A Dip into a Supernatural World


Nightshades #1

By Melissa F. Olson

Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations—the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades.

 Or vampires, as they’re more widely known.

 Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It’s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it’s too late.

via Goodreads

This book was shorter than I expected, which is a compliment. There is so much meat to the world Olson creates that much more time could have been spent explaining the history of shades (vampires) being revealed, the struggles of law enforcement to deal with this new population, how regular people felt about shades.

Olson decided to keep the writing tight, providing just enough information to understand the underlying structure of the world and letting the plot fly. And it certainly flew. Children are disappearing and shades are suspected. Then federal agents start being killed on their searches. Enter a new team with a shade masquerading as a human to help stop the rogue shades and swiftly arriving climactic battle.

There is clearly more to this world and more to the struggle between one group of shades and humanity. Olson threw us into the water for an introduction and makes you want to keep swimming.


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