Book Review: Unholy Bargain by Travis Hallden Holt

UnholyBargain-510Title: Unholy Bargain

Author: Travis Holt

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

An assassin is at work—one of the best in the trade. His body turned to dust long ago, but his spirit roams the Earth freely, undetectable to the five senses. He stalks his victims waiting for just the right opportunity. Then, in quick succession, he possesses a human host and strikes down his quarry. For a century and a half he has served this way.

Deputy Sheriff Nate Barrington is riding the crest of a new relationship. Kaitlyn Spencer is beautiful, altruistic, enlightened—everything he’s not. She teaches classes in New Age philosophy at her growing school. Nate doesn’t share her spirituality, but the physical passion hasn’t subsided enough for him to care.

Nate’s nirvana quickly unravels when Kaitlyn’s life is threatened on two separate occasions. With no apparent motive or any evidence suggesting collusion, the police are stumped. Even more troubling to Nate, Kaitlyn is eventually convinced she is the target of unseen forces.

A hardheaded pragmatist, Nate isn’t prone to believe that spirits can possess people. As far as he’s concerned, Kaitlyn’s claims of perpetrators possessed by a spirit assassin are on par with comic book stories and have nothing to do with reality, and her esoteric, New Age mumbo jumbo begins to drive a wedge into their relationship. And why Kaitlyn? What secret is she hiding?

Even with the sheriff’s resources at Nate’s disposal, the odds for Kaitlyn’s survival are not in her favor. The true enemy is virtually invisible, and Nate’s conventional police tactics have no effect on the spirit world. Strikes come from anytime, anywhere, and from random, unwittingly manipulated people. Behind it all is a deal the assassin had made with the devil: send Kaitlyn Spencer to an early grave in exchange for a fresh start. For that, the assassin will stop at nothing to uphold his end of an Unholy Bargain.

Unholy Bargain is an unique, entertaining supernatural thriller about the spirit of an assassin who stalks his victims, possesses a human host, and then murdes his victims. Because he’s just a spirit, he can’t be easily detected, and the police is powerless to do anything about it.

Deputy Sheiff Nate is head over heels for his new girlfriend, Kaitlyn Spencer, a beautiful, lovely New Age philosophy teacher. When Kaitlyn’s life is threatened by an unseen force, with no motive or reason to kill her, which stumps both the police and Nate as he desperately wants to protect her – which can get a little tricky when you can’t see your foe. And while Nate will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves, even if it means slowly coming to terms with how his down-to-earth view isn’t always spot on, the assassin will stop at nothing to kill Kaitlyn…

As you can see from my short recap, the synopsis is awesome, and the premise is refreshing and original. The author does an admirable job of making all characters have interesting personalities, even the villain. It’s definitely not just good vs. evil – it’s a lot more complicated than that, in fact.

At first, I struggled with seeing Kaitlyn and Nate as a couple since they didn’t seem to have that much in common, but the more I read on, the more I realized those differences were what made them work.

I’d highly recommend this book to all fans of supernatural thrillers. I didn’t think it was that scary, but it was definitely a pageturner!

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