I am a big fan of stories involving psychic phenomena, and this author definitely feeds my addiction. The astonishingly potent talents wielded by her psychic characters are more than offset by the searingly intense traumas that they undergo, and these two stories provide excellent insights into both. I was gratified to see both of the characters in the first novella, because I definitely sympathize with their situation and like the way their story epitomizes the problem of not having clear communication, ironic given their psychic talents. Their horrific game of one-upmanship when comparing the sins they are trying to atone for is mesmerizing and heartbreaking and I am impressed by the way this author can weave a story that is so compelling. I had read the second novella before, but definitely had no problem falling under its spell again as matters escalate from a simple stop at a convenience store to a challenging situation of epic proportions. The challenges faced by someone who can learn a wealth of information through touch is starkly highlighted and the gradual unveiling of the circumstances surrounding a man who has had to make a series of heartwrenching decisions is deftly portrayed. Both of these novellas are terrific examples of the allure of dark paranormal tales but one should be forewarned that they are not light fluffy reads, but rather striking and imaginative tales that will undoubtedly remain with one long after the last page is read.
“The Forsaken” by Shiloh Walker is a volume composed of two novellas, “The Unwanted” and “The Innocent”, which center on individuals with remarkable psychic talents who are part of organizations whose goals are to combat evil using weapons not readily available to the average combatant. “The Unwanted” reunites psychic Destin Mortin with ex-lover and psychic filter Caleb Durand as they investigate a case at the behest of her boss, Elise Oswald (Oz). They each have horrific scars in addition to the gaping wound caused by their break-up, but their effectiveness as a pair still far outweighs what each can accomplish solo, if they can get beyond their past histories. “The Innocent” follows psychometric Jay Roberts, whose investigation into online lover Lincoln Dawson’s abrupt breakup with her leads her to discover that his town, Hell, may be all too accurately named. Fortunately, she has allies to call on, including renowned psychic Taige Morgan, as well as Jay’s erratically brilliant boss, Oz. Unfortunately, the evil that is loose in Hell is unpredictable and disturbingly powerful and may destroy far too much before everything is resolved.
Love can be heaven…or Hell.
Destin’s psychic gift for tracking down violent rapists is rough on relationships. Caleb was the only man who didn’t think her a freak—and he walked away. But now her boss wants them to work a particularly horrendous case.
For Caleb, leaving was an act of self-preservation. Forced to work together one last time, he knows if he lowers his shields for an instant, there will be no resisting the temptation to lose himself in her wild power.
But to catch the rapist, it’s exactly what he’ll have to do.
Jay has journeyed to Hell, Georgia, to pick a bone with the sort-of boyfriend who abruptly severed their hot-and-heavy cyber link. But no touching. Her psychic abilities make physical contact…complicated.
She’s not in Hell twenty minutes before bad vibes have her skin crawling.
With corruption rampant in his town, Linc has no time to nurse Jay’s broken heart. Until he discovers the woman who’s afraid to touch him could actually be his best chance. At salvation, at hope, at life. Maybe even love…
Warning: Contains tortured souls who have lost love and pined for their missing half, a woman who can see evil, a hot FBI agent, a not-so-naive virgin, a pissed-off former cop, lots of frustration, if you know what I mean, and more trouble than either of them know what to do with.