HEA Flashback: Stealing Shadows by Kay Hooper

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I’ve been a reader since I was a child and I’ve been a dedicated romance junkie since freshman year of high school; but I only started writing reviews a few years ago. So, this year I’ll be running a series called HEA Flashback where I talk about romance books I read prior to the blog. I’ll be doing a flashback every first Tuesday of the month, so check back to find out what books still hold a special place in my heart.

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Book Description

Kay Hooper-Stealing ShadowsPsychic Cassie Neill helps the L.A. police catch killers – until she makes a terrible mistake and an innocent child dies. Cassie flees to a small North Carolina town, hoping that a quiet life will silence the voices that invade her unwilling mind. But Cassie’s abilities know few boundaries. And she’s become certain – as no one else can be – that a murderer is stalking Ryan’s Bluff.

It’s his fury that Cassie senses first, then his foul thoughts and perverse excitement. Yet she doesn’t know who he is or where he will strike. The sheriff won’t even listen to her – until the first body is found exactly where and how she predicted. Now a suspect herself, she races desperately to unmask the killer in the only way she knows: by entering his twisted mind. Her every step is loaded with fear and uncertainty… because if he senses her within him, he’ll trap her there, so deep she’ll never find her way out.

Published August 29, 2000

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What I Love

Stealing Shadows was one of the first books with a psychic character that I ever read and I was instantly intrigued and fascinated. Psychics are now one of my favorite tropes in a romance book because I love the balance of realism and fantasy as well as the different ways in which authors manifest psychic powers in their stories.

Cassie and Ben have a slow burn relationship that I really enjoyed and the suspense of who the killer was kept me on the edge of my seat. Because of the toll Cassie goes through with her visions she’s reluctant to engage with the police but she also can’t just ignore them.

There’s a lot of emotion in this book and I really felt for Cassie as a character. It’s also a nice set up for the overall Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series which centers around an FBI unit that’s comprised completely of psychics. Overall, this series is focused more on the suspense than the romance but they’re still enjoyable reads.

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