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Haven (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #13)

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Another nightmare, in the woods this time. Different: She was running. Trying to escape.

But the same ending. Always the same ending. Another dead girl…

Emma Rayburn was born and raised in Baron Hollow, North Carolina, and it was a quiet life. Then came the accident…and the nightmares—each filled with unshakable visions of darkness, blind panic, and desperate women chased t
Hardcover, First Edition, 326 pages
Published August 2012 by The Berkley Publishing Group (first published July 2012)
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Lee Ann
Oct 21, 2012 Lee Ann rated it it was ok
I can't remember being so disappointed in a book in years. I love Kay Hooper, have been reading her for 30 years beginning with her 2nd Chance at Love series books under the name of Kay Robbins, continuing through her Candlelight Ecstasy and Bantam Loveswept lines as Kay Hooper and everything since. It's been - what? 3 years since the last Bishop book and my anticipation was high...I even reread the series to get all the characters fresh in my mind and was reminded of just how good a storyteller ...more
Judy Goodnight
This year I read all the previous Bishop/Special Crimes Unit novels to prepare myself for the release of Haven. The previous books were so good that I felt let down by this one - the first in a new trilogy by Hooper. Haven is the organization utilizing psychic private investigators who are not a part of the Special Crimes Unit run by Bishop. So strike one - not enough Bishop in the story. Strike two: The lack of involvement between the 2 sisters who are the main characters of the novel and 2.5 h ...more
Lady Lioness
*pokes book* *sighs*

I'm not sure how to feel about this one. On the one hand, I pretty much twigged onto the identity of the bad guy right away, but on the other, I wasn't sure I was right because Hooper was throwing out red herrings every which way. Also, I think I went into it expecting romantic suspense and this was a mystery, plain and simple, with a minor romantic element. Even the psychic element wasn't as prevalent as it has been in previous books, random ghosts aside. The question of whe
Candace Salima
Mar 03, 2013 Candace Salima rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 18 and Up
Recommended to Candace by: Kay Hooper Email
Kay Hooper is one of my favorite authors, I’ll just put that out there right now. In addition, this series she’s been working on for years, The Bishop Series, is one of my favorites. Noah Bishop is the head of an elite, specialized unit within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As an off-the-chart psychic himself, Bishop put together a unique team of investigators, all with varying degrees of psychic abilities; and a never-ending series was born. Haven is the 13th offering by New York Times be ...more
Aug 26, 2012 Carmen rated it liked it
I love the Bishop series but this offering left me confused - lots of characters, most of them not finely drawn, and the plot - gapping holes in places. The author concealed more than she revealed in this novel

synopsis of cover

Emma Rayburn lived a quiet life in the sleepy town of Baron Hollow, North Carolina, until she injured her head in a riding accident. Afterwards, her dreams were full of nameless girls being tortured and murdered, nightmares that didn't seem to have any link with her life..
Sep 30, 2012 Alice rated it did not like it
I have read other books in this series and enjoyed the psychic FBI agents. The writing isn't top drawer, but I liked the plots.
The heroine in this story appears to be Jessie, a woman who comes back to her hometown to put to rest nightmares she's had about women who are being tortured and killed.
I'm not going to spell out the plot because I don't want to spoil it for those who follow this series, but there's a phrase used for romantic suspense heroines who deserve to die TSTL--To Stupid To Live.
Jun 17, 2014 Jeanette rated it liked it
One time I tried the DVD series, Haven. And didn't care for it. Too slow and too weird. Didn't seem at all believable and didn't finish it.

