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WHAT IF YOU CAN ENTER A MADMAN'S CRUEL MIND AS HE PLANS HIS VICIOUS CRIMES? WHAT IF YOU CAN SEE THE TERRIFIED FACE OF HIS PREY AS HE MOVES IN FOR THE KILL - BUT YOU CAN'T STOP HIS FRENZY ONCE HE STRIKES?Psychic 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, hopinWHAT IF YOU CAN ENTER A MADMAN'S CRUEL MIND AS HE PLANS HIS VICIOUS CRIMES? WHAT IF YOU CAN SEE THE TERRIFIED FACE OF HIS PREY AS HE MOVES IN FOR THE KILL - BUT YOU CAN'T STOP HIS FRENZY ONCE HE STRIKES?Psychic 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....

Title : Stealing Shadows
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ISBN : 9780553575538
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 356 Pages
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Stealing Shadows Reviews

  • Vicki
    2019-05-20 22:02

    Stealing Shadows is the first in the Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series. This is where you first meet Bishop. Actually you don't really get to see much about him at all until the last third of the book. Cassie Neill is a psychic. She is helping out the police as they seek out a serial killer. She helps them by getting into his mind and seeing through his eyes. She has the gift that has passed down in her family as long as she can remember. Things go South in California, so she relocates to North Carolina when she inherits her Aunts home. She has been seeing and hearing things that make her positive someone is about to be killed. She goes to a former Judge in the town that is highly respected as a relation to the town founders. when she meets him she offers her services. She also contacts the sheriff with the same information and he is not impressed with her. When the girls body is located, she is initially a suspect. She begins a life and death struggle to race a serial killer before he can continue killing. This book had me anxiously waiting for what was going to happen next. the beauty of the words would sometimes make me forget that we are talking about a cold blooded killer and the chase for him. When Kay Hooper describes things like she does. such as Cassie's eyes, you just see them, vividly in your mind. It is also pretty intense when you read what is going on in Cassie's mind as she connects to the murderer's mind. It is really an intense book. The characters are so well formed. When they talk to one another it is like sitting in on an investigation. The suspense was ripe and delicious. The characters were down to earth, flawed and yet special in their own right. I did not exactly know how it was all going to work out until the very end of the book. I was holding my breath and hoping for an acceptable outcome. A great book!

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-05-21 21:46

    No one is smart enough to solve the mystery until some lucky psychic visions at the end. The relationship didn’t draw me in.REVIEWER’S OPINION:This is primarily a mystery. There is a developing relationship, but it’s not romantic. She has her visions and is tired most of the time. He is emotionally distant. All of a sudden they have sex. There was no personality, chemistry, interesting interaction or romance. I wasn’t emotionally drawn in.The mystery was not that good. Cassie has psychic connections to killers and to victims. But for most of the story, her visions don’t help catch or prevent anything. She is in the mind of the killer while he kills, but she can’t tell the police enough so they can stop or catch the killer. However, she is always able to tell them where the body is afterwards. I was frustrated with all these partial visions that never worked. In one case, they gave Cassie the victim’s glove, and Cassie was able to tell where the body was. Why didn’t the sheriff give the glove to Cassie as soon as he knew who was missing? Cassie couldn’t see through the killer’s mind, but she could have used the glove to see the location sooner and maybe something else through the victim’s mind. I prefer mysteries with someone doing smart and clever things to catch a killer. No one did anything smart here. They just waited for Cassie to have more informative and more timely visions toward the end of the book. Characters and dialogue were ordinary.STORY BRIEF:Cassie is a psychic in California who helps police catch serial killers. She can enter others’ minds and describe what they are thinking, feeling and seeing. Her visions take a lot of energy and make her tired. Cassie’s Aunt Alex dies and leaves her North Carolina home to Cassie. Cassie moves there and hopes to have a break from killers. Unfortunately someone starts killing women in the area. Cassie tells Sheriff Matt about her visions, but he doesn’t believe her. So Cassie goes to Ben the local judge and tells him. After further incidents, Matt starts paying attention to her. Cassie and Ben become attracted to each other.DATA:Story length: 356 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 2. Total number of sex scene pages: 2. Setting: 1998-99 California and North Carolina. Copyright: 2000. Genre: mystery suspense with minimal romance.

