Hiding in the Shadows (Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series #2)

Hiding in the Shadows (Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series #2)

by Kay Hooper

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ISBN-13: 9780553576924
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/15/2000
Series: Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 176,602
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Kay Hooper, who has more than six million copies of her books in print worldwide, has won numerous awards and high praise for her novels. Kay lives in North Carolina, where she is currently working on her next novel.

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She opened her eyes abruptly, as though from a nightmare, conscious of the pounding of her heart and the sound of her quick, shallow breathing in the silent room. She couldn't remember the dream, but her shaking body and runaway pulse told her it had been a bad one. She closed her eyes and for several minutes concentrated only on calming down.

Gradually her heart slowed and her breathing steadied. Okay. Okay. That was better. That was much better.

She didn't like being scared.

She opened her eyes and looked at the ceiling. Gradually a niggling awareness of something being different made her turn her head slowly on the pillow so 5he cotald look around the room.

It wasn't her room.

Her other senses began to wake then. She heard the muffled, distant sounds of activity just beyond the closed door. She smelled sickness and medicine, the distinct odors of people and machines and starch. She noted the Spartan quality of the room she was in, the hospital bed she was lying on—and the IV dripping into her arm. All of that told her she was in a hospital.

Why?

It took a surprising effort to raise her head and look down at herself; her neck felt stiff, unused, and a rush of nausea made her swallow hard. But she forced herself to look, to make sure all of her was there.

Both arms. Both legs. Nothing in a cast. Her feet moved when she willed them to. Not paralyzed then. Good.

With an effort, she raised the arm not hooked to the IV until she could see her hand. It was unnervingly small, not childlike but. . . fragile. The short nails were ragged and looked bitten, and the skin was milky-pale. She turned it slowly and stared at the palm, the pads of heir fingers. No calluses, but there was a slight roughness to her skin that told her she was accustomed to work.

Afraid of what she'd find, she touched her face with light, probing fingers. The bones seemed prominent, and the skin felt soft and smooth. There was no evidence of an injury until her exploration reached her forehead and right temple. There, a square of adhesive bandage and a faint soreness underneath told her she'd suffered some kind of cut.

But not a bad one, she thought, and certainly not a big one. The bandage was small, two or three square inches.

Beyond the bandage, she found her hair limp and oily, which told her it hadn't been washed recently. She pulled at a strand and was surprised that it was long enough for her to be able to see. It was mostly straight, with only a hint of curl. And it was red. A dark and dull red.

Now why did that surprise her?

For the first time, she let herself become aware of what had been crawling in her subconscious, a cold and growing fear she dared not name. She realized she was lying perfectly still now, her arms at her sides, hands into fists, staring at the ceiling as if she would find the answers there.

She wasn't injured except slightly, so why was she here? Because she was ill? What was wrong with her?

Why did her body feel so appallingly weak?

And far, far worse, why couldn't she remember—

"Oh, my God."

The nurse in the doorway came a few steps into the room, moving slowly, her eyes wide with surprise. Then professionalism obviously took over, and she swallowed and said brightly if a bit unsteadily, "You—you're awake. We were.., beginning to wonder about you, Fa—Miss Parker."

Parker.

"I'll get the doctor."

She lay there waiting, not daring to think about the fact that she had not known her own name, still didn't beyond that simple and unfamiliar surname. It seemed an eternity she waited, while those cold and wordless terrors clawed through her mind and churned in her stomach, before a doctor appeared. He was tall, a bit on the thin side, with a sensitive mouth and very brilliant, very dark eyes.

"So you're finally awake." His voice was deep and warm, his smile friendly. He grasped her wrist lightly as he stood by the bed, discreetly taking her pulse.

"Can you tell me your name?"

She wet her lips and said huskily, "Parker." Even her voice sounded rusty and unused, and her throat felt scratchy.

He didn't look surprised; possibly the nurse had confessed that she had provided that information. "What about your first name?"
  
She tried not to cry out in fear. "No. No, I—I don't remember that."

"Do you remember what happened to you?"

"No."

"How about telling me what year this is?"

She concentrated, fought down that cold, crawling panic. There was nothing in her mind but blankness, an emptiness that frightened her almost beyond words. No sense of identity or knowledge. Nothing.

Nothing.

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Hiding in the Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Series #2) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
pbreader More than 1 year ago
Loved the first one and this one also. Great series keeps you thinking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book at all. It was the worst book out of the shadows series. It held my attention but that was only because i was curious about what was going on. The ending totally ruined it for me. I think it was stupid to end it that way. This is the first time that Kay has not lived up to my expectations. I do recommend reading it if you are a hard core fan. Otherwise save your money and buy the other books in the series since they basically stand alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. It's hard for me to find any book that holds my attention from the very start, and this book has done it.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This book was very confusing. Since it's a Hooper, I was perfectly able to accept the psychic explanation running through most of it - that Dinah was somehow passing messages to Faith. Faith's lapses confused me, and made me worry about exactly what Dinah's power was. But the twist of what was actually going on was much weirder than I thought (even though this was my second reading - I'd completely forgotten the actual solution). The revelation of the criminal was an afterthought and side issue (though I also had no idea who that was!) - Dinah and Faith, and Kane's reaction to them, was the real story. In a way, this is more of a romance than many Hoopers - the crime was the trigger but not the focus of the story (they weren't hunting down a serial killer, for a change). Not bad, not wonderful, I'll probably re-read it.
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A little confusing at times and it ended weird but it was interesting.
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Love thus series, but this was my least favorite book so far
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oskardawg More than 1 year ago
every book in this series gets better and better.
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cgsmom More than 1 year ago
Kay Hooper has written a very suspenseful tale that I couldn't put down. Just when you think you know how it ends, there is a surprise. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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grannyshee More than 1 year ago
loved it...worth the read
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