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Psychic Cassie Neill helps the L.A. police catch killers—until she makes a terrible mistake and an innocent child dies. Cassie flees to a small North Carolina town, hoping that a quiet life will silence the voices that invade her unwilling mind. But Cassie's abilities know few ...
Psychic Cassie Neill helps the L.A. police catch killers—until she makes a terrible mistake and an innocent child dies. Cassie flees to a small North Carolina town, hoping that a quiet life will silence the voices that invade her unwilling mind. But Cassie's abilities know few boundaries. And she's become certain—as no one else can be—that a murderer is stalking Ryan's Bluff.
It's his fury that Cassie senses first, then his foul thoughts and perverse excitement. Yet she doesn't know who he is or where he will strike. The sheriff won't even listen to her—until the first body is found exactly where and how she predicted. Now a suspect herself, she races desperately to unmask the killer in the only way she knows: by entering his twisted mind. Her every step is loaded with fear and uncertainty...because if he senses her within him, he'll trap her there, so deep she'll never find her way out.
In Stealing Shadows, Kay Hooper introduces FBI agent Noah Bishop, whose rare gift for seeing what others do not helps him solve the most puzzling cases. Now, Bishop's adventures continue in two new electrifying tales of psychic suspense.
Beware of what you see. It's dawn when the police arrive at the murder scene. The victim is propped against a tree, her eyes still open, her head tilted, her lips parted in a silent cry. Just as Cassie Neill predicted. Just as she saw while she was inside the killer's mind. The killer knew she was there. And next time he won't let her get away.
That was unexpected and threw him for a moment. "The paranormal? You mean ghosts? UFOs? ESP?"
"Specifically extrasensory perception. Telepathy. Precognition." Her voice remained calm but she was sitting just a bit too stiffly and her clasped fingers moved nervously. She darted another glance at him, so fleeting that all he caught was a flash of those pale eyes.
Ben shrugged. "In theory I always thought it was just garbage. In fact, I've never encountered anything to make me change my mind." It was the fairly cynical mind common to many law enforcement officials, but he didn't add that.
She didn't look discouraged. "Are you willing to admit the possibility? To keep your mind open?"
"I hope I'm always willing to do that." Ben could have told her that he himself was give to hunches, to intuitions he found difficult to explain rationally, but he said nothing since it was a characterisitc that he hardly trusted. By training and inclination he was a man of reason.
Still utterly matter-of-fact, Cassie said, "There's going to be a murder."
She had surprised him again, unpleasantly this time. "I see. And you know that because you're psychic?"
She grimaced, registering the disbelief—and the suspicion of a prosecutor—in his voice. "Yes."
"You can see the future?"
"No. But I ... tapped into the mind of the man who intends to commit a murder."
"Even assuming that, intentions don't always translate into actions."
"This time they will. He will kill."
Ben rubbed the back of his neck as he stared at her. Maybe she was a kook. Or maybe not. "Okay. Who's going to be murdered?"
"I don't know. I saw her face when he watched her, but I don't know who she is."
Ben frowned. "When he watched her?"
She hesitated, her thin face tightening. Then she said, "I was .. in his mind for only a few seconds. Seeing with his eyes, listening to his thoughts. He's been watching her and he's decided to kill her. Soon."
"Who is he?"
"I don't know."
"Wait a minute, you claim you were inside the guy's head, but you don't know who he is?"
"No." She answered patiently, as though to an oft-repeated question. "Identity isn't a conscious thought most of the time. He knows who he is, so it wasn't something he was thinking about. And I didn't see any part of him, not his hands, or his clothing—or his reflection in a mirror. I don't know who he is. I don't knwo what he looks like."
"But you know he's going to kill someone. A woman."
Ben drew a breath. "Why didn't you go to the sheriff?"
"I did, last week. He didn't believe me."
"Which is why you came to me."
Ben picked up a pen and turned it in his fingers. "What do you expect me to do about it?"
"Believe me," she answered simply. For the first time she looked squarely at him.
Ben felt as if she had reached across the desk and placed her hand on him. It was a warm hand.
