Oct 282014
Review: PenumbraPenumbra (Spook Squad #3) by Keri Arthur
Published by Dell on Oct 28, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Agent Sam Ryan wants out of the Special Investigations Unit. She’s sick of the attitude from her partner, Gabriel Stern. She’s sick of the paperwork. Most of all, she’s sick of feeling lonely. But her boss isn’t about to let her go that easily. He gives Sam a choice: either stay stuck in her office or guard a clone replacement of Dan Wetherton, a government minister. Sam reluctantly chooses the latter—even though she suspects she’s being used as bait to draw out the SIU’s elusive nemesis.

Gabriel would like nothing better than to be on his own, without a partner to hold him back. Then he learns that Sam has been assigned to protect Wetherton—or whatever it is that’s replaced him. Wetherton’s clone could have come from only one place: Hopeworth, the military base that contains the secrets of Sam’s past. Determined to protect her, Gabriel is drawn into a fight against unspeakable evil. And all too soon, Sam and Gabriel discover that the connection between them is far more powerful than anyone could ever have imagined.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was an exciting book three, with lots of action and series advancement. But. Big but. The series stops after this. There are no more books, even though the overall story arc cries out for a fourth book.

In this book, Sam strikes out away from Gabriel, which is good for her, and a great kick at him and his overprotective nature. I loved that part, and seeing what Sam could do and be. She gets a lot of answers, and even if some of them are extremely predictable and slight annoying, they are still confirmed.

But there are so many questions and details left unanswered. It is so frustrating because the series so far is really engaging and exciting. I mentioned before that I love the set up with shifters and changers, and that is just the beginning of the interesting twists on paranormal. I just wish the series continued so I could get the answers I want and experience more fun with Sam as she makes a great heroine.

Overall, while I really like the individual books, this one did not end well, and with no further books to complete the series, I feel disappointed and slightly annoyed. I would recommend the series only if you aren’t concerned with being left a little in the dark. You would think that since I finish so few series, this wouldn’t bother me so much, but apparently my series focus this year made this unresolved feeling I have towards quite disheartening.

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