Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review of THE DEPARTED by Shiloh Walker


FBI Psychics #2
Suspense/Paranormal (psychic...can talk to ghosts)
Berkley

When a ghost leads Desiree “Dez” Lincoln to French Lick, IN, the last person she expects to run into is her former boss (and lover), FBI Agent, Taylor Jones, who is just as surprised to see her. Having had a rather bad falling out, neither was prepared to run into the other, but there are much more important things to worry about than past disagreements.

As they unravel one plot, another mystery cries out to be solved. This one is much more personal. One that nearly broke Taylor as a teenager. One he has never healed from.

Can Dez discover who caused such pain and heal Taylor's heart in the process?

*****

While I really enjoyed THE DEPARTED, there was just one thing that hampered me from loving this book...but I'll get to that. 

I loved Dez and Taylor. Dez wore her emotions more openly, while Taylor hid behind a cold veneer. It wasn't until Dez was gravely injured that Taylor started to acknowledge his feelings, but even then he was quick to revert back into his icy demeanor. He wasn't an easy man to understand until his past started to unravel. Dez was easier to read. I loved their chemistry and watching Taylor's emotions melt.

It was no big secret who the culprits were of the crime that brought Dez to French Lick. The question was how were they going to catch them, and prove what they had plotted. The real mystery, was what had happened to Taylor's little sister back when they were kids. Where did she go? Who took her? Nothing was ever found, but now a small ghostly voice started asking Dez to “Find Me.”As this little girl started to haunt Dez, she knew that she wouldn't find any peace until she discovered the girl's identity and what transpired the day she went missing. This was really gut wrenching, seeing Taylor relive the day his sister disappeared, and how he's tried to make up for never finding her by joining the FBI and being the best special agent he could be.

I really liked this book, and am looking forward to the next installment of the series...heck I look forward to EVERYTHING Shiloh Walker writes.


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One thing really bothered me...and I blame this on bad editing. It was mentioned that there were six teenage boys originally involved in the kidnapping of the girl in the beginning of the story, Tristan, who was murdered for his reluctance to be involved—his ghost led Dez to French Lick. Then there was Mark, Beau, and Brandon, who were dealt with (quite well) in the story. BUT, here's were it gets a bit hairy, Kyle was mentioned as being cold and calculating, yet he just seemed to fall off the face of the Earth, and there was no punishment nor consequences for his actions. On page 177 Keith Sutter and Lee Gragon were mentioned as being not “as intristic to the group”. Now I thought that maybe Keith and Kyle were one and the same and this was just an “oopsie” not caught, but I felt that it was very inconsistent that Beau, Mark & Brandon were dealt with, but not Kyle (Keith?), who we KNEW played a part in the attempt of murder.


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