A Deadly Web by Kay Hooper

Posted April 9, 2015 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 2 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Deadly Web by Kay HooperA Deadly Web by Kay Hooper
Series: Bishop Files #2
Published by Jove on April 7th 2015
Genres: Paranormal
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

About Kay Hooper

ay 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 company, and her mother worked for many years in personnel management before becoming Kay’s personal assistant, a position she held until her untimely death in March 2002. Kay’s sister Linda works as her Business Manager, Events Coordinator, and is playing a major role in the creation and operation of The Kay Hooper Foundation.

Kay graduated from East Rutherford High School and attended Isothermal Community College — where she quickly discovered that business classes did not in any way enthrall her. Switching to more involving courses such as history and literature, she also began to concentrate on writing, which had been a longtime interest. Very quickly hooked, she asked for a Christmas typewriter and began seriously working on her first novel. That book, a Regency romance titled Lady Thief, sold to Dell Publishing in 1980. She has since published more than 60 novels and four novellas.

Kay is single and lives in a very small town in North Carolina, not far from her father and siblings. Deigning to live with her are a flock of cats — Bonnie, Ginger, Oscar, Tuffy, Felix, Renny, and Isabel — of various personalities who all like sleeping on manuscripts and whatever research happens to be spread across Kay’s desk. And living amongst the many felines are two cheerfully tolerant dogs, a shelter rescue, Bandit, who looks rather like a small sheepdog, and a Sheltie named Lizzie.

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Posted April 9, 2015 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 2 Comments

2 responses to “A Deadly Web by Kay Hooper

  1. I have been a big fan of Kay Hooper for a long time and I think I have read all the Bishop books except this spin off. It’s been so long I think I the only characters I really remember are Bishop and Miranda but I know during that series binge, I truly loved the crew Bishop had built. I was not so crazy about the Haven ones when those came out. I’m sorry that this new spin off isn’t working out so good for her.

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    • tanya – In an way, Kay Hooper was my first foray into reading supernatural (paranormal) type books when I was only reading mysteries. Of course, her books had some romance and my favorite kind of paranormal which is mind skills / witches. I hope her future books are better. As a big fan, I’ll keep reading.

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