Review: The Departed by Shiloh Walker

Posted June 13, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 23 Comments

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Review: The Departed by Shiloh Walker
The Departed

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Series: FBI Psychics #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on January 3, 2012
Pages: 326
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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I was in the mood for a darker romantic suspense with a bit of paranormal so I laid my hand on this book just waiting for me to take it off the shelf.  I’ve read other romantic suspenses from this author and appreciated her ability to weave a gritty and atmospheric story of a small town hiding some big evil.


The Departed is the second of the FBI Psychics series, but it was the first one I read.  I had no trouble jumping in with this one.  The circle of people working the cases are loosely connected, but the FBI cases, settings, and romances don’t seem to carry over so this stood alone just fine.

The Departed opens with an FBI team of who work the case unconventionally using their various psychic talents to bring a closed case and justice for living and dead while getting some real villains off the streets.

Taylor Jones heads this unit and has devoted his life to this, particularly the missing children.  His sister went missing and both his parents are dead.  He has never gotten passed this so won’t act on the attraction he feels toward one of his team, Dez Lincoln, even though she reciprocates.  Her near death at the last scene made his feeling of guilt and responsibility flare up along with knowing he was her boss and couldn’t have a relationship with a co-worker.  He pushes her way and she takes the nudge all the way out of the FBI, but still does the work of seeing and speaking with ghosts to help the dead find resolution.

Dez was crushed by Taylor’s rejection, but then a ghost calls her to a small town in Indiana where she finds horrors hidden behind white picket fences and learns of the ghosts from the past riding Taylor.  They are as attracted as ever, but she has to hold the pain of being pushed away because when her reason for being there is over, she won’t let him hurt her this time.  But, what if things have changed?

The book started out with an intense scene and set the table for what to expect through the rest of the book.  I confess that it felt a bit like I was being dropped into the middle of something when the romance pair shuck clothes and go at it within the first few pages.  But, then the breakup happens and a year passes to reset things for the main part of the story.  That opener turned out to be a good thing so I could see a bit of what it was like before the reunion after and I didn’t have to wonder why the pair of them were edgy around each other.

A ghost and a group assault on a teen girl start things off in the next phase of the story.  It was a good blend of small town, gritty suspense, and sensual slow burn into spicy romance.  Because Taylor’s FBI unit are psychics, it was not a usual procedural and they worked a case differently.  Dez was usually confined to the dead though if she pushed, she could get feelings and intent off the living if they were broadcasting strong enough.

The narration is mostly Dez and Taylor, but the other main players got page time, too.  It wasn’t distracting and actually served to hone my interest more deeply in the situation.  Dez finds herself with more than one ghost asking for her help and ends up with a cold case close to home for Taylor that puts a strain on them both.  Again, it seems like a lot going on, but it all transitioned well and worked to make a whole picture.

I love that Dez sees ghosts and solves murders and brings resolution for the dead and their family, but I also appreciated how the author showed the difficulties and the toll this takes on her.  And, showed her tug o’ war feelings about Taylor so that she was wary of loving him because he pushed her away and being abandoned by her mother in the past makes this rejection even more acute.

Taylor pushed her away, but I never felt like he was being a jerk.  He is not open with her or anyone about his past pain, but he also had the work taboo thing as her boss.  He never denies he cares and he’s not mean to her though apparently everyone else sees him as something of a jerk because he’s hard-nosed about getting a job done and protecting the people in his unit.  His pain was palpable and I was really rooting for him to open up and let Dez be there for him like he wanted to be there for her.

My one niggle was that I could have used a longer denouement after all the twists and reveals at the end so I got a better feel of where they were going with their shared future and even the decision he was going to make about his career.  Maybe this is answered further in the series.

I’ve got a few more FBI Psychics stories on the shelf and I am eager to keep going with this series.  For those who like to get to know all the players and have a slow-develop twisting suspense and romance, these are a good fit.

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Mt. TBR #56


About Shiloh Walker

Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid… she fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah… serious vampire stories. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, but most all anything romantic. Once upon a time, she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She also writes under the pen name J. C. Daniels.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Despite the ending, I like the sound of this gritty and atmospheric story. It kind of reminds me of the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes, I’ve wanted to start that series after reading several of your reviews. Good to know it has the same flavor. 🙂

2 years ago

I have a book by the author but I still need to try it. I”m curious about her books

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I think she’s one of those authors that writes really well, but isn’t as well known. Hope you like the one you have, Melliane. 🙂

2 years ago

Sounds like quite the read and it’s interesting that he didn’t initially return her affections. That in itself makes the story read-worthy. Great review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Sharonda

I thought about it afterwards and thought it was unselfish on both their parts. He pushed her away because he knew he had stuff he was keeping to himself and it wasn’t right to saddle her with his issues and then later, she took a chance on him after he’d pushed her away. Not the usual thing, for sure especially in this genre.

Melanie Simmons
2 years ago

I read this series (or most of it) years ago. The Missing was my favorite. Now, I think I was to try to revisit it, now that I’m reviewing. 🙂 Great review.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I’ve got book three and book four on the same sale as this one. I’ll have to check the library for The Missing.

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I need to read more of her books because this sounds pretty good.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes! I can’t wait to keep going with this series. I love the blend of psychic gifts and romantic suspense.

Anne - Books of My Heart

This is exactly the sort of thing I love best in a paranormal genre. I hope I get to read these. Wonderful review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

These are definitely a favorite type of mine, too. I plan to keep going with the series and pick up the ones I don’t have yet. Hope you enjoy them if you get the chance, Anne!

Carole rae
2 years ago

Maybe I need something to dark to help with my mini funk I’m in!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

This was just dark enough for a wuss like me. Probably not that dark to others, but I think you’d still have a good time, Carole.

2 years ago

I haven’t read anything by Walker in years but I’ve always loved her books.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Karen

It’s been a while for me, but I went with a whim and fell right back into what I like about her books. 🙂

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

I enjoy mystery/thriller/suspense novels with paranormal elements. I like sound of the gritty + small town blend, and I’m curious how the team uses their different psychic abilities to solve crime. Adding this to my TBR!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Neato! Glad to point you toward one that caught your fancy, Crystal. 🙂

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Hopefully, you get all the answers you need in the next ones!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yes! I’ve got the next two so hopefully I’ll get answers.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

This sounds like interesting story/series. I like that the FBI team have psychic abilities. It sounds interesting how Dez can see ghosts. Dez sounds like a character in turmoil. I like that you understood why he pushed Dez away. It’s frustrating when a character pushes another away, but it makes no sense why. Great Review Sophia!

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I meant Taylor sounds like a character in turmoil, and my comment about the pushing away was about Taylor.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

No worries, Lindy.

Yes, I was glad to see that he had a mostly legit reason for stepping back. He knows he’s messed up even if he hasn’t shared about it. In truth, being her boss was already a reason to step back. It did end up being a conflict in the romance that made sense which is important, like you pointed out.