The Wicked Hour by Alice Blanchard

The Wicked Hour (Natalie Lockhart #2)

Here comes the latest novel to follow up Alice’s Trace Of Evil.

Thank you Minotaur Books for my gifted ebook copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: The day after Burning Lake’s notorious, debauched Halloween celebration, Detective Natalie Lockhart uncovers a heartbreaking scene—a young woman, dead and lying in a dumpster. There’s no clue to who she is, save for a mystifying tattoo on her arm, and a callus underneath her chin. She’s not from around here. No one knows who she is. As Natalie retraces the young woman’s steps leading up to her death, she uncovers a deeper, darker horror—a string of murders and disappearances, seemingly unconnected, that may have ties to each other—and explain the abrupt disappearance of her best friend years ago. As she digs deeper within the mind of the hunter, Natalie finds a darkness she could never have imagined. And as she draws closer to the truth, the killer is weaving a trap for her that may prove inescapable.

I read the first story in this series and really enjoyed it – not a favorite, but definitely worth getting excited about this next installment coming out. I didn’t love this one as much as the first one. I felt like it was a little forced and rushed, especially trying to cover events, relationships, and emotions that had passed since the last book but also not trying to bring so much attention to them. The ending leaves a great opening for a third book which I still feel like I would want to read after this one! The Halloween setting was absolutely perfect if I do say so myself!

3.5/5 Stars

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