Review – Touch the Dark

Touch the Dark book cover


Touch the Dark


Cassandra Palmer #1


Karen Chance


Urban Fantasy


Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits-talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren’t usually dangerous; they just like to talk…a lot.

The undead are another matter.

Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking Mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she’s forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.

The undead senators won’t help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire-and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay…


5stars rating

With a very happy and content sigh, I read the last page of the book (again).
I would like to say that my first thought was: ‘omg I forgot pretty much everything that happened in this book.’ But of course, it wasn’t, it was the second thought. The first was more among the lines of ‘Holy mother of… Mircea I have missed you!! And Pritkin, don’t forget about him, though he was a real dick.’


There is a lot going on, and as a first book in the series, there is always the necessary groundwork to be laid out. But really, it didn’t feel like that. We learned through memories Cassie revisited about her time with Tony, how she got to meet Mircea and how she got stuck with Billy but never did it feel it was forced upon you as a reader. It followed a very natural flow and integrated perfectly in the story.

Character development:

What’s not to love about the characters?
(yes yes, sometimes even the bad ones, except Tony)
Cassie gets thrown into a near-constant fight for her life right from the get-go. Her abilities acting in strange ways, assassination attempts and let’s not forget a volatile battle mage thrown in the mix would make anyone question themselves what the hell is going on. I like Cassie because she doesn’t wait for anyone to come and save her, nope, she does that herself, thank you very much. Well… with the help of her friend (and ghost), Billy. All she wants is to be free and left alone, but apparently, that is too much to ask for.
An impressive cast, with many delightful diverse individuals, makes me want to read the rest of the series asap. I just want to get to know them all over again. But Mircea *sigh*…

Pacing & Flow:

It was over way too fast 🙂 And I say that not in a bad way, it wasn’t rushed at all, it just flowed its natural course. That course was just rife with a lot of action 🙂
Be advised you won’t put this book down before the end, that’s all I’m saying.

The book itself:

The book itself was well written with no (noticeable) errors. There is sex described (if that is important to you).
The book is 307 pages long, spread over 14 chapters and is told from Cassie’s point of view (POV).

Final Thoughts:

This book really had it all, I loved it from start to end. So yeah, it really does deserve that 5* shine and a spot in my all-time favorites list.