“This entertaining mystery successfully maintains suspense throughout the story. At the start the discovery in a landfill of the mutilated corpse of Erin Carmody, the 18-year-old daughter of a prominent Boston businessman, presents homicide detective Adam Garrett with a particularly sensitive...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Ultimately sinks under the weight of its' sterotypes. Real powerful witches wouldn't prance around chanting "Blessed be." too much new age crap.”see full review » see other reviews »
“It was not one of my favorite books.”peggymemaw wrote this review Wednesday, April 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This entertaining mystery successfully maintains suspense throughout the story. At the start the discovery in a landfill of the mutilated corpse of Erin Carmody, the 18-year-old daughter of a prominent Boston businessman, presents homicide detective Adam Garrett with a particularly sensitive case. Marks on the body suggest the killer was conducting Satanic rituals. When Adam and his partner, Carl Landauer, question the prime suspect, Jason Moncrief, a college friend of Erin's, Jason chants the name of the demon Choronzon, then assaults Carl. Despite what appears to be an open-and-shut case, Adam can't discount the claim that Jason is innocent made by Tanith Cabarrus, an attractive witch who comes to police headquarters to report, that she dreamed of other murders--and who believes that supernatural forces are behind the slaughter.
The main character, Detective Adam Garrett, is the type of hero who follows his own instincts even when his boss and others do not approve. Mystery is darkened throughout by a layer of witchcraft and the setting in Massachusetts near Salem augments that layer. The major supporting characters are presented with believable detail while the trappings of the supernatural do not detract from the more traditional aspects of detective work. Overall, Sokoloff's fast-paced and suspenseful style makes this an enjoyable entertainment.
“I too enjoyed this book after reading ”the price”. It was exciting to read, not sure If the occult stuff was to weird but all In all It was a fun read. I look forward to reading more of these books.”Michelle Bentfield wrote this review Sunday, September 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm not into occult personally, but black magic, occult and spells make a book scary. And I like reading scary books.
I picked this book, because I liked "The Price", another book of Alexandra Sokoloff. I enjoyed "The Price" very much. So I decided to read another book of hers. I liked it, but not as much as I liked "the Price". It was an OK book for me. ”
“I enjoyed the plot and thought the novel was intriguing.”Fay wrote this review Tuesday, July 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“creepy”Laura D wrote this review Sunday, March 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this very much. Sokoloff builds an eerie atmosphere in telling a tale of satanic ritual and murder. The reader is not sure what is real and what is drug-enduced hallucination while following the investigators' account of what is happening. This is a first-rate thriller.”Rick B wrote this review Monday, January 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book wasn't exactly as creepy as I thought it was going to be, but it was really good.”Starr wrote this review Wednesday, February 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book of Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff
Suspense/Mystery- June 8th, 2010
Book of Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff is a mystery with paranormal, suspense and thriller elements. It is well written in a style that is educated, understandable, and creepily believable.
Homicide Detective Adam Garrett of the Boston Police Department is assigned to investigate the murdered remains of a young woman. She was found grievously dumped at the city landfill. The post-mortem mutilations have the markings of an occult ritual. She is later identified as a socialite Erin Carmody, a sophomore at Amherst University .
The profile provided by Dr. Frazer is a match to the disturbed satanic follower, Jason Moncrief. He is another student from Amherst and was in a relationship with the murdered co-ed. The testimony of their friends, evidence collected from the scene and his vehicle, and even his actions point at him being guilty. Garrett could claim finding and arresting their suspect so quickly was due to his good investigation skills, but the ease to find him is nagging. Who will follow-up on his suspicions when his girlfriend, Carolyn Davenport, assistant DA for Suffolk County , and his boss, Lt. Malloy are riding the forth-coming conviction into stardom?
Tanith Cabarrus arrives at the station. Is she right? Is Moncrief innocent? Does he dare believe her? Demons, possessions, witches? Garrett’s attraction to her might be part of a con, but what if the perk believes in all this supernatural stuff? Does Garrett believe? No, but he has enough doubts to continue searching. Alone, he follows the clues, because doing nothing, the alternative is impossible. If Tanith is right, there is a killer hiding, waiting to strike again on Samhain or Halloween when the veil between life and death is thin.
Book of Shadows is a well written, detail orientated mystery novel. I expected to be bored, but instead was quickly caught by her story line. Yes, she does take liberties (like I really don’t think an officer can take evidence into an uncontrolled environment), but I accepted the stretch as necessary for the novel. It is better than any CSI show because she tells the investigation in real time. It is not your one-hour television show.
I liked the characters. They were well developed and motivated. I’ve read other law enforcement/forensic novels, and put the books down because the jargon and vocabulary was over my reading comprehension because the author’s big words had left me floundering. However, in Ms. Sokoloff’s novel she blends their vocabulary into language, setting the scene so I could understand.
Near the end of this book, I checked her list of published novels. I’ve missed one and wanted to read it. After this one novel, I realized there is one book of hers that I have not read. I’ve got to get it!
Reviewed by Jackie from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club ”