Stealing Shadows Book Summary and Study Guide

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Cassie Neill is a psychic and she wants to use her gift responsibly. She helps the Los Angeles police catch murderers. But once in a while she makes a mistake. One time when she's trying to help, an innocent child dies. She is so upset that she feels she needs to get away. She goes to a small North Carolina town where she has a house left to her by an aunt.
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But even here she can't escape her psychic abilities. She knows a murderer is stalking young women here. The sheriff won't listen to her, so she goes to Judge Ben Ryan. Not only does he believe her, but he is attracted to her, and becomes her friend. Twice Cassie predicts a murder, carried out by a very cruel and crazed individual. To prevent the next one, she has to actually enter the guy's head. This is very scary and dangerous. Ben is concerned and now even the sherriff, Matt Damon, knows she's not just a phony. Cassie helps find the killer, a young loner from the neighbourhood. But she also discovers there's more to it. This killer was driven by a much more evil man who was controlling the loner's mind. When this evil man realizes what Cassie is trying to do, it can mean a fate worse than death for her. Ryan is kidnapped by this individual, and Cassie fears she has lost Ryan, but, again, with her psychic abilities and Ryan's smart thinking, and with Matt's policing skills, things come to an interesting end.

The review of this Book prepared by Tena van't Foort

This Book is About a psychic named Cassie who has helped the police many times in the past but a mix up in a recent case that ends in the death of a child causes her to move to a small town where she hopes to get away from her visions. Soon enough Cassie finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery of a totally different kind because someone with strong powers of their own is stalking women in the small town she lives in and unless she can find out who it is she might be next.
The review of this Book prepared by alison ferrer

Cassie ran to North Carolina in the hopes of finding some peace after a little girl dies. Cassie helps cops find missing people--only that time, she wasn't exactly right. But, when she arrives at her aunt's home, she's almost immediately drawn into a series of murders because she sees where the first victim will be found--making herself a suspect. Despite the fact that she wanted to avoid using her gift, she lets the local judge, Ben Ryan get close to her and act as her anchor while she looks for clues. As the situation becomes more desperate, Cassie realizes that the only way to find the killer is to enter his mind...and she may not come back out.
The review of this Book prepared by Sarrah

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 16.7%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 16.7%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 26.7% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   psychic investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   stalking/killing innocents Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can read emotions    -   mind reading    -   clairvoyant Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   dumb rednecks, like Gomer Pyle    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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