Haven (Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series #13)

Haven (Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series #13)

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Haven: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like the ending and was greatly disappointed with the short 231 pages. In addition there wasn't enough substance, purpose or follow through with appearance of the two spirits, especially Jessie. The book had too many holes and wasn't the typical writing style of Kay Hooper that I have come to expect. However, I will read book 14 and hope for the old Kay to write it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is good, when viewed in a familiar context- Psycho Killers and psychics and ghosts and a lot of references to evil. If you read KH, then you know she can be a little grim, at times. We get a new lead heroine in Jesse Rayburn who is an operative with Haven- the privately owned and operated analogue to the FBI's Special Crimes Unit (SCU) that has popped up in a few of KH's previous books. Jesse returns to her small hometown to investigate something from her past interfering with her psychic abilities. And, that is the gateway to unfolding the mystery. Anyway, without treading over the story, KH delivers a very familiar killer story. That is good and bad. Familiarity is great if that is what you are looking for. But, it also makes the story a little more predictable and less suspenseful. There were some elements that Kay Hooper uses fairly often. An operative going back to their childhood stomping grounds to solve a mystery that's been bugging them, the rural setting, the not-so-undercover back-up. And all the mention of evil and foreboding vibes. Maybe I was flashing on Blood Ties too much. But, it felt like she was setting up something similar here. Like the Big Bad of the overall story arc will be like that creepy preacher from Blood Ties who wasn't just a bad guy but some incarnation of absolute evil who is not limited to normal bad guy crimes but is capable of supernatural nastiness. This novel finds Jessie Rayburn returning to her hometown, a bucolic small town. Jessie left her home fifteen years ago when she was seventeen after something happened to her, though she can't quite remember what it is. Her sister Emma, two years younger, stayed on and now runs their former home as a bed and breakfast. Hooper's books can be pretty grim and gory, but this one, while grim, isn't as gory as those before. I liked the characters and I was surprised at the ending.     
ssdl More than 1 year ago
Didn't care for this book at all. Usually really like the books in the Bishop series, but not this one. There were too many plot lines going, with too many characters thrown in willy nilly. I mean come on, Jessie and Emma's plot line, then Navarro, then Nellie and Victor, then the SCU unit, and finally the killer and his victims. I finally just got frustrated with the book and skipped to the end. Really glad I checked this one out from the library and didn't buy it.
PTN More than 1 year ago
Very dissapointing. Characters were one dimensional; very little in the main characters traits made you care much about pulling for them. To make matters worse, she pulled in two favorite characters from past "Bishop" books, Demarco and Hollis, and then gave them little to nothing to do. Not recommended
BooknookLP More than 1 year ago
"Haven" is a very formulaic book that has nothing new to offer either in the very weak mystery itself or the uses of psychic powers to solve mysteries. Jessie Rayburn is a minor psychic who has returned home 15 years after running away from the town of Baron Hollow. She is trying to unlock the hazy memories of what terrible thing happened to her before she left. Naturally there is a serial killer involved, lots of blood and fear, and a few members of her investigators team known as "Haven" also show up. Her estranged sister, Emma, also has a place in the story. After many pages of repetitive and occassionally useless filler information, the book ultimately has Jessie ending up in serious trouble because of an absurd lack of judgement. It's the sort of situation where I would ordinarily be thinking, "Don't do it!", but by the time I got to that part, I really didn't care. The ending works out very predictably and I wasn't sorry when I was through. Surely Hooper can do better than this short book (231 pages) of "been there, done that" material. Maybe she has just run out of original thought and is rerunning old plots until she comes up with something new. Don't pay $13 for this retreaded Nook Book.
mediamaven51 More than 1 year ago
Not up to Hooper's usual standards. This was either a short story or novella that was expanded too much, or a novel that failed to have its characters or plot fully developed.
simple344 More than 1 year ago
There are only few books with a great storyline. This was one of them. A great summer read.
tbonesgirl More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book but as in Hooper's seemly normal style, she left it open at the end. I am starting to get a little annoyed with that. Though the book did have a conclusion, there were so many questions still left unanswered. Look like we have to wait on the next book to find out those answers. I hate that!!!! It also seemed to be shorter than her other books which is hard to reconcile when you just paid $12.99 for the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked this newest book to the Biship series. Iook foreward to kay Hooper,s next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I, for one, will not buy another book by kay hooper for this amount of money. At the very least, when buying an e-book I should be able to see what I am getting for the money. Very upset with you!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a waste of time! A serial killer is stalking women. In walks a trained professional and this author protrays her as reckles and just plain dumb. While telling the reader she is part of an elite team psychic investigators. I want my money back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not as impressed with how ths book was compaired to her others. Very short and not as indepth as she usually is. It seemed like she had to write something quick.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so disappointed in Kay Hooper. This book was not up to her standards. Hope she isn't sick or has no family problems. I felt like she was either bored with the series or had something else on her mind while she wrote it. Maybe the pressure of a deadline that she wasn't able to meet. At any rate this is probably the worse book I've read that had been written by Kay Hooper. Shame on her and the publishing company for not only printing it but charging so much for such a flimsy book. Wonder if you can get your money back on a book you've read?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book, I couldn't put it down.
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Not the best SC novel,but good . Surprise ending .
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LOVED IT!!! I LOVED this book!  It was a page turner from the beginning. One of her best 'Bishop' books yet!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EVEN BETTER THAN PREVIOUS BOOKS
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Loved it!
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