Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Book of Shadows” as Want to Read:
Book of Shadows
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book

Book of Shadows

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,484 ratings  ·  164 reviews

Homicide detective Adam Garrett is already a rising star in the Boston police department when he and his cynical partner, Carl Landauer, catch a horrifying case that could make their careers: the ritualistic murder of a wealthy college girl that appears to have Satanic elements. 

The partners make a quick arrest when all evidence points to another student, a troubled mus

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2010)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Book of Shadows, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Book of Shadows

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.74  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,484 ratings  ·  164 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Alex is The Romance Fox
After reading the first 3 books in Alexandra Sokoloff's The Huntress/FBI Thriller Series, which I really enjoyed, I was so looking forward to this one....but what a disappointment it turned out to be.

The Book of Shadows is I guess a mystery/paranormal/fantasy/murder story which just by the way started off okay.............but it soon lost its momentum for me.

I almost gave up halfway...but I hate giving up on I persevered ....but hey....what a struggle it was to reach THE END....

The c
Kiera Healy
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a mediocre supernatural thriller. The main character is a cop investigating a murder with what appear to be ritual elements. Uh-oh! I enjoyed the police procedural elements, but the supernatural stuff, mostly involving witches and grimoires, was hit and miss. One cop doesn't believe that the sexy witch is a witch, so she cuts her finger and makes him suck it. That is the weirdest way of introducing yourself to people - I know, I've tried it, and it NEVER works in real life. Magic!

The pro
Detective Adam Garret is on the fast track in the Boston police department when a terrible murder shocks the city. Garret leads the investigation, hoping to use it as a springboard to a promotion, as well as being driven to catch a predator stalking the streets. After solid police work leads to an arrest, Garret just has to take care of the paperwork. But when Tanith Cabarrus, a self-proclaimed witch, walks into the station proclaiming that the wrong man has been arrested, and that there are mor ...more
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Murder/ copy story with a witchy twist. Pretty good writing and a strong start precede a descent into lame.
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that started out good, or at least perfectly fine to keep me entertained during my breaks at work. Unfortunately, it quickly disintegrated to a cross between CSI and Charmed.

The writing was about as good as the plot in a porno movie. Without the porn. All the women who had interaction with the main character, Garrett, were lusty and willing, and Garrett seemed to be sporting a hard-on every time he talked to a woman. Of course, there were no plain women in this book.
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Alex Sokoloff blew me away with her first novel "The Harrowing", and she's just gotten better and better with every book. She writes what I like to call "whatdunnits": mysteries and thrillers with a supernatural overtone in which the main characters (and the reader) are trying to figure out if their enemy is a particularly evil human or...something else, something Other. This is a brilliant example of that style, with some added eroticism to spice things up. Sokoloff is an deft, assured writer w ...more
Could have used more character development. At times interesting with good writing. Plot too predictable for me.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent, complex, quite different book, sort of a mash-up of a mystery or crime story and the supernatural or horror tale. Loved it.

Boston PD Detectives Garrett and Landauer are investigating a murder: a dead girl found in a landfill minus her head and arm. I suppose readers of horror might pin on this right away: it's got witches in it! I didn't. I like horror, but haven't read a good amount in years and so it flew right past me. But yeah, it's got witches...

And solid detective work with soli
Alisha Marie
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, mystery

I totally should have loved this book. I mean, it's a mystery and I love mysteries. In fact, there's only one thing I love more than I love mysteries and that's everything and anything to do with witches. I'm serious. This all started with my anything but brief obsession with Charmed when I was 11 years old (and Charmed was in its first season). Ever since then I have been drawn to books about witches (whether it be fiction or non-fiction) and books about the occult. I just think that it's a fas
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Look, if you are a woman, and your main character is a man, you've set up a challenge for yourself. I am sometimes astounded by the success of these authors. This author's solution was no solution; the character development in all her characters was very flat... two dimensional. The only character I was truly drawn to was the fetch, that was interesting.

