Blood Dreams (Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series #10)

Blood Dreams (Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series #10)

by Kay Hooper

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ISBN-13: 9780553589252
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/25/2008
Series: Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series , #10
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 286,792
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kay Hooper, who has more than thirteen million copies of her books in print worldwide, has won numerous awards and high praise for her novels. She lives in North Carolina.

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Blood Dreams

By Kay Hooper


Copyright © 2007 Kay Hooper
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780553804843


I brought to life, Dani thought. The vision.

The smell of blood turned her stomach, the thick, acrid smoke burned her eyes, and what had been for so long a wispy, dreamlike memory was now jarring, throat-clogging reality. For just an instant she was paralyzed. It was all coming true.

Despite everything she had done, everything she had tried to do, despite all the warnings, once again it was all–

“Dani?” Hollis appeared at her side, seemingly out of the smoke, gun drawn, blue eyes sharp even squinted against the stench. “Where is it?”

“I–I can’t. I mean, I don’t think I can–”

“Dani, you’re all we’ve got. You’re all they’ve got. Do you understand that?”

Reaching desperately for strength she wasn’t at all sure she had, Dani said, “If somebody had just listened to me when it mattered–”

“Stop looking back. There’s no sense in it. Now is all that counts. Which way, Dani?”

Impossible as it was, Dani had to force herself to concentrate on the stench of blood she knew neither of the others could smell. A blood trail that was all they had to guide them. She nearly gagged, then pointed. “That way.Toward the back. But . . .”

“But what?”

“Down. Lower. There’s a basement level.” Stairs. She remembered stairs. Going down them. Down into hell.

“It isn’t on the blueprints.”

“I know.”

“Bad place to get trapped in a burning building,” Hollis noted. “The roof could fall in on us. Easily.”

Bishop appeared out of the smoke as suddenly as Hollis had, weapon in hand, his face stone, eyes haunted. “We have to hurry.”

“Yeah,” Hollis replied, “we get that. Burning building. Maniacal killer. Good seriously outnumbered by evil. Bad situation.” Her words and tone were flippant, but her gaze on his face was anything but, intent and measuring.

“You forgot potential victim in maniacal killer’s hands,” her boss said, not even trying to match her tone.

“Never. Dani, did you see the basement, or are you feeling it?”

“Stairs. I saw them.” The weight on her shoulders felt like the world, so maybe that was what was pressing her down. Or . . . “And what I feel now ...He’s lower. He’s underneath us.”

“Then we look for stairs.”

Dani coughed. She was trying to think, trying to remember. But dreams recalled were such dim, insubstantial things, even vision dreams sometimes, and there was no way for her to be sure she was remembering clearly. She was overwhelmingly conscious of precious time passing and looked at her wrist, at the bulky digital watch that told her it was 2:47 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28.

Odd. She never wore a watch. Why was she wearing one now? And why a watch that looked so . . . alien on her thin wrist?


She shook off the momentary confusion. “The stairs. Not where you’d expect them to be,” she managed finally, coughing again. “They’re in a closet or something like that. A small office. Room. Not a hallway. Hallways–” A flash of endless, featureless hallways, brightly lit . . .


The image in her mind vanished as quickly as it had come, and Dani dismissed it as unimportant because an absolute certainty had replaced it. “Shit. The basement is divided. By a solid wall. Two big rooms. And accessed from this main level by two different stairways, one at each side of the building, in the back.”

“What kind of crazy-ass design is that?” Hollis demanded.

“If we get out of this alive, you can ask the architect.” The smell of blood was almost overpowering, and Dani’s head was beginning to hurt. Badly. Hallways. No, not hallways, two separate spaces, distinct sides . . . She had never before pushed herself for so long without a break, especially with this level of intensity.

It was Bishop who said, “You don’t know which side they’re in.”

“No. I’m sorry.” She felt as if she’d been apologizing to this man since she met him. Hell, she had been.

Hollis was scowling. To Bishop, she said, “Great. That’s just great. You’re psychically blind, the storm has all my senses scrambled, and we’re in a huge burning building without a freakin’ map.”

“Which is why Dani is here.” Those pale sentry eyes were fixed on her face.
Dani felt wholly inadequate. “I–I don’t– All I know is that he’s down there somewhere.”

“And Miranda?”

