Book Review: Book of Shadows by: Alexandra Sokoloff


St. Martin's Press

Publish Date:
June 8, 2010



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Homicide Detective Adam Garrett is already a rising star in the Boston police department when he and his cynical partner, Carl Landauer, catch a horrifying case that could make their careers: the ritualistic murder of a wealthy college girl that appears to have Satanic elements.

The partners make a quick arrest when all evidence points to another student, a troubled musician in a Goth band who was either dating or stalking the murdered girl. But Garrett's case is turned upside down when beautiful, mysterious Tanith Cabarrus, a practicing witch from nearby Salem, walks into the homicide bureau and insists that the real perpetrator is still at large. Tanith claims to have had psychic visions that the killer has ritually sacrificed other teenagers in his attempts to summon a powerful, ancient demon.

All Garrett's beliefs about the nature of reality will be tested as he is forced to team up with a woman he is fiercely attracted to but cannot trust, in a race to uncover a psychotic killer before he strikes again.

Review: Garrett and Landauer are two Boston PD homicide detectives who get the call when a mutilated body is found in a landfill. There were ritualistic symbols carved into her flesh, sparking up an investigation that leads Garrett down a path he never thought even existed. Landauer is definitely the old school cop – cracking wise, but still a very observant and steadfast kind of guy. Garrett is the rising star and he doesn’t give up as the case’s twists come to light in a very dark and forbidding manner. Tanith, a witch, comes to the precinct to tell the detectives that the suspect they have in custody is the wrong man and they need to look deeper. But only Garrett listens and is willing to take the next steps to find out the truth.

I enjoyed the book very much and I loved how it played on our deepest fears and wonders. The writing was detailed – so if you have a weak stomach, it’s not for you. The mix of magic, mental illness, and mayhem is intoxicating and the book just casts its spell over you. This might make you question your most deeply held beliefs about what is possible. I was definitely impressed and want to read more of Ms. Sokoloff’s writing!


  1. I think that this book sounds really is getting amazing reviews and definitely needs to be placed gently into my TBR stack...

  2. This sounds great. Thanks for the review! :)


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