Deaf from the age of five, Adeline Munroe operates a hospital for injured dolls, but lately her quiet life is disturbed by violent, haunting visions. Perhaps it’s just her unspoken fear–a serial killer has struck in Headley Cross. But Adeline soon realizes she’s seeing each murder just before they happen and reluctantly contacts the police.
Detective Sergeant Nate Holmes has enough to deal with between caring for his orphaned niece and his current assignment–the Herbalist killings, so when a woman comes forward who claims to be “seeing” the crimes in dreams, he isn’t hopeful she’ll be of any help. But he knows her from church, and she inexplicably describes how each crime is committed. Is God answering his prayers through Adeline?
Adeline assists the police, yet more women die and she becomes the prime target of the killer. Will Nate crack the case before the Herbalist can complete his agenda–or will the next murder Adeline foresees be her own?
Don’t you just love the unusual occupations the author chooses for her heroines? And Nate? Who wouldn’t love a hero who takes in his niece to raise? There’s a great cast of secondary characters as well, from Ben, Adeline’s black and white Cavalier King Charles spaniel, to Vianne, Nate’s niece who played integral roles in the story.
Being deaf doesn’t impair Adeline in any way. She’s actually blessed with an abundance of other gifts, like visions of the Herbalist killings before they happen. Nate doesn’t see her as handicapped, but as the strong, independent, and beautiful heroine she is. If it weren’t for the occasional reminder from Adeline to look at her so she could read lips, as a reader, you almost forget the fact that she is deaf.