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Chill of Fear (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #8)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,716 Ratings  ·  180 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper turns up the heat even as she chills readers to the bone with a new suspense novel that distills the essence of fear itself. In this relentless thriller, two psychics put more than their lives on the line to stop a killer darker and more evil than they could ever imagine. . . .

FBI agent Quentin Hayes always knew he had an unusua
Paperback, 338 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Bantam (first published July 26th 2005)
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Karen Jones
Dec 01, 2009 Karen Jones rated it really liked it
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This is the second in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Series by Kay Hooper. I really liked this one, but probably not as much as the first one.

This novel is based on another member of the SCU. You get to know Quentin who was introduced briefly in the first novel of the series, Hunting Fear.

The story line goes in a different direction from Hunting Fear. There's still the paranormal, but the crimes being investigated are weird. I don't want to divulge any more than that. It could spoil it for someo
Darcia Helle
I've been a fan of Kay Hooper's writing since I picked up her first book many years ago. Chill of Fear has a little less action than some of her others but, for me, it was just as good. The story centers around Diana, a woman coming to terms with her ability as a medium. There's mystery, an emerging romance and, of course, the paranormal world of ghosts and extrasensory abilities.

This is part of the ongoing Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series, though it is also broken down into the separate 'Fear
Apr 24, 2016 Patsy rated it really liked it
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Mar 19, 2016 Azuree rated it really liked it
Psychics and mediums and evil, oh my! Bishop’s band of federal agents is back, this time focusing on Quentin Hayes and a haunted hotel located in the Tennessee Mountains. When Quentin was a boy he summered at The Lodge, a prestigious hotel known for its secrecy. While there, a young girl, his friend, was killed and it has haunted Quentin ever since. Now an adult, Quentin spends his vacations at The Lodge hoping to uncover the mystery of what happened to his friend as well as trying to uncover th ...more
Peggy Ferrell
Jan 19, 2015 Peggy Ferrell rated it it was amazing
When I bought this book 3 years ago I had placed it on my bookshelf with good intentions of reading it sooner. I am kicking myself now for taking so long. This book is about a Special Crime Unit of the FBI that is composed of psychics. These psychics solve crimes and fall in love and generally help each other to excel with their psychic abilities.

This book is about Quentin Hayes trying to solve a crime that he had the misfortune of witnessing as a child. One of his best friends is murdered and h
Sheila Melo
Sep 08, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tension, Romance and Psychic Murders

CHILL OF FEAR is one of the best of the Bishop/Special Crime Unit series. While I have complained about some of the previous entries because of the short shrift given to the romance in this series of paranormal romantic suspense books, this book is pretty darn good even though it ends with just the beginning of what might be termed the actual romance.

THE STORY: Special Agent Quentin Hayes has been obsessed with a murder that happened twenty-five years ago. H
Mary Buckham
Jun 26, 2014 Mary Buckham rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-2014
Usually a Kay Hooper book, especially from the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit is a special treat, weaving strong suspense, fascinating facts about psychic abilities and a strong sense of a who-done it, with a strong romantic element. In this particular novel the focus was on FBI agent Quentin Hayes who is seeking answers to a chilling disappearance and murder that happened to a child hood friend. Good premise. Then enters Diana Brisco who has her own demons to exercise. The plot - who or what was re ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Doris rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural, series
This book is excellent as a lead in to the next book in the series, as we are introduced to Diana and some of the team members. Diana sees ghosts, and always has, and in this story she is in a retreat in the mountains where she meets Quentin, was has spent much of his life trying to discover why his little friend, Missy, was murdered.

The cross relationship and histories of the two main characters was well done, as were the children and ghosts who currently inhabit the area. Another well done are
Jun 23, 2014 J rated it really liked it
Chill of Fear is about an unsolved murder at The Lodge, a secluded Victorian -era resort in Tennessee that is known for keeping it's secrets. A controversial special FBI unit whose investigators use their psychic abilities and a guest who is hoping to resolve the mystery of her troubled past a drawn together by a force from another time in hopes of closing the door on secrets that need to be let free.

If you like the paranormal you'll probably enjoy this read! It had unexpected turns all the way
Kerry Stewart
Oct 14, 2011 Kerry Stewart rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
The first book I've downloaded from my public library to Kindle....too cool
3.5 Stars

Haunted hotels with long histories and lots of secrets, paranormal murder mysteries with psychic FBI agents, and a woman who can see ghosts and walk with the dead...

