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Touching Evil (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #4)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  7,868 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
Sometimes evil lingers so close, you can feel it....

Seattle police sketch artist Maggie Barnes has an extraordinary gift. She listens as traumatized crime victims describe their ordeals — and then uses those horrifying recollections to draw dead-on sketches of the assailants.

Some cops think Maggie is telepathic, that she can actually enter the victims’ minds. Only Maggie k
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ebook, 384 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Random House (first published August 28th 2001)
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Vicki
Feb 04, 2016 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Maggie Barnes, is able to draw police sketches by talking with crime victims. Her gift was paranormal and she tried to stay out of the limelight. She is called in to talk to the latest victim, Hollis Templeton about the attack that had almost taken her life and had literally taken her sight.

She meets John Garrett, the brother of one of the victims, of this serial killer. John is a businessman that has quite a few connections that allow him to join in the hunt. Together John and Maggie work toge
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I'd read a couple of Kay Hooper's lighter romance novellas before starting this book, and those in no way prepared me for this. This story is dark, creepy, and actually kept me guessing about who the villain was. I usually have that figured out a quarter of the way through a book, so keeping me in suspense is a mark in this book's favor.
Witchmetal
Aug 29, 2016 Witchmetal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was probably my favourite in the series so far. I love that the author just starts you in the middle of the story with each book. I also love that they are a while set of new character's with different abilities. I'm loving this series.
Lisa
Mar 14, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't wait to get the next one in the series.
Asteropê
I'm starting to realize this series is less to do with the romantic suspense genre and more to do with a supernatural mystery/thriller with a touch of romance thrown in. Some have a bit more romance than others, but all in all, it's not a real focus of the stories. Which is fine. I don't mind. In fact, in some cases, I sort of wish the romance - little that it was - wasn't there at all. In the case of this book, honestly, it wasn't even necessary. Maggie and John's connection felt very thin to m ...more
Lauren

Touching Evil
4 Stars

Quickie Review

Good thriller with interesting characters and a clever plot.

Nevertheless, the romance is somewhat contrived and there could have been more clues to the killer's identity. The climax is compelling and the resolution very satisfying (one of the more unique I have encountered in this genre).

It should be note that the book contains grisly details and gory descriptions so it is not for the weak of heart.
Julie
These are sometimes super weird. Also, the binge reading I'm doing means that characters have started to blend together. Wasn't there someone named Andy in the last book I read? Oh well, onward to more Kay Hooper!

(twins in this book are sad and unfortunate)
Steph
Jun 02, 2015 Steph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was okay, not the greatest Mistry book or suspense but just okay, had no clue about it or that it was fourth in the series but still is alright I probably won't read any of the others
♥Jamie
Jul 26, 2014 ♥Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
4.5 Stars! Book four in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series and book one in the Evil trilogy, Touching Evil continues the story of an elite FBI group made up of psychics and the man who leads them. Touching Evil was heartbreaking, suspenseful, frightening, intriguing, and even a little romantic. I do caution those with weak stomachs or extreme sensitivity, as this book contains the graphic detail of several beyond brutal crime scenes.

Summary:
John Garret is on a mission to find the man who kidn
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Sheila Melo
Sep 02, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More Paranormal Suspense Than Romance

TOUCHING EVIL marks the point where the Bishop series becomes more Paranormal Suspense than Paranormal Romantic Suspense. There is a romance involved, but there is no real relationship development between the characters. Because this is a change from prior books, I think it is important to note this change. I miss the more intense relationships of Hooper's earlier books, but I can accept her new direction.

THE STORY: Maggie Barnes is a remarkable police sketch
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Chris
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY

Seems like these books get deeper and deeper into the paranormal which is not a fav of mine.

THE STORY: Maggie Barnes is a remarkable police sketch artist. She is in the middle of a horrendous case. Someone is kidnapping, blinding and raping women. Maggie has been working with the victims to create a sketch of the
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jenjn79
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Ana T.
After reading the Shadows trilogy and really enjoying reading about Noah Bishop I decided to start the Evil trilogy and so continue with the Bishop / BAU series.


