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Lucas Jordan has an extraordinary psychic skill that police all over the country find invaluable: he locates missing people. And since being recruited by Noah Bishop for his FBI Special Crimes Unit, Lucas has learned to hone his remarkable ability so that what he does seems little short of miraculous.He's called in on what appear to be a series of ordinary kidnappings-for-Lucas Jordan has an extraordinary psychic skill that police all over the country find invaluable: he locates missing people. And since being recruited by Noah Bishop for his FBI Special Crimes Unit, Lucas has learned to hone his remarkable ability so that what he does seems little short of miraculous.He's called in on what appear to be a series of ordinary kidnappings-for-ransom, but almost immediately Lucas realizes the situation is far from ordinary -- and more deadly than anything he's ever faced before. Because a brilliant, twisted madman is out to win a sick game, matching his wits against the best hunter he can find: Lucas.From the Hardcover edition....

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Number of Pages : 350 Pages
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Hunting Fear Reviews

  • Bill
    2018-10-07 06:54

    2/5 STARS - the very best I can do!OK ... this is one of those books where I wonder if I read the same story as everyone else. According to the Goodreads statisticians, Hunting Fear has just over 6,000 ratings for an average rating of 4.2/5.0. WOW! I felt very generous by awarding it 2/5 STARS. What up? What planet am I on? What am I missing? Are those 6,000+ folks reading a different version? I don't know. I'm dazed and confused!I apologize to the many Kay Hooper fans out there but ... a team of psychic federal agents? Seriously? This simply did not work for me at all!The story core is pretty straight forward. Lucas Jordan, a gifted psychic working solo as a private investigator on missing person and abductions cases, was recruited five years ago by FBI Special Agent Noah Bishop into the Bureau's very new but purposely covert Special Crimes Unit of psychic agents. In order to secure funding for a newly minted psychic unit and mute public scrutiny and skepticism, Bishop keeps the unit and its activities under the radar.For the past 18 months Jordan has been chasing a serial kidnapper around the country, always one step behind the perpetrator, unable to leverage his psychic abilities to collect any solid leads. What's uniquely maddening about this case is even after the kidnapper receives ransom payments for the victim’s release, the victims are murdered. And the murders are executed in very bizarre ways, using remotely timed contraptions that behead, drown, exsanguinate or asphyxiate.In steps Samantha Burke, aka Zarina, a genuine, gifted psychic with Carnival After Dark, which happens to be playing Golden, NC where the latest kidnap/murder event has occurred. Samantha and Lucas were in a broken relationship three years prior so they are very familiar with each other’s talents, personalities, and paranormal styles. Working with other agents within the SCU and the local sheriff's department, Sam and Lucas pit their skills and expertise against a serial killer who treats each gruesome murder as just another move in a grand chess game against Lucas.This thing went off the rails for me as soon as I knew psychics were involved and crashed and burned when Zarina, the carnival act and former lover of the head of the Golden, NC investigation, makes her appearance. Not that I don’t consider the possibility of psychic phenomenon, clairvoyance, extrasensory perception and parapsychology. You never know right?What I struggled with was the superficial, almost mundane, matter of fact treatment of the crimes, the victims and even the killer. I felt zero emotional relationships with anyone in the story. Is there such a genre as crime mystery-lite? Disturbing acts of violence like slow drowning, premature burial, ingenious devices of self-inflicted exsanguination, where victims endure the pure terror by knowing their eventual fate and unable to do anything but hope for rescue, received no special exploration at all, just another piece of the puzzle.Do you remember the Batman series of the 1960s? For folks less than 30 years of age, this was a prime time TV series where the dynamic duo chased varied and assorted criminals (Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Cat Woman, to name a few) in Gotham City. Each episode ended in a cliffhanger where Batman or Robin or both were left in some moral danger, often times within some strange and unusual death machine, which resolved itself the following week. Google it for details.Anyway, images of Burt Ward and Adam West popped into my head as I read this book. Weird or what???So Samantha Burke aka Zarina makes the scene ...[image error]Sam and Lucas team up and strategize ...[image error]...as new victims are drugged, kidnapped and set up in bizarre instruments of psychological torture and death[image error]By book's end, the good guys prevail, the case is solved and it's time to move onto another adventure.[image error]So, you ask, why did I read this book? Darn library book sale that’s why! At my library's 2014 annual Spring Book Sale http://www.westath.org I purchased this book on the third day of the sale, Saturday, when everything was 4/$1. Yup for a mere $0.25 I decided to try Kay Hooper. With all due respect to Kay and her loyal readers, once is enough. I’m moving on. Good bye Ms. Hooper