The men were near idiots with very little capacity to control their primal nature. I'm not saying that they were written as pigs, though a litt
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I picked this up at the library because it is set in the Boston area and read it in two days. It's good, although I'm not all that into the occult/horror angle. The detectives were well-drawn and the premise was interesting. There were a couple of local howlers: McLean Hospital is and always has been a private, not a state hospital and no-one from this area would say "Highway 2", it's Route 2 (pronounced like "root"). Picky, picky but these things jumped out at me. Also the sex scenes read like ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Strictly speaking this isn't mere horror as it's more paranormal. And who better do take on this mantle but Ms Sokoloff!

Her writing is always atmospheric and empathic and creates a wonderfully filmic narrative throughout her books and The Book of Shadows is a great example.

I have mentioned before that I was reading this on my kobo therefore not a format I prefer but I carried this with me in my bag for those occasions when I have a spare 15 mins to read, having finished my other reads I'd got t
The Cats’ Mother
OK police thriller about a maverick Boston cop investigating a murder with links to witchcraft. I got it free on Amazon without knowing much about it - I have a bunch of books on my kindle for when I'm travelling or can't sleep, so picked this somewhat at random. I'm not really into books about the occult and wasn't sure whether this was going to turn out to have supernatural elements or be a basic serial killer plot line; it wasn't bad, but the hero is an idiot, led by his penis for most of it, ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Police find a girl murdered with ritualistic carvings and a missing head and hand. They ar edrawn into a strange world with Satanic/Demonic threads. grant asks for help from a local Wiccan who he is not sure he can trust.

I did enjoy the story a lot, though I sometiems felt I was getting diverted by the occult themes from the actual mystery. The information on Choronzon was fascinating and the question of what was real or not due to the influence of drugs left lingering questions for the main cha
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. My third from this author.
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Book of Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff
Suspense/Mystery- June 8th, 2010
5 stars

Book of Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff is a mystery with paranormal, suspense and thriller elements. It is well written in a style that is educated, understandable, and creepily believable.

Homicide Detective Adam Garrett of the Boston Police Department is assigned to investigate the murdered remains of a young woman. She was found grievously dumped at the city landfill. The post-mortem mutilations have the markings of
Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone
Alexandra Sokoloff has a way with words. Her novel The Book Of Shadows opens with “It was a vision of hell.” Rather than the cliché literal mouth of hell, we have a bleak rendering of a city dump, complete with dead body. You can almost taste the stench in the back of your mouth and the opening paragraphs demand you read on.

And read on you must. The Book Of Shadows is a story of murder, witchcraft, and terror. A body turns up in the city dump with hints of ritual murder. The evidence is fairly
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epub

---- From Thriller Award-winning author Alexandra Sokoloff ----

“A wonderfully dark thriller with amazing is-it-isn't-it suspense all the way to the end. Highly recommended.”

---Lee Child

Homicide detective Adam Garrett is already a rising star in the Boston police department when he and his cynical partner, Carl Landauer, catch a horrifying case that could make their careers: the ritualistic murder of a wealthy college girl that appears to have Satanic elements.

The partners make a quick arrest

Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ugh. I'm finally through this one. I got more than halfway, and then I realized that I was wasting my time, but I don't abandon books. I gave this plenty of chances, but it failed all the same.. This was such a disappointment compared to Sokoloff's The Harrowing. At a certain point the overly abundant sexual references and references to hideous crimes became tiresome, not to mention offensive. I despised Garrett and his partner (the partner especially); they seemed to display a contempt for near ...more
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: potato-chips
Bit of a slog to get through.

This is not my usual genre, but it started out pretty well and interested me enough to keep reading. Other than the reciting of the spells, the writing is decent. The spells, though, geez, they sounded like stuff a third-grade girl would make up. If these are "authentic" spells spouted by "real" witches, no wonder few people take them seriously.

