The Dark Gate by Pamela Palmer
Series: The Esri #1
Source: Personal Library
A gift from the Author
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Larsen Vale has a secret: she sees things. Terrible things. Deadly things. And her latest vision features a strange albino man…and her own death. Haunted and afraid, she trusts no one, not even the handsome cop who seems fascinated with her. Washington, D.C., detective Jack Hallihan has one mission: find the man who is assaulting young women. But the police have no clues, no leads and no witnesses. And Jack has a deadly secret of his own–a secret Larsen holds the key to.
Time is running out. If Larsen and Jack can’t learn to trust their attraction to each other, the Gate will be opened–and the world will be forever changed…
I binge read this book. It wasn’t my intention to read cover-to-cover in one sitting; I simply didn’t want to put it down.
The Dark Gate was a satisfying mix of paranormal and suspense. I was pleased with the fresh plot – A being from an alternate dimension has slipped through an ancient hidden portal and is terrorizing his way through Washington DC unchecked and seemingly invincible. – a fun ride from an author I’d never heard of before receiving the book.
“The night air crackled with malevolence. Threat danced on the humid breeze, raking its nails down Jack’s spine while mounting questions pricked his skin, itching like new wool. Never in his life had he felt so off-balance. He’d dealt with rapists before, and murderers. With thieves and car-jackers and gang-bangers. But never had he faced anyone like this – a villain whose powers and abilities defied logic. How in the hell could a man hypnotize cops with a song? One measly song?”
The only thing keeping this book from being five stars was that the romance was a little hit-or-miss in my opinion. The sexual attraction was certainly there for our main characters, but I wasn’t sold on the emotional connection (outside of pity or protectiveness) I’m just not sure that the love was there. Perhaps a little more character development was needed in this respect?
This is the first book in the Esri series, and I can see myself reading and enjoying the rest of the books.