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Sense of Evil: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel (Evil Trilogy Book 3) Kindle Edition
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“A master storyteller.”
“Kay Hooper keeps me guessing until the very end.”
“Kay Hooper comes through with thrills [and] chills.”
“You always know you are in for an outstanding read when you pick up a Kay Hooper novel.”
--Romantic Times (gold medal review)
From the Hardcover edition.
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The victims are always the same: beautiful, successful, and blond. Someone was able to coax these intelligent and confident women away from safety. Someone was able to gain their trust long enough to do the unthinkable. Their shocking murders have terrified the inhabitants of a small, peaceful town where such heinous crimes are simply not supposed to happen. Police Chief Rafe Sullivan knows he has to find answers fast before another woman is lured to her death--but Sullivan literally doesnt have a clue. And when the FBI sends one of their top profilers to help, hes more than a little surprised that his new partner is nothing like the straight-by-the-book suit he expects.Special Agent Isabel Adams is tough, fearless, determined, and every bit Sullivans equal. Shes also psychic. And blond.Skeptical of his new partners ability to get inside the mind of a killer, Sullivan cant deny that Isabel has tuned in to the killers wavelength, is following the twisted thoughts of a murderer obsessed with stalking, seduction, and death. But in getting so close, Isabel has set herself up as the next victim. Now, with time running out, she and Rafe will find themselves forced to take the greatest risk of all, because this psychopath is playing for keeps and Isabel is the perfect trophy. Unable to turn back, Isabel may have already gone too far. Smart, savvy, and confident, she may find that the very qualities that have kept her alive could turn out to be her undoing. For Isabel has entered the world of a cold-blooded monster who kills without mercy and eludes every sense but one...the sense of evil.
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- ASIN : B000FBJD9S
- Publisher : Bantam (August 19, 2003)
- Publication date : August 19, 2003
- Language : English
- File size : 687 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0553583476
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #154,281 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sense of Evil is so sneaky, so deceptive. The reader thinks they understand what all the pieces are that are in play, and suddenly there's a twist so shocking that they go reeling.
After reading Sense of Evil the first time, I was completely blown away. I then went back and reread it, trying to see if there was some subtle clue that I missed that would have helped me figure out the who's-who mystery of it all. I am so impressed with Kay Hooper and how all the details were blended together in such a seamless way that you could make dozens of guesses and each one feels equally plausible. In this way, Hooper keeps the reader on the edge of their seat from the first page to the very last.
I love the superb way Hooper blends the mundane and the paranormal until it all seems like real life. The characters are so well-developed, and the cameos of characters from other books always spices things up! I am eager to read the next book in the series.
Her only flaw seems to be that she can't shield herself from every strong memory every place seems to hold. That makes for a great investigator but how long before it drives her crazy?
Chief Rafe Sullivan is having a few problems. The main one is there is a psychopathic serial killer who seems to be killing beautiful, successful blondes in his town another is that the FBI Agent he is paired with is prime bait for this killer. Rafe has psychic powers of his own. He doesn't even realize but by protecting himself he helps shield others around him also. When Rafe and Isabel are put together they cause an electrical spark when they touch...and who know what else will spark
Bishop sends in SCU Agents Isabel Adams and Hollis Templeton to find the serial killer who is currently butchering blondes but 10 years ago in Florida killed 6 redheads and 5 years ago killed 6 brunettes including a close friend of Isabel. Bishop and Miranda know this might mean death for one of the officers involved if they are to destroy EVIL this time
THE STORY: Isabel Adams is an agent with the Special Crimes Unit of the FBI. Isabel is clairvoyant and has come to town to help with a serial killer who has targeted blonds who are strong and independent. When she arrives in town, the police chief is incensed because Isabel herself is strong, independent and blond. Isabel doesn't intend to be a target, but expects that she will be. Isabel begins to have problems with her abilities and also is attracted to the police chief which complicates the investigation. Isabel is determined to find the killer as she has a dark history with evil and has been hunting this killer for a long time.
Rafe Sullivan is the police chief in town. He is determined to find the killer who is stalking the women of his town. He calls in the SCU to help but doesn't expect someone like Isabel. He is attracted to her and wants to protect her from danger. Rafe has his own secret that he is trying to keep from the psychics who have come to help.
Can Isabel and Rafe work together to find the killer before he finally gets around to killing Isabel and disappearing again?
OPINION: Rafe and Isabel have one of the most interesting stories of any of the couples in the series. Isabel has a sad, dark story involving her activation of her psychic powers. Rafe's story is just as compelling. If the romance had been allowed to take the forefront in this book, I think it would have been a great book. Instead, just when Rafe and Isabel reach the point where they should be resolving their relationship, Hooper decides to give the reader only the view of a third party. This creates a distance between the reader and the couple. It feels that there was a fear that this would turn into more of a romance than the author preferred and thus the romance was abruptly cut short. This left a major part of the story feeling unfinished and unresolved.
My complaint about this series of books when written this way is that there is not much to the suspense/thriller portion of the book once the relationship is removed. The book is not so scary that it will keep a reader up at night. The book is not a mystery that can actually be solved since all the information for the solution is kept secret until the end. The major twist in this book was one that I figured out early in the story because it seemed obvious who did the crime even if I could not figure out why. Without the romance, this book would not be interesting at all. In fact, the only reason I rated this book so highly is because despite my ultimate dislike of the resolution, I did really like the characters and the set up of their relationship.
WORTH MENTIONING: Hollis Templeton who is now working with the SCU is a supporting character. Hollis was a victim in TOUCHING EVIL is now becoming an agent. Her story is a compelling and dark one as well and I look forward to reading more about her in the future.
FINAL DECISION: I rate this book as highly as I do solely on the strength of the relationship between Rafe and Isabel. If their romance had been handled better, I would have given this a higher rating. Despite its limitations, I think of this book as an enjoyable one time read.
CONNECTED BOOKS: SENSE OF EVIL is the sixth book in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series. It is also the third book in the internal Evil Trilogy. The book can be read independent of the others in the series. The book most closely connected to this one is TOUCHING EVIL where Hollis is introduced.
STAR RATING: I give this book a 3.5 which means I'm not sorry I read it, but I probably wouldn't pick it up again unless I was reading the series over.
Top reviews from other countries
The murderer is obviously an intelligent and personable individual - all of his victims are attractive, successful and intelligent women, all blonde - or are they? How does he manage to lure them to their deaths? Rafe has no ideas, no clues, no nothing and welcomes the involvement of the FBI. He's not impressed when their involvement turns out to be female, intelligent, beautiful and blonde, her extra 'investigative' powers leave little impression on him. However, as the pace builds and, as the say 'the plot thickens' Rafe and special agent Isabel begin to work together very nicely.
Tightly written with just enough of everything to leave you wanting more. I have to admit I missed Bishop and Miranda and hope they continue to make 'appearances' in further books in this series. Please don't tell me there are not going to be any!
If you haven't read the other's in the series then you are missing two great books - but you don't have to have read them to enjoy this one.