Romantic Suspense with Paranormal Elements
Originally published 2002 as Now You See Me under the name Tina Wainscott (St. Martin's Press)
A YOUNG GIRL HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED BY A MADMAN. AS TIME RUNS OUT, HER ONLY HOPE IS A BLIND WOMAN ... WHO CAN SEE THRU HER EYES.
Eight-year-old Phaedra Burns has been kidnapped by a madman who believes her death will assuage his rage. Olivia Howe knows that rage; sixteen years ago, she escaped his clutches. The trauma stole her sight, but gave her something in return: a psychic connection to abducted children. Now, that connection is Phaedra's only hope...if Olivia can face the terrors of her past-and an inescapable new nightmare.
Phaedra's kidnapping is the case that could push Detective Max Callahan over the edge. Especially when his key witness-or suspect-is a beautiful blind woman with a crazy claim. But her fragile beauty isn't the only thing that draws him to her. And as their pasts, and passion, twist together, a killer stalks their every move.
Original reviews of this book:
"The plotline of paranormal mystery, Now You See Me [Blindsight], is similar to many other thrillers of this ilk, but its sensitive characterizations and incisive descriptions separate it from the pack. ... Wainscott cleverly keeps the suspense rolling by introducing a handful of red herrings and penning a number of chilling close calls and near encounters. Though Wainscott hasn't yet reached the popularity of Kay Hooper or Lisa Jackson, this intoxicating thriller is on par with those authors' best works." -Publishers Weekly
***** Incredible! I could not put this book down. It caught me from page one and REFUSED to let me go until the very end. Author Tina Wainscott has the shining talent of being able to combine the genre of "thriller" with the genre of "romance" and somehow make it work! Once again, Tina Wainscott delivers a heart-stopping story that will make many readers stay awake reading long into the night! ***** -- Huntress Reviews
TOP PICK! ... Wonderfully drawn suspense that is gritty, chilling and frighteningly eerie. Author Tina Wainscott has really found her niche! - RT Bookclub Reviews
... A riveting tale of suspense, intrigue, and the healing power of love. The battle of good against evil is particularly important for Olivia and Max, both of whom have suffered more than any person should have to endure. But to save the kidnapped child and capture this fiendish killer, they must confront their deepest fears. The kidnapper knows their vulnerabilities and is quick to exploit them; Max and Olivia are the hunters and, in some ways, the hunted. A diverse cast of secondary characters adds depth and texture to this well-written, thoroughly engrossing tale.
The plot has more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and the suspense just keeps building. Readers will be on the edge of their seats for most of this white-knuckle thriller. With characters and a story you'll remember long after the last page is turned, NOW YOU SEE ME [Blindsight] is a strong contender for the best romantic suspense book of the year.
Review by Susan Lantz, http://www.newandusedbooks.com