Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Brief Thoughts: Hide'n Go Seek

Hide'n Go Seek

by Dale Mayer
Book 2 of Psychic Visions

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Rating:  2.5 Stars

A twisted game of Hide'n Go Seek forces an unlikely alliance between a no-nonsense FBI agent and a search-and-rescue worker.

Celebrated search-and-rescue worker Kali Jordon has hidden her psychic abilities by crediting her canine partner Shiloh with the recoveries.  But Kali knows the grim truth--The Sight that she inherited from her grandmother allows her to trace violent energy unerringly to victims of murder.  No one knows her secret until a twisted killer challenges her to a deadly game of Hide'n Go Seek that threatens those closest to her.

Now she must rely on FBI Special Agent Grant Summers, a man who has sworn to protect her, even as he suspects there's more to Kali and Shiloh than meets the eye.  As the killer draws a tighter and tighter circle around Kali, she and Grant find there's no place to hide.

Are her visions the key to finding the latest victim alive or will this twisted game of Hide'n Go Seek cost her...everything?

I don't know how I feel about this book.  It's not good, but it's not terrible either.  I enjoyed it to an extent, but mainly because I was hoping there'd be more suspense and a better grasp on the romance and the murder investigations.  I like reading about the Search and Rescue aspect, even if I'm not a hundred percent sure if that's how it really works--I'm not an expert, but my suspension of disbelief in this book was really being tested on every level.


Like the first book, Hide'n Go Seek had potential for a good story--I liked the premise. Unlike the first book in this series, the execution was a lot better and the editor didn't get too lazy.  I only noticed a few random glaringly obvious typos, grammatical errors, and forgotten or misplaced punctuation marks.  There was, however, an over-abundant use of the comma in the most random places.

Again, these books could benefit from a good editing team.

Otherwise, the rest of the book wasn't too bad.

The story line had potential, the characters were okay, and the murder mystery was fine.  Well, okay, the murder mystery was outright predictable because I already figured out who the killer was within the first three chapters.  Nonetheless, it played out pretty decently.  The characters were actually kind of bland and there were parts where I just wanted to round everyone up and throw them all into a ditch.  No.  I did not care for many of these people.

For the most part, the book was another very "MEH" level of interest.

I have reserves about continuing the rest of the series for several reasons; the main reason being the most obvious: I have a really long TBR list already and I see no immediate need to read the next book in this series.  However, I'm not brushing it off altogether and may or may not return to it in the future.

This review was originally posted at Ani's Book Abyss / BookLikes in August 2014.

A First Impression:  Originally posted on August 9, 2014.

The premise of this book reminds me of Iris Johansen's Firestorm.  It's been years since I read it, but I remember really liking Firestorm, so I've added it to my TBR pile for this year.  Back to this book; after having finished Tuesday's Child, I'm giving this second book in the Psychic Visions series a sidelong glance and couple reserves.

But I'm also all about second chances (see: this review of a certain book I really, really wanted to be good), so I'm trying my hand at the second book in this series to see if there's any improvement... or miraculous insight on better writing and editing and research.

To be honest, there wasn't really much aside from Tuesday's Child that actually impressed me or grabbed my attention save for the premise.  I'm hoping things will be a little different with this one and try to go into it without biases.

This update was originally posted at Ani's Book Abyss / BookLikes in August 2014.

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