Out of the Shadows
Kay Hooper concludes her psychic suspense trilogy with a bang. This final installment features the one character who’s appeared in both previous titles – FBI agent Noah Bishop. Noah, of course, gets his man, but this time he gets his lady, too.
Miranda Knight serves as sheriff in a small Tennessee town. When a string of murders begins, she involves a team of FBI agents who share a special talent: they’re all psychics in one way or another. Noah is the man in charge of this team, and is also Miranda’s former lover. She allows him into the investigation but uses her own psychic ability to keep Noah out of her heart.
Miranda’s quite the heroine. She’s tough, but she knows when to ask for help (after a little stubborn episode). She sets her mind to finding the killer and steels herself against Noah. Miranda’s psychic ability is practically off the scale (the FBI actually does have such a scale, in this book at least), and she has more than one ability. She’s been blocking them out, which keeps her and her sister safe as well as keeping Noah out of her heart. But it’s also causing her health problems.
Noah is determined to help Miranda find the killer while working to find himself back in her good graces. He’s stubborn, but he exhibits more of a heart than he does in the previous two novels. It’s nice to know what makes him tick.
This story is stronger in its portrayal of Noah and Miranda’s relationship than in the suspense. Miranda and Noah share a history and an inevitable future. Their bond is strong, and there’s a benefit to two psychics coming together.
The suspense is still good, but not near the level of the previous book, Hiding in the Shadows. Miranda has a fascinating family history, but it’s also an unbelievable tragedy. There’s a twist involving her sister and her family’s murder near the end that is worth the serial-killer story.
I’ve enjoyed this trilogy tremendously. I recently read a note from Kay Hooper to another fan (who kindly posted it elsewhere) that while this is not the start of a series, the characters may show up in future Hooper novels. That’s enough to make me buy them.