Four women have been found dead in the outskirts of a small Wisconsin town. The only witness, clairvoyant Celeste Risinski, observes these brutal murders through violent nightmares and hellish visions. The local sheriff, who believes in Celeste's abilities and wants to rid their peaceful community of a killer, enlists the help of an old friend, Ian Scott, owner of a private criminal investigation agency, CORE. Because of Ian's dark history with Celeste's family, a history she knows nothing about, he sends his top criminalist, former FBI agent John Kain to investigate.
John doesn't believe in Celeste's mystic hocus-pocus, or in her visions of the murders. But just when he's certain they've solved the crimes, with the use of science and evidence, more dead bodies are discovered. Could this somehow be the work of the same killer, or were they dealing with a copycat? To catch a vicious murderer, the skeptical criminalist reluctantly turns to the sensual psychic for help. Yet with each step closer to finding the killer, John finds himself one step closer to losing his heart.
©2013 Kristine Thompson (P)2014 Kristine Thompson
Author goes way beyond what is necessary in her sex scenes, she seems to think going into great detail in each scene makes for a better read. She's wrong, they just become annoying and since its an audio book is harder to skip over. The main character and the plot are very interesting and believable. Think the author has a good future ahead.
Suspenseful, Powerful, Character Driven
Celeste - Strong woman doing her best, and trying to help people at the same time.
Too many to count, and really appreciated the mixture of police drama, chase scenes with a touch of romance. I am very impressed with this book and am heading to the bookstore for others by this author.Did like that backstory on all the characters. Very three dimensional!
Wet cardboard could have done a better job on the narration and the writing is extremely cheesy. Didn't make it past an hour of listening.
You really had to be kind of thick skinned to listen to what these serial did for their sick pleasure. Also, you have to NOT be bothered by swearing. The F-BOMB was let lose 83 times, which doesn’t bother me but I know you puritans can’t abide it.
I did find myself skimming pages now and then, since 414 pages are a little much. It was like the author was looking to add more and more “stuff” just to make the book longer. Like the part with Ian and Celeste relationship. It was MADE part of the book when it really didn’t have to be there. It had nothing to do with the serial killers or her and John’s relationship, so it was NOT necessary to add all that. Any more than the story of Dr. Trumane had to be in the book. The book just went on and on. Between the parts that didn’t really have to be in the book and John’s heartburn and acid reflux (was it necessary to mention that 13 times?) and all the sexual thoughts and the “almost” sex, and the sex itself. I like sex in my books but I hate when the sex and thoughts of sex overpower the rest of the book. This could have been a perfectly good book with about 150 less pages to it. It became soooo repetitive.
So, John and Celeste admit to loving each other, after only 5 days of knowing each other, but when John comes over to her house and sees the outline of her and The Viking he thinks they are screwing. He’s just about to walk out when he realizes his mistake. Then, again, when Ian shows up at the diner he thinks the wrong thing again. They’ve told each other over and over again how the trust each other then he takes THIS attitude. AND Celeste tells him how she knows all about his trust issues because of Renee. Really? I thought they trusted each other! This author tried so hard to write this 400+ page book that made sense she can’t even keep track of her contradictions or her repetitiveness. I can’t see myself reading anything by this author. Her books are just toooo long and there’s no need for it.
The best thing about this book was the lack of angst and misunderstandings. AND, of course, her battle in the forest with “toby.” That was awesome.
As to the narrator: The first thing I noticed as I listened to this book was the difference in sounds when someone was talking on a phone or on a police radio. It was a muffled sound just like you’d expect to hear. It was great hearing that, instead of hearing the normal sounds of reading. The narrator was good sometimes, but sometimes he sounded robotic then he would read with a little emotion, then no emotion. It always makes me wonder when the book says something about a whisper, or a laugh, or someone clearing their throat, or anything, but the reader does none of those things. He wasn't horrible, he was just ok.
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