Supernatural abilities haunt her. Brainiac students taunt her. The FBI “Freak Squad” wants her. Will she abandon her extra sensory talents in favor of freedom, or will she hone them to help catch crooks?
Former army brat, Ainsley Benton, may have finally found her place in this world, and it’s among the freaks. This small town art teacher has the ability to see, hear, and feel what other people are experiencing, and now the FBI’s freak squad wants to use her “human bug” abilities to catch bad guys. Despite her fear of commitment, failure, and responsibility, Ainsley temporarily agrees to join this team of misfits, and ends up risking her life to investigate a conspiracy that may only be one of her schizophrenic coworker’s paranoid delusions.
When I started reading this I was in two minds whether I was going to enjoy it or not. Ainsley is a school teacher with a supernatural ability in the form of having the Hitchhiker gene although at that moment she knows something is not right but doesn’t know exactly what it is. There is a blood drive at the school and she donates some of her blood, what she doesn’t realise is that her blood is screened and the FBI ‘freak squad’ know all about the hitchhiker gene and asks her to see them.
Her world from there is turned upside down. The hitchhiker gene allows her to hitchhike into someone else’s body, seeing through their eyes’ just by a small transfer of blood and she is now working with the freak squad which consists of people talking to dead people, a schizophrenic who has hallucinations and other equally as freaky people. Ainsley seems to be fitting in quite well though.
One of the other people working for the squads friends daughter is dead and leaves a trail that must be followed up on but it is dangerous. Can they find out who the killer is? why he killed her? There are other cases in with Ainsley works on and finds it quite difficult when she experiences her first hitchhiking disaster.
With suspense, romance, supernatural and thriller qualities this turned out to be a brilliant book to read. I felt I got to know all of the characters pretty well from how the author wrote about them. I particularly liked Dylan and Jack.
It was well written and I look forward to reading more from this author.
Audra’s love of writing began in the third grade, when she was chosen to go to a young author’s conference based on her story, “The Dragon Cookie,” which is about a giant cookie that comes to life. She continued writing, and was sometimes asked to write stories for friends as birthday gifts.
Audra went to college thinking she would go into journalism, but opted to go into publishing instead, and even took an internship at Yale University Press. She married right after college and was unable to find a publishing job where they were living in Seattle. Audra took an office job. After helping put her husband through law school, she went back to school and got her teaching degree. Audra enjoyed teaching, but once her oldest was born, she chose to stay home. At the encouragement of friends she started writing again, the result being her first novel, Watcher, which was released in January of 2013.
Audra and her husband now live in a small town in Eastern Washington with their three boys. They also have a black Lab named Benji who eats shoes, gophers and packages left on her front porch (thanks Fed-Ex). She recently went back to work as a Kindergarten teacher, but she still writes, dabbles in on-line shopping and plays Texas Hold ‘Em with her friends as often she can.
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