Title: Stalker of Shadows(Specter Series 3, #1)
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Publisher: Widdershins Press, LLC
Release Date: May 17, 2019
Page Count: 129
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5
Some stones are better left unturned…
John Starkweather feels restless. Though still technically an agent for SPECTR, his only job now seems to be hanging out with his boyfriends, Caleb and the vampire spirit Gray, and binge-watching TV in their New Orleans apartment.
The inactivity comes to an abrupt end when a rougarou attacks John’s estranged grandfather. Even though he hasn’t seen his family since he was a teen, John can’t pass up the opportunity to reconnect.
The more John investigates the attack, the stranger everything about it seems, from his parents’ odd behavior to the rougarou’s unnatural size. And the closer John comes to finding answers, the nearer he draws to a truth that might be better left uncovered.
This cannot be read as a standalone and the reader needs to have read the previous books in the series. The WHOLE series – both part one and part two.
In staying with the flow of the SPECTR universe, this starts where Series #2 leaves off. Caleb and John have been relegated to New Orleans, where Caleb gets a kitchy job as a tour guide and John is twiddling his thumbs feeling resentful.
This book is John’s story. The reader gets to see how much the past hurt John, how it’s still hurting him and how he’s trying to reconcile what happened. There is more of an emotional investment in this story between John’s resentment of their situation in New Orleans, feeling like he’s being punished by SPECTR as is a glorified drakul-sitter to make sure Gray doesn’t eat someone’s face (you can just hear the derision in Gray’s voice – “Humans aren’t food”), and John’s family situation.
And when the above is combined with our paranormal mystery it makes for a very enjoyable story. This has a good balance of emotional turmoil, romance, and kicking some rougarou hide. The ending holds a nice surprise and, yes, we do have a small cliffhanger. I continue to greatly enjoy this series.