10 April 2015

Gypsy Hunted by Andrea Drew

 Reluctant psychic Gypsy Shields (she prefers the term "intuition consultant") finds herself in trouble when, on her way home from a blind date, she interrupts a kidnapping in progress. Her heroic attempt to intervene is repaid with a collision between the attacker's van and a brick wall. She awakens in hospital, paralyzed on her left side and unable to speak. Unable to share vital information about the crime she witnessed. Fortunately, her telepathic connection with her niece helps her throw a line out, attracting the attention of a police detective: Connor Reardon, Gypsy's date the night of the attack.

Stepping in to protect Gypsy, Connor even listens to her claims of psychic power. She soon senses he's concealing certain powers of his own. Nor are they all he's concealing. A part of Gypsy's new ally's mind is closed to her”"what she cannot know is that Connor suspects the kidnapper is someone close to him, and the victim holds secrets that will tear through Connor's department, putting careers and lives at risk. Including Gypsy's, as she is left recovering in hospital and vulnerable as the attacker turns his sights on her once again.

Can she use her powers to track down the perpetrator in time to prevent her own murder?
This was a tough read for me. Gypsy is involved in the psychic world and shares conversations with her niece. After witnessing an abduction, Gypsy is the only one who can identify the kidnapper by the license plate of the van. Unfortunately, she was hit by the van during the abduction and has been in the hospital with a brain injury ever since.

Conner is one of the cops on the high profile abduction case and it is a lot closer to home than he would like. The killer is someone both Conner and Gypsy know, plus there are other circumstances that cause someone else to want to keep Gypsy quiet.

Gypsy and Conner were introduced at dinner, by one of her book club friends. They are both coming out of relationships, but find there is an attraction. Conner’s nephew, Aaron, was also at the group dinner and something about him seemed off to Gypsy.  The two work together to try to solve the crime and figure out who is after Gypsy before it’s too late.

This is a whirlwind of a story full of suspense. I will say that the middle of the book moved slowly and I didn’t keep my attention.  I did enjoy the overall storyline and how intense the action was. While their relationship was fun and intense, it didn’t wow me. I do look forward to seeing where these two go in future books. 
 Andrea Drew has been a commercial copy writer and resume writer for over a decade. She has one husband (more than enough), three kids, a pet rock (her daughter's, not hers), and a house in the suburbs, where she's hard at work on the second novel in the Gypsy series. Gypsy Hunted is her first fiction novel and her first suspense thriller set in her home town of Melbourne, Australia.


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