As a detective in New Hampshire’s Major Crime Unit Jack Stone is no stranger to seeing crime scenes and dead bodies. The current crime scene and the way the woman was murdered is inherently familiar even though he has no memory of why that would be. As he furthers his investigation into the house a message on the wall snaps it into focus and he knows that his family is in grave danger. He has seen this message before, in his own house when he was little – Give It Back.
The Seven Judges have returned but now they have set Jack and his family in their sights. Jack struggles to make sense of The Seven Judges and what he is supposed to return to them. To keep his family safe from The Seven Judges and a powerful enemy he must resolve the mystery surrounding his family but will he be able to do that and keep his family safe at the same time?
It took me a while to finish this one, it just couldn’t catch and keep my undivided attention. Which was disappointing; I really wanted to love this book because the base story of the book is really good and interesting but all of the background just detracted from it. Many of the supporting characters back stories are overly fleshed out – I believe that the book would have been more streamlined and significantly shorter without them. The story around Ruby and Amy was more of a distraction and doesn’t really further the story any other than to explain their relationship. Stan’s background could have been entirely omitted and have zero impact on the story line.
I am assuming The Seven Judges are connected to Sumerian/Babylonian deities but how remains to be seen. At least two characters are a god/goddess, delusional to think they are or possibly a reincarnation. The book glosses over a cliff notes version of the religion and the deities so you are mostly left in the dark unless you want to research it yourself. The way the book ended I could definitely see a sequel on the horizon and I would hope that the book would go into more detail with the supposed deities and religion to really make it click.
The Seven does contain topics that could be sensitive for some readers – mainly drug use/abuse and the abuse of minors. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy thrillers, paranormal/supernatural, suspense and crime novels. Thank you to NetGalley and John Kaine for the chance to read this novel.