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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: BERKLEY - US; 1 edition (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425245217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425245217
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.3 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,386,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid... she fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more...ah... serious vampire stories. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, but most all anything romantic. Once upon a time, she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roroblu'sMum TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 May 2012
Format: Paperback
By no means is this a bad read - I don't think that this author could put anything out that wasn't decent, well-written, with an actual tale. But, it was not 'heavy' enough - not on the love front, not on the intrigue front, not on the paranormal front, and it ended far, far too conveniently for all.

It starts with Dez, a female FBI agent who can communicate with ghosts, walking away from her boss-turned-lover, Taylor, when, after she's been injured on the job, he insists that she takes three months off. Instead, she takes off and there's nothing between them for 14 months, until via his PA, he gets a message that she needs his help...

By coincidence, she's in his home town, where his sister disappeared 25 years ago, and he responds. In a very short time, they start back where they left off, and very soon were saying I Love You...but it felt too quick, too passionless and too un-angsty, which did not seem realistic given their pasts, their childhoods and their 'burdens'. It needed to be heavier, there needed to be more dialogue, more explanations...more emotions felt. Not just spoken about, but felt.

As to the reason that she ended up in town...I could see it unravelling with the first contact she made. It felt as if the tale should have been longer, deeper and more tortured to be able to justify what went on here, but it did kind of seem that karmic justice was being done. The ending was just too pat and convenient. The problem with this book is that it was 'beige and bland' and touched on too many things, without a proper explanation. It's a real pity, as it could have been a lot more, in every way.
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By angie taylor on 13 July 2014
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Excellent. Loved it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I'm in Love with a Character! 2 May 2012
By Hip Mom - Published on
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Unless, I am DEEPLY moved and impressed with a novel, I don't typically write reviews; i know it's unfair, and even a little lazy, but it is what it is ;--) However; i was deeply affected by this storyline I just had to...I will not get into the deets about this one, since others have already done so. But I will say I have not read such a riveting, grab me by the seat of the pants, beautiful romantic/suspense novel like the "Departed" in sooo long, I had to leave a comment. Please, please, please read this book; it will leave quite an impression. I hope Shiloh will continue with this sequel and write more about the FBI, Pyschi team headed by Taylor Jones, i'd spend me lunch money to purchase it. I HIGHLY recommend this book!!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Strong characters and scorching hot romance make this story a guaranteed winner! 9 Jan. 2012
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on
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The Departed by Shiloh Walker
Paranormal Romance -Jan. 3rd, 2012
4 stars

The Departed is a strong new contemporary paranormal which is the second in a series about paranormal investigators who work for the government. This first book in the series was called The Missing. It is not necessary to have read Missing to enjoy this well-written story.

Agent Taylor Jones works for the FBI and has the unique ability to gather those with very special talents to work with him. Although he knows it is wrong, he craves one of his subordinates, Desiree Lincoln. Dez can commune with the dead. She works tirelessly to help them 'depart' after their deaths when they cannot leave due to an often violent end. However, their latest assignment nearly kills her and as a result Taylor tries to protect her. They have a night of wild passion but Taylor locks her out and tells her it can never happens again. But Dez wants Taylor and her independence and quits the team. Taylor realizes how much he misses Dez and hunts her down but finds Dez investigating a suspicious death.

Dez is being haunted by the ghost of a high school jock who died violently. He tells Dez that he was murdered by his friends when he protested the killing of a young girl. But one of these young men has a powerful and influential father. Dez must stop them since they plan to kill the girl on Halloween and it is fast approaching that time. Can Dez save the girl and prevents more deaths before it is too late?

This was quick read that caught my instant attention. The sexual tension between Taylor and Dez is steaming HOT. I also loved the mystery and the murderous characters who were so twisted and evil that I wanted them brought to justice. Since Dez can talk with the ghost many times, she already knows what has happened. It is proving what she knows and how she fights against the deviousness characters who are trying to hide their murder which makes this story so interesting.

Strong characters and scorching hot romance make this story a guaranteed winner!

Reviewed by Steph from Bookaholics Book Club
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent psychic detective story 3 Jan. 2012
By Book Collector - Published on
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I would have given this kindle book 5 stars except there were weird dashes surrounding certain words placed throughout the text. It really interfered with the flow of reading and was incredibly irritating. Other than that, the book was excellent.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Departed 1 Feb. 2012
By Fiction Vixen - Published on
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The hero is FBI Special Agent Taylor Jones. I thought he came off as kind of a jerk in the beginning. He's cold, aloof and is wholly focused on his career. He's not likely to be warming up anytime soon, not even for the woman he secretly pines for. Just once he allowed a crack in the armor and spent a passionate night with Desiree "Dez" Lincoln after she was wounded in the line of duty. Feeling responsible for what happened, he quickly shut down his feelings after their brief affair, erecting his walls along with his cool exterior.

