Review: Shadows of the Dead by Spencer Kope

Shadows of the Dead by Spencer Kope

Synopsis and Details:

The best tracker in the world, a man with a secret and a special set of skills, must find two nearly untraceable killers before time runs out for their victims, in Spencer Kope’s Shadows of the Dead.

A woman—abducted and found in the trunk of a car after a high-speed chase—regains consciousness in the ICU to reveal two crucial pieces of information: the man who kidnapped her is not the same as the man who left her in the woods, and she’s not the first victim—in fact, she is number eight.

Magnus “Steps” Craig is part of the elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI. Known for his ability to find and follow trails over any surface, Steps is called in on cases that require his unparalleled skills. But there’s a secret to his talent. Steps has a kind of synesthesia where he can see the ‘essence’ of a person—what he calls ‘shine’—on everything they’ve touched.

Brought in to track the driver through a dense forest after the blood hounds have lost his trail, Steps and his partner Jimmy find the driver laughing maniacally, babbling about souls, and hiding a pristinely maintained box of eight posed rats. Now the Special Tracking Unit must chase two villains—through not just the real world, but the dark web as well—tracking an enemy they can’t see, as time runs out for the unknown victims.

Series: Special Tracking Unit #3  |  Genres: Contemporary, Mystery  |  Release Date: August 25, 2020  |  Publisher: Minotaur Books  |  Pages: 336  | ISBN: 978-1250178343  | ASIN: B07D2C7GX1  |  Format: ARC  | Source: NetGalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Shadows of the Dead is the third book in the Special Tracking Unit series but this is a novel that can be read as a standalone. I will warn you though that the partnership between Magnus “Steps” Craig and his partner, Jimmy Donovan, will be one that is so enjoyable that you will want to start the series from book one. Steps was a bit of an odd character; he wasn’t like what I would expect from a member of the FBI. I think it was his empathy, he really felt for the victims and Jimmy cared too but his views were more clinical in nature. Together they were a great team and rounding them out was Diane Parker, the team’s intelligence analyst. All great characters and very enjoyable in their roles.

This story is a police procedural that has a slightly paranormal element where Magnus has an extrasensory skill of being able to see the unique “shine” that each person has. I loved how that element was incorporated into this story because it added a supernatural layer of detection. Something that I don’t want to forget to mention was the suspense. There are scenes where Magnus and Jimmy are examining crime scenes and what they are seeing is not explained right away. I was dying with curiosity to know what took place. Everything is explained in time but the suspense of not knowing what was taking place was both pleasurable and painful. Overall, Shadows of the Dead was an exciting reading experience and this is one series that I am absolutely going to be continuing in!

*Thank you to Minotaur Books & NetGalley for this eARC of Shadows of the Dead*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.


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