Something Wicked by Angela Campbell

The Psychic Detectives series, Book 2

Synopsis: Psychic medium Alexandra King is sick of being pestered by her boss’s dead mother demanding help to reunite her two estranged sons. Determined to get some peace and quiet again, Alexandra follows a lead in finding the younger Collins brother to Charleston, South Carolina, where she immediately meets the hottest man she’s ever laid eyes on and finds herself a willing participant in seduction. Of course, her one-night-stand turns out to be none other than Dylan Collins — her boss’s younger brother and a homicide detective who believes psychics are a complete waste of time.

All Dylan wants is a few hours of pleasure to take his mind off of the case haunting him. A serial killer is stalking the streets of The Holy City — a killer who calls himself The Grim Reaper. When the woman he’d just spent the night with turns up and offers her services as a psychic consultant on the case, his ardor quickly cools. Last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a con artist.

It doesn’t take long for Dylan to realize Alexandra is the real deal – and the killer’s next target. Dylan’s protective instincts battle his reluctance to get too involved with a woman he isn’t sure he can trust. As they get closer to finding the killer, they also grow closer to one another, but will Alexandra’s secret agenda destroy their chance at happiness — if the killer doesn’t strike first?

Review: I did not know anything about the series or the author, but when I saw the second volume on NetGalley, I was quite tempted. Then in regard of the synopsis, I thought it was certainly not so problematic to start with the second novel, although I’m sure that we discover Hannah and Zach in the first one. Yet this book is not really about them and this one is about Zach’s younger brother: Dylan and Alexandra, a Zach’s employee and a friend of Hannah.

It’s been some time that the ghost of the Zach’s mother is begging Alexandra to find her second son to reunite them together. Finally capitulating to her demands, and with the help of her friend, in the back of her boss, our young heroine travels to Charleston to find a track to find Dylan. But when after a one-night stand with a guy she realizes that the man with whom she spent the night is none other than the person she looking for, Alexandra believes it will be an easy mission. If only it was like that… Yes because before telling him the reason for her presence, she decides she is going to get to know him first. And what better way than to participate in his investigation to find a serial killer who seems to hit in a strange way. When Dylan discovers that the young woman became entrenched in his investigation, he can only be suspicious, especially when the lady is known to be a psychic medium, something in which he does not believe. But then a link will be forged between them, and he has to admit that her gifts are not a lie and that she could help to discover the identity of the killer, if she does not become herself the target.

I loved this story and the investigation we follow throughout the chapters. It will take a little time to Alexandra and Dylan to accept one another, especially as the policeman is so skeptical, but it was really interesting to see their relationship evolving like that. We can feel the tension between them from the start, yet they both remain quite suspicious about the other. However, they form a perfect duo and a beautiful couple. Alexandra is determined but does not hesitate to confess her fears while Dylan is like a knight ready to do anything to save her. In terms of the plot, I admit I was really curious to find out who was the mysterious killer. He seems to know a lot of things about her, which means he must be pretty close to them, but we discover his identity at the end of the novel. And I confess that I was really surprised, I did not expect this character. The survey was well done from the beginning to the end of the story, and we remain focused on the mystery that our heroes are trying to decipher. But of course there is much more, and we discover a few more things about the past of Dylan and Zach and the difficulties they had to endure while they were younger. As you can see there are many things happening in this novel, but I’ll leave you the chance to experience it all.

A good plot, an investigation fun to follow, all mixed with magic; it’s a nice discovery. I think I’ll have to try now the first volume.



8 thoughts on “Something Wicked by Angela Campbell

  1. I hadn’t heard of this series before but I really like the sound of it. I’d rather read in order if I can help it =D But I like knowing you can start book two without being lost.

  2. You got me at ‘Psychic Detective’! I love mysteries, and I love paranormal stories, and if there’s magic as well, I’m pretty sure I’ll love it. I will start with the first book, though, as I often think it’s easier to get into a story if I have been introduced to characters who seem to already know each other 🙂

    Great review, Melliane.

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