**spoiler alert** "Touching Evil" was a rather fascinating book. The reviews I've read of it are rather polar. A lot of people loved it, and a lot of**spoiler alert** "Touching Evil" was a rather fascinating book. The reviews I've read of it are rather polar. A lot of people loved it, and a lot of people hated it. I think it's the kind of book that would only appeal to certain people.
The story as a whole is very paranormal, dealing with extra-senses, reincarnation, and ultimate evil. There's a lot of technical jargon spattered throughout the book. Many found that to be distracting and unnecessary, but I thought it was interesting. Hooper obviously did a lot of research for the book and made everything seem very plausible. If you don't like paranormal, or don't like technical details, then you probably wouldn't like the book, but if you enjoy either of those, you'll find it appealing.
Plot-wise, it was a bit of a gruesome tale. It deals with a psycho who is going around raping, torturing and blinding his victims. Definitely not a pretty story. But it was a well-crafted plot, with nice twists and turns. It's a surprise at the end who the bad guy is.
On a romance scale, the book was lacking...but then, the book isn't labeled as a romantic suspense. Still, I expected there to be a little more. I liked the developing bond between Maggie and John. It had potential, but it's not really given time to properly develop before it's rushed into the love stage. Their "love" near the end of the book just seemed rather sudden and ill-fitting. I wasn't quite buying it. Another thing I didn't care for was the use of Kendra and Quinten in the book...not their use on the whole, but their introduction into the story. I got the feeling they'd been conceived in one of her other books, but if so, Hooper did a poor job of conveying their previous connection. I just felt like I was missing something on them.
The book is the first in Hooper's Evil trilogy, and though I liked it, I don't have any undying need to read the others. If I come across them, I'll probably pick them up, but I won't go searching for them. As far as I know, there's not a serious connecting story arc, so there just doesn't seem to be a hardcore reason to rush off and read the others.
On the whole, though the romance angle was lacking, the book was a good suspense and I enjoyed it....more
**spoiler alert** I didn't think I was going to like this book. I actually almost decided not to read it. I wasn't sure if it was romantic suspense or**spoiler alert** I didn't think I was going to like this book. I actually almost decided not to read it. I wasn't sure if it was romantic suspense or just a suspense book....I prefer romance. So I kept putting off reading it and almost opted not to, but then figured I'd give it a try. Glad I did. It was a fabulous book.
The storyline was excellent. Hooper did a great job casting suspicions about. She'd write scenes out of context that made characters questionable. You were never quite sure who was good or bad. You had a gut feeling and kind of knew that certain people were good, but she made you wonder. Hooper did a great job with the details too, making the story believable and interesting. I was thoroughly into everything that was going on.
While the book is more plot than romance, there were enough romantic elements to keep me into the story. It could have had some more general romance, but I wasn't bothered by that issue. Rachel and Adam's relationship was still pretty well done. There was a good elemental chemistry between them and you really want to root for them. The progression between them was great to read. The only negative I can say is that Hooper skimped on the sex scenes. She basically just implied them. Took some of the spice out of the book.
Another aspect that I really enjoyed was the sub-story of Nikolas and Mercy. They had a great romance and I was just as interested in them as I was everything else in the story. I liked them just as much as I did Adam and Rachel. And Hooper gave them plenty of story space. They didn't just have spare scenes, they were an integral part of the story. I liked that.
Overall, great book. Definitely worth reading....more