This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery Laurie King is the author of several excellent series the Holmes Russell books are among my all time favorites and this was definitely closer to the suspense thriller side of mystery than her others The story involves an FBI agent tracking down a terrorist in the 1920 s, who gets pulled into a creepy organization built around a man with a very disturbing ability The whole book has an air of melancholy, and all of the characters are already wounded in some way, whether physically or emotionally, and only face of it during their lives Still, it never really crosses into being maudlin, probably because of the crisp action scenes and the humor of the setting Laurie King is truly a master storyteller, and this book only misses a five because I compare it to The Beekeeper s Apprentice and Love the author s Russell Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the 20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonist.
Harris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck several times in the US, but is an Englishman He takes leave and heads to England to track him down But this is no ordinary man and he circulates in the highest circles of English society So Harris is forced to elicit the help of a shady and shadowy member of British government who leads him to a man, Bennett Grey, gifted with an ability that this government man, Carstairs, wants to exploit.
With the fragile Bennett at his side, Harris infiltrates the group surrounding Benson through the aristocratic Hurleighs who Bennett and his sister, When you d rather fold laundry than read a bookit s time to put the book aside and move on to something else.

I usually like Laurie King s books, she s on my author alert at the library, but I took this out TWICE from the library, and couldn t finish it either time The second time, I didn t even want to pick it up there were just too many other interesting things to do or read.
The first time I got about halfway through before I had to return the book The subject matter wasn t terribly interesting to me it takes place in the 1920s, and involves espionage and one man who was left with psychic abilities from his injuries in WWI So, perhaps this is a better book for someone who is interested in period pieces and warfare.
This is a stand alone novel, not related to either of her series It s 1926, and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber for help, he s sent to Englishman Bennett Grey, whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other people s thoughts and who has been hiding in Cornwall for years Almost against his will, Grey agrees to help Stuyvesant by gaining him entry into an elite milieu which includes Lady Laura Hurleigh, who is devoting her life to social reform charismatic politician Richard Bunsen and Grey s sister Sarah, Lady Laura s best friend.
It s a good book in many ways, but it lacks focus it s not as tight as I think a suspense novel ought to be There are well developed, complex characters, but too many of them are POV characters six, and I thought only four or five at most were necessary , and King head hops occasionally I normally adore Laurie King, but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy, to the point where I got so angry I didn t want to finish the book It was written in 3rd person omniscient, so we could leap between people s heads, but it was so jarring every time, I felt like I never got the chance to care for anyone or hate the bad guys Maybe I ll try it again sometime, but it just troubled me.
ñ Touchstone ñ It took me a little while to get into this political thriller a stand alone book from King, whom I love for her excellent series Set in the 1920s, in an England torn between unions and a conservative government, an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect Secret agents and terrorists aren t really my favourite sort of books, so it took me a little while to get past that, after which I really enjoyed this.
It s not your average secret agent terrorist plot book, of course there s the ex soldier with mysterious and debilitating abilities, the charismatic politician, the aristocratic family with ties to the unions it s wonderfully set up, with fantastic characters as you expect from King , and a conclusion that manages to devastate while still giving you some semblance of a happy ending.
For Her Rich And Powerful Works Of Psychological Suspense As Well As Her New York Times Bestselling Mysteries, Laurie R King Now Takes Us To A Remote Cottage In Cornwall Where A Gripping Tale Of Intrigue, Terrorism, And Explosive Passions Begins With A Visit To A Recluse Upon Whom The Fate Of An Entire Nation May Rest A Man Code Named TouchstoneIt S Eight Years After The Great War Shattered Bennett Grey S Life, Leaving Him With An Excruciating Sensitivity To The Potential Of Human Trailer ☆ Touchstone PDF by ¶ Laurie R.
King Violence, And Making Social Contact All But Impossible Once Studied By British Intelligence For His Unique Abilities, Grey Has Withdrawn From A Rapidly Changing World Until An American Bureau Of Investigation Agent Comes To Investigate For Himself Grey S Potential As A Weapon In A Vicious New Kind Of Warfare Agent Harris Stuyvesant Desperately Needs Grey S Help Entering A World Where The Rich And The Radical Exist Side By Side A Heady Mix Of The Powerful And The Celebrated, Among Whom Lurks An Enemy Ready To Strike A Deadly Blow At Democracy On Both Sides Of The AtlanticHere, Among A Titled Family Whose Servants Dress In Whimsical Costumes And Whose Daughter Conducts An Open Affair With A Man Who Wants To Bring Down The Government, Stuyvesant Finds Himself Dangerously Seduced By One Woman And Even Dangerously Falling In Love With Another And As He Sifts Through Secrets Divulged And Kept, He Uncovers The Target Of A Horrifying Conspiracy, And Wonders If He Can Trust His Touchstone, Grey, To Reveal The Most Dangerous Player Of AllBuilding To An Astounding Climax On An Ancient English Estate, Touchstone Is Both A Harrowing Thriller By A Master Of The Genre And A Thought Provoking Exploration Of The Forces That Drive History And Human Destinies Like all of Laurie s work it is finely weaved and very well told.
I was able to pick up most of the breadcrumb trail as to who and marvel at Laurie s talent for sculpting that character so well that the why is not only believable but could even be considered admirable.
I like Laurie King and was excited that she wrote a nice, thick book I was so bored with this book, but I kept reading hoping it would get better No luck Her other books I recommend they are mysteries but don t bother with this one BOOOOORRRIING

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