at 50% and our hero had already puked twice. I was hoping THAT wouldn’t continue, eeww.

It was a paranormal story and that was a good thing. Zach and Micki were teamed together in the NOPD. He was called a Sixer because of his paranormal abilities and she was a non-believer in his mumbo-jumbo, which she soon began to believe in. THEN the un-believable came about and she had a hard time with that; they were not looking for a “somebody” that had kidnapped two girls but “something.”

I wasn’t all that crazy about Micki. Yeah, she was a strong and kick-ass heroine BUT she was such a bitchy smartass, ALL the time. Every time she opened her mouth she was raising some kind of hell at Zach for some reason. It became real tiring.

I did like the secondary characters: Angel, Jacqui, Parker, Eli, and Truebell.

There was nothing that even resembled romance in this book so if that’s what you’re looking for keep looking.

The F-bomb was used 15 times.

As to the narration: Tavia Gilbert is usually one of my favorite narrators but in this book she was barely OK. She read with some emotions then no emotions, then her men sounded a little masculine then NOT. She wasn’t horrible but she wasn’t all that good either.
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156 reviews1 follower
February 11, 2016
Wow doesn't come close to describing this book!
This book is different to the usual style of books Erica writes but it still packs a punch. This book still holds true with the crime element but the addition of the supernatural element only makes the book more interesting! Micki "mad dog" Dare is a kick butt no nonsense cop who becomes the unwilling partner to a fresh nosed FBI recruit Zac "Hollywood" Harris. Recruited due to his unusual powers and part of the sixers program, they embark on what is first a simple murder that leads to something bigger with women disappearing on their birthdays, the number seven a clue. The pairs personalities are like chalk and cheese but together they work well. This is hard hitting crime you expect from a spindler book with a the extra bang of supernatural.Will the half light win in the battle of light and darkness? Read to find out!

I loved this book from beginning to end each page drawing you in and the suspense is brilliant. You won't want to sleep reading this. Completely different and gripping!
Thank you to Erica for giving me a chance to read this before release for a completely unbiased review. It was brilliant thank you.
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Author 30 books697 followers
January 23, 2016
I love the kind of supernatural thriller that makes you believe it could happen, and Erica Spindler delivers that here in a spectacular way.

First, this book has Spindler's trademark twists and turns. The action kept me involved and on edge from beginning to end.

The characters propel the story, so that I cared what happened to all of them. Some are normal humans, others are gifted, and all are complex people.

Then we have the good versus evil aspect, which might sound trite and overdone but definitely is not. We do live in a world of light and dark, good and evil, and that reality makes this story all the more compelling. Spindler uses this platform to launch a world of powerful possibilities.

Yes, this book contains supernatural elements, so if you live in a black and white world, this book probably isn't for you. But if you're willing to stretch the limits of what you can see and ask, "What if?", then this book is guaranteed to keep you turning pages. I can't wait for book #2 in this series!

*I was provided with an advance review copy by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.*
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25 reviews2 followers
August 31, 2016
I'm Always excited when Erica Spindler publishes a new book!
She makes the perfect cocktail of murder, crime, detectives, action, suspence... even some romance. She always finds the right balance.
When I start one of her books, I can't put it down!!
So now, THE FINAL SEVEN arrived...
Oh boy, was I in for a treat!!
Some known characters make their appearance (Killian), wich is cool :)
But besides the murder, crime, detectives etc Erica Spindler added a new ingredient to this book!
The "paranormal"...
This book is a bit different than what I'm used to, but I liked it!!
I love "Mad Dog"!! :)
So, I'm not going to spoil it...you'll have to find out for yourselves
But I can guarantee you...you won't be dissapointed!!

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1,355 reviews553 followers
February 7, 2016
Erica Spindler is one of my very favourite authors and after I discovered one of her books on holiday a few years ago, I have read and loved everything she has written. Her usual genre is romantic suspense but she has had a bit of a change in direction here with a paranormal thriller, which I was very keen to try but unfortunately, it just wasn't for me.
Much as I love this author and will continue to read her future thrillers, I won't be reading anymore of this series. Nothing to do with the quality of writing or plotlines which were up to Erica's usual high standards, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Many thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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