The first half of Skinwalker doesn't have a lot going for it. The heroine is a laundry list of UF attributes, not really bring anything new to the table. There was no tension from the plot because it was a police procedural with Jane, the heroine, being an out of towner with no idea of the stakes involved. The romance elements were brought in early but neither of the guys really drew me in. As you might have guessed I considered just dropping it. I stuck it out and my dedication was rewarded. Roughly halfway through the world building opens up, Jane's past starts getting explored, and I got to know the secondary characters well enough to be invested in them. During the last quarter my dishes languished as I just had to finish. While it's still only a three star novel it's a very hopeful three star. I will be reading book 2 soon.