Harrison scores with a tale that combines elements of the paranormal and suspense genres into a good old-fashioned whodunit. The heroine is a fully developed and realized character readers will root for; the widowed hero is a doctor who cares deeply for the bodies entrusted to his morgue; and the contemporary setting and secondary characters flesh out the storytelling. More than Ghost Whisperer meets Quincy, M.E., this compelling narrative makes for a page-turner readers won’t want to put down.

When Tess Fairmont touches the murdered dead, she relives their final moments. Touching the living is equally difficult, but when Dr. Michael Adams catches her after a particularly difficult encounter, Tess discovers his touch is different. The coroner’s own past is marked by doubts and death, but he’s wanted to connect with Tess for years. The FBI and the Chicago Police Department are after a serial killer and Tess’ gift is the only way to discover who he is. It’s hard enough reliving each victim’s brutal death, but when the killer “sees” Tess through the physic connection, she and Michael discover that hide and seek is much more than a child’s game. (IMAJINN, Mar., 200 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Karen Sweeny-Justice