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  • Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (4 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425224384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425224380
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.1 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,351,369 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on 24 May 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an enjoyably risqué suspense novel.

The relationship between Taige and Cullen is touching. And I don't mean that in a dodgy way! These two characters are clearly perfect together, but mistakes and grief keep them apart for twelve years. Despite the time apart, their connection is still sizzling. You long for them to reconcile, but before anything can happen, there's a problem.

Cullen's daughter has been kidnapped and he needs Taige to use her psychic abilities to find her. But this is only the most recent in a brutal series of kidnappings which have more to do with Taige than she first realises.

This book was unusual in its pacing, but not unsuccessful. I was worried that the first chapters, which outline the relationship between the protagonists when they were young, would be expositionary. Instead the writing was engaging. When you're half way through the book, it feels like your hurtling towards the climax (again... given some of the book's content, that sounded like a double entendre...), but there's more to this story than a simple search and rescue.

This is a quickfire read with a good story, strong characters and some sizzling tension. Four stars for this fun (and somewhat raunchy) read!
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By angie taylor on 13 July 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Excellent. Loved it.
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By Kash VINE VOICE on 16 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
This is my second Shiloh Walker book and it will be my last. The story sounded really good which is the reason I bought it (the same with Fragile) but unfortunately its disappointing.

They're not very long books and I feel that the story between the 2 main characters is just too expected and there are no doubts expressed by them. I expected more of a supernatural feel to Shiloh Walker's books but I don't feel she delivers on this.

Very disappointing and I will no longer be purchasing Shiloh Walker books.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Well done romantic suspense. Heroine uses psychic abilities to save lives and catch bad guys. 12 Nov 2008
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
REVIEWER'S OPINION:
Per Publishers Weekly "A sweet love story alternates with an exciting manhunt. Romantic suspense fans will find much to like in Taige, a fearless beauty, half-white, half-black, who's not just another medium clone." I agree. There are other characters with psychic abilities as well. This was a nicely done story with some interesting plot twists and events.

I noticed one reviewer found fault with the story as not being realistic regarding police procedures. That didn't bother me. It's probable that the psychic parts are also not that realistic. As far as I'm concerned, suspending belief is ok. I'm in this for the entertainment and for a fun escape, which it provided.

STORY BRIEF WITH SOME SPOILERS:
Cullen is a rich kid whose family spends summers at their vacation home, located in a gulf coast Alabama tourist town. Taige's parents died when she was young. She lives with an abusive uncle. When Taige is 15, Cullen saves her from an attempted rape. They develop a relationship over the next few summers. Cullen knows Taige has psychic abilities. When Taige is 19, Cullen's mother is violently murdered. Cullen is angry and breaks up with Taige. He felt Taige should have known about the murder in advance to help prevent it. He was mad that she never tried to control or develop her abilities. He claimed she passively reacted to them instead of actively used them. Because of Cullen's accusation, Taige then begins to actively use her abilities, develop greater control over them and works with the FBI. Cullen marries Kim who dies giving birth to their daughter Jilly. Several years later Jilly is kidnapped. Cullen hasn't seen Taige for 12 years, but goes to her asking for her help to find Jilly.

DATA:
Story length: 311 pages. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 8. Total number of sex scene pages: 28. Setting: current day gulf coast tourist town in Alabama and a few other places in the U.S. Copyright: 2008. Genre: paranormal romantic suspense.

OTHER BOOKS:
To date, I've read the following Shiloh Walker books.

Novels:
4 stars. The Missing. Copyrt 2008. Review Date 11/12/08.
2 stars. Touch of Gypsy Fire. Copyrt 2004. No review posted.

Anthologies:
5 stars. Ghost of a Chance (in anthology Ellora's Cavemen: Tales From The Temple IV). Copyrt 2004. Review Date 4/02/08.
4 stars. The Blood Kiss (in anthology Hot Spell). Copyrt 2005. My 5 star review for the anthology was posted 5/11/08.
1 star. His Christmas Cara (in anthology All She Wants: Ellora's Cave). Copyrt 2004. My 4 star review for the anthology was posted 4/02/08.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Incredibly depressing read 17 July 2010
By Love books, love gadgets - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had misgivings from the start, just based on the plot but the book had so many positive reviews that I decided to give it a try. Without giving away any spoilers, here's the plot: The hero abandons the heroine. He has a child with another woman while the heroine lives a life of relentless misery. The two meet up again after eight years apart when the hero needs the heroine's help to rescue his daughter.

I found it unbelievably sad and depressing that the heroine did not experience a moment of joy and happiness for almost an entire decade. I don't know who I was more angry with -- the hero for abandoning her or the heroine for being such a martyr. Or myself for reading the book, despite all the warning signs.

I will try another one of Shiloh Walker's books, but only if the plot doesn't raise any red flags. I hope she doesn't torture all her heroines like this, it was very painful to read.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Dark and dangerous 12 Nov 2008
By Laurie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Taige Branch was blessed, or maybe cursed, with the special gift of vision. She certainly doesn't feel special though and has had more than her fair share of pain - emotional and physical. Losing both parents and being sent to live with her fire and brimstone preacher of an uncle, she was constantly berated and regularly beaten because of the "evil" that supposedly had taken residence in her young body. Despite all of this, Taige uses her gift to the best of her ability, saving more than one person from certain death and then suffering the physically ravaging consequences in private after. When a wealthy boy's family buys a vacation home in the Alabama gulf where Taige lives, the teens are instantly attracted and it isn't long before he witnesses her gift first-hand. Unfortunately, she is unable to predict Cullen's mother's violent death, only to be blamed by him and cast aside.

