I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell

Friday, February 10, 2017

Haunted by Kay Hooper

This thriller is one of the Bishop/ Special Crimes Unit series.  The Special Crimes Unit is a group of FBI agents with paranormal abilities who hunt down the true monsters in this world that the regular cops cannot find or handle.  This one is the technically fifth book involving Samuel, a charismatic psychic leader that they fought and killed in the trilogy Blood Dreams, Blood Sins, and Blood Ties, but sort of returns in Haven and now in Hostage, for hopefully the finally time.  Bishop, a touch telepath, precog, with extra-sensory abilities is the leader of the group.  This book has Hollis Templeton, a medium, healer, and some other interesting abilities that pop up during stressful periods of time.  She is constantly evolving and may become one of the strongest members yet.   Reese DeMarco, her partner who is ex-military, is an open telepath, able to read a variety of people, can tell if a gun is pointed at him from any direction, and has a double shield that he can use to protect others in his vicinity from psychic attacks.  Deacon James is an empath who senses the emotions of others and is the brother of one of the townspeople in this book.

In the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is a killer stalking girls and brutally killing them and dumping them.  Hollis and Reese are first sent down there to investigate that, but after a month, when a strange killing about a hundred miles away in Sociable, Georgia happens and the sheriff, Trinity Nichols, who knows Bishop, calls him in for this investigation.  A man is found with his spinal cord severed at the neck, but no signs of trauma on the body.  His apartment is spotless and he is left in a locked bedroom that they easily find a key to.  Trinity doesn't tell anyone at first, but she learned about the body from her dog, Braden, a pit bull mix, who has unexplainable abilities and who pulls on her arm while she is driving to lead her to the apartment.

The town has a group of thirtysomethings who all hang out together.  The first victim was one of them and Deacon's sister Melanie is another one, who also has latent psychic abilities, which she refuses to believe in, but is worried enough to call in her brother.  The next killing is much more brutal and the body is found in front of the old church, which it and the parsonage are said to be haunted.  So, now there is a serial killer working close by in the mountains and one in Sociable and soon, Hollis realizes Samuel has taken possession of a body of one of the group and is killing off members of it.  But his real goal is to get back at Hollis for destroying him and stopping him in Haven.

This book, though part of a series, is pretty easy to read without having read all the books, but I do recommend reading the Samuel books first, just to get an idea of who he is, but you don't have to, as a lot is explained in this book.  I really love this series.  It has many twists and turns and the evil is so dark you cannot wait to discover who it is and how they are hopefully going to destroy it.  It's also a joy to read the books with Hollis since she keeps coming up with new abilities every time she goes in the field.  The added bonus of a psychic dog was really nice.  I cannot recommend these books enough.  I have read them more than once over the years and absolutely enjoyed each and every one.

Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Haunted-Bishop-Special-Crimes-Novel-ebook/dp/B00IOE4LZE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486743351&sr=1-1&keywords=haunted+kay+hooper

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