08 December 2010

Book Review Number 13: Chill of Fear by Kay Hooper

This is book two of the Fear Trilogy that I mentioned before.  And this one has a special place in my heart because it takes place in Tennessee.  It takes place at a very exclusive resort in a small town in the Tennessee mountains.  It's a place where secrets are kept, including missing children and mysterious deaths over a 25 year period.  The first murder, 25 years previously, happened while future SCU agent, Quentin Hayes, was a boy spending time there with his family.  The little girl had been like a little sister to him and once he was older and had the resources, he spent every vacation in the police station, trying to find the answer to her death.  When the story takes place, he is there when another little girl is taken.  He and Bishop manage to find her in time, but that's just the beginning of the story.  For the first time in 25 years, Quentin stays at the resort.  There he meets Diana Brisco, a young woman who has been medicated most of her life for hallucinations and is just now learning to live her life without them.  She is at the resort for an Art Therapy class and as she draws, she taps her psychic talent - she is a medium, opening the door between this world and the "gray time".

With the help of Quentin, she learns to accept what she is and the two of them find the answer to the secrets that the resort has been hiding for the last 25 years.

This was the creepiest of the trilogy and, by far, my favorite.  The first time I read it, I didn't want to put it down.  Even knowing what was happening, I had the same thing happen the second time around.  Even being part of a trilogy, it isn't as closely tied to the books before and after it as the next trilogy.  Yet you still are part of the same world.  A definite good read.