The Barnes & Noble Review
With only three books to her credit, Marjorie Liu moves like a veteran onto the paranormal stage in this gripping thriller, with plenty of action, characters with amazing talents, and a tender love story.
Like the first novel in the series (Tiger Eye), this well-crafted sequel features an agency that employs the gifted and tormented, including Russian émigré Arthur Loginov, a psychometrist who learns secrets by touch alone. The story begins with Elena Baxter, a natural healer who is treating cancer patients in a pediatric hospital and achieving an unbelievable success rate. When Elena is kidnapped by an evil cabal who seek to take over the world, she finds she is not the only prisoner. Elena and Arthur ultimately escape with a couple of of shapeshifters (one cheetah, one dolphin), and the wary bunch with their special gifts need to trust each other to get out alive. For Arthur, it becomes a choice between saving his pride and saving Elena.
Bestselling romance writer Christine Feehan gave this book a rave, and it's easy to see why. Ginger Curwen
When selecting a book, readers often face the unfortunate choice of exciting story versus vibrant writing. Not so those who snatch up Liu's paranormal romantic thriller (the second in a series after Tiger's Eye), which fuses the best of both into a novel that raises the bar for all others competing in its league. A private detective who picks up people's memories through touch, Artur Loginov isn't entirely surprised when he's kidnapped and imprisoned in an asylumlike facility; his former days as a Russian mobster taught him to believe he'd come to a bad end. But he's surprised to find the other prisoners are paranormally gifted as well-including Elena Baxter from Wisconsin, able to perform miraculous healings and now stunned to realize she's no longer alone in the world. Aided by a pair of shape-shifters, Elena and Artur escape only to discover their captors' sinister goal-and that they are the only ones who can thwart it. Liu's screenplay-worthy dialogue, vivid action and gift for the punchy, unexpected metaphor rockets her tale high above the pack. Readers of early Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris and the best thrillers out there should try Liu now and catch a rising star. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.