By: Tami Dane
Copyright: December 2011
Publisher: Kensington Urban Fantasy
Sloan has a sky-high IQ, a chaotic personal life, and a dream: to work for the FBI. Her goal is within reach until an error lands her with the FBI’s ugly stepchild: the new Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. She’ll get to profile criminals, but the pool of suspects is a little more… diverse. Yet even as Sloan tackles her first case, a string of victims, all with puncture wounds to the neck, she can’t slience her inner para-skeptic.
To catch the killer she’ll have to think like one. That means casting aside her doubts, and dealing with bizarre nightmares that started with the job. But the strangeness is only beginning, as Sloan pieces together the shocking truth about a case that’s more personal than she ever would have guessed.
Sloan applied for a summer internship with the FBI, and was accepted. Imagine her surprise when she arrives and is told “whoops, we made a mistake”, we’ve hired someone else for the position we promised you. Then to find out that the new intern was her high school nemesis was almost too much for her. She virtually got down on her knees and begged for any kind of work at the bureau and surprisingly (yeah right) they found a job for her in the new PBAU. Sloan is of course more than a little leery of this gift but is willing to give it a try.
Normally when someone interns with any company, be it gov’t or commercial, they usually end up being the office gofers. Go for this, go for that. When the unit is called in to handle a series of strange murders Sloan is a bit surprised to find that she is going to be working as part of the team doing the behavioral work up.
A little about Sloan. Her dad left when she was young, her mom is a nutcase, and her roommate has turned their kitchen into a mad scientist’s laboratory. So I’m guessing that this new job is going to really stretch her credibility meter to its limit.
I totally enjoyed the storyline, the characters and Sloan’s family history. I think this series could give some of the NYT top authors a run for their money. I’m looking forward to the next book and all the others to follow.
FTC Full Disclosure: I was sent this book by the publishers who asked only a fair and impartial review.