In Touching Evil there's a rapist on the loose that is targeting women and besides raping and beating them he blinds them so they can't identify him. Maggie Barnes is the artist who has been working with the women to try to come up with a face that the police can identify. The truth is that Maggie is an empath, she feels what the victim'
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Shelley
Synopsis: This is the story of Seattle police artist Maggie Barnes, whose remarkable artistic talents are the focus of an even more extraordinary psychic gift that she is determined to keep secret: a gift that has allowed her to work with crime victims, to feel what they feel, to create perfect portraits of their attackers. When the police are stymied by an elusive predator who blinds his victims to prevent them from identifying him, Maggie must be willing to risk much more than just her secret ...more
Jessica
I enjoyed this book a lot and it was a pleasant way to pass a few hours but it was also disappointing in a number of ways. I spent a substantial portion of the book trying to figure out why the characters sounded so familiar. None of the other books in the series sound familiar so I don't think I've read them...possibly it was similar to a Heather Graham book and that was why but either way it was very distracting. First the positive. Hooper created and fleshed out a truly interesting world. She ...more
Robin
#1. I DID NOT figure out who the killer was!

#2. Following is a list of characters (you know like the old pulp novels ;D )


Hollis . . . . . . Artist who is the latest victim. [?]
Maggie . . . . . . Police sketch artist, who has empathic abilities.
John . . . . . . Business Tycoon, who has been touched by the killer, as well as . . .
Andy . . . . . . Seattle Detective working the case.
Scott . . . . . . Seattle Detective working the case.
Jennifer . . . . . . Seattle Detective working the case.
Quentin .
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Kelly
Dec 14, 2008 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really great thriller book, I've read it several times now and enjoy it every time. Maggie is a police sketch artist with a special talent, and when women start being viciously attacked, raped and blinded, she feels it's her duty to stop the evil that's doing it...even if she has to sacrifice herself. The characters are very well written, and you really feel like you get to know them and their motivations for doing what they do throughout the book.

The story kicks off right from the ver
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Sydney
Jun 16, 2015 Sydney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, it was still a great mystery, engaging storyline with great characters, but not my favorite Bishop series book. Sometimes it seems a little too convenient that so many of the supporting characters have latent psychic abilities. I wonder if the author uses that as a crutch to move the story along. Loved meeting Hollis and finding out what the terrible trauma she has endured was. That will teach me to read the books out of order. ***spoilers follow*** in this book Maggie an amaz ...more
Anna Mcfadden
Oct 04, 2016 Anna Mcfadden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
sometimes when and where evil things happens its residue stays behind. it feels like you can touch it. Extraordinary gifted Seattle police sketch artist Maggie Barnes has the tilent to
draw dead-on sketches of the assailants of the victims as She listens as traumatized crime victims describe their ordeals . Some cops think Maggie is telepathic, that she can actually enter the victims' minds. Only Maggie knows the truth behind her rare talent ... and she isn' t telling.
But her secret may be expo
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Louise
Hooper lived up to her regular reputation of providing a good mystery/suspense/thriller!!

From back cover:

"Seattle police sketch artist Maggie Barnes has an extraordinary gift. She listens as traumatized crime victims describe their ordeals-and then uses those horrifying recollections to draw dead-on sketches of the assailants. Some cops think Maggie is telepathic, that she can actually enter the victims' minds. Only Maggie knows the truth behind her rare talent...and she isn't telling.

