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FBI agents Donovan and Eleri left their last case with a sense of unease. Unable to close the investigation, they’ve been thrown into their next assignment far too fast. A string of strange arson-based murders are just part of the trouble. Not only is former agent Wade de Gottardi on their team for this one, so are two other NightShade agents: Dana Brantley and Christina FBI agents Donovan and Eleri left their last case with a sense of unease. Unable to close the investigation, they’ve been thrown into their next assignment far too fast. A string of strange arson-based murders are just part of the trouble. Not only is former agent Wade de Gottardi on their team for this one, so are two other NightShade agents: Dana Brantley and Christina Pines. The problem is, Eleri is no longer the senior agent, Dana is. Maybe their boss no longer trusts them, or maybe it’s simply because four people have already died. Either way, Donovan and Eleri are no longer in control of the case as they hunt a serial killer who’s getting bolder with each success. While Eleri and Donovan are just getting their special skills in hand, Dana and Christina are more at ease with theirs. While Dana’s talents prove useful, Christina’s are frightening . . . and suspicious. As old cases rear their ugly heads, Eleri and Donovan get drawn into the mysteries of their fellow NightShade agents. Will their new team implode from distrust before they crack the case? Their unique talents may not be enough to save them from a seemingly unstoppable killer.


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FBI agents Donovan and Eleri left their last case with a sense of unease. Unable to close the investigation, they’ve been thrown into their next assignment far too fast. A string of strange arson-based murders are just part of the trouble. Not only is former agent Wade de Gottardi on their team for this one, so are two other NightShade agents: Dana Brantley and Christina FBI agents Donovan and Eleri left their last case with a sense of unease. Unable to close the investigation, they’ve been thrown into their next assignment far too fast. A string of strange arson-based murders are just part of the trouble. Not only is former agent Wade de Gottardi on their team for this one, so are two other NightShade agents: Dana Brantley and Christina Pines. The problem is, Eleri is no longer the senior agent, Dana is. Maybe their boss no longer trusts them, or maybe it’s simply because four people have already died. Either way, Donovan and Eleri are no longer in control of the case as they hunt a serial killer who’s getting bolder with each success. While Eleri and Donovan are just getting their special skills in hand, Dana and Christina are more at ease with theirs. While Dana’s talents prove useful, Christina’s are frightening . . . and suspicious. As old cases rear their ugly heads, Eleri and Donovan get drawn into the mysteries of their fellow NightShade agents. Will their new team implode from distrust before they crack the case? Their unique talents may not be enough to save them from a seemingly unstoppable killer.

30 review for Echo and Ember

  1. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    I found Echo and Ember to be an amazing read. Scudiere has quickly become one of my favorite authors and her latest installment in the NightShade Forensic Files certainly delivered the goods. There were plenty of twists, and even though I figured out some of them before the reveal that did not detract from the story one bit. The new characters in the series were quite intriguing, though one of their abilities seemed eerily similar to Eleri’s. I guess this made the character expendable, seeing as I found Echo and Ember to be an amazing read. Scudiere has quickly become one of my favorite authors and her latest installment in the NightShade Forensic Files certainly delivered the goods. There were plenty of twists, and even though I figured out some of them before the reveal that did not detract from the story one bit. The new characters in the series were quite intriguing, though one of their abilities seemed eerily similar to Eleri’s. I guess this made the character expendable, seeing as she dies towards the end of the story. I cannot quite say I like or trust the ability of the other new agent. Just like torture, how do you prove a confession is true or if it is just what the agent wants to hear. I suppose it can be useful in deescalating a situation in order to protect lives. It’s just that they specifically mention interrogation as a use for the power. I suppose that is just my personal opinion. I enjoyed how Scudiere answered the one major question I had from her last story. It felt wrong that the character was heading off into the sunset so to speak, while having such dangerous information at their highly inquisitive fingertips. To show that the character stayed true to form and continued researching the information and then to bring them into their own little investigative unit seemed right to me. I only had one minor complaint with this story. Eleri at one point mentions that the last words one of the victims heard was “I’m sorry”. This was done to show that the victim was not the main target. However, if the killers were sociopaths I do not think they would be able to show sympathy. I find it highly unlikely that they would even express remorse. I would highly recommend Echo and Ember to all fans of Scudiere as well as all fans of investigative thrillers. They will definitely enjoy the story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    D.B.