  • Umaiya ⚡A Far Off Memory⚡
    2019-06-17 05:04

    I sometimes have a hard time reviewing a book especially if none of my friends have read it/reviewed it. This is one of those time. Right. Writing this is painful cause the words just won't flow and it feels like I'm literally wrenching them outta my head.The book. Okay. So it took me a couple days to finish this. That, for me, is a huge sign that not everything is fine and dandy in reader land. It just didn't hook me in. I love suspense where the author leaves clues, not obvious ones mind you, just subtle hints that can lead a reader to the culprit before the H/h. That's my favourite part. Solving the mystery myself.I know this was all involving psychics and everything but it was no fun cause before the big reveal there hadn't been any mention of the killer.The one thing that I can say worked really well, was this, see I was reading this all night after midnight and this was like the last 75% of the book and it was so creepily well written I too felt like I was being watched. Not cool. Especially with psychic killers. So not cool.Now the other thing that was so good. The romance. The better question would be, what romance?! This was published way back in 2000 for the first time so I get there weren't really sexy times but come on! Romance, some chemistry would not have been amiss. I swear there was more passion between Matt and Abby, our side characters than the leads.I know this very much sounds like I hated it but I didn't. I'm also not sure whether I'll read the next book but I'm not saying No yet.

  • Freda Malone
    2019-06-12 03:58

    This first book in the Bishop - Special Crimes Unit series was awesome. I'd heard a bunch of people rave about this series but I was skeptical about starting a new ongoing detective. Much like Michael Connelly's, Harry Bosch, I really did fall in love with Bishop. We don't get introduced to Bishop until around the second half of the book, but the ending was the deal breaker. Bishop has a gift, oh boy!!! I can't wait to read more!! OH how I wish I'd have started this series sooner. Now I have to do a marathon for the next several weeks. This story about the psychic was cool. Not overwhelmingly so or typical. It flowed just right. A great many characters and in a small town setting (which I LOVE). A few subtle twists and turns, some areas of suspense, and just the right amount of unique to grab me and pull me under. Okay, so I hugged the book once or twice, it was that good.

  • Sarah Anne
    2019-05-20 22:07

    I'm very gentle on my books so I was staring at the spine of this book and trying to figure out if I could read the number of creases on the spine like tree rings. I really love this series.Cassie Neill is a psychic and there's a serial killer in town. Was that appropriately dramatic? When she approaches the sheriff he dismisses her immediately. Still knowing that a murderer was going to strike she approaches the local D.A., Ben Ryan. Who is gorgeous and sexy ;)When the murderer strikes and she tells them where to find the body, the hard-headed sheriff, the character that is really common in these books, suspects that she's involved somehow even though she weighs a hundred pounds soaking wet. Cassie's particular ability is to slip into the minds of the killers, or anybody really, based on making any kind of connection, like eye contact or touch. She touches the objects left behind by the killers to find out what they're thinking and doing despite the great toll this takes on her own mind and body.Noah Bishop, the guy who gives the series it's title, makes only a brief appearance in this one so it doesn't entirely feel like books 3-infinity.I always enjoy this book but it's the way that makes me feel like it's not connected to the others that really keeps me from loving it. It's cute, it's suspenseful, and I've read it at least 10 times.

  • Lady Heather
    2019-06-07 20:46

    This was the first book I've read by Kay Hooper, and it certainly won't be the last.I really enjoyed this story!The writing, characters, and story were great, and I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book (and I didn't figure out "Who done it" until the end... YAY!).The author had me engaged the whole time. I was eager to find out "What would happen next", and eager to see if our 'leads' would solve the mystery in time.I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

