Shadow Born (Shadows of Salem #1) by Jasmine Walt and Rebecca Hamilton

Chicago Police Detective Brooke Chandler is keeping a secret… and if she’s not careful, it could get her killed. 

Brooke is no stranger to the supernatural. In Chicago, vampires are just as prevalent as drug lords, and infinitely more bloodthirsty. So when her partner and fiancé dies in a mysterious fire while chasing down a lead in Salem, she suspects something dark and otherworldly is at play. 

Blessed with the ability to see into the past by touching inanimate objects, Brooke transfers to the Salem PD, hoping her talent will help her get to the bottom of things. Between dodging assassination attempts and being stonewalled at every turn, the going is tough. Add in a mysterious fae club owner with secrets of his own and a personal grudge against her, and it becomes nearly impossible. 

If Brooke wants to play in the supernatural sandbox, she’s going to have to roll up her sleeves and get dirty. But how many people will have to die for Brooke to discover the truth about her fiance? And is she even ready to know?

Release Date: Out Now!

I do love a good mystery, a right proper who-dun-it with twists and turns that leave you questioning what has just happened but at the same time it makes all the sense in the abnormal world. 

Brooke is spunky and in need to discover just how exactly her fiance died while working on a seemingly safe case. She holds onto a lot of anger regarding his death and this leads to some situations that would otherwise not have been an issue as she would have been able to think out the situation before it all went to hell. This seems to be a way of keeping the plot moving forward and interesting if somewhat annoying.

The bulk of this story is based on finding who killed her fiance, Tom,  working alongside a fae Lord, Maddock, and discovering that her life is not so simple as it has always seemed. Not that fighting vampires is simple. However the vampire portion of the plot seemed to be a bit of a gimmick to catch the interest of a passing buyer. 

Maddock as a character is a bit rough around the edges. There is the mystique of the character that comes with fae beings however the accent work comes across as Irish half the time and Scottish the other half – and trust me I know my Scottish. However he comes together towards the end as more is revealed of his race and what he knows about Brooke. 

Would I recommend this book? Sure you might as well give it a chance, although Brooke’s personality isn’t for everyone there is a chance that the general story will intrigue you such an extent that you will be engaged with the story and hoping that Brooke pulls through. 


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