The name caused her a queer little shock, and for no more than a heartbeat, Dani had the dizzy sense of something out of place, out of sync somehow. But she had an answer for him. Of sorts. “She isn’t–dead. Yet. She’s bait, you know that. She was always bait, to lure you.”

“And you,” Bishop said.

Dani didn’t want to think about that. Couldn’t, for some reason she was unable to explain, think about that. “We have to go, now. He won’t wait, not this time.” And he’s not the only one.

The conversation had taken only brief minutes, but even so the smoke was thicker, the crackling roar of the fire louder, and the heat growing ever more intense.

Bitterly, Hollis said, “We’re on his timetable, just like before, like always, carried along without the chance to stop and think.”

Bishop turned and started toward the rear of the building and the south corner.

“I’ll go down on this side. You two head for the east corner.”

Dani wondered if instinct was guiding him as well, but all she said, to Hollis, was, “He wouldn’t take the chance if he had it, would he? To stop and think, I mean.”

“If it meant a minute lost in getting to Miranda? No way in hell. That alone would be enough, but on top of that he blames himself for this mess.”

“He couldn’t have known–”

“Yes. He could have. Maybe he even did. That’s why he believes it’s his fault. Come on, let’s go.”

Dani followed but had to ask, “Do you believe it’s his fault?”

Hollis paused for only an instant, looking back over her shoulder, and there was something hard and bright in her eyes. “Yes. I do. He played God one time too many. And we’re paying the price for his arrogance.”

Again, Dani followed the other woman, her throat tighter despite the fact that, as they reached the rear half of the building, the smoke wasn’t nearly as thick. They very quickly discovered, in the back of what might once have been a small office, a door that opened smoothly and silently to reveal a stairwell.

The stairwell was already lighted.

“Bingo,” Hollis breathed.

A part of Dani wanted to suggest that they wait, at least long enough for Bishop to check out the other side of the building, but every instinct as well as the waves of heat at her back told her there simply wasn’t time to wait.
Hollis shifted her weapon to a steady two-handed grip and sent Dani a quick look. “Ready?”

Dani didn’t spare the energy to wonder how anyone on earth could ever be ready for this. Instead, she concentrated on the only weapon she had, the one inside her aching head, and nodded.

Hollis had only taken one step when a thunderous crash sounded behind them and a new wave of almost intolerable heat threatened to shove them bodily into the stairwell.

The roof was falling in.


