I will preface by saying I did not read the first novel, so this may color my experience, but overall I was disappointed by this book. I generally love Patterson's novels, so I was really looking forward to this paranormal break from the norm. The main thing: I wasn't invested enough in the cardboard characters to be able and willing to suspend my disbelief. It all just seemed rather ridiculous. The dialogue was somewhat cheesy and there were so many questions that were left unanswered at the end. It could have been a great story, but the characters, delivery, and plotting fell short.