Spook Squad, Book 1
Synopsis: MORTAL RECALL
For Sam Ryan, life began at age fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her childhood. In a decade of service with the State Police, Sam has exhausted the resources of the force searching for clues to her identity. But all mention of her family seems to have been deliberately wiped off the record. Everything changes the night Sam’s missing partner resurfaces as a vampire… and forces her to kill him in self-defense. Now Sam is charged with murder. Suspended from the force, and with no one left to trust, Sam accepts some unexpected help from Gabriel Stern, a shapeshifter who conceals startling secrets.
While investigating the circumstances surrounding her partner’s strange behavior, Sam discovers that Garbriel’s been involved with a dangerous organization that’s planning a war on the human race. More immediate, someone is guarding the truth about Sam’s past—someone who’d rather see her dead than risk her knowing too much. To stay alive, Sam must unravel the threads of her past—and find out not only who she is but what she is.
Review: This is a new edition of a series by Keri Arthur and I must say that once again I fell in love with the series. Indeed, I am delighted to have the chance to read all the novels that the author was able to release because I love all her writings that are ultimately still very different from each other. The theme and the kind made me think of her, however, Nikki & Michael series that I enjoyed.
Now, we discover Sam Ryan, a young woman who has a past only after her 14 years old and she hopes to find out who she really is. Yet it seems that the records that could help her, do not exist or were hidden by the most influential people. But all this is quite forgotten when she is forced to kill in self defense her partner who disappeared for quite a while. But as she explains the reason, the police suspects murder and she finds herself suspended right away. However, she attracts a totally different font which is particularly interested in the unusual abilities of the young woman, but also in the interest that everyone has towards her. This is how Sam is going to team up with one of the members of this group, Gabriel, to understand what is happening, why we try to kill her and to find out what exactly happened with her partner.
I had a lot of fun with this novel. Do not expect a big romance here because there is none even if something could born in the next volumes. However, we have plenty of action throughout the story and a plot that takes us away from the beginning. I admit that I was immediately intrigued by Sam’s partner Jack and his sudden change of attitude. But that’s not all because Sam finds herself in the middle of a story that surpasses her completely and although we have some early answers, the mystery settles and I can not wait to read on to find out my answers. Oh yes because I expect to know more about the origins of the young woman, to discover exactly who the person who tries to keep Sam alive is and of course to understand the mechanisms of the two organizations we discover. Our heroine is a determined person, desperate to learn the truth, but also loyal and sweet. But that’s not all, because she is full of flaws and fears she tries to keep to herself. Gabriel resembles her in many points, but he has his family to support him and he will do everything to understand what is happening, even if it should break some rules for that. Some events are initiated here, as well as some changes in Sam and I am very curious to see what she will become in the next volume.
As I said I had a great time and the plot carried me throughout the chapters. I’ll quickly get into the next one to discover more about the very existence of Sam and see if it is possible that something exists between Gabriel and her. A good discovery for me!