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Book of Shadows (a thriller) (English Edition) de [Sokoloff, Alexandra]
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---- From Thriller Award-winning author Alexandra Sokoloff ----

“A wonderfully dark thriller with amazing is-it-isn't-it suspense all the way to the end. Highly recommended.”
---Lee Child

Homicide detective Adam Garrett is already a rising star in the Boston police department when he and his cynical partner, Carl Landauer, catch a horrifying case that could make their careers: the ritualistic murder of a wealthy college girl that appears to have Satanic elements.

The partners make a quick arrest when all evidence points to another student, a troubled musician in a Goth band who was either dating or stalking the murdered girl. But Garrett’s case is turned upside down when beautiful, mysterious Tanith Cabarrus, a practicing witch from nearby Salem, walks into the homicide bureau and insists that the real perpetrator is still at large. Tanith claims to have had psychic visions that the killer has ritually sacrificed other teenagers in his attempts to summon a powerful, ancient demon.

All Garrett's beliefs about the nature of reality will be tested as he is forced to team up with a woman he is fiercely attracted to but cannot trust, in a race to uncover a psychotic killer before he strikes again.

Categories: Occult horror, police procedural, horror mystery novels, horror thriller novels, murder mystery novels, witches, hauntings, serial killers, psychological thriller, American horror, psychic suspense, supernatural thriller


"Compelling, frightening and exceptionally well-written, Book of Shadows is destined to become another hit for acclaimed horror and suspense writer Sokoloff. The incredibly tense plot and mysterious characters will keep readers up late at night, jumping at every sound, and turning the pages until they've devoured the book." --- Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars

"Sokoloff successfully melds a classic murder-mystery/whodunit with supernatural occult undertones." --- Library Journal

"At the start of Sokoloff's solid crime thriller, 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. As usual, Sokoloff (The Unseen) does a good job keeping the reader guessing whether a supernatural agency is really at work." --- Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

ALEXANDRA SOKOLOFF is the Thriller Award-winning author of THE UNSEEN, THE PRICE, THE SHIFTERS, THE SPACE BETWEEN, THE HARROWING and the Huntress FBI series (HUNTRESS MOON). She is a produced screenwriter and the author of the writing workbooks SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS and WRITING LOVE, based on her internationally acclaimed blog and workshops. She lives in Los Angeles.

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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Shadowy Elements = "The Book of Shadows" 27 de enero de 2011
Por Emily - Publicado en
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I'll admit--I haven't read a mystery in ages--and as I was gazing at my bookshelf Tuesday night desperately trying to find something quick to read--I stumbled across this book that I received as an ARC many moons ago at a public library convention. I read the back cover and thought...Witches? Grimoires? Murder?...that isn't my usual fare, but I wanted to try something different, so I grabbed it off the shelf and took it to the gym with me where I devoured the first 100 pages in an hour on the treadmill. I figure if I have to slave away at burning calories, I might as well enjoy myself. But I digress....
Book of Shadows puts detective Adam Garrett against the forces of evil, conjured up by a novice witch who unknowingly releases a power much greater than himself known as Choronzon. Garrett and his partner, Landauer, are investigating the murder of an upper class college student, Erin Carmody, when they discover satanic carvings and evidence of ritualistic crime associated with Satanism and Witchcraft. Although the two quickly have a suspect in custody, a local witch and psychic who is convinced the police have the wrong character enters the picture. Tanith is mysterious, sexy, and holds a number of answers to the information the detectives are seeking. The plot moves along quickly as another young woman goes missing and the detectives race against the clock (and Chorozon) to save her....or find her remains.
I found this book entertaining and fun to read. It was like biting into a great piece of cake that you want to savour for a long time and enjoy its sweetness. But it is cake--and that's ultimately what I took from it. A fun way to spend an afternoon and a bit of a guilty pleasure.
The sex scenes played out like a steamy (and raunchy) novel and were quite full of cliche's...and the ending was a bit cheesy for my taste as well and somewhat hard to believe. But all in all, I had fun with this one, and that's what it's ultimately about, right???
28 de 29 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Homicide, Witches,Demons, Detectives, Oh My! 9 de julio de 2010
Por William Bentrim - Publicado en
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Book of Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff

A brutal murder becomes a paranormal nightmare for a pair of Boston homicide detectives. Adam Garrett finds himself unwilling to believe and yet unwilling to turn away from "wicked" help is solving some horrific murders.

Adam is a solid skeptic who struggles with inexplicable behavior. Garrett's internal strife between his burning ambition and his overwhelming need to serve justice provides a lot of the tension in this book. A high profile murder with an easy solution seems like an ideal situation to feed his ambition and sate his "perfect" girlfriends need for a status successful mate.

Landauer's gruff concern for Garrett's well being and his stalwart loyalty were laudable emotions aptly illustrated by the author. She did a great job at creating believable characters and seemingly rational explanations for irrational behaviors.

I've never been a fan of satanic evil fare but this book combines a solid mystery and main stream acceptable protagonists with the, oh too popular, paranormal strife in a highly readable format. I liked it.
I recommend the book.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Amazing Premise With a Less Than Stellar Execution 12 de enero de 2011
Por endlesswonderofreading - Publicado en
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I totally should have loved this book. I mean, it's a mystery and I love mysteries. In fact, there's only one thing I love more than I love mysteries and that's everything and anything to do with witches. I'm serious. This all started with my anything but brief obsession with Charmed when I was 11 years old (and Charmed was in its first season). Ever since then I have been drawn to books about witches (whether it be fiction or non-fiction) and books about the occult. I just think that it's a fascinating subject. Book of Shadows was a mystery with a paranormal aspect to it. Lots of magic, lots of witches, and lots of suspense. Plus, I've read three of Alexandra Sokoloff's books; two I really loved and one that I thought was just okay. So, this book had "ME!" written all over it. Yet, I didn't really love it like I expected to.

