Forbidden Territory

I’m bleary eyed this week and it’s all Paula’s fault. I read Forbidden Territory in 2 days. I would have read it in one, but I had a birthday party to plan and clean for.

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Forbidden Territory is a story of a reluctant psychic and a cynical cop looking for a missing child. Remember how earlier this week I was talking about storylines that are familiar? Well, Paula took this baby and made it her own.

The heroine, Lily Browning, is a third grade teacher. (No wonder I liked it, huh?) She and her sisters have gifts (one of the other sisters has the gift that I was going to write a story about) but Lily closes the door on hers, which causes terrible migraines. She’s just shut the door on a psychic vision and is suffering when she learns one of the students from her school, the daughter of a candidate for senator, is missing. The detective investigating it, McBride – his first name is revealed in a fun little Rumplestiltskin conversation – is such a wounded hero and he’s really skeptical of what Lily tells him she knows about the little girl.

I don’t want to give too much away, but you get glimpses of the reason behind the pain that makes McBride so jaded, and it’s heart wrenching. And Lily is so drawn to help, to rescue this child no matter the danger to her. The scene in the school creeped me out, of course. The tension in the story is high, the pacing tight and the twists unexpected. I can’t wait to read the other sisters’ stories!

5 comments:

Stacy Dawn said...

Oh I know. I got absolutely nothing done for a whole day because I couldn't put the book down. It was fabulous.

Paula said...

Aww, thanks, y'all. I'm glad you liked it.

I remember thinking when I was planning to pitch the story at some conference, "How do I make the story of a skeptical cop and a psychic fresh?" I'm not sure I ever really came up with a good answer, but I just knew this story had to be told, somehow.

I hope y'all get the chance to read the sisters' stories, too! From your mouths to my editor's ears. :)

MaryF said...

I do know that feeling, Paula!!! I hope you get good news soon!

mary beth said...

I totally agree. This was a fabulous book!!!!

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