by Linda Howard

May 1999
ISBN: 0-671-56882-5
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Mass Market Paperback

I find myself drawn more and more to paranormals, even though I don’t normally admit to enjoying the genre. After finishing Touching Evil by Kay Hooper, I picked up the next book in my to be read pile, Now You See Her by Linda Howard, one of my many favorite authors.

When we meet Paris Sweeney, she’s trying to have a normal life. Let’s face it, how many people do you know who can see ghosts? She’s an artist in the Big Apple, making a living from her extraordinary paintings. The gallery where her paintings are being sold is owned by a man and his wife. The wife, Candra Worth, is one of those characters that set your teeth on edge.

The man, Richard Worth, is the hero of the book. He and Candra are in the process of divorcing, and he’s trying to get it done as fast as possible, but his soon to be ex is giving him trouble over it.

That’s how he meets Paris, who calls herself Sweeney.

Richard feels the attraction right away, as does Sweeney, though she explains to him that she’s not interested in a relationship.

Sweeney has other things to deal with. Instead of just seeing ghosts, she’s sleepwalking and painting murder scenes in gory detail, much to her horror. When she wakes, she’s always freezing, unable to gain enough warmth.

As the relationship between Richard and Sweeney begins to take hold, Sweeney begins painting another scene in her sleep. Only this time, it’s not completed in one night. The first night, it’s a pair of shoes, one a man’s, one a woman’s. The next, she paints more details, etc, creating a suspense that’s almost unbearable to the reader.

The sexual tension in Now You See Her wasn’t as strong as it has been in some of Linda Howard’s previous books, and Richard is not the alpha-male we’re used to her producing. (Think of the pun what you will!)

The secondary characters weren’t as developed as I’m used to by Howard, but it was still an enjoyable read. The way she developed Richard and Sweeney’s fast pace relationship had me turning the page to see what would happen next. Another point I enjoyed in the book was that he was going to wait until his divorce was final to begin a relationship with Sweeney. Though someone took care of Candra before the divorce was final, so it wasn’t a problem.

I’d definitely recommend this book to all my friends and co-workers.

Reviewed in May 2002 by Lucy.

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