Small Town Life Proves Fatal in Kay Hooper’s ‘Hold Back the Dark’ [REVIEW]

Can the SCU save a small town from danger? (Photo courtesy Canva)

A small town trapped in a nightmare. The police don’t know how to stop it. Will the FBI’s Special Crimes Unit be able to halt the vicious attacks that are wreaking havoc on the community and threatening its citizens? Find out in Kay Hooper’s Hold Back the Dark.


A message has been sent out inviting its recipients to go to the small town of Prosperity, North Carolina. But to what end?

Blood is being spilled. The residents of the mountain village are killing one another off, waking up with no idea of what they have done or who they have harmed. But no one can explain why.

Neither Sheriff Jackson Archer nor Chief Deputy Katie Cole comprehends the chaos or why it is happening. They just know they need help.

Enter Noah Bishop and his Special Crimes Unit who have been called in to assist with the investigation. It will take all their training to get to the bottom of this case. For as a sinister pattern emerges, it will test even the most experienced agents’ mettle.

Hooper’s longtime readers will be delighted to see the return of Bishop and his unusual but highly effective team. Old and new faces alike are pulled in from all over the globe to help dissect this unnatural phenomenon.

The result is a novel packed with enough action it will spike your adrenaline and haunt your dreams. But that’s what we’ve come to expect from this author. After all, she’s a master of suspense who never fails to keep readers glued to the edge of their seats. Hooper doesn’t disappoint!

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Kay Hooper is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series, including Hidden Salem, Hold Back the Dark, Fear the Darkand Wait for Dark, and the Bishop Files series, including Final ShadowsA Deadly Web and The First ProphetSince her first novel, Lady Thief, was published in 1980, she has published more than 60 novels and four novellas.

She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including Reviewer’s International Organization Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence; Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, Love and Laughter Award, Career Achievement Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award; as well as many others.

Born in California, Kay was raised in North Carolina where she currently resides with a menagerie of pets. She is a dedicated advocate for animal welfare and regularly fosters cats and kittens for the Community Pet Center in Rutherford County, N.C. 

To find out more, visit, like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

Kay Hooper
Kay Hooper
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By Kay Hooper
336 pp. Berkley. $9.99

Purchase Hold Back the Dark direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, or Walmart.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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