Chill of Fear pretty much has Ani-bait written all over it… despite the fact that the summary doesn’t really do much justice for the depth of story that this book covers. Then again, having so much plot going on in the background as well as so much plot going on in the forefront only tends to make one a little confused. Eve
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"BI agent Quentin Hayes always knew he had an unusual talent, even before he was recruited by Noah Bishop for the controversial Special Crimes Unit. But, as gifted as he is, for twenty years he's been haunted by a heartbreaking unsolved murder that took place at The Lodge, a secluded Victorian-era resort in Tennessee. Now he's returned one final time, determined to put the mystery to rest.

Diana Brisco has come there hoping to unlock the mystery of her troubled past. Instead, she is assai
Nov 12, 2009 Suzanne rated it it was ok
Kay Hooper's Chill of Fear is about Quentin and Diana and their special binding to an old Hotel. Quentin is an FBI agent and part of the Special Crimes Unit (SCU) who is obscessed with a murder from his past. Diana is a woman looking for a cure for what she thinks is mental illness. The two are brought together at The Lodge by forces unknown to them in order to help solve a string of murders, as well as find answers to both of their pasts.

I enjoyed the book, it was light and a quick read. While
Dec 10, 2007 Toni rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Quentin Hayes always knew he was different, even as a child. Finally, after joining the FBI’s Special Crimes Unit he has a place where he feels he belongs. But, Quentin has another problem besides his psychic abilities. He experienced a horrible tragedy as a child, while staying at The Lodge. This hotel placed in the middle of nowhere Tennessee is quite known for its ability to hide secrets and indiscretions. Quentin has made it a lifelong obsession to solve the mystery of his childhood friend M ...more
Ana T.
Jul 15, 2013 Ana T. rated it liked it
Some of Kay Hooper's stories rely more on the paranormal aspect than others and I have to start by saying that I prefer it when we have a flesh and blood antagonist. But this is a story that it is heavy in the paranormal aspect.

Over a years, a number of crimes were commeited at The Lodge, a vacation resort. Quenting Hayes, one of Bishop's agent was involved in one succh cases when he was a child and and is very much commited to finding out the culprit. Diana Brisco, is a young woman who is atte
Rivalie (Forever Obsession)
Okay, so once again my warning, do not read this before bedtime because it will give you nightmares with ghosts hanging from ceilings and little girls crying with blood dripping. Maybe that's a bit exaggerated, actually it fits the story. That's the level of horror we're talking about here.

At first, Diana seems like this very disillusioned person who doesn't really know what she wants. She gets plagued with these visions of a girl who keeps asking for her help. Then this guy aka Quentin Hayes ap
Apr 14, 2010 S.D. rated it really liked it
Quentin Hayes and Noah Bishop are part of the FBI’s Special Crimes Unit. Members use there special “talents” to investigate the paranormal. Hayes keeps returning to an aging resort in Tennessee where a child died twenty-five years ago when he and his family were vacationing. Diana Brisco has been haunted by strange nightmares and visions most of her life so her doctor suggests she spend some time at this retreat drawing as a way to relax. Immediately things start happening. She draws a picture o ...more
Jun 26, 2016 Marty rated it liked it
Story of FBI Special Crimes Unit whose members have psychic powers and a long unsolved murder that continues to haunt one of its members. Not sure how much I believe in psychics, but if you suspend disbelief, this is a well told tale that keeps you very interested. I "read" it as an audio book while traveling in our RV. My husband enjoyed it as well.
Jul 10, 2012 Nickole rated it really liked it
Found this in a bargain bin at a flea market. Slightly tattered, well read, dog-eared... exactly what I'm looking for when I'm there because I want either something I'm familiar with but haven't read OR something unfamiliar that seems promising, this was the latter. Overall I enjoyed this book a lot. Nothing earth shattering and luckily I wasn't held up by not having read the 1st book. I love the idea of a protagonist who is incredibly powerful but also extremely broken and anything super natura ...more
Theresa Schmidt
Jan 01, 2016 Theresa Schmidt rated it it was ok
Interesting and original, but I would have liked to see more of the supposedly romantic development between Diana and Quentin. Also, because so much of the "suspense" part of the story was background info. and previous incidents, it just didn't give me the same sense of urgency as a suspense novel should. Not bad, but not really good either.
Jan 02, 2015 Maura rated it really liked it
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4 years ago

This is one of my favourite Hooper books! It is spooky, suspenseful, romantic and smart.

