Dwane Maxwell Maxwell from Aberdeen, ID, USA
Hidden Currents is manual 7 (the final token, perhaps...) of Christine Feehan's enjoyable Drake Relatives group. In it, we find the story of the youngest relative Elle Drake, and the grandfather destined to help her assume the intimidating Drake estate, Jackson Deveau. Caducities ago, as Jackson lay in prosecutor hands, tortured and broken, Elle filled his attention and shared her psychic energy and strength with him to save his mind. After his escape, Jackson moved to Abundance Asylum with his sidekick Jonas Harrington to meet Elle. For caducities, he has lived on the outskirts of her life, afraid that Elle will never be able to accept the terrorism that taints him, terrified of the Drake estate, until the light of day comes that he must save her life. Working undercover to bring down a powerful human reach out punch, Elle is taken prisoner by a strong psychic. She must trust that Jackson and her relatives will come for her, as she runs on sadistic torture from a violent grandfather determined to break her humor, dominate her life, and control her. Hidden Currents is the most disturbing token yet in the Drake Relatives saga. The first six chapters are full of shocking details of Elle's kidnap and the subsequent physical and psychological torture she experienced at the hands of a psycho. It is sickening and alarming, and is really difficult to read. In fact, I put the manual down for a few days after manual-learning those chapters - I was simply overwhelmed. But once I picked it back up, I couldn't put it down. Elle and Jackson are very powerful couple with a dynamic story. I was happy to see the other relatives and their husbands/fiancés in Hidden Currents as well. Feehan always does an incredible job of tying her characters together with characters from other brochures in her group, and I am always ready to embrace them and find out what they've been up to. As the last manual in this group, Hidden Currents doesn't quite live up to the earlier brochures. Don't get me wrong, everything ends neatly, but it seemed as if something was missing. Perhaps Feehan was trying to leave an opening for further brochures - maybe from the context of Ilya's brothers? I suppose we'll have to stay tuned to see if all comes from that.