But her se
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Ursula Gorman
Kay Hooper delivers again! I love the Bishop books and this one is no exception. Maggie has a gift, one she has tried to explain away as intuition, but when she meets John and his friends with Bishops unique unit in the FBI, she has to admit things she's kept a secret for her entire life.
Drawn into the case of kidnapped, mutilated and murdered women, Maggie uses her 'intuition' to try to sketch the killer, but there is a major stumbling block...all the women that survived the attack, had their e
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Gigi
Jun 07, 2013 Gigi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best Hooper book I have read this far. Although the murders are by far the most gruesome and brutal. I admit I skimmed some of those parts. I can't always get images out of my head, which is very appropriate for the nature of this book. Hooper appears to like exploring different types of paranormal abilities in each of her books, and I was personally drawn (no pun intended) to the idea of a police sketch artist with "a gift" that enables her to draw so accurately the faces of evil. And in ea ...more
Susan Ross
Oct 24, 2012 Susan Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, romance
I couldn't put this book down. I gave it a 4/5 only because it's not a book I would want to read again. (I've read many of my books multiple times.)
There is some romance and lots of psychic/paranormal facets; for example, Maggie Barnes, the heroine, is an empath.
The story revolves around a serial killer who tortures his victims and is not for the faint of heart. Fortunately there is enough humour and romance to give the reader a breather from the violence. I generally like to try to figure out
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Brent Soderstrum
Hooper once again takes us to the paranormal psychotic killer, this time in Seattle. This killer is kidnapping woman, raping them and then blinding them by cutting out their eyes. Noah Bishop's FBI special unit gets involved to try to help the local police corral the killer. Bishop himself makes a small appearence which was a little disappointing.

Maggie is the main focus of the book. She is a sketch artist who is often able to sketch the killer from spending time with the victims. The victims be
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Emily
John Garrett arrives back in Seattle wanting answers over his sisters death after surviving a brutal attack from a serial rapist/killer. John is most interested in what sketch artist Maggie Barnes has to say. Rumors swirl about her talent to connect with the victims, but John sees that she keeps her secrets close and he has every intention of finding out what they are.

Thrilling read, Maggie is able to put herself in the victims role and help illustrate the suspects. With a rash of kidnapped wome
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
3 STARS

"This is the story of Seattle police artist Maggie Barnes, whose remarkable artistic talents are the focus of an even more extraordinary psychic gift that she is determined to keep secret: a gift that has allowed her to work with crime victims, to feel what they feel, to create perfect portraits of their attackers. When the police are stymied by an elusive predator who blinds his victims to prevent them from identifying him, Maggie must be willing to risk much more than just her secret t
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Leah
Jun 30, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few years ago I read Kay Hooper's Blood trilogy, and I really enjoyed those books. However, I never went back to her until Touching Evil (Book 1, Evil Trilogy). And I really enjoyed it. Kay Hooper has a way of making her characters really really likable, and you just root for them the entire time.

I love the supernatural aspect of this story, and I like that the book added in ghosts and supernatural abilities, but that our main characters were human. I'm happy with that, and I hate that I don't
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SusanE
Feb 04, 2016 SusanE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after reading some of the later books and wish I had read them in order! I really enjoyed understanding the background for Hollis, John, and Maggie who play important roles and show up in future books.
Touching Evil explores the talents of a gifted empath and a team comprised of local law enforcement and FBI Special Crimes Unit who are there "unofficially" who identify a serial killer from old crimes committed 100 years before.
There are extremely evil acts done by this serial k
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Christine
Second time reading this book and it was just as good the second time around as the first time I read it. This is a continuation of Hooper's Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series and the whole series is excellent. Each book can stand alone but if you read the earlier books first, you will be able to keep better track of the characters and know who they all are. In her later books she lists the characters and defines the psychic terminology. Highly recommend to anyone who likes to read paranormal (bu ...more
Tiffiane
Dec 31, 2009 Tiffiane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book for this series. Finally word is slowly trickling out about what the highly specialized SCU unit of the FBI can do, and in a great way. This book was disturbing to say the least. An ancient evil that never dies and is just reborn in a new body each generation. And only one woman alone feels she has the power to stop him for good. The book was fantastically cryptic and kept me on my toes until the very end. Can't wait to read the next one!
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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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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