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A Deadly Web by Kay Hooper
Series: Bishop Files #2
Published by Jove on April 7th 2015
John Brodie is a Guardian, a member of a secret network devoted to protecting the psychics in his charge from a ruthless—and virtually invisible—enemy.
Tasha Solomon is unaware of the Guardians’ existence—until the night the gifted psychic suffers a shocking and violent attack and Brodie saves her life.
Tough and resilient, Tasha isn’t used to depending on anyone. But the assault has left her vulnerable. Tasha doesn’t know who wants her dead, or why, or when he will strike again. Now, she is forced to trust that Brodie can guide her through a tangled web of danger and deception toward a safe harbor—one she fears is more elusive with each dark and endless night.
I have always enjoyed books by Kay Hooper. My absolute favorite stories are those where the powers are of the mind. Things like psychics, clairvoyants, mediums, telepaths, and on to magic, perhaps witches. Nearly all of her books are what I would call paranormal romantic suspense, featuring a couple who meets and faces down some kind of evil.
There is also the FBI / spy / military sort of aspect to these thriller / mysteries. Bishop leads a FBI unit which tracks serial killers using psychic methods as investigative tools. This series is a spin-off of that series with 15 books. I, of course, OCD that I am, have read all those books. I am not sure it is necessary, except to know Bishop and Miranda, and because they are great.
It’s been more than two years since I read the previous book and honestly, I don’t remember the characters from the first book very well. They are in this book somewhat. Bishop and Miranda have some brief scenes. I also reread the Goodreads blurb and some reviews, including my own, for the first book, The First Prophet. They could be reviews for this book.
This series is really confusing and we don’t know all the players or enough of anything. If I didn’t already love this author and some of the characters, I wouldn’t have read on after the first book in the spin-off series. But I do. Still, this series is not taking me anywhere but confused.
And A Deadly Web not only didn’t lessen my lack of knowledge, it gave me more questions and NO romance. Romance has been a staple and I miss that aspect. Who is Murphy? Has there been a book about her? I’m going to have to go read all the Goodreads blurbs to see. She is in a precarious position.
I did really enjoy the aspects of Tasha’s power and her control and questions. I look forward to more of her in future books. Also, what will happen to the kidnapped ones, and Grace? Often, the author writes in trilogies so I hope the next book, will provide more information and conclusions. I hope it isn’t another three years before there are any answers. A Deadly Web felt a bit unfinished, but I highly recommend the author.