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1 Aug 2006
New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper turns up the heat even as she chills readers to the bone with a new suspense novel that distills the essence of fear itself. In this relentless thriller, two psychics put more than their lives on the line to stop a killer darker and more evil than they could ever imagine. . . .

FBI agent Quentin Hayes always knew he had an unusual talent, even before he was recruited by Noah Bishop for the controversial Special Crimes Unit. But, as gifted as he is, for twenty years he’s been haunted by a heartbreaking unsolved murder that took place at The Lodge, a secluded Victorian-era resort in Tennessee. Now he’s returned one final time, determined to put the mystery to rest.

Diana Brisco has come there hoping to unlock the mystery of her troubled past. Instead, she is assailed by nightmares and the vision of a child who vanished from The Lodge years ago. And an FBI agent is trying to convince her that she isn’t crazy but that she has a rare gift, a gift that could catch a killer.

Quentin knows that this is his last chance to solve a case that has become a dangerous obsession. But can he persuade Diana to help him, knowing what it could cost her? For something cold and dark and pure evil is stalking the grounds of The Lodge. Something Diana may not survive. Something Quentin never felt before: the chill of fear.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (1 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553585991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553585995
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 762,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not quite as much bite 23 Sep 2005
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I absolutely love the Bishop SCU series - and this one was eagerly awaited. Quentin (who we have met before); is researching a crime which happened during his childhood and one which he has deep connections too. Along comes Diana - she is more deeply connected to the crime and to the strange happenings at the lodge - therein lies the link between them.
Although I enjoyed this book it did not seem to have the punch, no real involvement from other members of the 'team' in this one (a brief cameo from Beau, which was, dare I say a little contrived) and I missed the banter and chance to visit 'old' friends along the way.
Worth a read, but not if you have not read any of the series before, the earlier ones are much better and I don't feel this one would give a true reading of just how powerful and engrossing Ms Hooper's book are as a rule.
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4.0 out of 5 stars She sees dead people. 31 July 2005
By E. Bukowsky - Published on
Kay Hooper's new thriller, "Chill of Fear," is a mystery with a paranormal twist. The book is set in Leisure, Tennessee, at a secluded resort called "The Lodge." This location has been the scene of numerous murders and disappearances over the years. One crime in particular has obsessed Quentin Hayes, a psychic and a member of the FBI's Special Crimes Unit, whose members use their extrasensory abilities as investigative tools. Hayes has spent a great deal of time over the years trying to find the killer of an eight-year-old girl named Missy; Quentin was a guest at the resort when Missy was murdered, twenty-five years ago.

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.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Have An Open Mind & A Bit Of Imagination!!! 14 Sep 2005
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on
Kay Hooper books are all very entertaining and fan's of this author know to come to her Bishop/SCU reads with an open mind, and a fair bit of imagination. These are reads where anything goes, and usually does. So keeping that in mind, readers should truly enjoy this fast-paced read.

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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Series! 8 Aug 2005
By J. Engle - Published on
I am giving this book 5 stars not because it is a literary classic but because it is one of the best of its genre. I am not going to rehash the story here as that is available elsewhere. However, having read all of this series of books, I can honestly say that this is the best one so far. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them but this one kept me on the edge of my seat While all of them deal with horiffic crimes and a touch of the supernatural, this one has truly gruesome tales of murder especially those involving children and more than a little touch of the supernatural. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed every page and I'll bet you will too. Worth the price and a definite "get away from it all read".
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More mystery and paranormal than romance! 6 Aug 2005
By Valerie Matteson - Published on
I don't know why some reviewers did not like this book in the SCU/Bishop series. I really loved it. Lots of thrills and chills!! The story begins 25 years ago in Leisure, Tennessee at The Lodge where a young girl is hiding in a closet and hears something evil coming but can't tell if it is inside her or outside the door. From the light coming in under the door, she sees two feet and basically that is all we know from that past. Advance 20 years, FBI agent Quentin Hayes in on vacation and in the police station conference room in Leisure. He is working as he has for the past ten years to try and solve a very cold case of 20 years ago when he was 12 that a young girl (Missy) was found murdered. Noah Bishop has just formed his Special Crimes Unit nicknames the Spooky Crimes Unit and has come to try to persuade Quentin to join. Quentin is a "seer."

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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a suspensful tale done right! 6 Sep 2005
By darkhunting - Published on
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!
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