So I was really surprised that this read was not as poor or shallow as that product, IMHO. In fact, I see the very low ratings here for this book and wonder a bit. It's slow, yes. And it has redundant language (not lyrical prose at all), and YES- some of the protagonists seem naïve and a little dippy. BUT- I find that's not all that uncommon in the real workp
Paula  Phillips
Apr 12, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
Always on the lookout for new mystery writers as I am fussy when it comes to the way they are written as when reading a mystery novel, they have to be A) fast-paced , B) exciting and C) non-confusing. So I decided to give Kay Hooper a go with her latest read Haven and I was impressed as I found the book to be to my liking. It was fun and a fast-paced read. I think what I loved most about it though is that the Special Crimes Unit headed up by Bishop is made up of a number of crime fighting justic ...more
May 16, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series, and fans of this fantastic series will not be disappointed with the latest installment. Jessie is a bit of a lone wolf, who has returned to her childhood home to try and remember what happened fifteen years ago, because it was an event so traumatic she has blocked it from her memory almost completely. And when she left her hometown she left her little sister behind as well as her inheritance from their wealthy father. Returning is terrifyin ...more
Jun 14, 2013 Robin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good mystery
Believe it or not I chose this book because I was in a rush and it was the nearest one on the shelf upon running out of the library. This book takes place in a back woods type of town in the south. One of the towns where everyone really does know your name. The book mixes the past along with the present of sisters that have suffered immensely in this small town. The Rayburn sisters haven't seen each other in years due to a crazy situation that happened to one of them when they were younger,I won ...more
Aug 30, 2012 Pamela rated it really liked it
I love the Bishop Series written by Kay Hooper. I am always thrilled when a new one comes out. This book was exciting and kept me turning the pages. I love that she puts the paranormal in with her murder investigations.I feel the comments about the sisters not being close enough was all cleared up by the end of the story. I wish the ending could have been different, but it also went with the nature of the character of Jessie.Usually the Haven organization has a more hands on approach, then in th ...more
Sep 30, 2012 Marla rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It does say it is #13 in a series yet she has written it so you don't feel like you have to read other books to understand what is going on. Haven is a group of psychic investigators and Jessie goes home to Baron Hallow and to her younger sister Emma to figure out what she is forgetting about from 15 years ago that is blocking some of her abilities. There is also a serial killer in the small town that could be tied to what happened. Kay did a great job making you wonder who ...more
Aug 27, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was ok
It is well written, but not my kind of book. The author switched characters to tell the story through different views. If I were watching a television show, this would not be a problem, but being a book, in my opinion, it was all over the place too much.
Mar 22, 2015 ☺Trish rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-fiction
There aren't many surprises to be found in this paranormal mystery except for the fact that the two main characters - two sisters only two years apart in age - seem to have little connection or affection for each other. If there had been a decade between them I could have understood the disconnect better or if the older sister truly thought that distance, physical as well as emotional, between them was of vital importance and protected the younger sister in some way - that staying in touch or v ...more
Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars

I'm not sure I was as enamored with this Bishop/SCU book as all the ones previous, but as a bias, I still found enjoyment. Still... kind of disappointed by what I got out of this one.

Story Blurb via Goodreads:
Another nightmare, in the woods this time. Different: She was running. Trying to escape.

But the same ending. Always the same ending. Another dead girl...

Emma Rayburn was born and raised in Baron Hollow, North Carolina, and it was a quiet life. Then came the acciden
Mar 12, 2014 Karen rated it did not like it
I am glad I waited a few days to rate this, because I tend to rate higher if I do it straight away. This would have gotten 2 stars a couple of days ago, but it really deserved a single star. I find the premise a little unbelievable, a psychic investigative "team" connected to the FBI. But I can get past that, it is fiction after all. And I guess the author has written other books in this "series". Something I found out because in one of the early chapters, there are actually FOOTNOTES saying whe ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Aug 27, 2012 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
Jessie works for Haven a special crime unit. Where people with psychic abilities use there abilities to help catch monsters like serial killers. Jessie grew up in Baron Hollow, North Carolina, a quiet town. With her younger sister Emma. Something horrible happened to Jessie when she was seventeen and she ran away.Now she has come back to try to unblock those memories, she has been having dreams where bits and pieces of her memories are coming back to her. Emma has been having night terrors. Visi ...more
Cindy Crawford
Aug 08, 2012 Cindy Crawford rated it liked it
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May 01, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I think it is one of my favorite books in this series. I can't wait for the next one in this trilogy to come out.

I liked both of the women, Jessie and Emma. I wish their relationship could have been a little closer, but this is after all a story of damaged people. I liked Navarro too. I wish they could have explained more of his relationship with Emma.

The serial killer in this one is a real sociopath. There are really not that many potential suspects, so it is pretty ea
Nov 13, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
The 'Bad' news first.
Was this really by Kay Hooper, whose 'Bishop' series books are some of my favorite? Yet giving 4 stars to this one is generous.
I was disappointed with the weak-willed, flawed, Jessie, who couldn't make a good choice even with her training and background. The story seemed predictable. It didn't make sense to me that Jessie didn't change her course of action.
The 'Good' news next.
The idea of 'Haven' is a new and unique story line and I easily became absorbed in the book. Bisho
Angela Risner
Jul 31, 2012 Angela Risner rated it it was amazing
I love LOVE Kay Hooper and her Bishop/SCU books. I wish that she could give us one per month.