  • Lauren
    2018-10-11 09:36

    Hunting Fear4 StarsSCU member, Lucas Jordan, possesses the unique ability to sense a victim’s terror and uses it to find those who are missing. However, Lucas’s skill is put to the test when a seemingly routine case of kidnapping for ransom turns into something far more dangerous and personal. Series Note: This is the first book in Hooper’s Fear trilogy but the seventh book in the Bishop Special Crimes Unit series. While this is the first time Lucas and his love interest, Samantha, are introduced, there are minor references to characters from previous installments. As with the earlier books in Hooper’s SCU series, the twists and turns of the narrative and the diabolical nature of the crimes lead to a fast paced and engrossing read. The romance, however, takes a back seat to the action. Most of the characters are fleshed out well, and it is easy to empathize and sympathize with their predicaments. Nevertheless, the hero is not as well-developed and the lack of characterization impacts the reader’s ability to follow the clues to the culprit’s identity. Likewise, Lucas's relationship with Samantha lacks foundation and background, so their conflict comes across as superficial and tiresome.Consequently, readers expecting romance with their tension and suspense will be disappointed as this book, and the series as a whole, are firmly in the genre of paranormal mystery rather than romantic suspense. However, those interested in a solid thriller with excellent secondary characters and some gritty murders should pick it up.

  • Lhenry
    2018-10-04 03:52

    I had mnixed feeling about this one. It was exciting, tension filled and intriguing. The paranormal abilities of the characters were cool. I liked minor characters like Wyett, Lindsey and Caitlin. I thought the villain and his crimes were suitably blood-chilling. All in all I thought it was an exciting, well executed plot.But I found Lucas surprisingly under developed. In spite of him beind described and intense and focused, but found him lacking in personality. And... I found Samantha unbearable. I kept waiting to hear what Lucas had done that was so unforgivable and when it came out, I was like, "That's all?" I felt like telling her to grow up. And I do understand that she kept important information from Lucas, she but it was pretty much under orders, and it was supposedly for his own good and for the greater good. And that her "needling" him was supposedly the only was he would be able to unlock his psychic powers But some reason. -to me she just came off as arrogant and condecending. And in the ned when he really did need to use his powers, it didn't really see how her needling helped him...So I guess this worked for me as a nice little thriller but it frankly would have been better off with no romantic overtones, because I really couldn't see any reason for Lucas to fall for Samantha since she was so obnoxious or for Samantha to fall for Lucas because he so blah

  • Darcia Helle
    2018-10-02 11:58

    I am a big fan of Kay Hooper and this book does not disappoint. Hunting Fear is the first in what is sort of a series within a series. The broader series is about a special unit within the FBI, formed by Noah Bishop. All its members have some sort of psychic ability, including "seers" and "mediums". These agents use their abilities to hunt down the worst and most elusive criminals.The Fear series follows agent Lucas Jordan, as he tries to find a serial killer who makes a game of murder. Lucas' psychic talent relies on his ability to tap into the fear of the victim. However, tapping into that fear comes at a great personal price. The plot never has a dull moment. The characters are each well developed and their relationships are as much a part of the story as the murders. While Hunting Fear is part of a series, a reader could easily pick this one up and read it as a stand-alone.

  • Stephanie Stephens
    2018-09-22 11:41

    I've read some of the BCU books in the past, and I don't know what I expected this one to be. It's gruesome, and bad things happen to characters that you like. It's kind of like it's a light mystery/romance trying to be a suspense novel. It doesn't quite fit either place. But I will probably read more of these in the future. Because I can't help myself, not because they are great books.

