Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Final Seven ~ Erica Spindler (earc) review [@ericaspindler @LittleBrownUK @Trident_Media]

The Final Seven (Lightkeepers # 1)
Erica Spindler Books
February 11, 2016
322 pages
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The first Saturday in July. . .
A missing coed . . .
The number seven carved into her door . . .
The countdown has begun.


New Orleans Detective Micki Dee Dare is a seasoned, no-nonsense cop. She doesn't need a partner, especially not Zach “Hollywood” Harris, an irreverent charmer, fresh out of an experimental FBI program. And her assignment — keep him alive while he fights crime using the special skills he brings to the table — is not what she signed up for. But the die has been cast and there's nothing she can do about it.

Micki soon realizes there's more to her partner than meets the eye—and more at stake than catching bad guys and closing cases. There’s a new kind of evil at work the Crescent City, more cunning, more powerful than any she’s ever encountered. And she and Zach may be the only ones who can stop it.

As another coed goes missing and the darkness closes in, Micki must face a terrifying truth: this time she might not make it. This time the evil they’re facing might destroy them all . . .

Full of surprise twists and unexpected turns, The Final Seven is a heart-pounding thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.
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Detective Micki Dare is great. She made me think of a mix of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and JT Ellison's Taylor Jackson. She loves being a detective and she's good at it. She is tough and knows how to do things right -- and isn't afraid to full-out tackle a suspect, if necessary.

She takes her job seriously and, if she's going to have a partner, they should as well. Which is why she isn't thrilled to start work with Zach.

You can understand why Micki is unsure of, or, actually, flat out wants nothing do with Zach. He is not nearly as trained or tested as any other partner she could have. He doesn't seem to be taking things seriously. He has his 'abilities' but they aren't what she's used to. (Plus, he's off looking for bottled water and salads while she's good with dinner from the vending machine.

I was not as sold on his character at first, mostly because I think we get a better idea of who Micki is, but I liked what we learned about him and what he learned about himself by the end.

Their different approaches, their different personalities and different pasts make Micki and Zach an interesting pair. You understand why they don't immediately mesh but as the story progresses, you understand as things change.

The supernatural element was a fun twist to The Final Seven. I liked that we are introduced to some of it from the beginning - but without knowing anywhere near everything. Some of that is admitted (with the characters aware of secrets being kept, information withheld) and some of it is a surprise to the characters as well.

I did not completely understand how the who/what/why/when all came together, even with the explanation. I understood the broader setup but the details that made sense to the characters didn't click for me. Still, I liked how Micki and Zach, with the other characters' help, went about solving things. Now that we - and they - have a fuller picture of the supernatural elements, I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.

review copy received through NetGalley

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