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Blood Dreams (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Series #10) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blood Dreams is the start of a new trilogy with both new and familiar characters, and although it isn't my favorite story in the Bishop/SCU series, I still found it to be a quick, engaging read.
Dani has come home to Venture, Georgia, to comfort her twin sister, Paris, after her divorce. Or so she says. Both women know that there's really another reason that Dani has finally come home.
These sisters share a bond even closer than the normal one between twins, because they both possess psychic abilities. And Dani has been having dream visions that tell her an evil is coming to Venture, and that a showdown is inevitable.
Bishop and his SCU team have been tracking a vicious serial killer for over a month. When the demented killer made the mistake of killing a Senator's daughter, the murders in Boston abruptly stopped -- but Bishop is sure this particular killer isn't finished. And he's not, because it soon becomes apparent that he's come to the small town of Venture.
With Dani and Paris, Bishop and Miranda, John Garrett and his team from Haven (a civilian pyschic unit started by Bishop), and Venture's sherriff (and once Dani's lover) Marc, you're looking at a situation that's bound to end badly. Because this is one serial killer who is even more evil, and powerful, than any of them ever imagined.
BLOOD DREAMS is definitely a quick read, and kept me guessing throughout the story. Totally enjoyable, and a good set-up for more books centering around these characters. Check it out. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Dani Justice's dreams are haunted by a dream that seems to suggest that she's going to have trouble, that she's going to end up in a building that's colapsing but that she needs to rescue someone. The only change that occurs are minor details.She returns to her home city and her twin Paris, who is recovering from her divorce. She also finds herself having to face up to her relationship with Marcus Purcell. The fact that he accepts her powers scares her. Can they have a relationship and what's going to happen next with the missing women. This was an interesting read, left me wanting more and to find out what's going on. Also seeing what is going to happen to these characters in the future makes me want the next book soon! This is the first in a trilogy and while you could read it without the other Bishop/Special Crimes Unit stories it would clear up some issues.
susanamper on LibraryThing 5 months ago
not very good. This is one in a continuing series of psychic mysteries. Hooper has nothing new to say; no new angles on the stories; no intriguing characters. She is simply rewriting previous books. In addition, she repeats pages of dialogue 4-5 times, which is just an indication of how lazy the author was in writing it.
Glenajo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper is one in her Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series. This books focuses on twins, Dani and Paris, who use their psychic powers as part of a civilian group of psychic investigators similar to the FBI team headed by Bishop. The book begins with Dani¿s precognitive dream that the team connects with a serial killer. Dani, her ex-boyfriend turned sheriff, and other members of the team track a serial killer in Dani¿s hometown. Blood Dreams is not my favorite Kay Hooper book, but it is fun to read. It keeps you involved until the end with twists and turns. This is a suspense novel with light romantic leanings.
adeptmagic on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Unbelievably awful. I wish I could say something else about this book, because I've liked Hooper in the past, but there's nothing redeeming about this book. The plot never takes off, the romance isn't compelling, the characters are flat and we're subjected to the same scene over and over and over again.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Hooper returns to the world of the Bishop's Special Crimes Unit. Chasing down psychotic serial killers by psychic means is all very well, but the plot here is predictable and weak, and the romance element feels rehashed and thin. I usually like Hooper, but this is far from her best work.
DBower on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was the first book of Kay Hooper's I read and therefore the first in the Bishop series. It took some time to understand and follow the characters and storyline without reading the previous books in the series. I also found the pace of the book slow at times but as I got to the end I could not put the book down. While I read lots of police/detective mysteries this was different in that it featured psychic detectives. i enjoyed the book but think I will probably as a rule stick to the more traditional crime novels though when I am up for something different I will possibly turn back to this series.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I don't _like_ serial killer stories - not even ones full of psychics. But I can't stop reading the Bishop stories. This one's pretty good - not too gory (one really nasty scene, revisited a couple times), interesting characters, good romance. On the other hand, the repeated vision that drives the story turns out to be almost entirely wrong - well, symbolic rather than literal, at least. And the end isn't the end - they've been tricked (which we're told over and over throughout the story, but the trick is bigger than you think). The annoying thing is, I think I remember another Bishop story that went the same way, but none of them mention it. Bah. I hope it was one I reviewed so I don't have to reread it. But I do have the second book in this series handy - don't know yet if it's a duology or a trilogy that hasn't had the last published yet.
jaimjane on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book was just ok for me. This is the first one I read in the series so maybe that is it, but it really lacked ooomph. I don't know if I will read any more right away but I probably will at some point.
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
Each of the books in this series gets more interesting than the last. The paranormal abilities of each member of the specialized FBI unit is slightly different or evolving from what we have seen other characters have in past books. In this book, the plot is twisted and brings together both new characters and past ones we have met before bringing a new level of depth to the book as it isn't starting from scratch introducing entirely new characters. A very intriguing twist that just may not be wrapped up in this book. If you like a good murder mystery and a touch of the paranormal is also intriguing to you, then this series is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good Bishop read, but a little short for my taste, too much gore from the Rick mind of a killer. Not enough romance for a thriller/romance novel. All in all fairness I guess I would still give it a 5.
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Love Kay Hooper & love this serie!!! This book is for any age that enjoy misteries paranormal information & situations. I have read all other books by this author; even the romance type (I'm not much for romance stories), & yes!!! I would recommend this for book & her other books for club discussions.
wrobocop More than 1 year ago
I'm new to Kay Hooper so maybe this wasn't the best book to start with. I don't really care about any of the characters in this book. All they do is sit around and talk.ANd what's with this Gabrielle and Roxie character? They seem to have no tie in with the plot except for checking out warehouses. Why are their convaerstions so wierd? On page259 and debating if I should even waste my time to finish.
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Hello! Though I have not yet read this book, I have read the first six Bishop/Special Crimes Unit books by Kay Hooper and I loved them! I have the next three books to read and I just ordered series ten through twelve. I have enjoyed all of the books I have read by Kay Hooper so far and I know I will enjoy this book when I get around to reading it. I am sure you will love it too! A murder mystery/crime scene investigation that involves the paranormal; so exciting!
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