Series: A Wishcraft Mystery #4
Genres: Paranormal Mystery
Published by Signet on 6 May 2014
Reading Challenges: 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
There’s something about this series that just puts me in a good mood and this book was no different. I think it is the warmth of the characters and the community that Blake has taken the time to craft. This time, Darcy Merriweather is trying to help her friend Star whose violent ex-husband Kyle is back in town. No one else but Star has seen the man so there is no proof that he’s been harassing her. Darcy starts looking for the supernatural means by which he could have made himself invisible.
Darcy is simply the kind of protagonist you hope for in mysteries. Her deductions are logical and she works hand in hand with the police rather than hoarding relevant information. In the last novel her investigations were severely curtailed by allegations that her boyfriend, Police Chief Nick was feeding her sensitive information. While Darcy was able to resolve this with the help of The Elder, it put a strain on her relationship with Nick (which was the last thing I wanted). In this book though we finally get some much needed action on that front.
This is the most morally grey book out of the series as the truth about Kyle slowly becomes clear and several people are betrayed. There were no real winners and I found myself sympathising with victim and villain alike. I relished the darker tone as it gave Blake a chance to add more depth to her characters and show just how much people are willing to sacrifice for those they love.
This book shouldn’t really be read as a standalone as the relationships are too well developed by this point and you would miss Darcy’s growth as an investigator. As usual, highly recommended.