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Stealing Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #1)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  7,944 ratings  ·  253 reviews
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, hop
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 29th 2000 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jane Stewart
No one is smart enough to solve the mystery until some lucky psychic visions at the end. The relationship didn’t draw me in.

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 connect
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;)
May 11, 2009 Afsana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those into the paranormal
This is a the first book that I have read by Kay Hooper

This is the first book that really got me into the the paranormal books and I find that Kay hooper is not that obviously formalaic

the 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 murderer

I thought it was nicely written and t
Lady Heather
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!

Apr 20, 2013 Robin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like: Mysteries, Romantic Suspense, Psychics, FBI
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
Brent Soderstrum
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. H
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.

Shanna Halalilo
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 ma ...more
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 :)
Sheila Melo
Great Paranormal Suspense Fiction

STEALING 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.
Janet Bamford
Finally, another great author

I really hate novels that frequently remind me of who, what, and/or where I am reading about. I'm not stupid, and I'm not a child. It's very annoying when I have to keep reading "Joe said", or then "Amy replied", and especially "then John said.." I'm quite able to know who is speaking to whom, where they are, and what the situation is that has him/her/them wherever he/she/they involved. When every sentence has to remind me of what or who I am reading about, I get ext
I went into this having already read the second book in her second trilogy but having enjoyed it, I was enthusiastic about this first in the overall series. Before we'd gotten home from the used bookstore I dove into the novel, finding that I could not put it down. All other books I'm reading were put aside until I finished it over the next few days. The subject was one I always enjoy- the paranormal. It was treated with a great deal of respect, however, more than some authors do. Nothing was fo ...more
2.5/5 stars. It was ok. I don't normally read books with a paranormal bent, but the premise sounded decent, and I enjoy a good mystery, so I gave it a try. It's hard to pinpoint where the book failed me; I think it was just weak on a number of points, but not so bad as to be horrible. My sceptical brain had a difficult time buying into the paranormal aspect of the book, but I just finished reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King and absolutely loved it, so I think it was more about the writing than ...more
I want to read the Noah Bishop books by Kay Hooper because Bishop sounds like a really cool character. I ALWAYS start with the first book in the series if I can help it. So, this is it. I could have totally skipped it as far as the series goes. Bishop doesn't arrive on scene until page 228 out of 350 and then only briefly and enigmatically.

Still, I did read the book in a day, so there must have been something, right? It is an interesting premise for a murder story. Cassie can get into the mind
This book dealt with a topic that turns away from the current fad in mysteries, bringing us a psychic on the run from a failed attempt to find a murderer, now located in a small town setting. Once there, she glimpses shadows of a murderer, and tries to convince the provincials that she is truly able to see this happen.

Unfortunately, the killer leaves her with little to go on, and with tension in the town building, she has to work harder to convince the town leadership that not only is her abili
If ever a book was enthrallingly nightmarish then I would say this book fits that bill. A killer stalks the streets and the reason why is even more terrifying. I will not say but it is a complete shocker and I didn't see it coming. As Cassie is drawn into the killer's mind, while frail and ethereal, she's strong enough that she comes out herself and not some twisted creature bent on destruction. She has Ben, a strong, protective character, beside her. This is definitely something to read if you' ...more
Susan (the other Susan)
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.
There is just a list of things I found wrong with this book. I believe this was my first time reading a book based around a psychic, but it just didn't do it for me. I found the main character to be weak, the male character and love interest to be overbearing and smothering. Not to mention both of them were so emotionally broken I don't even see how they managed to 'fall in love' The case was repetitive - psychic has a useless vision - a person dies - another useless vision - a person dies. Then ...more
Cheap and Lazy
Enjoyable mystery with a strong romantic element. I like it when an author uses individual character depth and development to show the reader their importance to the story. I think mysteries make that a little trickier and it was done well here. Believable dialog, situations, and conflicts. Decent tension and pacing throughout. Solid mystery. Satisfying ending. The narrator did a good job differentiating between characters. I loved her rendering of the sherif best. I could actually picture him w ...more

I really liked the paranormal aspect to this book. Kay Hooper did a good job of coming up with a believable way of describing "entering" someone else's mind and its dangers. These aspects can be difficult and hard to believe, but I didn't have any trouble "buying in". I enjoyed the way the romance developed.

