POV: 3rd Person
Violence: This is a very dark book, but most violence occurs off page
Source: I received an ARC from the author
Why I Read It: I enjoyed Leslie Parrish’s Black CATs trilogy
My Grade: B+
Cold Sight is the first book in Leslie Parrish’s new Extra Sensory Agents series. It’s a dark paranormal romantic suspense with a compelling plot. I literally read it in one sitting. Cold Sight is a stand alone novel, but some of the characters who will appear in future books in the series are introduced.
Aidan McConnell is a trained cop turned psychic investigator. After his involvement in an investigation which went horribly wrong, Aidan left Savannah for the tiny town of Granville, Georgia. Although he occasionally assists as an advisor on cases, Aidan has become a recluse with a particular hatred of the media.
Reporter Lexie Nolan has been demoted. She’s convinced a serial killer has been targeting teen girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Unfortunately, the Granville police department and the powers that be in the town refuse to listen to her. They are adamant that the missing girls are runaways, and don’t want any rumours to the contrary to circulate. The only person who believes her is her boss, Walter. However, he has a sick wife and four daughters to support, and can’t risk losing his job by publicly backing Lexie.
When bright and promising Vonnie Jackson is reported missing, Lexie is determined to continue her search for the truth. In desperation, she turns to Aidan McConnell for assistance. Aidan hates reporters and is reluctant to ally himself with Lexie. However, he realises that the nightmares he’s been having recently probably relate to her disappearance. Despite his distrust of the media, Aidan’s instincts tell him that Lexie is onto something. Plus there’s no denying the sizzling chemistry between them. As the case hots up, so does Aidan and Lexie’s relationship.
Cold Sight is a compelling read. As with Leslie Parrish’s Black CATs series, the primary focus is on the suspense element. In romantic suspense novels, my preference is for more emphasis on the suspense than on the romance, but even I felt that Lexie and Aidan’s relationship got very short shrift. Despite this criticism, so many aspects of the story worked for me that I have no hesitation recommending it to readers who like their romantic suspense dark and gritty.
The paranormal element is minimal, at least in comparison to many paranormal romances and urban fantasies that I’ve read. Aidan has a psychic gift (or curse, depending on how you wish to view it). His colleagues at eXtreme Investigations all possess some unusual powers. Apart from Aidan’s ability to sense the thoughts and feelings of others, the book is a traditional suspense/mystery with no fangs, fur, or other unusual creatures.
The storyline of Cold Sight is, at times, very bleak indeed. This is not a story in which everyone gets a happy ending. I felt the chilling atmosphere fit the book, and some of the more upsetting incidents made it stronger. The conclusion to the mystery was convincing, and I was pleased to see Lexie and Aidan get their HEA.
The next book in the series is Cold Touch and it will be released in April 2011. I can’t wait to read it!
Other Reviews of Cold Sight:
Stacy’s Place on Earth – 4 out of 5 stars
Errant Dreams Reviews – 5 out of 5