Taige and Cullen may have been separated for several years but they never forgot each other. When Cullen's young daughter is kidnapped, Taige is the first person the single father turns to for help. Now officially working with the FBI to find missing children, Taige's abilities are maximized to the fullest. Cullen's daughter is found, but in doing so, Taige discovers and connects with a multitude of other murdered children who have been missing for decades. Cullen soon realizes that his daughter has the same gift as Taige, as did the children whose remains were recently discovered. He knows that in order for his daughter to ever have true peace in her life he will have to work with Taige in finding the man whose evil is responsible for the sheer hell these children endured. They won't have to look far though because he has Taige in his sights and he's bent on total destruction.

Shiloh Walker has outdone herself with this book. It's dark, sensual and suspenseful, but most of all it's chock full of excellently written emotion and turmoil. Taige and Cullen are damaged souls, and while their backgrounds couldn't have been more different, their hearts and their love for each other are very much the same. They both regret what could have been for their relationship all those years ago, but celebrate what the future may hold for them. I personally feel that this just might be Shiloh Walker's best work to date and I highly recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
More like 4 1/2 stars... 24 Nov 2008
By Deborah Wiley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What if you had a power to sense when someone was dying or in jeopardy of dying?

Taige Branch has such a gift and it has cost her everything. As a teenager, she falls deeply in love with Cullen Morgan... only to see the capriciousness of her gift end things. Now, Taige works as a consultant for the FBI, using her psychic gifts to try to save others. Cullen has never forgotten Taige as his dreams are still haunted by her. Will Taige be able to save Cullen's daughter, Jillian? And will the past memories overshadow any chance at happiness for Cullen and Taige?

Shiloh Walker never hesitates to cross boundaries and create romances that are atypical. Once again, she has crafted a phenomenal and oh so thrilling tale that breaks all the rules! From the time span involved in the story to the very brutality and nature of the crimes, THE MISSING isn't your stereotypical romance as it takes readers through a gamut of very deep, heartwrenching moments. Even small pieces of the plot, like Kendrick's story, will haunt me for quite some time.

The emotional impact of THE MISSING is perhaps the key component to the story's success. The reader is drawn into Taige's young life and the hardships she faces. Cullen's entry into her life is like a ray of hope... and then we see that joy shattered in one horrible and yet understandable moment of grief. It's hard not to empathize with both Cullen and Taige, both so young and yet so hurt. THE MISSING then skips forward to the current day and the anguish that afflicted their young lives is still ever-present. Can time truly heal all wounds? Only in the hands of a writer as talented as Shiloh Walker could this scenario work, and boy does she ever make it work! I cried right along with the characters as they fought for their happily-ever-after.

THE MISSING is yet another stellar example of why Shiloh Walker's books are an automatic purchase for me. Don't look for a cookie cutter mold to fit any of Ms. Walker's books but rather expect the unexpected. Bravo!

COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The saddest heroine... 31 May 2012
By Tammi - Published on Amazon.com
It's hard to see non-Urban Fantasy objectively when I'm expecting to read something similar to UF. This book was suggested by SW to the fans of the Kate Daniels series (UF), but it wouldn't be fair to view it next to that genre. I'll review "The Missing" in light of PNR books I've read that share a similar theme. I've read "Dream Man" by Linda Howard, "Tracy's Psychic" by Jory Strong, and a host of Kay Hooper's `Bishop/SCU' novels. Linda Howard's book was the one that introduced me to PNR, so for me it is the definitive outline for psychic romance suspense. Anyway, even when comparing TM to other books of its ilk, I cannot say I enjoyed it much.

(1) I thought the premise was good, but too much was thrown into the plot without laying enough initial groundwork. Different aspects of Tainge's abilities conveniently appeared as the situations warranted without prior revelation/explanation (and the ability evolution continued until almost the story's climax--**cough**psychic imprint left on others**cough**).

(2) The author used psychic dreams to forge a relationship between Tainge and Cullen's daughter. This was unnecessary given the talent and experience both females shared. This contrivance paid a disservice to all the other efforts made in the book to draw the two together. I can forgive the device's use in the romance between Tainge and Cullen, since the pair take a while to reunite.

(3) There was no real explanation as to why the villain failed to make a victim of one of the characters that should have been a gimme. I expected there would be something more significant than the thin--but highly improbable--reason provided.

Those were relatively small things, though. I could have overlooked them. However,

(4) the biggie was the stark contrast between Tainge's experiences and those of Cullen. If there was poverty, pain, suffering, assault, or rejection to be had it was bequeathed unto the heroine--throughout the ENTIRE story. Honestly, I'd be afraid to associate with Tainge. She had a black lightning-filled cloud hanging around that followed her EVERYWHERE and lit her up FREQUENTLY. Cullen's life couldn't have been more different--even when he was standing right next to her she was guaranteed to get struck as he watched aghast.

Bottom line: Tainge's determination and experiences reminded me of a Looney Tune hero valiantly forging on with one working limb despite the numerous gunshot wounds in his chest, arrows in his legs, axe splicing his skull--WTH? The reader is assured that Tainge is a strong person who doesn't require the help of a man, but honestly, if I'd had her life I'd be begging for some man to save me. She wasn't a cbaracter I could admire--despite all the good she did. She was just a very sad--taken advantage of--victim.
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