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Departed, The Paperback – 15 Mar 2012
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About the Author
Shiloh Walker is the national bestselling author of many novels, including Hunting the Hunter, Hunter's Salvation, and Hunters: Heart and Soul.
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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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Very Brief Synopsis - Taylor Jones, leader of the FBI Psychic Unit, and Desiree Lincoln, a former member of Jones' team, reunite after more than a year when a case draws them together. Taylor feels guilty because not only was Dez hurt on his watch, but he crossed a professional line, letting his emotions overrule his judgment. Dez has been freelancing, and is drawn to a case that has her crossing paths with Jones once more.
What worked for me - Very strong plot, with lots of points that seem unconnected at first, then slowly start to weave into a horrifying pattern. Shiloh Walker is a master at parsing out information at exactly the right time, in exactly the right amount. The story is by turns creepy, and sad, and uplifting.
Taylor Jones - Ah, Mr. Broody Pants. We find out why Jones is clenched so tight in this book. Seeing him finally give in to his attraction to Dez is a beautiful thing.
Dez - She is strong, and capable, and kind. She doesn't do stupid things, which isn't to say she doesn't make mistakes. And she is so done in by Jones...The two of them are great together.
What didn't work as well - One of the storylines wrapped up a little abruptly, with very little follow through. Then again, I'm not sure where else it could have gone, so...Other than that little nitpicky point, nothing comes to mind.
Bottom line - Time and money extremely well spent. I am an admitted card carrying, pom-pom waving Shiloh Walker fan. If you haven't done yourself the favor of reading her work, this is a good place to start. Loving this series.
Desiree Lincoln is a psychic who can communicate with the ghosts of the dead, those who continue to linger on Earth because for some reason or the other, they have unfinished business that keeps them around without giving them the closure that they require so badly. A part of the team that is headed by FBI Special Agent in Charge Taylor Jones, Desiree or Dez knows no respite from the ghosts that continue to seek her out, wanting and craving the one thing that had been denied from them for so long.
Special Agent in Charge Taylor Jones comes across as a controlled man who seems emotionless to the point of being considered coldhearted. But beneath the tough shields that he puts up to keep emotions at bay lies a soul that continues to churn in turmoil, the hidden depth of pain deep inside of him so vast that its a wonder he is able to function the way he does. He has the uncanny ability of identifying people with special gifts who helps him keep the dark and twisted souls that roam the society at bay, and hopefully prevent another little girl from going missing like what happened to his sister.
For Taylor, there is nothing more dangerous to his peace of mind than letting himself care about someone else, but the way his emotions go haywire whenever Dez is around tells him that remaining aloof when it comes to her is an option no longer available to him. When Taylor's impeccable shields crack, out comes pouring the passion and desire that he holds in on a tight leash, but the joy of the moments of abandon he finds in Dez's arms is a short lived one when reality intrudes and Taylor drives them apart with his need to control his emotions.
It is 14 months later that Taylor comes across Dez in the one place where he never thought he would find her. Dez is drawn to a small town in Indiana by a ghost that draws her to the midst of the evil that lurks in the mind of a crazed teenager who is willing to do anything and everything in his power to play out the games that lurks deep inside of his mind no matter what the consequences. But something much deeper and elusive than the evil that lurks in the shadows keeps a hold on Dez until she starts digging to unravel secrets that could forever change the lives of so many people, for better or for worse.
The Departed is a story that definitely has a lot of dark elements to it, and yet or maybe because of it, I found myself totally fascinated with the tale that unraveled. Shiloh Walker has a way of surprising the reader with her villains and she definitely has the talent for muddying up the shades of gray when it comes to right and wrong that just has the reader on tenterhooks. For me, The Departed worked well because I was so in tune with both Dez and Taylor, whose need for one another grounds them and makes them cope better with all the darkness that is so much a part of their daily lives. I had nothing but admiration for both Taylor and Dez who works relentlessly to find the worst sort of scum that wander the Earth and it is a job that I know a lesser person would never be able to handle without breaking apart.
Though the romance aspect of the story was a bit laid back when compared to the suspense and paranormal elements in the story, The Departed nevertheless kept me riveted on the relationship that unfolded between Dez and Taylor as well as the huge hurdles that both Dez and Taylor cross to reach the ultimate truth that seeks to be brought out into the light. The one thing in my opinion that would have made the book better was an epilogue; for me the book tended to end a bit abruptly to bring me the closure that I wanted and needed for both Dez and Taylor.
Heartbreaking at moments and wonderfully moving at times, The Departed is a novel that combines elements of suspense, paranormal and romance to deliver a read that would linger on long after you are done!
Over a year later a ghost calls to her to help him save a girl and while in the process of finding her she calls Taylor's group for assistance but Taylor is in town already on his yearly vacation to his childhood home to look for clues in his sister's disappearance many years earlier. After helping this one ghost, another calls Dez and she and Taylor come to grips to work together to help the 2 ghosts as well as their friends and family members, while learning the truth.
However one of the ghosts is Taylor's sister Anna, and finding out what happened to her and helping her to move on is another part of a great story and very suspenseful. As with all Ms. Walkers books the sex scenes were sensual, and hot but were tasteful and in all the right places. I don't think you'll be disappointed if you pick this book up I wasn't!!