This novel finds Jessie Rayburn returning to her hometown, a bucolic small town. Jessie left her home fifteen years ago when she was seventeen after something happened to her, though she can't quite remember what it is. Her sister Emma, two years younger, stayed on and now runs their former home as a bed and breakfast.

Jessie works for Haven, the privately owned company that is associated with Bishop's F
Aug 23, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing
Haven: Kay Hooper

Can you dream in vivid color and actually experience someone running for his or her life and seeing him or her die? Nightmares, visions, colors within the darkness can plague your inner most thoughts like a mirage on an oasis as you hope to see the water in the hot desert as a young girl envisions a woman’s life hanging in the balance. But, was it real? Did she really see her running for her life? What does this all mean?

Emma Rayburn’s dreams are filled with death, dying and are
Apr 15, 2013 Jolene rated it it was amazing

Aug 31, 2012 Cyndy rated it did not like it
This book has over 300 pages--250 pages too long. It could have been a short story--a boring short story at that. I finished it because I didn't have a back-up book and that's taboo for a reading junkie. I usually skip over this author because her books have that "look at Spot run" mentality. I need a little more depth, even if it is fiction. Just once I'd like to read a "suspense" novel that doesn't have a romantic story line. Does real-life crime result in a happy couple at the end? If a book ...more
Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
Haven investigator Jessie Rayburn is returning home to Baron Hollow after being gone for 15 years. She needs to find out what happened 15 years ago that made her runaway.
When she is walking in town she saw a ghost and heard her say she needed to stop the murder before he kills again.
Emma Rayburn turned her house into a bed & breakfast. She fell two years ago off a horse and since than she has nightmares of women being killed. Thier is no missing women around her town she has talked to the sh
Kay Hooper is one of my favourite authors and the Bishop series one of my favourite series - right up there with J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas series and Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan books. Although the violence in all three can be pretty graphic at times, the characters and stories are so compelling that I can't get enough of them.

In this book, Kay Hooper seems to convey the horror of what happens to the victims with just a few words which leaves the rest up to the imagination. As always, the story is
Aug 14, 2013 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Finished “Haven” by Kay Hooper. My first book by this author. Had me guessing throwing twists and information at me to who the “monster” was in the little town of Baron Hollow. With no one reporting anyone missing, a body is found mutilated deep in the woods, is there a serial killer on the loose? A horrible secret kept for 15 years coming to an end using paranormal researchers and a special psychic team from “Haven”. Some of the mysterious connections between the characters are not revealed, bu ...more
Elisabeth Zguta
Jun 19, 2015 Elisabeth Zguta rated it really liked it
An intense beginning, as the story paints a picture of a victim running for her life. We see her wandering aimlessly through the woods... then we are back to the real world. The drama begins. You will keep reading, anxious to discover the story behind the forgotten memory. Hooper ends the tale with a nice twist that was totally unexpected. I love the Paranormal Unit, and the story told through a clairvoyant's eyes. Kay Hooper has set up a great series with the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit and I re ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Florence rated it it was amazing
This book engages psychic abilities, mystery, family secrets, crime, and visions in a web of intrigue. It is clear that the author has experience writing about crimes and dark secrets in a way that is not trite or predictable. This read is a breath of fresh air for readers who need more than just a mystery. Readers who are interested in the paranormal and visions of the unknown as shared between two sisters will delight in reading this new novel of elusive and well developed symbols. This is def ...more
Jan 07, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
Okay, these books by Kay Hooper along with anything by Iris Duncan are my guilty pleasure. They don't help me with my job as a children's librarian at all and they aren't fabulous works of literature. But I sure can't put them down once I start reading. I love how Kay Hooper's books are slightly connected with some characters but each is really it's own story. This one had some scary and very creepy stuff which led to a not so great sleep last night. And yes, I will do it again next time a new b ...more
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Kay Hooper was born in California, in an air force base hospital since her father was stationed there at the time. The family moved back to North Carolina shortly afterward, so she was raised and went to school there.
The oldest of three children, Kay has a brother two years younger and a sister seven years younger. Her father and brother are builders who own a highly respected construction compan
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Bishop/Special Crimes Unit (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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