  • Robin
    2019-05-25 23:11

    Warning Note: I never read the last page of a mystery.What would be the point? This being mentioned, my review might not be to your tastes. I BELIEVE you can guess the basic concept of the book from what is found above or on the back of the book. Maybe you’ll even look at the other reviews on here & it will tell you what happens in the book. Personally, I think if you know what is going to happen in a book why bother reading it? It’s much like movie trailers sometimes. When I actually go to see a movie because the trailer was bloody amazing, I am sometimes saddened when the trailer actually showed the WHOLE movie. Point being, listen to River - “SPOILERS.” Do not read the blue diary!So, my review won’t tell you the plot of the story, but it will show you the list I compiled as a guide while reading mysteries. And my answers. The rest is up to you.Scale 1[why did I read this bloody thing]-5[OMBG! I love this book, it's a go to FAVORITE] what is your opinion on this book: 3.5, it's on the border between [I liked it] and [I really liked/loved this book].Were there the usual suspects?: yes.Did you figure out the killer before the big reveal? & If so, did this distract you from wanting to finish the book or was there enough in the book to keep you entertained?: yes & no - on the killer. I figured out a part of the puzzle, but not the complete. & To be honest, I actually did consider it a little dragging.Was there an unexpected twist? & Was the twist shocking to you?: I guess there were 2 twists, but only 1 kind of surprised me.Subplots, did they pull you in & keep you interested even if you DID figure out who the murderer was?: There are subplots, but they didn't really pull me in.Was there a character [MAIN or otherwise] which captured your interest and made the book more interesting?: yes, Bishop & with him another twist if you read closely, but I only mention it because I read all three in the Shadow series.Was the mystery sound/logical? & Did you have trouble following along?: I think it was quite easy to follow & made sense if you looked at the clues and plot development.Was there something that made this mystery/book memorable, wherein you can distinguish it from other books you have read?: Not when you first read it for me, but after I completed the series, I thought back to this one.Would you read this book again?: Yes, when re-reading the series, I would.Would you recommend it to other people?: mmmmm. Series, yes.Is this part of a series? & if so, would you continue reading the other books in the series?: Yes.Series Rating: 4 STARS; Also part of the Bishop/Special Crime Unit Series.Is there anything else you would say about this book?: I like Kay Hooper's take on psychics & although these could be classified as romantic suspense, the romance part is only an 1/8 of the book I would say. The mystery and understanding, development of the characters, & the mind of the killer is prominent.

  • Afsana
    2019-05-28 03:03

    This is a the first book that I have read by Kay HooperThis is the first book that really got me into the the paranormal books and I find that Kay hooper is not that obviously formalaicthe book is about Cassie a psychic who has helped the police with her ability till an error led to the death of a child and she left town.However she can't get away from her ability and soon finds herself involved in a murder case after finding herself in the mind of a murdererI thought it was nicely written and the talk of the psychic ability seemed plausible

  • Kjen
    2019-06-06 22:02

    4.5 Stars****1/2~~~I really enjoyed this:)'ve got the "darkest evil serial killer angle", the "fragile, but strong, psycic", and the "very hot, but tormented, young-for-his-position, town Judge. Really, what's not to love?!? Well done on all fronts. I realize this is a "Bishop" book, but I didn't really care about him...other than the fact that he made the hero jealous;)

  • Satomi
    2019-05-25 05:05

    This book was among the Romance Package of audible. I was a bit tired to listen to sweet romance books, and I have decided to listen to this one. This is on a little dark side, which I really appreciated this time!I like the psychic aspect of this story. She can go into the mind of the murderer. I liked the scenes that involve her using this ability. Romance aspect was not that strong in this book, which I liked. I happened to read the No. 6 book long time ago. I don't remember nothing at all... maybe I should read the series in order...

  • Bernice Alston
    2019-06-05 00:07

    Like the series

  • Sheila Melo
    2019-05-22 20:48

    Great Paranormal Suspense FictionSTEALING SHADOWS is the first of Hooper's Bishop series. The series tells the story of people with paranormal talents. The early books in the series are focused not only on the suspense but also on romance between the characters. The early books are my favorites including this one.THE STORY: Cassie Neill is a psychic who sees the minds of killers. She has helped police with murders until a mistake she made resulted in the death of a little girl and Cassie fled L.A. to come to North Carolina to try and find some peace. Unfortunately, another serial killer is on the prowl and Cassie is once again dreaming of the killer's actions.When the local police dismisses her visions, Cassie goes to Ben Ryan, the local prosecutor who even though he doesn't believe in psychic abilities, agrees to consider her story. Cassie and Ben end up in the middle of a serious case where Cassie is in danger and Ben is trying to protect her and solve the crime. OPINION: This is one of my favorite of the series. Cassie at first seems fragile, but she is actually extremely strong. She is haunted by her visions, but she keeps helping because he is compelled to use her talent if she can. The relationship she builds with Ben is very prominent in this book. I like all the details of how the two of them have to break down the barriers between them in order for the happy ending to occur. The suspense story about the killer is well executed and kept me guessing until the end.WORTH MENTIONING: Special Agent Noah Bishop makes his first appearance about one-third of the way through this book. Bishop is my favorite character in the series and I like how Hooper slowly introduces him in preparation for his story in OUT OF THE SHADOWS.FINAL DECISION: I recommend this book especially for those who like paranormal romantic suspense. Later books in the series lean more on the paranormal suspense, but this book is definitely a romance.CONNECTED BOOKS: This is the first book in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series. The books are only loosely connected and do not need to be read in order. STAR RATING: I give this book a 5 star rating. I've read it several times over the years and will be reading it again.

