(A Bishop / SCU Novel)
Review from Publishers Weekly:
In this heavily atmospheric sequel to 2012's Haven, bestseller Hooper once again teams Noah Bishop and members of the FBI's Special Crimes Unit with Haven, a private investigative firm whose agents' special abilities blend nicely with those of Bishop's agents. The escape of bank robber Cole Jacoby during a prisoner transfer catches Bishop's attention because Jacoby apparently used psychic powers to get away from his guards. Bishop, who always knows more than he shares with his agents, already has an agent near Jacoby's suspected Tennessee mountain hideout when Haven dispatches agent Luther Brinkman to the area. SCU telepath Callie Davis and clairvoyant Brinkman connect and combine their special abilities. Meanwhile, SCU's medium Hollis Templeton and telepath Reese DeMarco are on a mission in the same area that finds them confronting numerous spirits and a vortex of evil at massive, old Alexander House. Hooper's characters have a dazzling array of psychic abilities and need them all to combat the growing evil possessing and controlling Jacoby in this modern, yet still gothic, tale.
Review from RT Book Reviews:
The connection between Haven and FBI/SCU operatives is put on full display in Hooper's newest Bishop/SCU novel. What should be a relatively low-risk mission goes pear-shaped fast, leading to a story filled with ominously encroaching evil. Essentially, there are two parallel stories happening with agents facing more than they bargained for. "Creepy" is an understatement!
Review from Criminal Element:
I’m pretty sure I’m not psychic, but I predict you’ll enjoy this one, and if you haven’t read the other books in the series, you’ll be looking for them.
Review from Fresh Fiction:
HOSTAGE is a spine tingling paranormal mystery from a writer [Kay Hooper] who knows how to pull off a chilly read…I cannot wait for the next one.
New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper returns with a new novel of blood-chilling suspense as hunters become the hunted in a desperate game of survival against all odds…
Haven operative Luther Brinkman has been sent into the wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee to locate escaped felon Cole Jacoby, a mentally unstable bank robber. Supposedly, Jacoby hid more than ten million dollars from his last heist before he was captured—and rather mysteriously escaped federal custody. And once Brinkman finds Jacoby, the agent is left severely wounded, with no way to convey his location to Haven.
Callie Davis, an agent with the FBI’s Special Crimes Unit, has been in the area for some time, due to the foresight of her boss and unit chief, Noah Bishop. But when she finds the wounded Brinkman, her rescue mission turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse.
What neither Luther nor Callie know is that their quarry is far more than an escaped bank robber. And that in hunting him, they will find themselves being hunted by him, and will discover him to be the worst monster either of them has ever known.