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Haven (A Bishop/SCU Novel) Hardcover – July 31, 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 294 customer reviews
Book 13 of 13 in the Bishop/SCU Series

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"Kay Hooper...provide[s] a welcome chill on a hot summer's day."

"Hooper's unerring story sense and ability to keep the pages flying cannot be denied."

About the Author

KAY HOOPER is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Blood Ties, Blood Dreams, Blood Sins, and other novels. She lives in North Carolina.


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Product Details

  • Series: A Bishop/SCU Novel
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425258742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425258743
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Angela Risner The Sassy Orange VINE VOICE on July 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love LOVE Kay Hooper and her Bishop/SCU books. I wish that she could give us one per month.

This novel finds Jessie Rayburn returning to her hometown, a bucolic small town. Jessie left her home fifteen years ago when she was seventeen after something happened to her, though she can't quite remember what it is. Her sister Emma, two years younger, stayed on and now runs their former home as a bed and breakfast.

Jessie works for Haven, the privately owned company that is associated with Bishop's FBI division. (For those of you who haven't read any of Kay Hooper's books, Noah Bishop and his group use their powers such as clairvoyance, empathy and medium to solve crimes.) She knows that she needs to return to her hometown and resolve her past before she can move on. Emma, meanwhile, has been having nightmares of women being brutally murdered. Thrown into the mix is Nathan Navarro, another Haven operative, whose specialty is locating dead people.

Hooper's books can be pretty grim and gory, but this one, while grim, isn't as gory as those before. I liked the characters and I was surprised at the ending.

Highly recommend.
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If you read Kay Hooper's SCU/Bishop books, then this is a very familiar read and you will probably enjoy it. I did. I'll read the other two entries, too. Two of my main caveats are for readers without a familiarity to Kay Hooper's typical style of thriller and her tendency to write trilogies. I feel the book suffers for being the lead-in for a trilogy, there are some lacks and lags in the plot, and the elements of the book are too familiar Kay Hooper elements- which, to me, feels a little unsatisfying.

It is good, when viewed in a familiar context- Psycho Killers and psychics and ghosts and a lot of references to evil. If you read KH, then you know she can be a little grim, at times. We get a new lead heroine in Jesse Rayburn who is an operative with Haven- the privately owned and operated analogue to the FBI's Special Crimes Unit (SCU) that has popped up in a few of KH's previous books. Jesse returns to her small hometown to investigate something from her past interfering with her psychic abilities. And, that is the gateway to unfolding the mystery. Anyway, without treading over the story, KH delivers a very familiar killer story. That is good and bad. Familiarity is great if that is what you are looking for. But, it also makes the story a little more predictable and less suspenseful.

I'm trying to avoid spoilers because, I think, KH has a very definite story arc going on here. And, I'm going to try not to spoil it with too many facts about the story-line.

The trilogy problem- The book feels a little unfinished and had some uneven pacing. It seems that this book will probably be one in a true trilogy- at least I hope that is the case- because parts of the story felt rushed or were left hanging mysteriously (I hope they'll get addressed in the next books).
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Dear Potential Readers (Spoiler Alert),
If you have been following this series then the premise of Haven may seem eerily familiar to you. Two sisters who share a psychic bond, one of them dies... I can't place the exact title in the series but I know that this was the ending of one her earlier novels. I think it is one of the novel's from the Fear sub-series. Any way, the twist in the narrative was predictable and very annoying as it did not accomplish anything nor add to the plot. The general lack of emotion that accompany's the death of the central agent, from the reaction of her supposedly motherly supervisor to her own sister, leaves one wondering "so what"? There was no emotional impact, her death seems to have been pointless.
Despite the many issues that I had--mainly with suspending my disbelief enough to believe that someone trained by Haven would abandon any semblance of protocol and return multiple times to what they knew was not only an active crime scene but the lair of a serial killer--the biggest one was the slippage in character. While Bishop is secretative and plays things close to the chest, there is no way that he would actively send agents into a potentially lethal situation without properly briefing or coordinating their forces. Bishop's, and by extension Haven's, involvement in the novel was haphazardly written and confusing at best.
At the end of the story I am wondering why, despite all of the ghost that can be seen around the town and in the house, a houseful of psychics did not see the spirits of any of the victims? Why would a spirit choose to make contact with a random minor character like Nellie? Why would anyone with sense follow on the trails of a missing women and then confront the last person to potentially see her alive? Why would any sane person not pass on a message received so mysteriously?
These holes in the narrative ruined this book.
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I have never read Kay Hooper before so I picked this one up based on the blurb. I loved the premise and the vast potential to that premise but the story fell far too short for me.
The character of Jessie was not likeable enough for me to really care about and I found her lapses in investigative procedure and protocol illogical and unacceptable. I find myself getting very weary of the stereotypical heroine being a young woman with incredible gifts who does EVERYTHING possible to guarantee she's put herself in jeopardy....it strains credibility enough for me to have seriously affected my appreciation of this book.
The description of the killer was sufficiently creepy but too easily figured out. The relationship between Emma and Nathan was strained and begged clarification.
I will probably read another of her books but I wouldn't recommend this one so far.
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