|Josie Douglas came to the isolated country cottage
with her research, a good alibi, and a gun. She
hoped that she’d have enough time to unravel the
facts behind the tragedy that years before shattered
her life. Instead she found herself in a house
haunted by its own dark history. A series of strange
coincidences, a ghostly visitor, and a mysterious
brass key provide Josie with tantalizing clues to a
mystery that keeps her guessing at every turn. As
does Marc Westbrook—a landlord who embodies the
meaning of the term drop-dead gorgeous. Soon she’ll
have to trust him with the secret that drove her into
seclusion—a secret that has already cost one man
she loved his life.
From Publishers Weekly
In the plodding first of a new psychic crime fighter trilogy
from bestseller Hooper (Sleeping with Fear), Noah Bishop
of the FBI's Special Crimes Unit is now supervising an
all-female team of civilian contractors known as Haven.
Together, they track a serial killer who has moved his
maniacal atrocities from Boston to a small town outside
Atlanta, where he continues to kidnap, torture and kill
women. Psychic Dani Justice, who can often predict the
future through her dreams, becomes obsessed with the
case. The investigation of the crimes gets lost amid lots
of psychic babble by members of Haven, hand-wringing
by the local police, and frequent snapshots of the killer
with his victims. An abrupt ending doesn't deliver on any
of the trauma and drama that Justice's dreams have
predicted, though presumably readers will get
satisfaction on that score in the next entry in the series
April Author of the Month
|Illegal Possession was
released on March 25th,
2008. Once you start you
won't put it down. It is a
great read that we have at
4.5 out of 5 stars.
|Check out the exclusive
interview we had with
Kay Hooper below.
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|Here it is, our exclusive interview with the one and only Kay Hooper - April's
Author of the Month, 2008!!!
What is your all-time favorite book - not yours and why?
Tough question! Let me answer it this way: The book I’ve read the most times over the years is
probably Gone With the Wind. That said, I’m an avid reader, so there are lots of “favorite” books, for
lots of different reasons. Pretty usual for a writer, I think.
Was the jump from Romance to more suspense / thriller a tough one? What
caused you to write more suspense / thriller books?
Honestly, it wasn’t so much a “jump” as it was an evolution. I had suspense elements way back in my
very first books, and in fact most of my books contain suspense or mystery elements. The difference
is a matter of degree: I began writing romances with suspense or mystery (or paranormal) elements,
and now I write suspense/thrillers with paranormal and romantic elements.
Do you have any plans or are there any plans to turn any of your books into a
Well, unfortunately, unless a writer has strong connections to Hollywood, it isn’t up to us – we have to
wait for Hollywood to come calling. I get regular “nibbles” of interest from this or that production
company, but so far nothing’s come of it. I certainly wouldn’t say no if someone wanted to turn one
or more of my books into a film.
Do you have any superstitions when you write or when you finish a novel?
Not Really. I have habits, of course, certain music I listen to when I’m writing, for instance, but
nothing so ingrained that I can’t write without it.
I love the villains in suspense books, I think they make the book. Do you research
the villain or hero more?
Well, strictly speaking it would be the villain, since I do a great deal of reading on criminology and the
criminal mind. But I also read a lot on general psychology and behaviors, so that applies to both.
If you could go back in time and solve any mystery for yourself, what would it be?
Cool question. There are actually two crimes that totally fascinate me: Jack the Ripper, and Lizzie
Borden. In the first case, I’d love to know, for certain, who was guilty of those crimes. In the second
case, since I believe she was guilty, I’d love to know exactly how the murders occurred.
How many times during your writing of a novel do you change directions from what
you originally planned to do?
Every chapter? <smile> Since I don’t outline ahead of time, I tend to have only the vaguest notion of
where a story is heading – at least for a large part of the book. At some point, usually halfway or so
through, I begin to “see” the ending and feel pretty confident of where I’ll end up. But until then, I
discover the story pretty much the way the reader does.
Would you ever consider writing any True Crime novels or bringing back a non-
fictional character, ie: Jack the Ripper or Ted Bundy, and placing them in a fictional
You know, others far more qualified in nonfiction or more experienced in using real people in fiction
settings have been there and done that, so I doubt it. Real crime does fascinate me, but I’ve never
been tempted to morph fiction into fact – so to speak.
What historical figure would you like to sit and talk to (alive or dead)?
Cleopatra. She ruled in a time when few women could, and that fascinates me. I’m also fascinated by
the Tudors, and would love the chance to talk to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
I see you are a big Agatha Christie fan, as am I. Which one of your books would
like her to review?
I think I’d be terrified if she reviewed any of mine! But she’s another person I’d love the opportunity
to sit and talk to. That would be very, very cool.