A cold case proves trying for Cooper and Park in this brilliant follow up novel

The Wolf at Bay (Big Bad Wolf #2)The Wolf at Bay by Charlie Adhara

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another piece of brilliance, full review to come when I’m at the laptop.

The follow up to The Wolf at the Door is just as brilliant as Charlie Adhara’s debut paranormal novel.

Filled with a fast-paced plot which drives the narrative forward in a consistent process, The Wolf at Bay gives us a Copper and Park having to deal with a case which is too close to home when Agent Dayton’s father is the prime suspect in a cold case murder inquiry.

There are tensions galore in this one, from Coop’s inability to admit to his feelings for Park, from his dad’s reluctance to admit the seriousness of the situation, from the mystery of who was responsible for killing the neighbour…

I loved the complexities of this cold case, the body having laid there undisturbed for more than two decades, the secrets which began to unravel as the FBI came to investigate, the small town mentality where everyone knows something they probably shouldn’t about what’s been happening.

The angst between Coop and Park was also frustratingly delicious. Neither man is capable of just plain out saying what they’re feeling or thinking so there’s lots of bumbling around and awkward moments.

That’s not to say that Coop isn’t actually opening up about what he wants, he is but it’s all an internal conversation he’s having up to the point where he realises he needs to let them out. There’s a beautiful scene with his older brother Dean which had me getting a bit teary – which is unusual in a romantic suspense paranormal with a mystery element!

But there are smexy times too and they’re seriously hot. Cooper’s starting to let himself get a bit more honest about what he wants and Park is more than happy to give him it. There’s also a switch scene towards the end which is gorgeously emotional and full of feels which I loved.

Eventually, the plot thickens and the pace ramps up until the big final denouement and it’s a doozy and came out of left field for me. Unlike book one, where I’d spotted the big villain fairly early on, this one was more of a surprise and the reasons and rationale behind it was very clever and quite unexpected.

I love it when a paranormal offers a different take on a trope, and Charlie Adhara’s done that with t his series, and I love it when a mystery can have me second guessing my way throughout the story trying to work out who the bad guy is and, again, this book is a winner.

Book three won’t be out until next April so I’m already suffering withdrawal symptoms but it’s a wait I’m willing to do for such a talented writer and a compelling series.

#ARC kindly provided by the publishers Carina Press in return for an honest and unbiased review

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