    Donovan and Eleri are still reeling from their last case, which remains unsolved to their satisfaction, but there's no rest for these elite agents of a very special, secretive, covert branch of the FBI. Their latest case is just as grueling, and they won't be facing it alone. Two new agents join the team, and these strangers with even stranger "skills" may prove more frightening than their mysterious arsonist creating inexplicable fires. Thank goodness friend and former Nightshade agent Wade is Donovan and Eleri are still reeling from their last case, which remains unsolved to their satisfaction, but there's no rest for these elite agents of a very special, secretive, covert branch of the FBI. Their latest case is just as grueling, and they won't be facing it alone. Two new agents join the team, and these strangers with even stranger "skills" may prove more frightening than their mysterious arsonist creating inexplicable fires. Thank goodness friend and former Nightshade agent Wade is on their side - but is Christina, the most frightening fellow Nightshade agent our team has encountered to date? Because if you can't trust that your thoughts, senses, and experiences are truly yours and not manufactured by a powerful brand of mind control, what can you trust? The overarching plot more than satisfies, but I was most pleased to learn more about Eleri's mysterious gifts and her past. I also very much enjoyed meeting some other Nightshade agents and watching them work in this engaging fictional universe. Fast paced, action packed, and full of plot twists that'll have you on the edge of your seat, this is a must for fans of thrillers, suspense, and paranormal!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Loy

    This is the fourth book in the NightShade files. This one is 5 stars, something I do not give out very often. When a book I am reading causes me to slow down and read slowly and really think about the story I know I have hit on a great book. I read the book and then reread it. I loved the strong bond between Donovan and Eleri . I liked seeing Wade again, though his personality is not as strong as in the other books. The new agents were interesting, their abilities very different, they were not i This is the fourth book in the NightShade files. This one is 5 stars, something I do not give out very often. When a book I am reading causes me to slow down and read slowly and really think about the story I know I have hit on a great book. I read the book and then reread it. I loved the strong bond between Donovan and Eleri . I liked seeing Wade again, though his personality is not as strong as in the other books. The new agents were interesting, their abilities very different, they were not in the background but there was not much told about them. I hope to see Christina in another book and she finds another partner to bond with –she seems to need it. There may have been too many agents but they were needed to find the serial killer. I only figured out mystery right before the characters did, I did not read any red herrings. I love the detour to meet and see Grandmere and finding out more about Eleri. I really loved this book and the series is outstanding

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ski Croghan

    Truly different from anything you've ever read.... This series is truly different from anything you've ever read before. So many different types of paranormal types; witches, werewolves, mind control pfecognition; to name a few. A division of the FBI that is off the books, created to deal with paranormal crimes and criminals. A former ME and a scientist of physics, who become wolves at will. A 10 year agent who has visions and dreams that reveal the future and an ability to touch items and see wh Truly different from anything you've ever read.... This series is truly different from anything you've ever read before. So many different types of paranormal types; witches, werewolves, mind control pfecognition; to name a few. A division of the FBI that is off the books, created to deal with paranormal crimes and criminals. A former ME and a scientist of physics, who become wolves at will. A 10 year agent who has visions and dreams that reveal the future and an ability to touch items and see what their past is. A Marine get with a prosthetic leg and hand that is as deadly a warrior as she always was. Plus many other characters that will amaze you. The writing is outstanding, the plot flows easily fro m one viewpoint to another, more twists and turns than a sidewinder's trail in the desert. Read it order of printing to understand it. Highly, highly recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Sadelson

    Addicted to these books I think its been a long, long time that I followed an author's books one right after another but these Nightshade books have me totally hooked! The characters are so well developed over the series and can't wait to see further revelations of Eleri and Donovan. I love Walter Reed. She was such a great addition to the team in the last book. My favorite thing is that it takes a long time to see where the story is going. I never see it coming and the way everything weaves in a Addicted to these books I think its been a long, long time that I followed an author's books one right after another but these Nightshade books have me totally hooked! The characters are so well developed over the series and can't wait to see further revelations of Eleri and Donovan. I love Walter Reed. She was such a great addition to the team in the last book. My favorite thing is that it takes a long time to see where the story is going. I never see it coming and the way everything weaves in and out is a true mystery/crime story. Thank you AJ for giving me stories I can get lost in

  6. 4 out of 5

    D. Starr

    Satisfying Sequel to Nightshade #3 Page turner! Agents Eleri and Donovan are joined by three other Nightshade agents to discover who is committing murder with what - - a high-tech flame thrower? I would highly advise reading Nightshade 1-3 before reading this. Without their background I imagine readers would be bewildered. PG -13 No sex Strong language including frequent f-bombs Freaky! If you liked the previous books, you'll definitely enjoy this one. Satisfying Sequel to Nightshade #3 Page turner! Agents Eleri and Donovan are joined by three other Nightshade agents to discover who is committing murder with what - - a high-tech flame thrower? I would highly advise reading Nightshade 1-3 before reading this. Without their background I imagine readers would be bewildered. PG -13 No sex Strong language including frequent f-bombs Freaky! If you liked the previous books, you'll definitely enjoy this one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Whoee! I'm losing nearly as much sleep as the agents reading these books. They keep getting better. Things really heat up in this one, literally. Eleri and Donovan are pulled in to a larger team charged with investigating mysterious deaths by fire. What they eventually have to deal with is truly terrifying. There are links to their previous case and some loose ends get tidied up. I was a bit disappointed that there's no Walter Reed but the new characters are good. Great ending. Whoee! I'm losing nearly as much sleep as the agents reading these books. They keep getting better. Things really heat up in this one, literally. Eleri and Donovan are pulled in to a larger team charged with investigating mysterious deaths by fire. What they eventually have to deal with is truly terrifying. There are links to their previous case and some loose ends get tidied up. I was a bit disappointed that there's no Walter Reed but the new characters are good. Great ending.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Closure I liked that we finally got closure on Atlas. This story was all over the place with a serial killer killing and burning bodies. More unharnessed super powers are exposed. Eleri learns about her family history and waits to see what her special powers may become. This story was kind of frantic but it was still good.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Abby G. Amos

