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Book of Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff
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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 solid forensic science, but then we also have witches and demons and rituals and another murders and creepy things a'happening. (Lots of the happenings happen in Salem, MA, of course.) The mix might seem a bit unrealistic as Adam Garrett struggles to keep it firmly within the realm of all that's possible. It's hard for him to step out of 'what he knows,' but when he does...

Highly entertaining. Creepy at its best. I read some chapters late at night in a dark dark house while all around me the family slept and the wind - good God! It wouldn't stop! Plus we had that nasty polar vortex settling down over us and the new furnace was making a whole lot of new noises...

Atmospheric, clue-ridden (most of which I missed!) and two women characters who kept me guessing...

Four stars!

I'm gonna read more by Ms. Sokoloff!
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Reading Progress

February 2, 2019 – Started Reading
February 2, 2019 – Shelved
February 5, 2019 –
page 275
85.94% "This book is creepy-delicious, in the manner of John Connolly's Charlie Parker series. Well-written, perplexing. Loving it. :D"
February 5, 2019 – Finished Reading

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