It has been awhile so I enjoyed getting back into her Bishop books. This one is very good. It is the first in her Evil trilogy and introduces Maggie Barnes and co-workers in Seattle. Maggie also has a love interest. Mostly the story focuses on finding a serial rapist who also blinds his victims. There are a few loose ends but the story has a good ending. Some have a bit more romance than others, but all in all, it's not a real focus of the stories. Which is fine. I don't mind. In fact, in some cases, I sort of wish the romance - little that it was - wasn't there at all.
In the case of this book, honestly, it wasn't even necessary. Maggie and John's connection felt very thin to me, nearly non-existent. And we didn't really see them much together in a romantic sense, not like Bishop and Miranda, at least book 3. So, when it got to the end with the I-love-yous, it all just seemed tacked on to me.
I didn't feel it. Didn't feel them. I think the story would have been fine without all that, or at the most, showing John and Maggie start their relationship and imply a HEA for them without the I-love-yous and all that. I would rather have no romance over a badly thrown together one where there's little connection between the two lovers. So it was that along with the sort of anti-climatic ending that lowered the ratings a bit for me, enjoyment wise. I had no clue how the killer was, either, till the very end.
I think the best mysteries have the perfect balance of not giving it away, but also giving just a bit to let the reader guess incorrectly or not. We as the reader are basically blind and along for the ride. I suppose because there wasn't an official FBI profiler like Bishop on scene, that explained the lack of insight into the mind of the killer, but it was the one thing the other previous books had, but this one lacked.
So while it wasn't a bad book, I thought it could have used some improvement in a few areas. Oh well, on to the next one. Dec 30, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: ghosts , psychics , fbi-agents , paranormal-mystery , serial-killers , reincarnation , psychic-artist , disabled-heroine. Nevertheless, the romance is somewhat contrived and there could have been more clues to the killer's identity. The climax is compelling and the resolution very satisfying one of the more unique I have encountered in this genre. It should be note that the book contains grisly details and gory descriptions so it is not for the weak of heart.
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Dec 06, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: there-are-twins-in-this-book , read-as-ebook , These are sometimes super weird. Also, the binge reading I'm doing means that characters have started to blend together. Wasn't there someone named Andy in the last book I read? Oh well, onward to more Kay Hooper! Jun 02, Steph rated it liked it. It was okay, not the greatest Mistry book or suspense but just okay, had no clue about it or that it was fourth in the series but still is alright I probably won't read any of the others.
Jul 08, Anne Rose rated it liked it. This was a good mystery type story.
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Unlikely to be made into a movie but entertaining. Oct 29, Melenia rated it it was amazing. October — Pretty great : June — This is one of my favorites in this series. Mar 04, Paul Weiss rated it liked it Shelves: psychological-thriller , paranormal. Lack-luster story with an anticlimactic ending! Maggie Barnes is an empath. She has the ability to mentally connect with victims of violence, so closely in fact that she is able to feel their pain and relive their anguish through the experience of the violence.
She's also an exceptionally skilled artist and, for much of her life, she has combined the empathic and artistic abilities to create uncannily accurate, life-like sketches of the perpetrators of these violent crimes that police would oth Lack-luster story with an anticlimactic ending! She's also an exceptionally skilled artist and, for much of her life, she has combined the empathic and artistic abilities to create uncannily accurate, life-like sketches of the perpetrators of these violent crimes that police would otherwise have been unable to track down.
In Touching Evil , even Maggie Barnes finds this amazing ability blocked because she and the police are trying to track down a monster serial rapist who not only takes exceptionally skillful pains to disguise himself as he attacks the women of Seattle but he also cuts out the victims' eyes so they are unable to see him at all. If the victims have no mental picture of their attacker then, no matter the strength of her psychic abilities, Maggie Barnes has no details to draw out of their minds.
As she did in her other series, Shadows and Fear for example , Kay Hooper takes great pains in Touching Evil to discuss the mechanisms, the possibility and probability, and, indeed, the philosophical implications of a wide variety of psychic or paranormal phenomena. These discussions were interesting and thought-provoking but, quite frankly, failed to lift a lack-lustre story line and an anti-climactic ending into anything that could be categorized as compelling or thrilling.