  • Jonetta
    2019-06-08 01:12

    Cassie Neal thought she had finally found peace when she left Los Angeles and settled in Ryan's Bluff, North Carolina. A psychic who had worked with detectives to locate serial killers and that ilk, she was looking to put her gifts to rest and live out her life in solitude. Unfortunately, even small towns can bear the same sins as the big city when women are turning up murdered in Cassie's new home. She reaches out to the skeptical Sheriff to offer her help and then seeks the help of the town's prosecutor, Ben Ryan, when she's rejected. Cassie and Ben have an immediate connection but she is reluctant to follow through on it, feeling she's destined for tragedy.This is a chilling story as you anticipate not only who the killer is but who will be the next victim. Hooper does an admirable job of drawing you into minor characters and having you invest in their outcome. I found myself dreading who the next victim might be as I was unwilling to give up on any of those I'd come to know in the story. The plot was complex while seemingly simple. There were enough clues for me to have a shot at solving the mystery and I came pretty close. The end of the story had an extremely interesting twist that could have been deduced. My only criticism is that the romance meter was a little low but adequate. Ben was very attractive with the requisite amount of flaws and Cassie, of course, was appealing in a poignant way. But, it was difficult to make the emotional connection because it was written pretty dispassionately. This was an excellent start to a promising series, which I plan to continue. It was high on mystery and suspense, keeping my pulse rate elevated through much of the story.

  • Kristen
    2019-05-20 22:56

    I really enjoy Kay Hoopers books. She smoothly combines a murder mystery with at least one paranormal character (usually more) and a romance or two.In this outing, psychic Cassie has burned out from her work helping the police hunting serial killers. Cassie can slip into the minds of the killers and see through their eyes to help the police find them and save the victim. Unfortunately, Cassie's last case ended in tradgedy and she moved to a small town to try to live a normal life.Unfortunately, peace for Cassie wasn't to be. Shortly after she arrives in the small town where an estranged aunt (who was also psychic) left Cassie a house, women begin to be murdered here too.Cassie talks to the local sheriff, as she unintentionally saw through the killer's eyese and wants to help. The sheriff doesn't believe in psychic mumbo-jumbo and ignores her - until more women are murdered just as Cassie said they would be.The local judge is more receptive to Cassie and her abilities, and before long Cassie is once again in the thick of hunting a killer. The problem is that when Cassie enters the mind of the killer, the killer also enters Cassie's mind.The story moves briskly along, with exciting (if a bit predictable) twists and turns. There is also a romance in the background for a bit of added spice. All in all a fun, easy read. A good effort from Hooper.

  • Kathrin
    2019-06-04 21:47

    What did I like?- fast-paced story- interesting main character (I did like Cassie despite her flaws)- a small town setting - solving a detective case with the help of paranormal abilities- family mysteriesSounds like a lot of things that I love to read about. So, what didn't work for me? The MC's love interest in particular and their relationship in general. As much as I liked to read about Cassie and the problems she faced with her ability as well as her past I just couldn't get myself to like her when she's around Ben. He's not even a badly-written character but their insta-love didn't work for me and it even creeped me out sometimes. Sadly, it took up quite a huge amount of the story which is why I settled for 4 stars in the end. I did like the setting as well as the writing and there were other highly interesting characters - Bishop for example. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the series will focus on other topics and characters as it progresses because it has the potential to become a favorite.

  • Brent Soderstrum
    2019-06-17 01:55

    Cassie Neill has the psychic ability to get into other people's head and know what they are doing, thinking and seeing. She uses this ability to help the LA police catch madmen seriel killers. Things go horribly wrong in one case and the victim dies. Feeling guilty Cassie flees for Ryan's Bluff, North Carolina to live in a house her aunt left her in her will. Yet in North Carolina she is seeing bad things happening to the local females. She goes to the County Prosecutor, Ben and wants to help. He takes her to the Sherriff Mike Dunbar who is quite skeptical. The rest of the story deals with Cassie being inside the killer and the victims heads as the murders and torture are taking place.I thought this was a pretty ho hum book till the end when the simple ending I expected was spiced up a bit. Noah Bishop is from a special section of the FBI dealins with paranormal issues and he gets involved towards the end. This is the first of many books dealing with Noah Bishop and paranormal crimes.

