Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children.
All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber’s mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer.
The next thing she knows, she’s lying on the floor with a bullet wound to her head. Luckily, the bullet only grazes her scalp, and she doesn’t suspect any lasting affects until later, when she suddenly ‘hears’ what people are thinking.
With this uncanny ability, her life takes on a whole new dimension. Her kids think she’s bossy and too old to understand them, but that’s nothing compared to her husband. He says he loves her, but what is it about the redhead at work that he doesn’t want her to know?
As if that isn’t enough, the gunman knows she can identify him, and he’s out to silence her forever. In her fight to stay alive, she is saved from certain death by a handsome hit-man with ties to organized crime. This pulls Shelby even deeper into danger, where knowing someone’s thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.
I discovered this series when I listened to the audiobook for book 8 (I really should start doing these things in order) and I knew that I wanted to start again from the beginning, even more so when I saw the cover!
Shelby is an amazing character, she’s a fun mix of ditzy and resourceful. At times she’s infuriating, getting herself into scrapes without thinking but of course, uses her new gift to wiggle her way out of them.
This is like a less supernatural take on Charlaine Harris’ Stackhouse series, with a likable and down to earth woman has the ability to read minds and what a decent human being would do with such an ability. In this case, make chicken enchiladas and help the police in their investigations.
Everyone I’ve described this book to has been interested: ‘housewife is shot in the head by a bankrobber, can now read minds and is forced to help out a mob boss’. What’s not to love? That’s pretty much what drew me in.
The organised crime part of this book is great fun, Shelby ends up helping the leader of the local mob after repeating something she overheard in someone’s thoughts and then admitting everything to save the lives of her family (standard). She’s now helping him determine the loyalties of those closest to him and rooting out any traitors.
Obviously, she has to wear a wig to do this. And sunglasses.
These are the things that keep the book light and funny, Shelby is sweet and eccentric and infinitely likable. While she loves her family, she can’t help but enjoy her new power and the new purpose and variety it’s brought to her life. Not least, meeting the mysterious Ramos, hired hitman and bodyguard who has more than a passing interest in her and her wellbeing. I still doubt anything will happen between the two of them, which is quite frustrating but I guess I shall just have to wait and see….
I’d recommend this book to fans of mysteries, fun paranormal books and light crime novels. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be follwing the series right to its conclusion!