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If I'm forced to find a reason that I've characterized the plot as lack-luster, then I'll say that it's because there is no real police work in the novel at all. Even as paranormal novels go, Touching Evil is simply an improbably large collection of people with improbable psychic abilities running into a victim who also just happens to have psychic medium abilities and can therefore help to find her attacker by communicating with the ghost of one of the rapist's victims in a previous life.
It's just all too much and too off the wall.
The one interesting component of the story - a sub-plot if you will - is the exploration of what it might be like to have an intimate love relationship with an empath, someone who knows what you're feeling and a good deal of what you're thinking with no words ever being spoken. Fans will read the story and will probably enjoy it but it's unlikely that first time readers of Kay Hooper's paranormal novels would be convinced to pick up another if this was their starting point.
Paul Weiss Someone has been attacking, raping, and mutilating the eyes of women in the Seattle area. Maggie Barnes helps the police as a sketch artist, one that can get improbably accurate sketches of suspects in crime, but this time she's having zero luck helping. Hollis Templeton, the latest victim, has had an eye transplant which, if successful, will be the first of its kind.
She managed to survive because of a voice telling her to fight, a voice no one else can hear. John Garrett's sister wa Someone has been attacking, raping, and mutilating the eyes of women in the Seattle area. John Garrett's sister was another victim, one that committed suicide shortly after speaking with Maggie. Wealthy and powerful enough to get permission to involve himself in the case of the Blindfold Rapist, John is puzzled by Maggie's ability to do what must be a emotionally draining job.
Very different if you look past the crimes and the use of psychics to try to solve them. Instead we're shown how evil can be reborn time and again if not stopped by the force of good that will equally return throughout the ages.
- Touching Evil (Bishop: Special Crimes Unit - Evil Trilogy, book 1) by Kay Hooper.
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Maggie, an empath, is that force of good, trying to atone for not stopping the evil in earlier time. While I like Maggie, she did one of the stupidest things ever near the denouement of the book. Think dumb blonde in the horror films walking through a door they were previously warned to stay out of. I get why she did it, but it was still stupid and dangerous.
A great opportunity to know two more members of Bishop's team. Beau, Maggie's brother, is also an interesting character, known by Bishop who tried to recruit him in the past. But what I really want to know is who his friend is. Loose threads! You might notice that I haven't tagged this as romance.
While John and Maggie do get together, it really isn't even a tiny part of the story. The chemistry is there, the narrative isn't. Nov 04, P1xt rated it really liked it Shelves: This is probably my favorite in the series thusfar. Maggie is a fantastic character, but Hollis really should have been 'the star of the show', she's the best character thusfar, across all of the first four books. As always, the mystery is on point, the paranormal aspects are on point.
Thankfully, in this book the 'romance' took more of a back seat and didn't jump out and ruin the book for me. It may be that I just never read romance so I'm not in tune with what romance rea This is probably my favorite in the series thusfar. It may be that I just never read romance so I'm not in tune with what romance readers want to see in a story, but I really have no appreciation for how 'a formula' is applied to tack a romance on to every book in this series at least on to the four I've read thusfar.
It seems that the reader is introduced first to a female protagonist, one with some paranormal ability that will be pivotal in solving the mystery of the book.
Then, within a chapter, our heroine meets 'the patronizing asshole'. The mystery unfolds, usually a good one. Then, just as the case is about to be solved, when it would be a good time to really dig into details about 'the bad guy' or other stuff, our heroine jumps in bed with the patronizing asshole because 'she has to' like she has no free will and his magnetism is just so overwhelming that the only thing that could possibly make her life complete is a roll in the hay with him.
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Thankfully, I've learned the formula, can pick out the patronizing asshole within a paragraph of him being introduced, and know to just skip the part later in the book where he, usually the least interesting character in the book, becomes irresistible for no apparent reason and absolutely MUST be slept with immediately.
Sep 04, Maura rated it really liked it Shelves: contains-rape , series , contemporary-romance , suspense-romance , mystery-suspense. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.