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Something old, and dark, and cold. Something evil" is on the loose at a remote, exclusive resort in the Tennessee mountains in the easy-reading second installment of the Hooper's Fear trilogy (after Hunting Fear). When an eight-year-old girl mysteriously goes missing—at least the sixth disappearance in the past few decades—a crack team of paranormals, the FBI's Special Crimes Unit (SCU), aka Spooky Crimes Unit, is on the case. SCU head Noah Bishop and telepathic new recruit Quentin Hayes recover the girl and stick around to track down the lurking evil once and for all. This isn't Hayes' first stay at the Lodge: on vacation with his parents there 25 years earlier, 12-year-old Hayes discovered the strangled corpse of his friend Missy, an unsolved crime that has haunted him since. On this visit, Hayes meets Lodge guest Diana Brisco, a striking redhead who's at the resort taking a therapeutic art class to treat the nightmares, disorientation and blackouts she's suffered since childhood. Hayes helps Diana understand that she's not crazy but rather powerfully psychic, and they join forces to rid the Lodge of evil. Hooper's latest may offer her fans a few shivers on a hot beach. (Aug.)
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Although rather lightweight in plot and plausibility, Hooper's frightening foray into the world between death and the afterlife will evoke memories of Stephen King's The Shining. The setting here is a sprawling Tennessee resort hotel called the Lodge, rather than King's abandoned Colorado hotel, but scary, all-knowing children figure in both plots. Agent Quentin Hayes, part of a special FBI unit featuring psychics and mediums, has been returning to the Lodge for years, attempting to solve the murder of a girl he befriended while staying there as a young boy. Diana Brisco, a troubled young woman with inexplicable mental problems, is also staying at the Lodge while undergoing experimental art therapy. After meeting Quentin, Diana begins to share his belief that she is a medium and not crazy at all. Can they solve the old murder case before new deaths occur? The end is a little disappointing, but the novel is well worth reading for the scary ride it provides. Jenny McLarin
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Diana Brisco has recently arrived at the Lodge. She is a troubled thirty-three year old woman who had been taking a variety of sedatives, antianxiety drugs, and antidepressants for over twenty years. Her mother died when Diana was a young girl, and her father was alarmed by Diana's strange behavior, her blackouts, and her inability to concentrate. However, Diana's doctor weaned her off all drugs a year ago, and after meeting with and talking to Quentin, Diana realizes that she has never been mentally ill. She is a medium who can see and talk to the dead. Fate brought her to the Lodge at the same time as Quentin because she is the only one who can speak for those who have already passed over to "the other side." With Quentin's help, Diana may be able to stop a vicious murderer from claiming any more victims.
Hooper's simple and straightforward writing style contrasts nicely with the bizarre occurrences that gradually unfold throughout the book. The author makes her fanciful plot work by underplaying the melodrama and presenting far out events in a matter-of-fact way. She uses flashbacks and foreshadowing liberally to hint at the dangerous being that inhabits the Lodge, and she includes a number of red herrings to keep the reader in suspense. Diana is a sympathetic character and her relationship with Quentin develops gradually and realistically. The book's ending is both spooky and satisfying. "Chill of Fear" is an engrossing novel that will hook readers who enjoy an unusual story and a good scare.
Quentin Hayes works in Bishop's Special Crimes Unit but every year he has returned to "The Lodge" in order to solve the murder of a childhood friend. Every year he comes away with nothing. This year though, things will be much different because there is someone there that will be able to help him, but first he must convince her that she's not mentally insane, but instead a medium with unheard of power.
Diana Bisco has spent the better part of her life medicated by doctors trying to keep her safe and sane. But Diana is done with the med's and decides on a different course of treatment. She takes an art class at "The Lodge" but this hotel is not what it seems and when she starts seeing dead people she rethinks her mental illness, that is until she meets Quentin. Quentin is going to become very important to her survival if she is going to help those that wander "The Lodge" find peace. Oh, and she must do this before a killer strikes again.
This is truly more of a paranormal/suspense read than a romance read. So those that are looking for an indepth romance read might want to look else where. Otherwise the reader is in for a real treat. Ms. Hooper has combined a great deal into this read but it's all very good. I love her "Bishop" novel's and I look forward to her next effort.
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While there the police ask their help as an eight year old girl has gone missing at The Lodge. With Bishop's "spider sense", they are able to recover the girl but also sense there a lurking dark evil.
Now come forward to the present and Quentin is back, this time staying at the Lodge at Bishop's suggestion, to do more research. He meets Diana Brisco and senses psychic ability especially when they shake hands. Diana is very troubled as since she was eight and was "hearing voices" and having blackouts, her father has had her in various hospitals and with various doctors in therapy and on many, many drugs. She finally went off all drugs and is now at The Lodge with a therapeutic artists' workshop. Quentin has his work cut out for him trying to convince Diana that she is not insane but a medium after she sees and speaks with Missy, the young girl he knew 25 years ago that was murdered.
Ms. Hooper is great as always in showing evil and its insidious ways and good triumphing after a very long and hard road.
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!