Friday, February 5, 2016

Review - The Final Seven by Erica Spindler @EricaSpindler

The Final Seven by Erica Spindler
Series: The Lightkeepers #1
Erica Spindler Books
Publication Date: February 11, 2016
Date Read: January 31, 2013
Source: NetGalley

The first Saturday in July. . .
A missing coed . . .
The number seven carved into her door . . .
The countdown has begun.

New Orleans Detective Micki Dee Dare is a seasoned, no-nonsense cop. She doesn't need a partner, especially not Zach “Hollywood” Harris, an irreverent charmer, fresh out of an experimental FBI program. And her assignment — keep him alive while he fights crime using the special skills he brings to the table — is not what she signed up for. But the die has been cast and there's nothing she can do about it.

Micki soon realizes there's more to her partner than meets the eye—and more at stake than catching bad guys and closing cases. There’s a new kind of evil at work the Crescent City, more cunning, more powerful than any she’s ever encountered. And she and Zach may be the only ones who can stop it.

As another coed goes missing and the darkness closes in, Micki must face a terrifying truth: this time she might not make it. This time the evil they’re facing might destroy them all . . .

Full of surprise twists and unexpected turns, The Final Seven is a heart-pounding thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

I have some mixed feelings about this book.  There were a lot of things that I did like but there were times that the story dragged for me.  I just never really got sucked into the story.  It wasn't a bad book in any way but it was a book that I found really easy to set aside.  I thought it was okay and think that future books in the series may be a bit more enjoyable for me.

This book really laid the groundwork for a new series.  A series with a bit of paranormal to be more precise.  As is often the case, there was a lot of framework for the series to be put into place.  The basic premise was built around a new group of crime fighters from the FBI called the "Sixers".  This program is comprised of individuals with a sixth sense or some kind of special ability.  The idea is to pair these agents with regular police detectives to solve crimes.

Micki is a no non-sense kind of cop.  She is dedicated to her job and takes it very seriously.  When she is chosen to be paired with the new officer from the secret "Sixers" program, she thinks it is a joke.  When she meets her new partner, Zach, she is less than impressed but does her best to follow orders.  Unfortunately, Zach doesn't always do things according to protocol and tends to follow his gut.  He has some pretty useful gifts which he doesn't hesitate to use. 

There was a lot of excitement in the book but nothing that really blew me away.  There are quite a few mysteries to solve in this story with missing girls, a murder, and some unknown entities.  The characters were interesting but I never felt any connection with any of them.  I think that there may have been too much going on in this book in some ways.  I think that if the focus could have been narrowed down a bit the characters could have been a little more fully developed and I would have been more engaged in the story. 

I would recommend this book.  I am looking forward to future installments in this series.  I think that the premise is really interesting and as the series progresses the characters should become a little easier to relate to. 

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Erica Spindler Books via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

A New York Times and International bestselling author, Erica Spindler's skill for crafting engrossing plots and compelling characters has earned both critical praise and legions of fans. Her stories have been lauded as “thrill-packed page turners, white- knuckle rides and edge-of-your-seat whodunits.”

Erica loves meeting and interacting with her fans, both in person and online. She has a wicked sense of humor, an optimistic spirit and loves coffee, chocolate and red wine, not necessarily in that order.

In 2002 her novel Bone Cold won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence. A Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, she received a Kiss of Death Award for her novels Forbidden Fruit and Dead Run and was a four-time RITA® Award finalist. In 1999 Publishers Weekly awarded the audio version of her novel Shocking Pink a Listen Up Award, naming it one of the best audio mystery books of 1998.

Erica lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband and two sons.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. Even though it didn't blow you away sounds like a solid read and sometimes that is good enough. Glad you are looking forward to more in the series. Great review!

    1. It was a decent read. I think that this book spent a lot of time setting up the series. I often find the first book in a series to be less enjoyable than subsequent books.

  2. I can see why this wasn't a full out success. It sounds like there's a LOT of setup going on here and I would think it would take a bit to gel. I do love the sound of the premise (once it gets going) and the mystery in general. I'll check it out but will not let my expectations get too high.

    1. Definitely a lot of set up in this book. I do think that she can really do a lot with this series as it moves forward.

  3. Charley Davidson would fit right in with these crime solvers. LOL


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