Book Review: Under Dark Skies by A. J. Scudiere

I was offered this book for review in January, but it somehow completely slipped under my radar until I got chased for a review. And I felt horrible because I hadn’t even read it, leave alone review it. So it went on my list of ‘to-read high priority’ books.


Agent Eleri Eames had been recuperating in a hospital when she is pulled into a case by the FBI. Given her history, she had not expected to be working with the FBI at all, leave alone so soon, against medical advise. She is partnered with Donovan Heath, a newcomer into the FBI. Donovan had been a medical examiner all through his career -and had been head-hunted to join the FBI.

Tasked with the job of hunting down a missing child, the daughter of a prominent FBI agent, who they believe was kidnapped by a cult. Eleri and Donovan are thrown together to grapple about in the murky waters. As they investigate they realise that they both realise that they have secrets to hide themselves. Secrets so explosive that they could destroy them or help them succeed. Will that success come at a high cost to themselves? I wish I could say more, but that would just spoil the suspense for those of you who haven’t read it yet.

A book that has a very interesting mixture of crime, paranormal elements and characters which made things seem plausible. I liked the way the author brings out the way cults operate and how people are brainwashed into thinking what the cult leaders believe. I also liked the way the author has differentiated between cults, not all cults after all, are evil, some just happen to believe in a different style of living.

A 3/5 book for me. It is just another FBI crime thriller, with some elements that set it aside and make it memorable. It is also well worth the read for the different elements that the author weaves together, very effectively. It is not exactly the genre that I enjoy, but it was still quite interesting. I am tempted to check out the next in the series, when it does come out.

About the Author
It’s AJ’s world. A strange place where patterns jump out and catch the eye, very little is missed, and most of it can be recalled with a deep breath. It’s different from the world the rest of us inhabit, but anyone can see it – when we read. In this world, the smell of Florida takes three weeks to fully leave the senses and the air in Dallas is so thick that the planes “sink” to the runways rather than actually landing.

For AJ, texture reigns supreme. Whether it’s air or blood or virus, it can be felt and smelled. School is a privilege and two science degrees (a BA and MS) mean less than the prize of knowledge. Teaching is something done for fun (and the illusion of a regular paycheck) and is rewarding at all levels, grade school through college. AJ is no stranger to awards and national recognition for outstanding work as a teacher, trainer and curriculum writer.

AJ has lived in Florida and Los Angeles among a handful of other places. Recent whims have brought the dark writer to Tennessee, where home is a deceptively normal looking neighborhood just outside Nashville.

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