Wednesday, March 22, 2006

What I've just finished reading...

Shadow Touch by Marjorie M. Liu (Love Spell, 2006)

Loved it! This is the second book in the Dirk & Steele series, the first being Tiger Eye. I had (much to my shame) Tiger Eye in my TBR pile for quite some time before I plucked it out to read at the weekend. Well, I read it in one sitting and was quite fortunate in that book two had already arrived so I was able to dive straight in to that one and I finished it today.

I enjoyed Tiger Eye, but Shadow Touch was even better.

Artur Loginov works for the Dirk & Steele Detective Agency. He has the ability to touch people and see into the heart of them, and it's a talent that he now uses to help others. Elena Baxter can heal with her hands, encouraging ailing bodies to heal themselves. Both Elena and Artur are kidnapped by an organisation that wants to use them, hurt them for their talents; and the depiction of the villains is so chilling and disturbing that you can really feel how evil they are. No cardboard cutout villains here just three dimensional sociopaths. (I wouldn't want to meet any of them on a sunny day, let alone on a dark night!)

Elena & Artur meet in captivity, and through a series of events have to win through and save the day. It was a great read, I found myself rooting for Elena & Artur throughout and the ending was satisfying too (although now I have to wait until December '06 for book three! )

Reviews here, here and Marjorie's website here

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