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Hold Back the Dark

A Bishop/SCU Novel

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A town in the thrall of evil. A summons that can't be ignored. The SCU returns in a nail-biting novel from New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper.

The Chosen have been warned. Powerful psychics across the globe have gotten the same eerie and insistent message: Go to Prosperity. Because in this small North Carolina mountain town, madness has taken hold...

Trapped in a nightmare they can't escape, the residents of Prosperity are killing one another, waking up with no memory of the monstrous acts they've committed--or the reasons why. Chief Deputy Katie Cole knows that whatever evil is afoot is beyond her expertise, and beyond the understanding of Sheriff Jackson Archer. They need help.

The Special Crimes Unit is called in for its specific brand of investigation, to aid the Chosen as well as the once-peaceful mountain town. It will take all the agents' training, all their experience, and every extra sense they can call on to get to the bottom of things in Prosperity. And as a sinister pattern begins to emerge, even the most experienced and hardened SCU agents must brace themselves for a flood of darkness unlike any the world has ever seen...

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 23, 2018 – Bestseller Hooper's less than suspenseful 18th Bishop/Special Crimes Unit novel (after 2017's Wait for Dark) describes at length the psychic abilities of the various members of the FBI's Special Crimes Unit, headed by Noah Bishop, and its auxiliary civilian squad, the Haven team. Besides being telepathic and clairvoyant, the team members see auras, regenerate after deadly blows (be they from hurtling boulders or bullets), and have the power to put people to sleep. All across the United States, psychics are experiencing horrible visions that tell them to "go to Prosperity." This formerly peaceful little mountain town in North Carolina is in chaos, as a few of its citizens have suddenly started killing their nearest and dearest. The psychics descend on the town and soon realize that a portal to unspeakable evil has been opened and that the negative energy released is taking hold of the innocent townsfolk. Long on backstory, this entry is strictly for longstanding series fans.

Customer Reviews

Hold Back the Dark

Great book with a wonderful introduction to some brilliant new characters

Sadly disappointed

I was so looking forward to this next book in the trilogy. I've become a fan of the Bishop/SCU series over the years and have cultivated a love for the characters Kaye has developed. Unfortunately I feel like the author spends so much time writing redundantly to catch the reader up that it has affected the story itself. I felt like the story had more potential and I was left feeling like it was thrown together and then just ended. I hope that the next book brings my endearment back to the series.

Thumbs way down

Worst book in the series so far. Leads you to believe it will tell you about the characters and completely leaves you wanting! Sorry I even bought it.

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Hold Back the Dark
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  • $13.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Apr 03, 2018
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: A Bishop/SCU Novel
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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