I was drawn to the Hidden Senses series by author Jacqueline Paige by the descriptions--and began reading the first book, Mystic Perceptions, over the weekend. Everyone knows that I'm not a romance novel fan--but, I was drawn more to the mystery of the story than the budding romance. How did the first book of Jacqueline Paige's Hidden Senses trilogy, Mystic Perceptions, stand up to review in our little corner of the world?
I received complimentary copies of this book series to use for my reviews. All opinions and comments are my own.
Quick Summary of Mystic Perceptions by Jacqueline Paige. Jacinda Brown keeps to her safe existence doing investigative research, avoiding people and places with people. To most, it appears she has a normal life; blending completely undetected in her lonely continuation. She doesn’t investigate people; she can’t get that close. Through her hand she can feel emotions, thoughts. With a touch she can see what has been.
Unfortunately fate tosses her into a situation where her carefully guarded secret and her own conscience are at war when she finds herself working with detectives to find a killer. Jacinda clashes with the very strongly grounded detective, Reid Merritt, destiny has forced her to work with.
At some point he begins to matter, making her decision harder.
Will he look at her with abhorrence, like she’s some sort of freak when she’s through?
What will be the price, this time, for the ability she doesn’t want?
Mystic Perceptions is much more than a romance. There is a murder mystery to solve--and the author develops both the storyline and the characters very well. It isn't an easily solved case--and the characters are not without complications. The romantic aspect between Jacinda and Reid is not overdone--nor is it the primary focus. This is a well written mystery with just enough paranormal and romantic pieces to interest a variety of readers.
Would I recommend Mystic Perceptions by Jackqueline Paige? I enjoyed the characters in this book--and loved that the mystery was well developed and carried through toward the end. If you like mysteries with a paranormal twist--and just a little romance, this book may be for you. These books are standalone stories--so there is no need to worry about cliffhangers or about which book to begin first. Having said that; however, I like Paige's writing style and have already started book two, Dream Visions!
Jacqueline Paige lives in Ontario in a small town that’s part of the popular Georgian Triangle area. No one has ever heard of Stayner, so she usually tells people she lives “near Collingwood” and no, she doesn’t ski at Blue Mountain or at all, in fact she’s not even fond of snow.
She began her writing career in 2006 and since her first published works in 2009 she hasn’t stopped. Jacqueline describes her writing as “all things paranormal”, which she has proven is her niche with stories of witches, ghosts, physics and shifters now on the shelves.
When Jacqueline isn’t working at her ‘reality job’ or lost in her writing she spends time with her five children, most of whom are finally able to look after her instead of the other way around. Together they do random road trips, that usually end up with them lost, shopping trips where they push every button in the toy aisle, hiking when there’s enough time to escape and bizarre things like creating new daring recipes in the kitchen. She’s a grandmother to four (so far) and looks forward to corrupting many more in the years to come.