Dez Lincoln is a special agent--subordinate to Agent Jones--who can communicate with the spirits of the dead. She uses her gift to track dangerous criminals. Deeply disappointed and hurt when Taylor turned his back on her after their intimate time together she realizes she can no longer work with him and decides to strike out on her own. She'll continue her work, only not as part of the FBI, leaving Taylor behind.

Fourteen months later through twist of fate, Dez and Taylor find themselves working together in an unofficial capacity in Taylor's hometown. They must track down a killer before he strikes again. But there is another mystery in Taylor's past and Dez may be the key to helping him find closure and healing old wounds. As they work together, their feelings for each other become undeniable.

The Departed is a dark romantic suspense with a paranormal twist. I really liked the paranormal aspect. The plot is...I want to say intricate but I don't know if that is the right word. There is a lot going on and at times I got a little lost, but all the pieces gradually fell into place. I'm not sure at what point I settled in and got comfortable, it just happened and before I knew it I was rolling right along. I did experience a bit of discomfort as the murder mysteries involve children and I've been known to quit a book quick if I feel a story will cross my personal line in the sand. Obviously I didn't quit this book but I edged close to my discomfort zone a time or two.

Since I wasn't overly fond of Taylor in the beginning I worried that the romance would suffer in the story. I love a good mystery as much as anyone but I am a romance lover so I wasn't willing to forsake the romance in favor of the mystery. But what I ultimately ended up loving about this book is how Taylor's icy layers slowly melted away as the mysteries of the story unfolded and secrets were revealed. Yes, Taylor had a hot passionate streak but he also held back and was always guarded and so the overall romance was gradual and built at a nice pace.

The Departed is a nice blend of paranormal romance and suspense. As the mysteries unraveled, the romance slowly came together packing a solid emotional punch while keeping the story edgy and intriguing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gripping Mystery and Romance 26 Jan. 2012
By Jen Twimom - Published on
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 4.5 stars: Loved it - enthusiastically recommend (A)

When Dez Lincoln is seriously injured while saving a child from a horrible predator, her boss, Taylor Jones cannot get the gruesome images out of his mind. Although he is as cold as they come, inside Taylor is a wreck - trying to control a situation that is beyond his reach. The fear of losing Dez pushes Taylor to act out his inner-most desires and makes Dez's fantasies come true. Until the next day... When Taylor does the unthinkable and orders Dez on a mandatory leave of absence. Dez knows that he's doing it to put distance between the two so Taylor can rebuild his walls. But Dez isn't going to take it and walks.

Fast forward fourteen months. Dez is working free-lance and overwhelmed with the spirits of those that have passed. Taylor is making his annual visit home to pay tribute to his baby sister, who was abducted when she was six. Both individuals are near their breaking points when they find each other again. Now they have to work together to unscramble cryptic clues left by the ghosts of French Lick, Indiana before someone else is murdered.

The Departed is a gripping, suspenseful story. I was immediately drawn in by Ms. Walker's talented storytelling and could not put the book down until the very last stone was turned. There were several twists and turns, but never did the volume of clues or characters become overwhelming. Nothing felt contrived. I was guessing what would come next, who was behind what, and how the story would be resolved though out the story.

Although this story is about solving a series of crimes, there is much more at stake than the lives of the citizens of French Lick. At the heart of this story is the fragile existence of two fiercely independent and strong individuals. Both Dez and Taylor are flawed, and doing the best that they can, even when confronted with horrible situations. Both are close to the end of their respective ropes, and in Taylor's case, maybe even close to taking his own life.

Dez and Taylor fit together perfectly. Ms. Walker creates a couple that needed each other, but were not needy. They are able to get past the rough edges (and there are a lot) to find a way to heal and be whole. They complement one another so well. I was cheering whole-heartedly for Dez and Taylor, and they held my heart in their hands. I cheered their successes and I shed tears in their pain. I love a story that can evoke a wide range of emotions within me.

Although this book is the second in the FBI Psychics Series, I did not read the first, and it is not necessary. This book can be read and appreciated as a stand alone. However, after enjoying this book so very much, I'm adding more of Ms. Walker's books to my wish list. The Departed has that perfect mix of spectacular plot line, engaging characters and a wide-ranging emotional impact.
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