He drew a breath, holding her gaze with his own. "And assuming I can bring myself to do that? Is there anything you can tell me that might stop this murder from taking place?"
"No. Not ... yet." She shook her head, unblinking."I may see more. I may not. The fact that I connected to him without holding something that he touched, without knowing him, is unusual. It must have been the ... intensity of his thoughts and plans, his eagerness that reached out to me. Maybe I did touch something he had touched without knowing it. Or maybe he was pysically nearby, and that's why I was able to steal the shadows—" She broke off abruptly and looked down once more.
He missed that warm hand. It was another surprise.
"Steal the shadows?"
Reluctantly Cassie said,"It's what I call it when I am able to slip into a killer's mind and pick up bits and pieces of what he's thinking, planning. Their minds tend to be dark .. filled with shadows." Her fingers were really working now, their nervous energy in stark contrast to her calm face and voice
"You've done this before?"
Posted February 9, 2011
I started with the 12th book in this series, not realizing it was a series, then had to start from the beginning (and ended up reading book 12 again). The books are amazing. She really explains the psychic abilities of each character in a way that is easy to understand and each novel left me wanting more. I can't wait for book 13 to come out!
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I read this book five years or so ago and loved it and the whole series. Since then I have been a constant reader mainly of fantasy. Rereading this makes me realize that it is slightly simplistic but in a good uncomplicated way. Nice easy edge of your seat thriller. Try it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2013
Just the thought of what the characters are going through will keep me awake at night! The scariest monsters out there are psycho humans, and this book gets into the emotions of all the characters. I would not recommend this to immature or impressionable readers, especially such as children or young adults. But for all murder mystery readers, this will grab your interest. I look forward to more of her books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Never read this author before but decided to take a chance, and I have yet to be disappointed. Just purchased book 7 and still cant wait to find out how more of the characters lives will unfold. I think each books gets better and draws you in even more! A good series so far!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2012
I love mystery books, and was a little skeptical about reading this series. I plunged in anyway, and WOW! I couldn't stop reading. I am now on book number eight in the series, and am looking forward to getting to all the books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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This is one of my favorte authors she is amazing in the Bishop special crime stories. I have them all in hardcover but lovr them so much and read them over and over again i am getting them for my nook. Love the writing Kay keep it up xoxoxo love love love them. Can,t wait till the new one comes out, thank u so much for your stories i love all 12 OF THEM!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 31, 2011
I really enjoyed this book it started out a little slow but ended up being worth while. I was a bit confused about it being a Bishop series because he wasnt introduced until half way to three quarters the way through the book so i am not sure where it is going with him but i will read the second and find out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2011
Cassie Neal thought she had finally found peace when she left Los Angeles and settled in Ryan's Bluff, North Carolina. A psychic who had worked with detectives to locate serial killers and that ilk, she was looking to put her gifts to rest and live out her life in solitude. Unfortunately, even small towns can have bear the same sins as the big city when women are turning up murdered in Cassie's new home. She reaches out to the skeptical Sheriff to offer her help and then seeks the help of the town's prosecutor, Ben Ryan, when she's rejected. Cassie and Ben have an immediate connection but she is reluctant to follow through on it, feeling she's destined for tragedy. This is a chilling story as you anticipate not only who the killer is but who will be the next victim. Hooper does an admirable job of drawing you into minor characters and having you invest in their outcome. I found myself dreading who the next victim might be as I was unwilling to give up on any of those I'd come to know in the story. The plot was complex while seemingly simple. There were enough clues for me to have a shot at solving the mystery and I came pretty close. The end of the story had an extremely interesting twist that could have been deduced. In the end, Cassie's paranormal abilities are at the heart of this story and her skills are made believable by the author. My only criticism is that the romance meter was a little low but adequate. Ben was very attractive with the requisite amount of flaws and Cassie, of course, was appealing in a poignant way. But, it was difficult to make the emotional connection because it was written pretty dispassionately. This is well written and an excellent start to a promising series, which I plan to continue. It was high on mystery and suspense, keeping my pulse rate elevated through much of the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2011