Friday, August 7, 2009

Hidden Currents - Christine Feehan

From afar, Sheriff Jackson Deveau has always loved Elle Drake, the youngest telepath of seven magically gifted sisters. After a long time away she's finally returning home to the small coastal village of Sea Haven. But someone has been following Elle, someone who doesn't want her to make it back. And when Elle fails to arrive, her disappearance strikes fear in the hearts of everyone who loves her. Now it's left to Jackson to uncover the mystery of Elle's vanishing, and rescue her from an unseen danger. But Sea Haven is no longer safe for anyone, and it'll take the powers of all the Drake sisters and their men to survive the coming storm.

Hidden Currents is the last book in the Drake Sisters series... I've really enjoyed the series so far and I must say that I think Feehan came up with a very different and definitely darker book than the others to close the series. While I had no problems with it the number of negative reviews on Amazon surely attests to the fact that a lot of readers do.

To begin with, Elle, who is an undercover cop is found out and tortured by the man she was investigating. Not only that but he wants to break her completely by using pain and there are several descriptions of Elle being tortured and I can tell that some thrillers don't go as far in the descriptions as Feehan went.

The man who is torturing her also has some paranormal powers so while her sisters can tell Elle is alive than cannot discover where she is and how to help her. Her only chance of surviving and maintaining her sanity intact is the fact that Jackson, the man destined for her, can actually get into her head and sooth her the way she did for him when he was a prisoner of war.

After Jackson discovers where she is, he with the other men in the family does mount a rescue operation to save Elle. During that operation we discover that one of the men guarding her at the bad guy's orders is actually Ilya Prakensky brother and he may not exactly be what he seems (can't wait to find out more about him) and while they do rescue Elle the bad guy gets away.

The bad guy is Stavros and he is one of the leaders of a human trafficking ring that Elle was trying to stop. He is powerful and obsessed with Elle so they all will have to come together to keep her safe even after she is recues and is healing.

Jackson Daveau has been avoiding Elle since they both met. A survivor of an unhappy childhood and torture as war prisoner he never felt he would fit into the loving Drake family not to mention that he never felt he could be a good parent (and Elle is supposed to carry on the family tradition and have 7 children). But now, with everything that's happened, not only he is the right man to help Elle recover as maybe he has come to realise he can also be a family man.

The only part in the story that I found less than convincing was how quickly Elle healed both physically and mentally after her ordeal. It's a problem I also had with some of the previous books and even with magical help it seemed too fast.

Regarding the graphic detail of Elle's torture I can only say that so many times stories hint at really bad things that in the end don't happen, that, for me, it was surprising in a good way that the horrors promised were delivered. In the real world if an undercover cop gets caught by the bad guys what are the odds he will come out of it with minor scratches? Some people might want to skip those few chapters but I felt Feehan really went out with a bang and managed to end it with something different.

Grade: 4.5/5


  1. This does seem like my kind of book, can't wait to read the rest of the series now! ;-)

  2. I'm really looking forward to your reviews of the whole series. ;-)

  3. I completely agree, Ana! I was really disappointed in the way Feehan glossed over Elle's healing, but I was pleasantly surprised at how graphic her torture was (wow, that makes me sound like a serial killer or something, doesn't it?).

    I was also really impressed with the way Jackson stuck by Elle. I thought - based on the previous books - that Jackson would fight his fate more.

  4. Hi Holly, aren't you looking forward to the new series?


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