Title: Dark Oracle (Oracle # 1)
Author: Alayna Williams
Publication Date: 2010
Source: Xmas Gift
As a criminal
profiler, Tara used science and her intuitive skill at Tarot card
divination to track down the dangerous and depraved, including the
serial killer who left her scarred from head to toe. Since that savage
attack, Tara has been a recluse. But now an ancient secret society known
as Delphi’s Daughters has asked for her help in locating missing
scientist Lowell Magnusson. And Tara, armed with her Tarot deck, her
.38, and a stack of misgivings, agrees to try.
senses there is far more at stake than one man’s life. At his government
lab in the New Mexico desert, Magnusson had developed groundbreaking
technology with terrifying potential. Working alongside the brusque but
charismatic agent Harry Li, Tara discovers that Magnusson’s daughter,
Cassie, has knowledge that makes her a target too. The more Tara sees
into the future, the more there is to fear. She knows she has to protect
Cassie. But there may be no way to protect herself—from the enemies
circling around her, or from the long-buried powers stirring to life
within. . . . (Goodreads Synopsis)
While I didn't enjoy this one as much as the second book in the series (yes, I read them out of order), I still found this a very entertaining read with strong plotting and well-drawn characters.
I enjoyed the budding romantic element and the way Tara's character evolved during the story. The action was well-paced and the book easily held my interest from start to finish. I was definitely emotionally involved in the tale and wanted to know how things would work out.
Alayna Williams (aka Lara Bickle) is a talented writer. I have two more of her books here to read and another I hope to get this year. I can highly recommend her work.