  • Chloe
    2018-10-21 09:56

    I love the Bishop series by Kay Hooper . This one was a good thriller but I wish she had developed the characters a little better . I finished the book but knew very little about Lucas or Sam . Overall a good read but I have liked her other books in this series more

  • Karen Jones
    2018-09-24 04:45

    Hunting Fear was really good. I did, unfortunately, figure out the villain about halfway through, but it didn't hamper my enjoyment.It wasn't super fast-paced, but it moved along steady enough to keep me unable to set it down easily. I actually read the majority of it today, unable to set it aside until I saw how it all played out.One thing I did like is the lack of shock-value crime details. Some books, it seems, need to conjure images of horrible murder scenes to make an impact on the reader. This book didn't go for any of those "cheap" thrills. The wrongdoer was a brilliant person with great thought put into his acts of "violence." He actually wasn't particularly violent, per se, though people did die. He was more painstaking and planned.One thing I would like to see more of, since I'm planning to read the rest in this series, is clues. Since these books deal with a bit of the paranormal, the clues were just dropped on the reader without much investigative opportunity. I like to dig into the mystery as much as the character, so I missed that part of the usual crime/suspense/mystery. However, it was written well enough that I didn't miss it until I was already done reading it.

  • Cardmaker
    2018-10-19 07:03

    A friend gave me this book and it sat in my bookshelf for a long time before I read it. If I'd known it was this good, I would have read it sooner!It centres around an FBI unit made up of psychics, although they keep a pretty low profile because of public skepticism. They're hunting a serial killer who kidnaps a victim, collects the ransom and then leaves the victim somewhere to die to see if the psychic can find them. At the start of the book, only one victim has lived so the pressure on the unit is huge to catch the killer.This is the first in a trilogy and I look forward to reading the others. The book is well written and the story and characters are believable.

  • Kerrysullivan
    2018-10-02 08:48

    I loved Jason and Sam and I loved this story it was very intense and a bit more scary then the book before it just because of the mode of the killers attacks. Watching the relationship grow between Jason and Sam was really interesting and I loved that she was a carnival seer and you got the whole credibility issue with psychics and I think it was portrayed very well. I will admit that the ending was extremely satisfying and opened the door for the next book.

  • Anita
    2018-10-13 06:48

    Lucas Jordan of the FBI’s Special Crimes Unit is good at finding people. His ability to feel the emotions and especially the fears of victims works as a direct GPS system in tracking down those who are lost. But a recent string of serial kidnapping slash killings has eluded him and the SCU for a couple years now. At least there hadn’t been any leads until it seems that the culprit has finally settled into the small town of Golden, North Carolina.Coming back in contact with Samantha Burke, a fortune teller for a traveling carnival who is also a genuine psychic with precognitive abilities, Luke learns that there is much more to this serial killer than he might have thought at first. Sam confirms that this killer is playing a sick twisted game based on challenging, not simply law enforcement, but specifically Luke who has built a fairly solid reputation for being able to find people who are lost.Having had a vision with dire consequences, Samantha willingly joins the investigation despite the hostility she receives from local law enforcement, in order to help capture this serial killer as well as attempt to keep her vision from coming to pass. In this game that the killer is playing, Luke and Sam must set aside their past conflicts and problems in order to capture this monster before he moves on again and before the stakes become even higher.As like the first six books I have read in the Bishop/SCU series, I really DO enjoy the world and the characters revolving around it. And after the preceding two sub-trilogies, I have a feeling I’ve grown more and more attached to the concepts, the premise, the characters, and the paranormal theories presented in Kay Hooper’s long-running series.In a way, becoming more familiar and more attached to a series’ world and characters and concepts can very easily bias my opinions in favor of each book as it progresses. In other words, if the book is mediocre, but good, I will probably bump the rating up because I enjoyed it so much more than if I’d just learned about the world yesterday. If the book is indeed good on its own merit, I may end up gushing about it to everyone. If one of the books happens to be mediocre and not so good, I’ll give it a pass rather than blowing it off completely.Of course, knowing that this is how my brain works, I try my best to be more objective… sometimes.For this particular book, I will admit that I immensely enjoyed Hunting Fear, although there were, obviously, certain issues of the Bishop/SCU logic I questioned, even if half-heartedly. It seems the easiest way to enjoy a book from a series you’re enjoying is to turn your brain off and just think about all the things that you happen to enjoy.And enjoy I did, but mainly because Hunting Fear is probably one of the better of the Bishop/SCU books thus far. And this only slightly has a little to do with influenced bias.I’ve noted that a lot of other reviewers didn’t quite take to Samantha nor Luke, but surprisingly, I really liked their interactions and I especially liked Samantha as well. Strong and capable, she has a snarky personality, but is good-hearted enough not to let her own grudges or resentment or frustrations keep her from helping others. She speaks out for herself when it is necessary rather than letting someone like the police sheriff continue to insult her due to his own personal history of dislike for carnies and fortune tellers. But she doesn’t push back unless she’s forced and simply takes these verbal assaults in stride, knowing that there is nothing she can do to change other people’s minds and knowing that Sheriff Metcalf has his reasons, even if it doesn’t justify his nastiness.While the romance might have been slightly lukewarm and maybe a bit underdeveloped, I DID enjoy the partnership, the bickering, and the chemistry between our romantic main couple. To be totally honest, Luke doesn’t stand out all that much as an individual, and it irked me a little bit that he was the first to take a jab at Samantha and her wacko Madam Zarino fortune telling persona. It was a bad first impression, because as a psychic himself, he should know better than anyone else that it’s already hard for people to take any psychic seriously.Then you learn that Luke knows about Sam’s past and how she ended up working for a carnival in the first place, and then you feel even more irritated that he’d unhesitatingly thrown the first verbal insult before anything else had been said.There was no need to fan flames like that just because he’s got his own issues. His little dickhead greeting was uncalled for. Of course, I give him credit for at least vouching for Sam’s genuine psychic abilities and maintaining that stance.Otherwise, that’s pretty much it for him.As per usual, side and minor characters present were very relatable and likeable. Even the pessimistic and antagonistic Sheriff Metcalf grows on you despite his continued nastiness towards Samantha and his prejudices against carnival folk. You can tell that he’s a good man; he’s just haunted by history, as are many others with their own conflicts and issues.The mystery itself was predictable in its course; and though the identity of the serial killer might have felt like it sort of came out of left field, I wasn’t at all surprised at how everything tied together in the end.Final Thoughts: As per usual, a well-written, entertaining, and page-turning Kay Hooper paranormal mystery and romantic suspense that I found very enjoyable, even if not quite memorable.As it stands, Samantha Burke is one of few characters in the Bishop/SCU world I like a lot.

