Verdict: At times the characters appear somewhat two-dimensional while the story begs for a road map to help sort through the copious amount of other-worldly information. But if you can move past those shortcomings, there are several instances where you’ll find yourself unable to put the book down.
TRIPLE SIX, the second installment of Erica Spindler’s ‘Lightkeepers’ series, follows New Orleans Detective Micki Dare and her sixth-sense endowed partner, Zach ‘Hollywood’ Harris, as they search for the gang behind a string of recent home invasions.
Still reeling from their previous adventure–one that almost took Micki’s life– the duo is desperate to put the criminals behind bars quickly. But when the victims’ statements leave the rest of the police department baffled, Dare and Harris suspect that they’re not dealing with an average street crew. We quickly learn that there’s something much darker at play in NOLA—something that Micki and Zach must stop before it can stop them…again.
With the help of the Lost Angel Ministries’ (LAM) team, a safe-haven for psychically-adept charges like Zach, Detective Dare works to fit the pieces together. Enter Angel Gomez, one of LAM’S top recruits. After meeting a mysterious, new love interest, Gomez becomes uncharacteristically distant from the group. And despite Micki and Zach’s words of warning, she only grows closer to her new beau. What follows brings the story threads together seamlessly and Micki and Zach are faced with two of their toughest battles yet – the powerful force threatening all the good in the world and the even more powerful force of a stubborn, teenaged heart.
At times the characters in TRIPLE SIX appear somewhat two-dimensional and the dialogue accordingly simplistic while the story itself begs for a road map to help readers sort through the copious amount of other-worldly information. But if you can move past those shortcomings, there are several instances where you’ll find yourself unable to put the book down.
Part ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ and part ‘Criminal Minds,’ TRIPLE SIX presents a cast of characters bonded together by their unique special abilities and an overwhelming desire to protect all that is good. But this installment so heavily blurs the line between good and evil that we’re left wondering if, perhaps, they’re one and the same. But not to worry, the novel boasts enough loose ends that it appears Spindler has only just begun.
~Shayna Gunn for IndieReader