Then two of Dutch’s clients are found brutally murdered...inside their brand new panic room, and most of the evidence points to Dave as the killer. With the authorities racing to find and arrest him, Abby's got to use all her intuitive prowess to get to Dave first, discover the real killer, and save her husband's business. This is one case where Abby is positive there’s far more to this mystery than meets her inner eye…
What I liked: I’ve read this series when it first came out, took a break because so many books, not enough time, and Ms Laurie has found a way to keep it fresh and entertaining. I’m to the point where I would really love to hang out with Abby and Candice. Yes, they’re best friends but their personalities complement each other in a great way.
In A Panicked Premonition, the emphasis is on a new business Dutch (Abby’s husband, FBI agent) and Brice (Candice’s husband and Dutch’s boss at the FBI) have begun with their all-round handyman and friend, Dave. I love Dave! Their business is installing panic rooms and business is booming but so is murder. First Dave goes missing, then 2 clients are murdered and all the info points to Dave. As a matter of fact, the evidence is so overwhelming that his friends are even questioning their knowledge of him. Never fear, Abby and Candice are on the case with a heavy assist from their guys.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? It’s not and Ms Laurie has changed things up a bit. First off, Abby is the queen of unhealthy eating but evidently some time has passed since the ending of the last book, A Grave Prediction, and Abby is working out, eating really healthy, and enjoying it. Wow, I did not see that coming. Seriously though, there are a few subplots that turn out to have a bearing on the case, or not?
Abby is one of my favorite characters in a series. If taken alone, she could become obnoxious very quickly but the snark, the childish actions, in some cases her self-absorption would lose my interest quickly. Ms Laurie has a gift of knowing when each part of Abby’s personality fits what scene or when it’s not all about her but the family and friends around her.
I did not figure out the bad guys, well, maybe I did a bit but not completely. I also enjoy the relationships between the main characters. Yes, there is a bit of drama but overall, the characters feel like regular people dealing with their respective careers and all that entails. Well, of course, I’ve never met a regular psychic person but Abby is just herself with a little help from her guides in the ether. She has to work at interpreting what they are trying to convey to her and her gut doesn’t always warn her in time and mayhem ensues.
The relationship between Abby and Dutch is loving and comfortable but they are each individuals who respect each other and accept each other as they are. The same can be said of Abby and Candice. Ms Laurie pairing them as partners was a fantastic choice and I think has extended the life of this series.
What I didn’t like: A Panicked Premonition is the 15th book in this series and the only thing that jumps out at me is Abby’s insecurity when dealing with people who don’t believe in her psychic powers. Then I started thinking, even at my advanced age, there are still things I’m insecure about that have followed me most of my life. So basically, nothing not to like.
I know Ms Laurie is having some issues finding a new home or perhaps self-publishing in continuing this series. As a reader, I can tell that Ms Laurie puts her heart and soul into her writing. Her books reflect her research in the setting, her plots are interesting but not over the top unbelievable, and her characters won my heart from the beginning. I’m looking forward to more of Abby’s adventures!
I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.