Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hiding In The Shadows - Kay Hooper

Accident victim Faith Parker has done what her doctors feared she never would: awakened from the coma that held her prisoner for weeks. But she has no memory of the crash that nearly killed her-or the life that led up to it. Nor does she remember journalist Dinah Leighton, the steadfast friend who visited her in the hospital...until she disappeared without a trace. Now as Faith begins to regain her strength, she's shocked by intimate dreams of a man she doesn't recognize and tortured by visions of violence that feel painfully real.
Something inexplicable ties her lost memories to Dinah's chilling fate. But even as Faith tries to understand the connection and reach out to save Dinah, death is stalking both women. And one of them will not escape its lethal grasp.FBI agent Noah Bishop has a rare gift for seeing what others do not, a gift that
helps him solve the most puzzling cases. Now, read more of his electrifying
adventures in two stand-alone tales of psychic suspense.

Hiding in the Shadows is the second book in the Bishop series. I was surprised to realize that it is completely different from the first book in the series. Bishop is the only common link but had a very secondary role her and the truth is that the type of story is completely different from the first one.

There is the mystery of what really happened to Faith in that car accident and the mystery of what happened to Dinah. Unlike the first book in this series, their paranormal powers are not related to what is happening or with discovering the guilty party. It is only really connected to who they are and how they are related.

This means the mystery part is solved by looking for clues and investigating the old-fashioned way. While that part was ok, what I was interested in was the paranormal and psychic elements. I have no idea where Hooper got inspiration for this plot but it made a really compelling and enthralling read to follow Faith through her discovery of who she was and why she had Dinah’s memories. The problem is that by focusing on Faith instead of the mystery this one looses much of its strength and in the end were just not that excited about its resolution.

Hooper kept me guessing till the end and about Faith and Dinah’s relationship and she did surprise me with the psychic twist, I’m not sure I’m convinced by it in the long run but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment. I think if she had kept us as curious about the mystery as about the two women it would have worked better though.

Grade: 4/5

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