  • Kristen
    2019-06-17 00:10

    This is a great thriller with some romantic suspense elements. We're introduced in Cassie Neill, who has a special psychic gift. When she arrives in Ryan's Bluff, North Carolina, she stormed her way into Judge Ben Ryan and tells him why she's there. At first, Sheriff Matt Dunbar has his doubts and dithers about her. But with her psychic connections, she leads them to a trail of a serial killer. But with her late aunt's warning, she dares not to fall in love with Ben Ryan. We get to know more about Cassie more and her own dangers in her world, day and night, and understand where she's coming from. But when she's close to her own danger, it puts her at risk. We also delve into Ben and Matt's world and sees it through the eyes of a killer. A real good rush into the psychic realm.

  • Shanna Halalilo
    2019-06-11 21:45

    The book is about a girl that is psychic, and she can read minds. She uses her ability to help the police locate where killers are, and who they might kill next. It's a good book because it is really scary, and it keeps you wanting to read more, and more. It doesn't ever really drag on, or get boring like a lot of books do. It shows the different perspectives of the killers, and the victims, which I thought was pretty interesting. When the murders were described it was really detailed, and it made me sick sometimes, but for some reason I liked it! It is a fast paced book, and it really keeps you guessing, but it doesn't confuse you. It has a lot of different twists to it, so you don't really know what to expect. Overall I loved the book, and I would recommend it to others.

  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    2019-06-07 01:03

    This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I really enjoyed it. It is about a psychic who tries to help the police solve crimes by connecting to the minds of the killers. It was really well written and I enjoyed the quick pace and reading about the main character Cassie, the psychic.I'd certainly read another of her books, my only problem now is deciding whether to add her remaining books to my TBR (to be read) pile.I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys tv shows such as Medium or who enjoys reading crime with a psychic or paranormal twist.

  • Gail
    2019-05-23 04:08

    Many years ago, my goodreads buddy, Gretchen Gogan told me this series was really good. I finally got around to reading the first one. It is riveting!Thriller, romance, mystery and suspense layered in with complex and likable characters. Good character development and an enthralling story. Even some of the typical thriller devices are not predictable.

  • Skip
    2019-06-09 02:00

    Cassie moves to a house left to her by an Aunt in a quiet town in North Carolina, but her telepathic abilities alert her to a serial killer, who begins to prey on local women. She falls in love, but has to worry about a beyond the grave warning from her Aunt about him. Good (scary) ending.

  • Denise
    2019-05-18 21:09

    A little tedious and dated, but not bad for an evening entertainment. I am going to try a few more and hope they get less tedious and dated :)

  • Debbie
    2019-05-21 01:45

    I really liked this book. It's a page turner.

  • Susan (the other Susan)
    2019-05-25 00:00

    Okay, I get that Psychics Need Love Too. What else you got? I just couldn't get into this heavy-on-the-paranormal series. I tried a few, and none stood out as particularly different from the others.

  • Shireen Hakani
    2019-05-29 23:58

    Too much psychology for my taste, too dry, but good serial killer angle. 4 stars for the plot.

  • Louise Behiel
    2019-06-11 23:45

    Love this series of psychic FBI agents. Ms Hooper regularly scares me half to death

  • Joan
    2019-06-07 04:07

    This was a little sad, there were at least 4 brutal deaths before Cassie could help them. Then she was inside the guy when he was shot and she barely came back. It was good but a lot intense. They did not believe her. And she had to prove to them that she was legit. Bishop was an FBI agent who is tracking her because he also has talent and knows that Cassie is for real but does not understand her.

  • Tricia
    2019-06-13 02:51

    I liked the story with people's psychic abilities involved. But the readers never met the supposed featured character of the series until the last third of the book. Also not much really happened except body locations by a psychic, seemed as it troubled the local police to do too much investigating, but isn't that their job?I hope the next books in the series are better.

  • Kade
    2019-05-19 21:55

    Good suspense. You have your crime/cop/serial killer genre mixed in with some psychic abilities of varying degrees. This is the first book in the series, I didn't realize Bishop was the "main" guy, and was shocked to learn, since he wasn't really in this one a whole lot. I didn't realize he was the main thread of the series until the second...

  • Gail Mchugh
    2019-06-14 22:03

    Well, I do not know. This is supposed to be a Bishop series. He did not enter the story until almost the end. Hmmm! And why so cryptic! I did like Ben, Matt, and Abby. Cassie was a bit over the top with the fragile, do not touch me thing. Apparently, none of these women had day jobs though. Not sure I want to go on with the series...............