Empath by Becca J. Campbell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: New Adult Suspense/Romance
Book Description: Supernatural empathy isn’t a gift, it’s a curse. Anywhere she goes, Jade’s emotions are replaced by those of the people around her.
Jade grew up in a suburb of Colorado Springs, protected from other people by her parents. Now she faces college—and the world—with nothing to shield her from unwanted feelings.
When Cam, a classmate with a major crush on her, unintentionally hijacks her emotions, Jade struggles to keep from being carried away in feelings of attraction. When Ethan, a psychopath with a thirst for fear, fixates on her, the emotional impact could be lethal.
Caught in a deadly trap, Jade must untangle the emotions and find a way to use her empathic curse to overcome this killer or be overcome by him.
My thoughts: Jade is an empath. She has a hard time dealing with the emotions of the people around her. Sometimes she is physically impacted when strong emotions are flying around her. She reluctantly takes a college course on campus, knowing that it will be hard for her to block out the people around her.
On campus she meets two men who become a part of her life. There is Logan, the young professor who is emotionally detached, and Cam who is fun to be around. Both of them are soothing to her empathic abilities. Both have a vital role to play in her life. They have secrets of their own.
The other side of the story is Ethan. He is a serial killer who thrills in the hunt and the fear of his victims. Jade becomes the object of his fantasy.
I enjoyed reading the book. Becca Campbell has done a great job at creating suspense. You know what the objectives of the book are, but you wonder how it will turn out. I enjoyed the journey of the characters. I liked Jade and Cam's sister Chloe. I would have liked to find out a little more about Logan and seen more interaction between him and Jade.
The book contains some violence. Fortunately Becca builds up Ethan's scenes, but doesn't take them further. I really don't like torture and I'm glad she left that out! There is kissing, but not beyond that point.
About Becca J. Campbell: Becca J. Campbell is the author of the New Adult Romantic Science Fiction novels Foreign Identity and Gateway to Reality, New Adult Romantic Paranormal Thriller Empath (The Flawed Series #1), and Sub-Normal, a series of Science Fiction short stories.
An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity. You can find her on her Author Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Amazon.
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