Chill Of Fear, By Kay Hooper
With this latest installment in the Fear Series, Ms. Hooper, manages to shock a blast of pure pleasure out of me by writing the best Bishop Series book yet with this dark and dangerous tale of ghosts, old Victorian mansions, and secrets long thought buried.
Diana Brisco thinks she's certifiable. She hears voices, has dreams that seem more like reality, blacks out and finds herself in strange places, doing odd things. She comes to The Lodge for a new type of therapy, one in which she hopes will be the thing to cure her. But, in her heart she knows nothing will ever make her right. No amount of medication, no talented and celebrated doctor, will ever be able to keep her from hearing the voices. She sees things that she shouldn't be able to see. Hears things that clearly couldn't possibly be there. And yet, deep down, in some dark corner of her mind she knows she isn't insane at all, but merely tapped into a world that most aren't privy too.
Quentin Hayes, is haunted by his past. As a child he was like any other boy. Fun-loving, energetic, and too big for his britches. Missy was like the little sister he never had and never really wanted. She followed him everywhere during their time at The Lodge together. Then, when Missy turns up dead, he's torn by the horrible realization that he could have done something to help her. She had tried warning him, but he hadn't paid any attention. Missy had paid the price for his negligence. Therefore, as an adult and an elite member of the Special Crimes Unit, Quentin is finally in a position to do something about an unsolved murder that has become like an obsession.
Diana and Quentin, are an unlikely pair, both haunted by their own demons, and through an odd sequence of events their paths come together, crossing in a way you would never have expected. Will they be able to stop the horrible evil that lurks at The Lodge, praying on innocents? What secrets does this hundred year old place hold, and which one will prove to be the deadliest of them all?
And, the most important question of all, will Diana and Quentin be able to wade through the murky waters of other people's misdeeds in order to save themselves in time?
This story, and Ms. Hooper's writing only gets better and better with each turn of the page. As I moved from one chapter to another, I found myself clutching this intense story with a kind of fervor I hadn't felt in a long time. I simply couldn't wait for the next secret to be revealed, and then the next. Soon, the story becomes real.
Now that's what I call an excellent ghost story!