Author: Audra Middleton
Genre: Humorous Paranormal Thriller
Length: 178 pages approx
Publisher: Burst Books ( a division of Champagne Books)
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.
From reading the synopsis of Hitchhiker I could not wait to read the whole book, Ainlet was a teacher and had just donated blood at a blood drive, how would she know that just donating a little blood could change life as she knows it. She had the Hitchhiker gene which means she can basically spy on people through their eyes but the effects do not last long and there has to be a transfer of Ainsley’s blood to the person they either need to spy on or their informant. Basically it stops the informant wearing a wire so won’t get caught as a spy. She is hired by an FBI team who are almost closed down to help with a case. Each member of the team have special ‘talents’ I would not really say they were paranormal more supernatural. The person out of the team that really stuck out was Dylan the schizophrenic, but super brainy too,he was very paranoid, he could not go near Ainsley in case he got infected.
I am not going to go into the whole story as it will spoil it especially with the synopsis above.
The story was well thought out although I felt it did jump from one thing to the other, referring to the villian, and I did get lost a few times. Regardless of that it was a great read and kept me gripped.
About the 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.