About The Soul Summoner:
Blessed–or cursed–with a connection to the souls of others, Sloan Jordan can see the best in people… and the worst. For twenty-seven years, she’s kept her ability to judge the innocent from the wicked a secret, but eleven young women have been murdered in the mountains of North Carolina, and Sloan may be the only hope of finding their killer.
She has just agreed to help Detective Nathan McNamara with the case, when a stranger–who is as alluring as he is terrifying–shows up at her doorstep with a dark past and another puzzling mystery: she can’t see his soul at all.
Now, Sloan is on the hunt for a deadly psychopath with two irresistible men. One of them would die for her, and the other would kill to keep her safe.
This was a very unique book for me. I don’t read much detective fiction, however, this was so much more than that! I loved that the supernatural elements blend so seamlessly into the very real world Hyder has created. The story moves along at a nice pace- smooth and steady when we’re getting to know the characters, and briskly when the action is ramped up. I found myself very drawn to Sloan and her way of seeing the world, despite having such an awkward ability (knowing people are good or bad sounds like a great thing, but in reality it could be debilitating, and forget dating.) I will say that this ended on a bit of a cliffhanger so I was very happy to have the next book handy! See below for my thoughts on The Siren as well, and go grab your copy of The Soul Summoner to get started on a strangely familiar, yet altogether original journey!
About The Siren *minor spoilers for book 1*:
All the missing victims of North Carolina’s deadliest serial killer have been found, all except Rachel Smith. When the FBI produces a photo proving Rachel is alive and well in Texas, one case is closed but another one is opened. Either this is a case of mistaken identity or there are more people than just Sloan Jordan and Warren Parish who seem to walk the earth without a soul.
Along with Detective Nathan McNamara, Sloan and Warren travel south to find Rachel and solve the biggest mystery of all: determining who—or what—they really are.
Please be advised that there may be very slight spoilers for book 1 within. Ok you’ve been warned.
I was as anxious as Warren and Sloan to find answers in this book- however, as Warren pointed out, every time we learn something new, we end up with more questions. I love a good mystery but I was glad to have quite a few solved within these pages or I would have possibly become overwhelmed with the waiting. Not only have things progressed for the unlikely pair, but they are both friends with Nathan now, which gets a little weird at times but I see some changes happening given what’s going on with Warren. I was shocked by some of the surprising truths revealed, and I gotta hand it to Hyder for keeping me totally in the dark on some very big aspects of the story until durn near the very end! As with the first book, The Siren is a well-paced story with a unique way of infusing paranormal and realistic elements into the tapestry of the tale. That ending though!! I’m dead. Just done I tell you. Ok so more like I’m sitting here refreshing Facebook every five minutes to see if we have a release date, but still. Humongous cliffhanger- I have a love/hate relationship with these, but you can bet your pretty little booty I’ll be continuing this series!
About the Author:
Elicia Hyder is the author of several contemporary fantasy novels such as The Soul Summoner, The Siren, The Angel of Death, and The Daughter of Zion as well as a few contemporary romances, The Bed She Made and To Be Her first. Elicia studied American Literature and Creative Writing at the American Military University. She lives with her husband and five children in central Florida.
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