Quentin is a wonderful character, who's passion for finding and stopping evil will draw you in as he tries to find and stop whatever the "old evil" that is haunting a beautiful picturesque resort, and has now started killing people.

Enter Diana, resort guest who's trying to stop horrible nightmares and blackouts.

When she and Quentin join forces, the realization (unwillingly at first) that she is ps
Bonnie Smelser
Mar 27, 2015 Bonnie Smelser rated it it was amazing
I am Hooked on this series. The story line is page turning suspenseful and spooky. The paranormal content is thought provoking. I started with the first and have read through the series thus far, swiftly. I just finished this and am already anticipating the next. As I said, I'm Hooked!!!
Mar 28, 2016 Bernie rated it really liked it
I'd love to see this series of books turned into a TV series. Kay Hooper's descriptions of people, places and events are both rich and easy to envision. I've quite enjoyed reading this paranormal series and hope to see more from this author in the future.
Brent Soderstrum
Dec 17, 2012 Brent Soderstrum rated it it was amazing
This is book #8 of the Bishop/SCU FBI series. Just when I was getting a little tired of the series and thought I might need a break I read this one. This has been my favorite of the series so far. Maybe it is the creepy Inn out in the middle of nowhere Tennessee.

Diana is visiting the Lodge for an art class to help her deal with what she thinks is mental instability. Quintin is there because he is haunted by a murder of a friend from his childhood that took place at the Lodge 25 years ago. Both w
Jul 04, 2015 Wingsong rated it really liked it
This is one stood out to me among the Bishop/SCU novels. Her depiction of the paranormal abilities of the people involved is so plausible that is appears real. And as always Ms. Hooper's prose is beautiful and the whole book is well crafted.
Dec 29, 2007 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, series, 2007
Another in the Bishop FBI SCU series. This one gives a brief glimspe of the unit in the beginning and the thoroughness of Bishop's research into possible paranormals to add to the group. Bishop has his thumb in a lot of pies and, while he doesn't figure prominently in this story, he is instrumental in getting everyone into location.
Diana has been led to believe that she is insane, or close to it, but here we find that isn't really the case. This story has some unexpected twists and turns, but no
Jul 16, 2014 Sandie rated it really liked it
Another page turner... I love mysteries and this really keeps you hopping.. First there was one I thought was doing this, then another and another.. All my suspects really blew me away and I still had to wait until the end.. They kept searching and searching and finally got the right one..
Karen Syed
Oct 08, 2008 Karen Syed rated it really liked it
I had no idea what order these books came in so I just took what was there and dove right in. I remember Kay Hooper from her Romance days, but this was so much better than any of those. Hooper has a great sense of timing in her writing and that makes it easy to keep on going.

I listened to the unbridged audio and found myself so intrigued by the story that I kept sitting in the car in parking lots because I didn't want to stop the flow.

The paranormal aspect of this is so good that it makes your s
Jun 21, 2013 Gigi rated it really liked it
Well - I was duped again. Half way through the book, I thought that I actually had this one figured out because of my work experience. Wrong !!! Initially, I would say that those fans of the tv show Ghost Whisperer would really enjoy this particular book of Hooper's. The setting is wonderful (an old hotel. Kind of had sparks of The Shining). It is nice to start a story with a cop already open to the idea of paranormal abilities. And a previously introduced character, who is working a cold case. ...more
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Bishop/Special Crimes Unit (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • 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)
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“There was another pause as Quentin stared at him, and then he said quietly, "It didn't happen up there. What happened twenty years ago."

"I know."

"You know a hell of a lot, don't you." It wasn't really a question.

Bishop smiled. "You think I'd try to recruit a new team member without knowing everything I could about him first? There won't be many secrets in the SCU, Quentin, that goes without saying. We're a unit of psychics. And from the telepaths who can pick up thoughts to the empaths who can pick up pain, we're going to eventually know pretty much everything there is to know about each other.”
“And as they shook hands, he almost told Bishop about the little voice in his head that was whispering, He'll find Miranda. But not yet. Not just yet.

Then he saw the flicker in Bishop's pale eyes, and realized that the telepath had read him and his little voice. But he hadn't needed a seer to tell him what he was utterly convinced of. He would find his Miranda. Sooner or later.

Quentin wondered if he would be so lucky with the end of his own troubled quest.”
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