Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: In the Twist
SERIES: The Wild Hunt #1
AUTHOR: L.A. Stockman
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
LENGTH: 134 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 22nd, 2016
Twelve dead children. An ex-priest with the faith to move mountains. A hunter out of the depths of legend. Together, they must find a way to overcome their pasts and become something entirely new if they are to defeat an ancient evil.
David Shaughnessy was content in his life as a police detective in Armata, California. It lacked the visceral, sick thrill that came with exorcising demons, but it was better for him, saner. Until the night he got called out to a vicious murder in the woods, and met Dallan Jaeger. The older man and Interpol agent is much more than he seems to be, and their connection is immediate, powerful. Trust blooms quickly as they learn to work together to pursue the evil fae responsible for the murders.
They must learn to do more than trust each other if David is to fulfill his birthright and claim what was so long denied him. Only then do they have a hope of catching the killer…in the Twist.
This is one of those stories where you know it’ll take you out of your comfort zone but you’re going to dive in anyway. My hope was that I’d love it and it’d be a start to an amazing series. I’m happy to report that this, readers, is something special. This book was so surprising because I find myself really enjoying things that I normally don’t. Magic, fairies, demons, and goblins are usually my favorite book topic but this one sucked me in. On top of that this story has the added elements of a gory murder mystery so there’s tons going on and it all really just worked for me. Plus the slow burn between the two main characters totally wetted my appetite…
David and Dallan come together to try and solve the serial killings of several young children and early on it’s apparent that this is otherworldly stuff. David has tons of secrets and an array of talents and powers all his own. Dallan is mysterious but caring, compassionate, gentle and dangerous. I couldn’t think of two better characters coming together to try and stop this monster.
In the Twist is the start of the series so basically we are getting some world/character development while also focusing on the problems at hand. Which in this world are great, indeed.
I don’t want to give too much of the plot away because one of the things that intrigued me so much about this book was the vagueness of the blurb.
Overall, this is in my opinion a great start to this series. I really want more. I have so many questions and I’m so intrigued. This is a new author to me and I loved the writing, the characters, and the world.