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Publisher's Summary

In New York Times best-selling author Kay Hooper's novel, an SCU team investigates a troubling string of disappearances. But how do you find someone who has vanished without a trace?

Something strange is happening in the small mountain town of Serenity, Tennessee. People going on routine errands never reach their destination. It's as if they simply disappear. Over the past few weeks, it's happened to five men and women - and now a child.

The local police chief calls the FBI, and a team from the Special Crimes Unit is immediately sent in. Agents Lucas and Samantha Jordan, partners in work and in life, have very different abilities. Samantha is clairvoyant and Lucas possesses a unique ability to find the lost or abducted. With them are new partners Dante Swann, a medium, and Robbie Hodge, a telepath.

The town is already on the edge of panic, but the mysterious events take a sinister turn when a body unrelated to the missing persons case surfaces and one of the SCU agents vanishes. Now, the team's hunt for the lost has turned into something very personal...and very dangerous.

©2015 Kay Hooper (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with The Berkley Publishing Group, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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Suspenseful Psychic Mystery

As a general rule I'm not big into psychic or occult books but Kay Hooper has such s good writing style and perspective that her books come off as very believable.
This is one of the new Bishop Files series books which goes back to before previously written books. It's kind of nice because it gives background to some of the characters I have read about but had no background.
In this book townspeople have started to disappear after dark. The kidnapper has abilities that confound the special investigators but in the end you know who comes out on top but there is a sad and surprise of an ending.
Joyce Bean narrates most of Kay Hooper's books and as always does a fantastic job.
Very very good and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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11 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Fear of the Dark

I really like the Bishop series. My wife listened with me. She said of all the books in the series this is her favorite. Some of the abilities in this book are similar t things I could d when I was younger. Knowing what people were going to say before they did. Knowing what my wife would look like and what state she was born in ten years before we met..

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Boring and lacks imagination

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Very few. Maybe someone who is new to the series but even then, the pace is so slow, it will put you to sleep.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure but will give this series a break.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator droned on and on. No inflections of the.voice, nothing. I'm really surprised because I chose this book as much for the narrator as the series. I love Joyce Bean. Maybe it was the story that just made the narration less than stellar. Her performance was very monotone and didn't make you care about any of the characters. Really disappointing.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I'm not giving up on the author because I've enjoyed the series in the past. I'm just going to try something else for a while. The narrator Is one of favorites so she gets a pass. I'll listen to her anytime. This was just a fluke.

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Great build up but it ended quickly.

As usual, the reader was great. The story was also engaging and entertaining. I like the characters but it seems like the story was just too quick with a lot of build-up with the end coming in just such a short amount of time. Next thing you know the book was over. maybe I was just wrapped up in the story but as we always get from Ms Hooper a nice story, good characters, and it kept my attention.

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one of the best

Love love her books. This was not hard to get sucked into. almost finished in one setting.

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Wondering.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listened to the whole book only because I wanted to find out if I was correct in my guess as to why these people were taken. It's amazing that all these people with special gifts or talents are always either extremely handsome or gorgeous beyond belief. It was an okay kind of book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I haven't read the last few Bishop/Special Crimes Unit so I am not up on all the characters. I was kind of lost wondering if a couple of the people had been in a previous book

Did Joyce Bean do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I enjoy Joyce Bean and her audio work. She is a very good narrator and I know she does a great job differentiating all of the characters. Her voice is part of the reason I kept listening to this book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

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This book will remind you why we fear the dark!

I love this story just like all the rest of them! I miss the partner connect In this one a bit but not enough to miss up and excellent read! It was creepy on a basic primeval level. Loved the new characters! Even though I miss Hollis! Can't wait for the next chapter!

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Good until the end

I really enjoyed this book. The story kept me interested until the very end. Don't bother trying to figure out who the bad guy is though. She reveals a brand new character at the end of the book.

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Disappointed in this one

There was more talk than action . I wanted to hear how footsteps in the mud disappeared and what happened after the little girl walked out of her kitchen. How did the missing get where they ended up. How did the UNSUB prepare their hiding place. However, the narration was excellent.

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Huge disappointment

Would you try another book from Kay Hooper and/or Joyce Bean?

I love Kay Hooper overall, but this was the least interesting novel that she has written. I had a difficult time keeping my attention on the story line. It was very predictable too. I waited for the story line to get interesting but it never really did.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kay Hooper again?

Yes I love the paranormal mysteries that she writes about and all her familiar characters.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I enjoy the paranormal mysteries generally but just had a big disappointment with this one. The writing was not Kay Hooper's best. The predictions by Bishop and Miranda were not hinted at strongly enough. You never got the point of what they were worried about in this book. I know they don't want to state the prediction because they can be changed but it was not even guessable and then you find out why...the book is not well written.

What character would you cut from Fear the Dark?

I wouldn't cut any of the characters. The story spent a lot of time explaining the "old faithful" characters and their abilities. There needed to be more demonstration and less "shields up." The explanation just went on and on but not all that much action.

Any additional comments?

I've never reviewed a book before but this one was not well written and really a poor read/listen so I felt I needed to comment. Generally I buy from my favorite authors without a sample listened to but I will listen to this author's in the future novels that she writes and audio books that I purchase.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful