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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,773 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kay Hooper Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Evil Trilogy Release Date: August 2001 ISBN: 9781436125888
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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 secret may be exposed when a madman seizes Seattle in his terrifying grip. He abducts women and blinds them, leaving them barely alive.

The police have one hope: the lone victim who might recover her sight. But they don’t know that Maggie has her own dark connection to the monster, an eerie link that may stretch back to a string of unsolved murders.

To stop the escalating terror, Maggie will have to push her abilities to the breaking point, even if it means confronting a predator whose powers seem to have no bounds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you love books that blend passion, suspense, and the unexpected, you’ll love this one.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilynn | 2/19/2014

    " I am re-reading Kays- Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Series from start to finish waiting for "Blood Ties". Have the first two in this Series these books are worth reading more than once. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marti | 2/13/2014

    " this was a book i read on the treadmill and stationary bike before bringing it upstairs to finish. it is a creepy story with a bunch of people, regular police, fbi and empaths, etc. trying to find the sick killer who likes to not only blind the woman victims, but in at least one case, remove them. this creep is no match for the talented group who combine resources to track him down. hey, when was the last time that a book ended with evil conquering good? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Missrem | 2/13/2014

    " this book was my least favorite. i loved the shadows series so much and i really fell in love with bishop and miranda's relationship. i couldnt get into these characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 2/12/2014

    " I'm definitely on a paranormal sci-fi kick. I wonder what my psychic power would be? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/11/2014

    " Great story!! I loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Helen Harrison | 1/17/2014

    " I read this book all the way through but when I was done, I wondered why. It is much too graphic and the evil described is depressing. It is well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debi9kids | 1/15/2014

    " Creepy...in a good way :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesli | 1/10/2014

    " The only thing I kept hearing about this book was how graphic the scenes are. I didn't even flinch while reading most of the mutilation scenes (maybe that just makes me one sick puppy). I'd rather have known about Bonnie Knight, but more than likely will read the other 2 in this thrillogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry sullivan | 1/8/2014

    " This book was a really good read it kept me guessing the whole way through. I will defiantly be reading more of this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 12/24/2013

    " Terrifying. Kay Hooper is one of the scariest author's I've ever read. This book kept me up all night reading in our hotel room in Italy, and the only thing that put me to sleep was that my muscular, military brother was sleeping in between me and the window in case a crazed killer climbed in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charon | 11/25/2013

    " Not bad for a free book. I'm not really a fan of the paranormal stuff though, I don't think it works all that well in the context of a story that is more or less a classic thriller. And I really could have done without the romance, squeezed in the last couple of pages Dan Brown style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana | 10/17/2013

    " A little more romance than I would've liked, but the mystery/thriller part held my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/24/2013

    " This one was a little tough for me to get though. It started off kinda slow and stayed that way for the first 2/3 of the book. Some scenes were very graphic and intense ( and stuff like that doesn't normally bother me). I love Kay Hooper and the Bishop series but this one wasn't my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda S. | 9/19/2013

    " I love all Kay's books, and am always eagerly awaiting the next one. The Evil series and Haunting Rachel were my first, and then I went searching for others. Love the psychic/paranormal twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 8/1/2013

    " Chilling thriller with just the right amount of paranormal! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Fryland | 7/29/2013

    " Had to finish it in one day -- compelling read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rozzinner | 7/28/2013

    " The plot has too much reliance on clairvoyance to solve the mystery for my tastes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elida | 7/12/2013

    " This book is about an individual who has pyschic abilities that can tell her how a particular murder was done. She is also able to feel the pain of the individual being tortured and then murdered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Talia | 6/30/2013

    " What a suspense love these books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Olson-Thorner | 4/27/2013

    " Quite gruesome and a little too 'pyschic' for my liking, but a fast-paced read that kept me from putting it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cortney Mcadams | 3/12/2013

    " This was the first book of Kay hooper's that I read. It was hard for me to put it down. She keeps the story moving and keeps you guessing. Very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 2/20/2013

    " When I first read the prologue I found it very distrubing. But wow was this a page turner. I did not want to put it down. I had to know who the killer was and find out how Maggie knew what she did. Definitely recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Jackson | 2/15/2013

    " I'm in the midst of a Bishop SCU Series re-read. I see that there's a new book out (Haven) and it inspired me to go back and start from the beginning. I forgot how much I enjoyed these books and they psychic twists. I wish they had these bundled as ebook sets to download though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Solla | 1/1/2013

    " This book is a thriller involving crime solvers with special psychic abilities. The search for the killer in this murder mystery thriller is quite exciting. It involves a serial killer and the search to find him is quite involved. Good descriptions of police work involved with solving the crime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/15/2012

    " Paranormal crime solving series has been a good read. Story keeps moving along at a good pace. Pulls together at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 9/23/2012

    " I couldn't wait to get the next one in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teea | 8/31/2012

    " I think this is the first in the series, although they can each stand on their own. I have to say i wasn't that interested in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/13/2012

    " I listened to this via audiobook and really enjoyed it quite a bit. A nice, fairly easy to follow story. The characters are engaging, the story is multi-faceted and interesting. I like the entire BCU series. It's not great literature but a good read none the less. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 KatMcD | 6/4/2012

    " Book Club pick. Okay, but too supernatural. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 6/1/2012

    " I listened to this on CD. It's genre fiction, a murder mystery with more than a touch of the paranormal. A little gory for my taste in parts but overall it was entertaining enough to while away drive time. "

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About the Author

Kay Hooper is the award-winning author of Sleeping with Fear, Hunting Fear, Chill of Fear, Touching Evil, Whisper of Evil, Sense of Evil, Once a Thief, Always a Thief, the Shadows trilogy, and other novels. She lives in North Carolina.

About the Narrator

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned nineteen Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration. She has toured Europe in stage productions of several Greek dramas. In the United States, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in The Seagull. At the New York Stage and Film Festival, she had the starring role in The Clearing.