The partnership between Garrett and Landauer seemed true. The procedural stuff seemed ok -- there were no overnight DNA resu
Oct 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
I try and not try to do reviews when I don't finish a book. Obviously however I feel as though I want to say a bit about this one. I enjoyed the other books by Sokoloff but they all hold a few problems for me. The Harrowing's characters were generic horror movie characters but the story was entertaining and I liked that. The Price I thought was excellent. Although there were parts I felt would have been better if more attention was given to the relationship between the family members in the book ...more
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I picked this up after Alex gave a talk at our library and was surprised in the best way possible. The book was creepy and graphic in a CSI way and kept me guessing (and my attention) the entire way through. I read it in 2 days, partly because it was too scary to put down. Not like I'm going to sleep after reading about demons anyway. I would love another book that included these two detectives.
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
My local Barnes and Noble store sucked me into this one - author is coming to town for a workshop on plot development - and I'm a little sad that they did. Took about 40 pages for the plot to draw me in and then it got bogged down in all this supernatural/witch type stuff which made no sense. And then the ending was just plain weird. Disappointing overall.
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am not a fan of paranormal and/or witchcraft novels. That said, I must admit that this was suspenseful, well written and held your interest. The author obviously knows her genre and was also able to bring up the procedural anti-hero police work with alacrity.
Kathleen Daly
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really 3.5 stars. I did enjoy it a lot and wish 4 stars could be my response but like other reviews I read I felt there would have hoped for a clearer more connected ending.
Trish R.

Hmmm… Not sure I liked this or not. It was a good mystery, but the killer never said a single word in English and the few words he did say were in a language that was summoning a demon. You never find out why he did what he did or what he was thinking or what he was going to do next. It was as if we just had a make-believe serial killer.

And Garrett was totally ridiculous sometimes. This was a paranormal story and Tanith was a powerful witch and no matter what she showed Garrett he just had an ex
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Homicide with an occult twist

It was not a bad thriller but also not perfect. The story started a bit slow and would have been a bit better with more information about Garrett at this point.

The storyline has a good plot with twist regarding to the occult and witchcraft. I was not so sure about his beliefs, he constantly didn't believe he seen so much what he couldn't explain but went for it anyway. I found his struggle a bit odd. If I don't believe in it, I don't do anything.

The end could have b
Lillian Cummings
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who is the murdered girl? Can homicide detectives Adam Garrett & Carl Landauer find the killer before more bodies start piling up? The case has just gotten more complicated as the murdered girl is from a well-known family and the family wants answers. Is this the work of a satanic or just a way to throw the detectives off the killer's scent? Could the boyfriend be the killer as he seems to be into devil-worshipping and the cops both just saw some strange things? It couldn't be that easy? So ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sokoloff has a talent for suspense. This novel deals with a number of occult themes - witchcraft, satanic cults, psychic healing. Detective Rhett Garrett and his partner investigate the murder of a young woman whose corpse lacks a head and a left hand. Along the way, Garrett crosses paths with Tanith Carburrus, a Salem witch who owns an occult bookstore. Sparks fly more ways than one as the number of corpses multiplies and the search for the killer leads to a nineteen-year old Amherst student tr ...more
John Wiltshire
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I think the first half of this is better than the second. I liked the police procedural. I liked the hints of supernatural that could also have had rational explanations. When the whole thing started to get into the old witches/wiccan trope I'm afraid my eyes rolled skyward. It's very hard to blend supernatural into real world novels. After all, if spells, invisibility, mind-reading really worked (as they apparently do in this novel) then why wouldn't witches be running the world and the rest of ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Breathe
  • Banquet For the Damned
  • A House Divided
  • Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum
  • The Ghost Ship
  • Drummer Boy (Sheriff Frank Littlefield, #2)
  • The Kure
  • Dark Reckoning (Steve Williams #1)
  • Dream On (Mark Appleton Thrillers #2)
  • They Never Die Quietly (Sami Rizzo #1)
  • Emerald Germs of Ireland
  • Deadly Dance (A-Tac, #5)
  • Dark Visions (Sarah Roberts, #1)
  • Peppermint Creek Inn (Undercover, #1)
  • The God Killers
  • Demon's Night (Jason Dark, #1)
  • The Reckoning
  • Divine Intervention (Divine Trilogy, #1)
See similar books…
I'm the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of the bestselling Huntress/FBI Thrillers: Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Cold Moon. Bitter Moon, Hunger Moon, the supernatural thrillers The Harrowing, The Price, Book of Shadows, The Unseen, The Space Between. The New York Times Book Review has called me "a daughter of Mary Shelley" and my novels "some of the most orig ...more
“He felt a flash of irritation at her certainty. It was inbred, a birthright…no one had ever denied her anything.” 0 likes
“The man certainly had assumed he had power, until today’s stark proof of what an illusion human power really is.” 0 likes
More quotes…