    Excellent Read! I really enjoy reading these stories in this series! There's a lot of mystery and suspense in these books that they keep me in the edge of my seat! I can't wait to start the next book! I know everyone who reads this book will enjoy it! I will definitely recommend this book/series to everyone! Excellent Read! I really enjoy reading these stories in this series! There's a lot of mystery and suspense in these books that they keep me in the edge of my seat! I can't wait to start the next book! I know everyone who reads this book will enjoy it! I will definitely recommend this book/series to everyone!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen von Hofe

    A mystery with para normal twist Love this series. Great character development. The main characters have para normal abilities but also are trying to maintain a personal life outside of their careers. Elari and Donovan are partners who work well together and are fascinating to read about.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Luanne Hackney

    Greatly enjoying this. Series. A.J. Always delivers a surprise in each book, And keeps me looking forward to the next one. Not bloody, not sex stuff, just good story telling, fantasies changed just enough. You gotta read this, some cussing mind you. No prudes allowed...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    A.J has written yet another amazing novel. I love the new characters she has added while always keeping the old characters. I can not wait to see the next installment and see what happens with Donovan and Walter!!! Great plot twists and always excitement.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    FABULOUS! Forensics, team work and no petty drama. This book has made me hunt down the rest of the series and put on my 'to read' list. How this author has escaped me all these years is true mystery. FABULOUS! Forensics, team work and no petty drama. This book has made me hunt down the rest of the series and put on my 'to read' list. How this author has escaped me all these years is true mystery.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leon Rogson

    Atlas defect was better than I thought. This one even better. I was disappointed in the previous book because it didn’t have an ending. I have to reconsider that, because this one has that ending, and it’s a doozy. Great pace, good interaction, good read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janina s. Asselin

    Another win Just finished book 4 and the good run continues. The story maintains the suspense and remains true to the characters. This book connects to book 3 and completes that story. It answers the questions that were left unanswered and more. Can't wait to read the next book. Another win Just finished book 4 and the good run continues. The story maintains the suspense and remains true to the characters. This book connects to book 3 and completes that story. It answers the questions that were left unanswered and more. Can't wait to read the next book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Great series, each case is packed with twists and turns. Leaving a case that is unsettling then to begin another. Good characters as well as the new. Good narration added to the story.. given audio for my voluntary review. Well done and enjoyed

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Wow I couldn't put this book down, I read it in one sitting. The characters, Elerie and Donovan and the others are fantastic. The plot is unbelievable. What more could I want. A brilliant read. Wow I couldn't put this book down, I read it in one sitting. The characters, Elerie and Donovan and the others are fantastic. The plot is unbelievable. What more could I want. A brilliant read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Janet Robinett

    Suspense Enjoyed reading this book ' It kept me interested and easy to follow characters was hard to put down need to continue to read next book to get more answers to missing characters Enjoyed Suspense Enjoyed reading this book ' It kept me interested and easy to follow characters was hard to put down need to continue to read next book to get more answers to missing characters Enjoyed

  19. 4 out of 5

    Janis

    What do you do when the bogey man is invisible AND can start mysterious fires? Never go to sleep again is one option, call in Nightshade another. It's an all hands-on deck case and is that going to be enough? Enjoy the read! What do you do when the bogey man is invisible AND can start mysterious fires? Never go to sleep again is one option, call in Nightshade another. It's an all hands-on deck case and is that going to be enough? Enjoy the read!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Clyde

    really do like this series

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angela Blackwell

    Tidied up a lot of loose ends from the previous book. Very enjoyable.

  22. 5 out of 5

    David

    This is a great read, the best book in the series so far. While all four books are very good I really do find book 4 to be very exciting and a real attention holder. I highly recommend this series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gigi Denton

    Terrifying This book had me at a frenzy! The amount of power that was unleashed in this book was truly terrifying! Omg, read this book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    jordan

    Love this series This whole series combines my favorite things crime fantasy and science I love it!!! This is my favorite bc it really changed what can exist

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joy Love Pickett

    Loved! Read in just a few sittings! Recommend!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Monica Douglas

    Kept me on the edge of my seat! This one was even more spine tingling- it keep me on the edge of my seat the entire book up until the end.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Holly Terry

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nina

  29. 4 out of 5

    roxie franks

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

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