Chasing the Shadows
Author: Keri Arthur
Publisher: Random House/Bantam Dell
Date of Publication: September 2013
Nikki James is in San Francisco at the request of her partner and best friend, Jake. The wife of an old friend is missing, and Jake intends to find her—whatever the cost. The authorities believe the kidnappings to be the work of a sick mind, but Nikki knows that the truth is something much worse—especially since she seems to have an unexpected psychic link to the killer. But as always, she is more than willing to risk her own life to save another’s.
For Michael Kelly, Nikki’s bravado is a source of endless terror. He wants nothing more than to make Nikki a permanent part of his life, but he knows that her quest is sure to get her killed. As they chase through the sewers and tunnels of San Francisco and the body count begins to rise, Michael badgers her to stay off the case, but Nikki has no intention of complying. She wants him to realize that she’s either a full partner in his life or she’s out. But nothing prepares her for the price she has to pay for her stubbornness—the life of someone she loves.
As usual, Keri Arthur swept me away into her Nikki and Michael’s wonderful world. The growing love story between the two of them is certainly fun to watch as the “old man” tries to adapt to a 20th (21st) century woman who’s determined not to be left behind or coddled.
The mystery kept me intrigued throughout the book, not having any clue who might actually be behind it and why the murderer was taking the victims they did. Michael of course figures it out, thanks to his mental abilities.
Speaking of abilities: Nikki’s are just going crazy! Every time she turns around, she’s got a new power cropping up and this was no exception. She can now speak and manifest ghosts! This turns out to be important, but not a spoiler-type thing, so I feel free to mention it. Surprisingly enough, Michael too is turning up with some new abilities and Seline (the witch running the Circle that sends Michael on these missions) is pretty sure the development of all these new powers is coming from the life-bond Michael forged with Nikki in book 1.
I do hope Seline gets her own book. Who knows how old she actually is (at least physically). I’d love to meet the witch herself, see her have some fun.
Anyway, back to this book. Let’s see – the Nikki/Michael relationship definitely developed over the course of this book, and I have hope these two will find a way to come together forever in the future. But it’s sure gonna cause a lot of bumps, bruises and hurt feelings along the way as these two very different people learn how to adapt to sharing themselves and their lives with another person.
Finally – OMG…there’s a death. A death I totally didn’t see happening. A death that, in the stream of things was completely needed for the story to take place, but woooooow. I was heartbroken when the individual died and hope the loved ones they leave behind will find a good way to cope (though steps are already being taken to do just that by the time Ms. Arthur gets to “the end”).
So, for me, this was a total 5 star book and I can’t wait to read the 4th book in the series (I have on my Kindle, I just haven’t gotten to it yet).
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.