This is the first book in Alayna Williams' Dark Oracle series about Tara Sheridan.
Tara was once a criminal profiler melding her skills from her intellect and doctorate with her gifts at reading the Tarot to see the future.
Once a member of a secret female group of Seers known as Delphi's Daughters Tara left both that life then her work behind after an encounter with a seriel killer known asThe Gardener left her almost dead and covered in scars.
Now she lives in the wilderness with her cat, until a close friend of her mothers and Delphi Daughter comes to her asking for her help in searching for a missing physicist Lowell Magnusson. Lowell was using a Super Collider in the shape of the symbol of Infinity to look into Dark Matter in the New Mexico desert working for the military.
Agent Harry Li becomes her sidekick in this vestigation one that takes many deadly turns and Tara must protect herself and Lowell's daughter Cassie from many mysterious elements while working the case and battle her attraction for Agent Li while her powers unfold once more.
I have to say that this book is beautifully written, the author is well versed in the subject matter and melds supernatural and science fiction tremendously. Her prose is lyrical in quality describing the synchronicity of events and even the most mundane things with joy. You can tell she enjoys writing this book and i truely enjoyed reading it.
A small but good example being a quote : 'her quilt was frosted in cat hair' a very poetic use of language.
She is never patronising about her subject matter, and the fact that she has included so much science astounded me as most boks dealing with supernatural gifts don't do so.
I'm a huge science fiction and supernatural fiction fan so she combines both worlds into a book for a fan of either genre.
The characters are well written and pretty well rounded and i truely couldn;t put the book down as i was charmed by Tara, the dog, agent Li, the cat, and Cassie.
A must for any reader of Supernatural Fiction