Stealing Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #1)
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Stealing Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #1)

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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...more
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.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
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...more
Afsana
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...more
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!


Robin
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...more
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...more
Kristen
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.

Unfortunately,...more
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
Mariah
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
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.
Kierra
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
Stacy
*Spoilers*

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...more
Louise Behiel
Love this series of psychic FBI agents. Ms Hooper regularly scares me half to death
Jonetta
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
Lauren
Stealing Shadows
4 Stars

Synopsis:
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.

Review:
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...more
JBradford
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
Richard
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...more
Sue CCCP
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...more
Connie
STEALING SHADOWS by Kay Hooper is 356 pages long in the paperback form. It is the first book in the Bishop Special Crimes Unit Novels.

Brief Description:

WHAT IF YOU CAN ENTER A MADMAN'S CRUEL MIND AS HE PLANS HIS VICIOUS CRIMES? WHAT IF YOU CAN SEETHE 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 No...more
Ana T.

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 he i
...more
Ellese
I haven't read a murder-mystery-thriller in a long time and I must say that I forgot how crazy intense they are. My emotions are still running high after this book. Although, it was extremely interesting and very entertaining, it was hard to take at times. I love the psychic aspect that Kay Hooper uses in her books and the intrigue surrounding Bishop makes me want to read the next novel (even though I probably can't until I recover from this one!).

The story is simple, Cassie Neill is a tried and...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: 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 wh...more
Iris
Read the whole book review here: http://paperbookworm.blogspot.com/200...

This has been on my book pile for more than a year and it's only this vacation that I got the chance of reading it. Somehow it never failed me - in the sense that the story did agitate me to turn the pages and get no sleep.

Cassie Neill is bestowed with supernatural ability to tap into the minds of killers being hunted by the L.A. police - it seems with her help it is a gift but the backfire of this responsibility is a curse...more
Julia
I jumped into the middle of this series and have gone back to the beginning. The series has people with psychic powers/gifts, a stealth FBI unit of psychics, and suspense galore. Every book contains significant romance elements & a new character often means a new romance. Along with that there is also lots of violent rape (mostly of women).

I do like elements of this book & series. I wish that the pyschics could trap "monsters" who weren't also rapists and occasionally child abusers.
Marsha
Cassie Neill helped the LA police department track down killers using her ability to see into the killer's or victim's mind in real time. When her efforts fail resulting in the murder of a child, she leaves LA for a small North Carolina town where she has inherited a house from her late Aunt. But she cannot escape her ability. Six months later she is haunted by visions of an impending murder in this small town. When her efforts to alarm the local sheriff fall on deaf ears, she contacts the towns...more
Glenn Harris
First of Kay Hooper's Bishop/CSU series, centering around a special unit of the FBI that deals with "unusual" cases. Bishop actually appears for the first time late in this book, after psychic Cassie Neill is deeply involved in helping the police in a small North Carolina town track down a serial killer.
Jennifer
Psychic powers run in Cassie Neill's family. Her mother was killed by a murderer she tried to stop. Her aunt coped by moving to a small town and keeping to herself. Cassie uses her abilities to help police because she feels compelled to help if possible. She does not always understand what she sees and is wrong in the way she interprets the visions. She inherits her aunt's house and moves there to cope after a child is killed while she is helping the police. Soon, she sees a woman murdered and t...more
Kristen
This is a great thriller with some romantic suspense elements. We're introduced in Cassie Neill, who has a special psychic gift. When she arrives in Ryan's Bluff, North Carolina, she stormed her way into Judge Ben Ryan and tells him why she's there. At first, Sheriff Matt Dunbar has his doubts and dithers about her. But with her psychic connections, she leads them to a trail of a serial killer. But with her late aunt's warning, she dares not to fall in love with Ben Ryan. We get to know more abo...more
Criss


I started out reading the third book in this series and was under the impression that the series was about Bishop. I wanted to read it from the beginning and found that Bishop doesn't show up until close to the end and he doesn't play much of a role other than watching and maybe giving a few pieces of advice.

I was not disappointed in the book however. It was fast paced and interesting. If you read it for the romantic relationship in the book...don't ... There is one but it's not real in depth....more
Heatherj16
Another paranormal series that I loved.

I am a bit psychic, so these books feed this need to understand
how others, even in fiction, use this talent .
I keep looking to see if Kay has added to this Bishop series.
Very exciting series to me.






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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...more
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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
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