  • Micky Cox
    2018-10-12 07:38

    The 7th in the Bishop files series and an interesting twist. A diabolical serial killer has targeted a specific special agent to be his "competitor" in the game of murder and it is up to the special agent and team to figure the rules of the game out and how to alter them in order to win the game before another person is kidnapped and murdered. I typically quite enjoy the paranormal twist in this series, but for some reason this one just seemed to be a bit flat. The character development was good, but the plot was just a bit too twisted and overlayed with heaps of personal backstory of all the characters. It was still quite entertaining, but it isn't my favorite of the series.

  • Dolceluna
    2018-09-25 10:47

    Copertina accattivante, trama attraente con tutti gli ingredienti di un buon thriller e ricorso all'espediente del "pananormale", elemento comunque non nuovo nel genere. Insomma, ottime premesse! E invece...libro bocciato! Perchè? Innanzitutto poca suspense, e la suspense è l'elemeno fondamentale del quale secondo me un buon thriller dovrebbe abbondare; ritmo stancante e finale scontato; ma soprattutto molti, troppo dialoghi e poco spazio alle descrizioni, alle azioni, all'approfondimento psicologico dei personaggi. Insomma, un giallo barboso, sicuramente non dei migliori.

  • Omaira
    2018-10-01 03:54

    "Aunque el inicio no genera grandes expectativas, es una historia que te va atrapando poco a poco hasta conseguir que no puedas parar de leer. Puede que no sea la maravilla del año, pero entretiene y la trama da un par de sorpresas inesperadas"Reseña completa: http://entrelalecturayelcine.blogspot...

  • Tammy Stever-Shea
    2018-10-02 09:44

    I highly recommend reading books by Kay Hooper. I’m awaiting the next one in the Bishop Crime Series. The characters are made for their roles. The way you’re introduced to each persons talent/vice is captivating. Always a joy to read about a new friend of Bishops.

