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on 2 January 2013
Having read the first book, I was hooked, and immediately bought all 12 episodes, and am looking forward to more. I've already read the whole series through twice, and learn more about the characters, and spot additional clues as to future events each time I do. It takes a little while to get used to the format, which is a clever mixture of individual plots, surrounded by short exchanges between some of the unit members, either verbally or by e-mail, or sometimes just the thoughts of one of the team. The individual plotlines are gripping in themselves, introducing some weird reasons behind the unsub's invasion of the host, but also developing the characters of the team members, and how their relationships develop. Just be aware that some of the plots contain pretty gruesome details.
This series is much more than just a straightforward paranormal/crime one. It's been written by a team who work together so well you can't really tell where one writer ends and another takes over. Each encounter with the possessed is very different, and there is an intensity which holds the reader tightly until the end of the tale, when you sink back, suddenly realising just how hard you've been concentrating as the story unfolded. Each member of the Shadow Unit (I love their abbreviation for the unit as WTF, which really sums it up) is a believable character, with their own foibles coming from their own backgrounds, and I've ended up desperately wanting to make sure they're all okay, that their personal difficulties go away, and that they'll continue to fight everything pitted against them - including their boss down the corridor.