Sleeping with Fear by Kay Hooper

27 Jul

Favorite Line: “She was covered with blood, and it wasn’t hers.” (5)

Sleeping with Fear by Kay Hooper is a paranormal book following Special Agent Riley Crane who has awoke to find herself covered in blood. She has no wounds and knows that it can’t be hers. She doesn’t remember anything from that night or the three weeks prior to that night.

Bit by bit small memories begin to return to her, but in the meanwhile a headless body is found. Because Riley is a specialist in the occult, she is asked to help the local authorities with the case and meets with the sheriff and the D.A. With no memory, she has no idea who she can trust and even worse, her clairvoyant abilities are gone.

Ms. Hooper did a good job of making me feel like the character of Riley. She suffers memory lapses more than once and with her confusion came my confusion. I was lost. When she found out what was happening, so did I. While it was great, it was also annoying to begin learning something and then have an instant blackout wipe it all away. It was weird to see Riley lose her memory but feel an attraction towards someone and innately know that the person was her lover.

Yes, I thought I knew who the killer was, then I changed my mind. I should have kept to my original thesis. This book is one of many in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit. I’m thinking it’s book 9 with a 10th ready to follow.

At one time I loved all of Kay Hooper’s books. Then they began coming in hardcover and I couldn’t afford to buy them as often as I had before. Now, I’ve found myself fumbling with them. It’s not that they are poorly written or uneventful; I just don’t have that lovin’ feeling anymore. The story lines are all different, but they all seem to fall back on the same premise of a killer (supernatural) and a special agent (who must have an anchor) battling it out. They aren’t as fresh as they used to be.

It wasn’t a bad book. It wasn’t a great book. It was an average book that may do more for you than it did for me.


4 Responses to “Sleeping with Fear by Kay Hooper”

  1. Rosie July 27, 2007 at 9:40 am #

    Even though she doesn’t release books as often as she used to I felt the same way about this one. The paranormal crime unit is so intriguing. I will probably get the next one because they are usually at Costco and discounted quite a bit, but I’m hoping for a bit more story or at least a new twist. I loved the first 4 or so books in this series.

  2. scooper July 28, 2007 at 1:22 pm #

    Rosie- I’ll prob. get it too. *sigh*

  3. amie July 28, 2007 at 9:01 pm #

    She’s one of my last few auto-buys but this one wasn’t one of my faves. I found myself getting frustrated often and usually she’s easy for me to forgive.

  4. scooper July 29, 2007 at 9:30 am #

    Amie- I know what you mean. I’m hoping for more from the next book. I know that I’ll be buying it despite my present irritation.

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