  • Deanna
    2018-10-06 10:34

    I don't know what it is about Kay Hooper's writing, but I seriously love her characters. They always have a lot going on (psychic FBI unit...need I say more), but I really like being in her world. I re-read her books quite often.

  • Aribear23
    2018-10-15 08:44

    Pretty good!

  • Melissa Norton
    2018-10-04 05:42

    Fun little story, highly predictable and basic characters but entertaining nonetheless

  • Evangeline
    2018-10-12 06:35

    Interesting thriller with a cool concept; detective can sense victim's fear

  • Kelly
    2018-09-27 04:40

    A real page turner.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-21 09:41

    OMG loved it...!!!!

  • Kathy
    2018-10-10 10:57

    Another good book with several surprises. On to the next in the series.

  • Gina
    2018-10-13 09:03

    Bestselling author Kay Hooper ratchets up the tension in this fast-paced thriller about a psychic profiler and his hunt for a seemingly invincible murderer. Profiler Lucas Jordan has been able to locate missing people by sensing their fear, the very fear that excites the killer he's trying to find. But there's a twist in the latest kidnapping -- a carnival psychic predicted the crime a week before it happened. Psychic "Zarina" turns out to be Samantha Burke, a woman from Lucas's past; warily, they team up to beat the killer to his next victim. As they get closer to the truth, Samantha's powers are stretched to the breaking point, and Lucas's success will depend on overcoming the emotional barriers that shut down their relationship in the first place.I started reading Kay Hoopers Bishop SCU series books about a year ago, but I was reading them out of order. This was very frustrating because I wasn't familiar with the backgrounds of the many characters. The fact that FBI Agent Bishop heads up a team of psychic, claravoiyant, seers, and fortune tellers made it even harder to keep track of who has what ability and how they came to be in the unit. So I decided to acquire all of the books related to Agent Bishop and read them in order. Hunting Fear is the first in Hooper's second Bishop trilogies. In this book, the reader is given the background information on Lucas Jordan and Samantha Burke. Lucas is able to connect with people by their fears...the stronger the victim fear is the more in touch Lucas can be to help track the victim down. But Lucas has a past that won't let him use his abilities to their full extent and Samantha is there for many reasons, one of which is to force Lucas to open up his emotions so he can do his work more effectively. Samantha has also come back because she is a psychic and had a dream about the kinappings going on in Golden, North Carolina. She is there to try to change the outcome of her dream and to do that she has to help with the case and try to change events as much as possible.The story starts very slowly and continues to go very slow. I felt that the book could have been tied up very neatly a full 50 pages before it was actually done. There was so much time spent in reading about each and every search of the victims. Time spent on talking out strategies to catch the killer. I think some of this detail could have been witheld to move the story along at a quicker pace. The last 4 chapters pick up a bit to the grand finale, but it just wasn't enough. I am glad to have read it becuase, like I said it gives me important background information. The use of the paranormal was within reasonal limits. I like stories that involve the use of paranormal to solve crimes, which is why I became interested in Hooper's books in the first place. I will continue to read through the books in order because I know from the novels that I have already read that Hooper's writing does become better and and the plotlines in others are much more fast paced and more interesting. 3 stars for me.

  • Sheila Melo
    2018-10-06 06:40

    Good Entry in Bishop/Special Crimes Unit SeriesHaving been disappointed in the last several Bishop books because of the incomplete nature of the romance part of the story, I was more pleased with this book where there is more attention paid to the relationship between the main characters. Unfortunately, however, this book continues the trend of the major plotline being that the two main characters are keeping secrets from one another and that is the tension between them. The suspense plot, however, was very good and unexpected. THE STORY: Lucas Jordan works for the SCU and his talent is finding missing people by sensing their fear. When the SCU is brought into a case where a killer is kidnapping and murdering people after receiving ransoms, Lucas feels like a failure as he is unable to find and save the people. Lucas is obsessive and shuts out people. A serious complication that arises is a lover from his past who is also psychic.Samantha Burke is precognitive and is working as a fortune teller at a traveling fair. When she tells people they are going to be kidnapped, they don't take her seriously. Several years ago, she fell for Lucas, but he treated her poorly and abandoned her. She has inserted herself into the investigations for reasons of her own that she refuses to disclose. Lucas and Samantha are complicated and much of the time disagreeable. They both have strong walls that prevent a serious relationship between them. This book is all about how they break down those walls while hunting for a killer who is focused on Lucas.OPINION: The suspense story was really good in this one. No one is safe which is normally not the case in these types of books. The combative and testy relationship between Lucas and Samantha is frustrating at times but also integral to the story. Samantha especially is difficult to like because she is purposely pushing Lucas which makes her character seem more abrasive than normal. I did feel that this book was more balanced and complete than the more recent books.WORTH MENTIONING: Some nice cameo appearances by characters that have appeared in other books. Once again Bishop knows more than he reveals.FINAL DECISION: This book is worth the read. The unique nature of the crimes and the unexpected decisions as to the victims made the book much more compelling. I kept turning the pages to find out what was going to happen with the killer and I wanted to see what the secrets were that Lucas and Samantha possessed. I didn't like the characters as much as the previous book, but I did like the plot much better.CONNECTED BOOKS: HUNTING FEAR is the seventh book in the Bishop/SCU series but can be read as a standalone. It is also the first book of the internal Fear Trilogy.STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars based on the suspense plot that kept me interested throughout.

