Whisper Cape (Whisper Cape, #1) by Susan Griscom writing as Regan Walsh

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A review by Terri Kinckner

Book description from Amazon:

A powerful woman, an extraordinary man, and a maniac who wants to destroy them. Fate has brought them together, but will it make them stronger or destroy them all in end?

Escape to a world where the impossible becomes possible and sparks ignite.

WHISPER CAPE is a town of secrets and Addison MacKenna soon becomes tangled in a web of them. Plagued with nightmares of her father’s sudden and brutal death, Addie struggles with her anguish and refuses to believe his demise was accidental.

Fighting to shake off one of those devastating early morning nightmares, Addison finds it even harder to escape from the vision of a man lying on the side of the road–a man she may have just killed. When she frantically tries to locate him, he seemingly disappears, just the beginning of strange occurrences in her life. She also cannot ignore the weird sensations in her own body. Suddenly, the impossible seems possible, but is that a blessing or a curse?

Believing that her continual and worsening nightmares are both the key to her own new abilities and the clue to her father’s death, Addie knows she will not rest until she has the answers she craves. As she strives to cope with her new remarkable talents, someone else learns of her abilities–a disgruntled maniacal psychopath with his own agenda that involves eliminating Addie. The only one who can protect her, instruct her in the use of her powers and teach her how to destroy the murderous monster is the same man who makes Addie’s heart race and her blood heat with passion. The same man she’d left for dead.

Cael Sheridan may be arrogant and mysterious but he’s also undeniably gorgeous. A member of a secret society, he is sworn to protect the woman he believes to be the daughter of his recently murdered mentor. In the process, he finds it impossible to resist her magnetic sensuality, complicating his efforts to shield and guide her as she learns to manage her newly acquired skills. At the same time, Addison has much to teach him about trust and commitment. Will fate win in the end? You be the judge.

My take on this book:

I thought this book was well written from the very first page.  I liked Addie right away, and I found myself really wanting to live in the town of Whisper Cape.  Her nightmares were vivid and frightening, and left me feeling the same shock when she woke up as I do when I’ve had a nightmare of my own.  I love an honest main character, and Addie was a very genuinely good person who had a lot of bad things happen to her, but still held herself to a standard.  I was impressed with how she wrestled with the guilt and fear that she may have killed a man.

Speaking of that man, Cael… oh my goodness!  He has become a bona fide book crush for me!  His arrogance normally would be a complete put off, but it worked for him.  The instant connection he felt with Addie tugged at my heart strings, it was almost literally love at first sight, although neither of them wanted to admit it.  I love when I’m reading a book and know both character’s thoughts and I’m screaming inside for them to tell each other!  As a stubborn woman myself, I identify with characters that keep themselves stuck in angst when a simple conversation can clear it up.  These two characters were so real and wonderful, and the abilities they possessed just added to the chemistry; especially when they realized just how strong they were together.

The supporting characters were also wonderful.  Maia, Addie’s aunt, and her boyfriend Gerry were excellently written.  Each could easily have a story of their own! Her friends Darcy and Jared  also have an excellent sub story going on that had my complete interest.  Cael’s mother was intriguing, and I’d love to learn more about her!

The “bad guy” in this book was terrifying.  Not in appearance, but probably because of his lack of appearance.  I was questioning every character in the book in my mind, wondering who Eidolin could be.  The way he used other people to do his bidding left him free to stay safely on the sidelines with little risk to himself.  The psychological terror he inflicted on everyone matched the physical violence he was conducting.  The final reveal of who Eidolin was completely surprised me, and I was horror-stricken!  That is all I want to say about the main plot of the story…any more elaboration from me risks a potential spoiler (and I HATE those)!

I’ve started reading book two, Reflections, but I really had to stop and write this review before the dividing line between books became blurred for me.  This is a series that is seamless, yet, I think someone reading book two as a stand alone could still enjoy it and have enough information to understand the dynamics of the relationships and abilities.

I give this book 5 stars out of 5!

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