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Haven (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #13)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  3,428 ratings  ·  386 reviews
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
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Hardcover, First Edition, 326 pages
Published August 2012 by The Berkley Publishing Group (first published July 2012)
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Lee Ann
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
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Candace Salima
Mar 03, 2013 Candace Salima rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Alice
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.
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Jeanette
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
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Sarah
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
Robin
Jun 14, 2013 Robin rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Pamela
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
☺Trish
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
Karen
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
Paula  Phillips
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
Georgiann Hennelly
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
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Julia
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
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Carol
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
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Carmen
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..
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Angela Risner
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
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Fran
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
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Jolene
AWESOME & ECELLENT!!! KAY HOOPER HAS DONE IT AGAIN WITH HAVEN!!! HAVEN IS ONE OF THE BISHOP/ SPECIAL CRIME UNIT SERIES THAT TAKES JESSIE RAYBURN, WHO IS A PSYCHIC INVESTIGATOR WORKING FOR A FIRM CALLED "HAVEN", BACK TO HER HOME TOWN IN BARON HALLOW, NC.

JESSIE LEFT BARON HALLOW 15YRS AGO WHEN SHE WAS 17 WITH NO ATTEMPT TO RETURN, BUT SOMETHING HAS BROUGHT HER BACK TO FACE HER SISTER EMMA RAYBURN AND THEIR PAST! OF COURSE THEIR IS ANOTHER HAVEN OPT THEIR AND SOME OF BISHOP'S SPECIAL CRIME UNIT
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Cyndy
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
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C.G.
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
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Suzanne
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
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
Florence
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
Carol
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
Margarks
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Sheila Melo
One of the Better Suspense Plots

The Special Crimes Unit Series explores the lives and investigations of the SCU which is a team in the FBI where the agents all have paranormal talents. This book focuses on the SCU's civilian counterpart Haven. It is the story of two estranged sisters and the murders that are occurring in a small town.

THE STORY: Jessie Rayburn has returned to her hometown to investigate her own past and resolve it. She is an investigator with Haven. Jessie has a younger sister, E
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Jk
I've been looking for a good mystery book, but I have to say I wasn't really satisfied with Kay Hooper's 'Haven'. The story begins with excellent imagery as we follow a young girl running stark naked through a dark forest trying to escape from her sadistic captor. I couldn't even imagine Catherine Talbert's fear or how exhausted she must have felt, stumbling her way through the creepy night after her adrenaline eventually wore out.

And although the story smoothed into an intriguing twist of sleep
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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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Other Books in the Series

Bishop/Special Crimes Unit (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Stealing Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #1)
  • Hiding in the Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #2)
  • Out of the Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #3)
  • Touching Evil (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #4)
  • Whisper of Evil (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #5)
  • Sense of Evil (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #6)
  • Hunting Fear (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #7)
  • Chill of Fear (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #8)
  • Sleeping with Fear (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #9)
  • Blood Dreams (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #10)
Whisper of Evil (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #5) Stealing Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #1) Blood Ties (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #12) Touching Evil (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #4) Hunting Fear (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #7)

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