  • Ana T.
    2018-09-26 06:51

    I am always looking forward to start a new Hooper book. Even if they they don't make my top reads list they are usually fast paced and intriguing and they make for enjoyable reads. Hunting Fear is no exception and almost made it to the above mentioned list.Lucas Jordan is another of Bishop's agents. The book starts with Bishop enlisting Jordan which was a really nice bit as I don't think we've been getting enough Bishop in the last books I've read. As the other agents on the team Lucas has a particular psychic ability - he can sense fear. He has been chasing a kidnapper who holds his victims for ransom but even if the money is payed he kills them.The current case is in Clayton Country and when Lucas arrives he finds someone from his past - Samantha Burke. Samantha is a seer, she connects with people when she touches them. It is obvious from the beginning that her shared past with Lucas ended badly and she keeps baiting him. I didn't much like Samantha. Although in the end we do find out the reason behind her behaviour, I had a hard time believing she and Lucas would start a relationship without some working out their trust issues and her behaviour towards him.I think the story really works after we discover that it is personal against Lucas and when the victim also becomes someone he (and us) know. I have to admit I was thinking that their race against time would be a successful one and was a bit surprised when Hooper let go of what seemed, so far, an important character in the story. She does maintain the suspense flowing and the torture details were quite chilling.However I missed knowing more about the killer and his motivations. Since the way he worked was well described and so precise I think we needed to know more about him. As it is I felt the final revelation came a bit out of nowhere. It was still a fast and easy read that made for an enjoyable afternoon.Grade: 3.5/5

  • Amy Corwin
    2018-10-03 12:04

    I always like Kay Hooper's suspense novels featuring Bishop's special FBI unit of psychics. They are entertaining and don't contain a lot of gratuitous sex which is the major fault of so many suspense novels today that use the plot as a vehicle to force characters together. The plot and suspense are the major focus and I very much appreciate it, which is why I'm attempting to collect all of those books in this series.The only reason I did not give this 5 stars out of 5 is a problem that all of these books have: going into long explanations (can be repetitive) justifying the psychic abilities. This book wasn't too bad with this, but her most recent one dwelled on it far too much when it really wasn't necessary. I also find a consistent theme of "the universe doesn't like to make things too simple or tell you everything" to be a little annoying. She would be better served ignoring the issue that if psychics really could predict the future (or do whatever) then there really should be less trauma, strife, and problems. :-) It just feels like an excuse (to me) to try to explain why the psychics are having such a hard time.Nonetheless, despite these very minor annoyance, the suspense is good and the books are extremely entertaining. The characterizations are very well done and there is no purple prose (thank goodness). The writing is smooth and well-done.If you're a mystery fan, however, be advised that you are never given sufficient information to solve the mystery--particularly in this book. So don't even worry about it. Time reveals all. :-)

