TOUCHING EVIL
by Kay Hooper

August 2001
ISBN: 0-553-58344-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback
Rating:



If you donít like eerie romance, this isnít a book youíd like.


However, if you like spine tingling suspense and the paranormal element, youíll love this one.


The book is set in the rainy northwest where Maggie Barnes is a sketch artist for the Seattle police department. Her special empathic ability has made her the best among her peers. The latest on her desk is a serial rapist whom has never been seen because he blinds his victims-literally.


John Garrett is a man on a mission. To find who drove his sister to suicide, and he starts with Maggie because his sister was the second victim in the case Maggie is working on and she was one of the last to see his sister alive.


At first, John doesn't believe that Maggie is really a telepath in anyway shape or form. Itís not until he sees Maggie working with the one victim that could help them that John begins to see there is more to Maggie than meets the eye. If someone asked me what I didn't like about the book, it would probably be John's pigheadedness in thinking Maggie was a flake.


The story, and Maggie's character, were written with such conviction, I had a hard time letting this story go. I truly anticipate the follow-ups to this story.


Hooper has brought a couple of the characters from her Shadow series into the book, and John uses them to help Maggie find the rapist, which I found a warm part to a rather cold setting. And while the romance was not very steamy, it was an underlying element that never let the reader forget that it was, after all, a romance. The characters were well developed and I found the dialogue snapping and full of wit.


Iíd definitely recommend this book for the way Hooper delivered the story. I was crying with the characters and looking over my shoulder. This book was, in a word, chilling.


Reviewed in May 2002 by Lucy.

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