The identity of the killer was an element that brought me deeper into the story, kept me invested, made me not want to put the book down towards the end.

I wish that the book includ
Louise Behiel
Love this series of psychic FBI agents. Ms Hooper regularly scares me half to death
Sunny Singh
The pacing of this book was slow. The plot line was okay, and it had suspense. The suspense was the only thing helped me finish. The curveball at the end was welcomed still not enough to make this a good read for me. I found Cassie Neill, the main character, to be very weak and fragile...almost to the point of annoyance. Additionally, her lover, Ben Ryan, was just a little less annoying. I found their (Cassie's and Ben's) conversations very slow, repetitive, and without substance. The author cle ...more
Meh. I was excited by the premise of this story and the first few chapters were good. I noticed a lot of overuse of the word "dryly" and variations of "he/she didn't have to be psychic to know" *groan* Once or twice is okay but it was very overdone. Unfortunately, I also didn't buy the twist at the end of who the killer was. I had a hard time believing it was possible. And I'm a person who believes in psychics & the supernatural (although i need proof) I was also not a huge fan of the romanc ...more
Have read better. The storyline was just OK. In the beginning it seemed interesting. Cassie carries the psychic gene from her mother Alexandria who inherited it from her mother. She runs from Los Angeles to the little town of Ryan's Bluff in N. Carolina attempting to escape the burdens of her gift. But, as the saying goes, you can run but .......

It wasn't long after the 3rd murder which establishes our psychic heroine at her best, assisting the police to stop a serial killer, when the repetitio
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"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 h
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 ...more
Stealing Shadows
4 Stars

Cassie Neil is a psychic who helps the police capture killers until the day she makes a mistake and feels compelled to live a quieter life. Unfortunately, Cassie's new home is being stalked by a murderer but no one believes her until the bodies start piling up.

Well-written with several twists and turns to keep you guessing.
The plot appears to be your typical serial killer fare but the climax turns out to be quite a shocker. For once, I was unable to guess
On the basis of having read another book in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series, I decided to get into it, and that first one had led me to believe that I would not suffer too much, as I figured each book would be about a different member of the SCU. By chance, however, I happened to alight on this one, which is actually the first in the series, and Bishop does not even show up until Page 185! Moreover, it turns out that this novel actually precedes the SCU, which Bishop presumably will start ...more
How's this for a deep dark secret: I really like the idea of romantic suspense. My problem with the genre is that I find too much of the writing to be too corny.

I'm not sure exactly how Stealing Shadows ended up on my pile of books, but I was doing a lot of traveling this week and I thought it looked like perfect mindless material to skim through if I was bored or couldn't sleep. And then it turned out to be kind of terrific. Well, the first half turned out to be kind of terrific. It's not the G
For my full review: http://coffeecookiesandchilipeppers.b...

This is the first in the Bishop / Special Crimes Series, which will reach its fourteenth installment this year. Each book is a stand-alone crime mystery involving a woman with paranormal abilities who must help to catch a deranged serial killer. The common link between all the titles is the presence of Noah Bishop, an FBI Agent from the Special Crimes Unit. However, in this title Bishop does not make his appearance until the second half
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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)
  • 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)
  • Blood Sins (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #11)
Whisper of Evil (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #5) Blood Ties (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #12) Touching Evil (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #4) Hunting Fear (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #7) Out of the Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #3)

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“There are things in the human mind that are not meant to be seen or touched, things seldom even acknowledged by our conscious selves. Fantasies, impulses, rages, hatreds, primitive instincts. They're buried deep, usually, and that's where they belong.” 5 likes
“So to catch a madman, we have to think like a madman?” “I wouldn’t advise it,” Cassie said very quietly. “That abyss is darker and colder than you can even imagine.” 0 likes
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