  • Bagman
    2018-09-27 06:46

    Let's be clear, this isn't a 3 star rating, it's actually a 2 1/2 star rating. Actually, the 1/2 star is closer to a 1/4 star. Hell, this should have been a 2 star rating. Again, I was enticed into reading a book from a successful series, with very good reviews of its own, only to be disappointed. If I didn't suffer from an anal character trait that almost compels me to finish a book once started, I would have dumped this bit of silly nonsense as soon as I discovered that one of the two main protagonists is named Zarina the Psychic, and works a booth in the circus. And, there is an entire branch of the FBI made up of psychics, and clairvoyants. And the fork ran away with the spoon! The plot, was adult, featuring a serial kidnapper/murderer that locks his victims in terror before he kills them . . . remotely. Trust me, that's the most interesting feature. The rest of the book is predictable, and drawn out, boarding on tedious. It drones on and on, without mercy, about the protagonist's previous relationship and their less than witty banter concerning the breakup. I'm still trying to figure out why this book is not part of a juvenile/young adult collection. This book was so thrilling and suspenseful that it took me 3 days to get through the last 37 pages. Needless to say, my other book by Ms. Hooper will go to the bottom of my Books I Want To Read list. Or, more likely, into my Books I May Read Someday list.

  • Doris
    2018-10-01 04:38

    This series is written for those who like the supernatural without the input of werewolves, vampires, and other fantasy creatures, but it does contain many psychics. In Hunting Fear, we meet Samantha, who makes her living telling fortunes at a carnival. Pair her with a known psychic who hunts fear, and then toss them together with a super-cynical lawman who cannot believe anything good about someone claiming psychic abilities, and you have a tense, mistrustful situation.The main strength of this book lies in the main female character, who is able to work with the FBI psychic, but at first seems unreal, due to a couple of factors. First, she is a carnival seer. Fortunately for readers, she is genuine. Unfortunately though, she does not seem real, because the mistrust and nastiness all around her would be enough to rattle anyone. However, that is successfully explained as the story unfolds.The main issue I have with this story is one that follows throughout all the books. Why are all the positive female characters super slim or sexily curved, no hefty or overweight women unless they are evil?

  • Jay Jessmer
    2018-10-01 05:53

    This was my first foray into Ms. Hooper's work, and I liked it enough to go forward with more. The story was compelling, the premise original and fairly well thought out and there was just enough suspense to carry things along. The biggest drawback for me was the characters. It's not that I didn't like them, I just couldn't get any real connection or attraction to them. Very little development and they just seemed to "be there". The best parts for me were the descriptiveness during the "captivity" scenes and the fact that the supernatural aspect wasn't overblown. The psychic moments actually added an element of confusion at times for the team rather than just working like magic, giving things a much more authentic feel. The captivity of the kidnap victims was pretty intense. Damned if I couldn't visualize myself being right there in that circumstance and feel the panic they must have when confronted with "the killing machines". A pretty quick read that will kill some time for you on a rainy day or a day at the beach.

  • Paris
    2018-10-01 09:59

    Up until this book I had enjoyed reading Kay Hooper’s Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series. Each book was a new adventure and I totally had a little crush on Bishop. I took a break before this book because I had a ton of new books to read, but that break didn’t matter. I jumped right back into the SCU world like I’d never left. This time around we focused on Lucas Jordan and his abilities and of course there was a girl that made his life more interesting. The relationship between Lucas and Sam was great. I loved that they had a past and a difficult one at that. I loved how they played off of each other and how Sam needled Lucas whenever she could. They are by far my favorite couple so far in this series, even surpassing Bishop and Miranda. The killer was exceptionally creepy, which made me love this book more so for the first time in the series, I gave one of the books 5 out of 5 stars. I just wish we got to see the couples after their story more often. I would love to explore Sam and Lucas’s relationship more.

  • Kristen
    2018-10-11 07:02

    Hooper has hit another home run in her special crimes unit series. This outing has one of the most inventive, and creepily clever psychos I've come across.The series of abductions that turn into murders are stacking up fast and none of the law enforcement members seem to have a clue how to catch and stop him.The fact that the two key character protagonists Lucas and Jordan are exes lends an extra helping of sexual tension, complexity and interest to their romance - they both want to catch the killer and know it would be better to work together since they both have psychic skills, but their break-up has broken their ability to really trust one another so it's a constant battle between them.The best part about this book is the killer and the inventive ways the victims are killed and the detail and creep-factor of his crimes. The story development as the team tries to catch this killer is excellent - full of suspense and excitement.This was another great book I just didn't want to put down until I got to the end.