by Paula Beaty

November 2005
ISBN: 1-58608-761-4
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Can one woman’s visions stop the ‘Nightstalker’?

Awakening from a coma Taylor Cole finds herself with an extraordinary ability. She is a psychic. Unable to hold down a regular job due to the visions she experiences, Taylor is ridiculed by everyone but her sister and a few members of the police department. Living a life of solitude her world is turned upside down when she begins having horrifying visions of a brutal serial killer. The killer the press have labelled ‘The Nightstalker’.

The crime scene is always the same. A single red rose is left on the victim as a calling card. The case belongs to Detective Cade Willis, the youngest detective on the police force. A man haunted by the death of his brother. A man with an uncanny ability to piece together puzzles and solve the most difficult of crimes. The Nightstalker case is different. With no physical evidence Cade’s investigation is at a dead end.

Sceptical of her abilities, and even suspicious of her motives, Cade turns to Taylor for help. As the Nightstalker continues to take his victims, Taylor is locked in the brutal nightmare with him, hoping to memorize one piece of information that will allow Cade to catch him. Desperately trying to track down the Nightstalker, Taylor and Cade give into the forbidden passion between them. Taylor is everything sweet and good that Cade has ever wished for, while Taylor can’t fight the heightened desire she feels for Detective ‘Overbearing’.

There is only one problem. Taylor is not the only observer. She is being observed. The Nightstalker can see her and he wants her for his final victim…

Nightstalker is a stunning paranormal debut from Paula Beaty. Although the plot was a little slow in the first three chapters, the storyline soon picked up pace. As a reader, watching the developing relationship between Taylor and Cade unfold only adds to the suspense and tension of the storyline. I have to admit I didn’t see the twists coming at the end of the book!

Nightstalker is a thrilling read and a terrific addition to the paranormal romance genre. Although this is Paula Beaty’s first book I will be looking forward to reading more of her work!

Reviewed in January 2006 by Donna.

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