Whispers in the Dark by Maya Banks

Title: Whispers in the Dark (KGI Series #4)

Author: Maya Banks

Genre(s): Military, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense

Triggers: Toture, Abuse, PTSD

Synopsis:

She came to him when he needed her the most

She came to him at his lowest point. The voice of an angel, a whisper in the dark. She’s the only thing that gets Nathan Kelly through his captivity, the endless days of torture and the fear that he’ll never return to his family. With her help, he’s able to escape. But he isn’t truly free, because now she’s disappeared and he’s left with an all-consuming emptiness as he struggles to pick up the pieces of his life. Did he imagine his angel? Or is she out there, needing his help as he’d once needed hers?

Now he rushes to save her before it’s too late

Shea has been on the run from people who will stop at nothing to exploit her unique abilities. She never wanted to drag Nathan, who’d already suffered so much, into danger, but she doesn’t have a choice so she reaches out to him for help. Finally face-to-face after having already formed a soul-deep bond in hell, their emotional connection is even more powerful than their telepathic one. Nathan refuses to consider ever letting her go again, but she worries they can never have a life free of the dangers that dog her every step. He’ll protect her with his every breath, but can he convince her that they are meant to face these threats together?


I read this novel not once, not twice, but three freakin’ times before I sat down to write out this post. Maya Banks is one of my people, and I love her. But the first novel in this series left a bad taste in my mouth, and I still haven’t been able to get rid of it.

Whispers in the Dark started strong. Nathan Kelly and his team are in the worse type of trouble. They’ve been captured while on tour in Afghanistan and are currently being tortured for information. 

Shea is telepathic. Though her telepathy is random, her ability to temporarily shield pain is not. Nathan and Shea connect continents apart, and she can’t help herself and tries to cover his pain despite the danger that puts her in. With the help of her sister Grace, who also has telepathic and healing abilities, Shea can help Nathan and Swanney, the only other remaining member of his team. So while Nathan’s physical torture comes to an end, Shea’s does not.

Shea cuts her telepathic connections to Nathan and Grace, leaving her alone and vulnerable on the run from a group of nameless, faceless people. Unfortunately, things don’t end well for Shea. After she experiences captivity and torture firsthand, she’s left with only one choice. Nathan.

What I loved and hated the most about this novel was the bond that Nathan and Shea had. Nathan and Shea formed a telepathic connection for what? All of two months before he and Swanney made their great escape. In that time, Shea experienced his pain and shared his captivity. So I get the fact that they’d feel strongly towards each other when they met in person.

But I feel like the writer took the easy way out and made their relationship instant love. There’s no way that the first time they meet in person under dire circumstances, they’re “making love” and professing undying love in less than 24 hours. *Major eye rolling*

The paranormal aspect also drew me in. Ya’ll know I love all this magic, physic, and shapeshifting. Add a touch of government secrecy, and I’m all over it. This novel did not disappoint. Although I felt like it was rushed and explanations were needed and not giving, I understood. This is only part four of a continuing series.

All in all, Whisper in the Dark was a lovely late-night read. I was thoroughly entertained and even invested in the outcome of the characters. The plot was better than good. It was the gift that kept on giving. Keeping me on my toes and rereading lines to make sure I had it all down. Hence the reason I’ve read it multiple times. The action-packed scenes were described vividly and just as entertaining as the romance ones. 

On a side note, I absolutely have a girl crush on P.J., and no, I won’t explain. Check out the book for yourself so we can talk about it (no, I wasn’t sponsored. I’m just a girl trying to get people to support authors.)

Until the next page,