Book of Shadows reminded me a bit of The Unseen in that it started a bit slow. It took about an hour to get through the first twenty pages because I kept falling asleep (although that could've been because I was just really, really, tired). It got better after that and I was intrigued 200 pages and then the book started dragging a bit again. It was just a bit repetitive, especially that whole thing with Garrett and Tanith. Garrett is stumped by something. He goes to Tanith for help. She explains the situation to him. He's skeptical and doesn't believe. He concludes that she's crazy. Now this is all fine and dandy...the first time. But then Garrett keeps going to Tanith for help and then keeps concluding she's crazy when she explains the unexplainable to him. This happened like three or four times. And that led me to conclude that Garrett...yeah he's a bit of an idiot...and annoying.

Besides the slogging and the idiocy of the main character, I did like Book of Shadows overall. It's pretty obvious that Sokoloff was meticulous in her research of the occult. Again that's a subject that has always fascinated me so my favorite parts were when Tanith (who oddly enough reminded me of Paige from Charmed with the whole dark hair, dark eyes, but pale as hell complexion thing that was described of Tanith) was describing the whole thing with the demon and what the triangle meant. I love crap like that.

So overall I think that Book of Shadows was an okay read. It wasn't my favorite book from this author (The Price was), but it wasn't my least favorite either. I think that the subject was great, but the execution was a bit less than stellar.

P.S. Kick-ass cover!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Sokoloff demonstrates a masterful ability to combine the supernatural with police procedural 1 de noviembre de 2010
Por Bookreporter - Publicado en
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Alexandra Sokoloff is an award-winning author of dark fantasy works who has gained world-wide renown over the relative short course of three novels. BOOK OF SHADOWS, her latest --- and arguably best --- book, finds her blurring the genre lines between horror and crime fiction with memorable results.

Sokoloff's primary strength lies with her descriptive imagery --- there are passages in THE PRICE that I will remember as long as I am alive--- and she gets right down to business in BOOK OF SHADOWS. The mutilated corpse of college student Erin Carmody is discovered in a Boston landfill, which brings the investigative powers of police homicide detective Adam Garrett and Carl Landauer to bear. Garrett, a rising star in the department, is nicely balanced by the cynical, dark-humored Landauer, and they are almost immediately able to hone in upon a likely suspect.

Jason Moncrief is an extremely peculiar young man with a penchant for death metal and an apparent fatal attraction to Erin. His quick apprehension is a plus for Garrett and Landauer, given the status of her father in the Boston community. The ritualistic aspects of the murder, and the presence of dark art paraphernalia in his room, make it all the more likely that Jason is responsible for Erin's death. Garrett is reluctant to do further investigation when minuscule elements of the case don't add up. The fact that Tanith Carbarrus, an exotic-looking bookstore owner who has attracted his unwilling but unwavering attention, is convinced of Jason's innocence does Garrett no favors either, particularly with Landauer, their boss, and Carolyn Davenport, the Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk County who is prosecuting the case and who also happens to be Garrett's love interest.

Garrett slowly comes to realize that there is much more at stake here than the trial and conviction of a murder suspect. Someone --- or something --- is tampering with forces that are better kept away. As more murders are revealed, Garrett's core beliefs are soon rocked when he experiences events that are far beyond that for which he is prepared or with which he can adequately deal. And as Garrett soon learns, he and the rest of the world may well be running out of time.

I was a bit late to the rodeo in reading BOOK OF SHADOWS, but in actuality I could not have timed it better, given that it is close to Halloween and events such as those described here become much easier to believe. Sokoloff, straying just a bit from her comfort zone without leaving it entirely, demonstrates a masterful ability to combine the supernatural with police procedural, while throwing in just enough dark humor to keep it from surrendering to an unrelenting grimness. And let's not forget the frightful aspects of the book. There were a few scenes that made me jump; one in particular, brought on a cardiac moment the likes of which I haven't experienced since I read about Danny Torrance meeting the twins while riding his big wheel through the Overlook Hotel in THE SHINING. Seriously. There are also some great erotic scenes; one in particular will have you looking for a "Love a Witch" or "I Troll for Wiccans" bumper sticker. Or maybe both.

I'm not sure if BOOK OF SHADOWS is the first of a projected series, but if the prospect is up for a vote, then Sokoloff has mine, early and often.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Sokoloff Has Much Better Books 4 de marzo de 2013
Por Kindle Customer - Publicado en
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I really loved The Harrowing and The Price. The Unseen I liked mostly (except the finale, I think she could have done better.) But the Book of Shadows left me stone cold. Her writing is top notch which is the only reason I even finished the book but the rest, not so much. The detective, the witch, the detective's career move (I mean girlfriend) were all intensely unlikeable. The detective especially was annoying. He flipped his opinion around so much I'm amazed he didn't get dizzy. In one sentence he'd be asking the witch serious questions about the craft and magic and then, after an explanation he'd call it BS. The witch was snooty and love is misrepresented as lust which I always find annoying. It could have been a great book but there are way too many cliches to be really enjoyable. Her other books are much more worth the time.
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