Badlands (Jia’s review)

Title: Badlands
Author: Morgan Brice
Publisher: Darkwind Press
Release Date: June 26th 2018
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 296
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5


Medium and clairvoyant Simon Kincaide owns a Myrtle Beach boardwalk shop where he runs ghost tours, holds séances, and offers private psychic readings, making a fresh start after his abilities cost him his lover and his job as a folklore professor. Jaded cop Vic D’Amato saw something supernatural he couldn’t explain during a shootout several years ago in Pittsburgh and relocated to Myrtle Beach to leave the past behind, still skeptical about the paranormal. But when the search for a serial killer hits a dead end, Vic battles his skepticism to ask Simon for help. As the body count rises, Simon’s involvement makes him a target, and a suspect. But Simon can’t say no, even if it costs him his life and heart.

Badlands was well written, interesting, intriguing and really good. I like how the characters have their positive and negative sides and they work through it. They are drawn to each other but still there are doubts and they don’t trust easily at the same time that a serial killer gets his eyes on Simon, which doesn’t make it easier for those two. It did feel as if the cops should have been a little better at their job though and I understood how the people living in that area didn’t have so many positive thoughts about them.

I like how well the author captures the atmosphere in the writing and love when there are cameos from other books. This book takes place in the same world as Witchbane, which I loved. There was plenty of suspense and thrills, though there’s no need to read Witchbane as both are standalones. If you like urban fantasy with mediums who talk to dead people, magic, romance and cops then this is definitely for you.

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