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Stealing Shadows by Kay Hooper
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Stealing Shadows
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Cassie Neil is a psychic who helps the police capture killers until the day she makes a mistake and feels compelled to live a quieter life. Unfortunately, Cassie's new home is being stalked by a murderer but no one believes her until the bodies start piling up.

Well-written with several twists and turns to keep you guessing.
The plot appears to be your typical serial killer fare but the climax turns out to be quite a shocker. For once, I was unable to guess the killer even though there are definitely sufficient clues. This might be because I was distracted (in a good way) by the romantic and paranormal aspects of the story.

The psychic elements are believable perhaps due to the fact that a main character has his doubts concerning the heroine’s abilities. He is eventually convinced by the evidence and becomes a staunch believer, thereby mimicking the readers experience and allowing for suspension of disbelief.

The primary romance builds slowly but develops into an intense and captivating relationship. Cassie is extremely strong willed and keeps herself at a distance, which can be irritating at times but is clearly consistent with the nature of her psychic abilities. Ben is attractive and sensitive but not without his own flaws, which he must overcome to save Cassie’s life.

The development of the minor characters is one of the details that draw you into the story because the women, who are easy to identify with and care about, are potential victims while the men are possible suspects. One of the few flaws in the book is that the killer’s motivation is not sufficiently developed and it would have been better to have more information about what makes him tick.

Overall, this is an entertaining and suspenseful read and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Great read! Psychic with a connection into a serial killer's mind ...nice plot twists, and romantic connection nicely developed too.

Highly recommended!

Will be looking for her other books ( )
  GeetuM | Jun 3, 2016 |
Psychic Cassie Neill has made a career of helping the L.A. police department catch killers-a career that she puts aside after a terrible mistake leaves a child dead.
Cassie decides to start over by moving to the small town of Ryan's Bluff, but to her surprise, a killer is loose in the town, and Cassie has tapped into his mind-seeing the victims...before, during and after their deaths. This was a very fast-paced read and it goes without say that the storyline was unique and engrossing. Ms. Hooper is a truly talented author and her characters are larger than life and very vivid. As a result the reader will easily be transport to Ryans Bluff, North Carolina and the make believe world that Kay Hooper has created.
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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
If ever a book was enthrallingly nightmarish then I would say this book fits that bill. A killer stalks the streets and the reason why is even more terrifying. I will not say but it is a complete shocker and I didn't see it coming. As Cassie is drawn into the killer's mind, while frail and ethereal, she's strong enough that she comes out herself and not some twisted creature bent on destruction. She has Ben, a strong, protective character, beside her. This is definitely something to read if you're into psychics who help solve crimes because there were so many things I didn't see coming that I just kept reading. I definitely recommend this book to read even if you aren't, because it is just that good. ( )
  mariahsidhe | May 12, 2016 |
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There are not enough good teachers in the world.

    This book is dedicated to:
    Mary Anne Head
    Jane Biggerstaff
    Betty Hough

with appreciation and thanks for helping to make school an interesting place for my niece, Beth.
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What if you can enter a madman's cruel mind as he plans his vicious crimes? What if you can see the terrified face of his prey as he moves in for the kill—but you can't stop his frenzy once he strikes?

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.

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Psychic Cassie Neil flees to a small North Carolina town seeking refuge from the work she's done for the Los Angeles Police Department, but when Cassie predicts a murder it is up to her and Ben Ryan, the town's prosecuting attorney to find the killer.… (more)

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