Divine Intervention

Rated 4.14/5 based on 23 reviews
CFBI agent Jasmine McLellan leads a psychically gifted team in the hunt for a serial arsonist―a murderer who has already taken the lives of three innocent people. Unleashing her gift as a Pyro-Psychic, Jasi is compelled toward smoldering ashes and enters the killer's mind. A mind bent on destruction and revenge. (#1 in series) "Sci-fi and mystery fans will love this book." Writer's Digest More
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About Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an award-winning, bestselling Canadian suspense author. Her novels include Children of the Fog, The River, Divine Intervention, and Whale Song, which New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice calls "a compelling story of love and family and the mysteries of the human heart...a beautiful, haunting novel."

Her next thriller, Divine Justice (book 2 in the Divine series), will be published in spring 2011, in ebook and trade paperback editions.

Cheryl also enjoys writing short stories inspired mainly by her author idol Stephen King, and this has resulted in Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories (ebook) and Remote Control (novelette ebook).

In 2010 Cheryl detoured into the romance genre with her contemporary romantic suspense debut, Lancelot's Lady, written under the pen name of Cherish D'Angelo.

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Booklist raves, "Tardif, already a big hit in Canada…a name to reckon with south of the border."

Cheryl's website: http://www.cherylktardif.com
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You can also find Cheryl Kaye Tardif on MySpace, Facebook, Goodreads, Shelfari and LibraryThing, plus other social networks.

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CFBI agent and Pyro-Psychic Jasi McLellan and her team members―Psychometric Empath and profiler Ben Roberts and Victim Empath Natassia Prushenko―are joined by Brandon Walsh, the handsome but skeptical Chief of Arson Investigations. In a manhunt that takes them from Vancouver to Kelowna, Penticton and Victoria, they are led down a twisting path of sinister secrets.

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Reviews

Review by: Stan Adelman on June 06, 2014 :
Excellent book. Great mix of a detective story and extrasensory perception. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel!

The setting was well described, and the characters' actions were logical, given their backgrounds. I really cared what happened to them.
(review of free book)

Review by: Crystal Waldrum on Dec. 02, 2011 :
***UPDATE - the author contacted me and informed me this was a formatting error and was thoroughly edited prior to publication. She is currently reformatting it now to correct this error. Therefore I have no real complaints!!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Crystal Waldrum on Dec. 01, 2011 :
Overall I enjoyed the book. The the psychic abilities to solve crimes and actual police work instead of a sole reliance on abilities. A tad bit of romance and passion tossed in and an arson serial killer made for an excellent story. It had a good pace and although a few details tweaked for me it was a very plausible story. My only real main complaint was the lack of editing. Every other paragraph had a ? instead of a comma or period. It was strange. Also incomplete sentences and some spelling mistakes. With a serious edit this would make a great story for all.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: lesleymc on Oct. 07, 2011 :
An enjoyable read, murder mystery with a little romance laced with a touch of the paranormal. All blended well resulting in a good story with likeable characters strong enough to make a sequel eagerly awaited.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Aparna Sethuraman on Sep. 25, 2011 : (no rating)
I received this book as part of the Member Giveaway and loved it. This story is set in the near future where the CFBI(a Canadian counterpart of the FBI) uses people with psychic and special abilities to crack cases. In some ways this story is based on the same premise as Kay Hooper's Bishop series. It is a weell-written novel which keeps you wanting to read more of it.

Can't wait to get the next installment
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: CynDaVaz on Sep. 23, 2011 :
I liked the premise of this story quite a bit, actually. The only reason I had to knock a star off was because it was unpolished in several areas. The romantic attraction between the protagonist and another person didn't flow naturally; it felt more formulaic than anything else. And at times the dialogue and narrative was stilted. A lot of snarling, whining, growling, head swiveling, etc. Overuse of those types of descriptive words can start to affect the overall work, and that happened in this case. But the general plot was pretty good - just wish the characters could have been fleshed out a bit more.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Julius Butcher on Sep. 13, 2011 :
Where should I start? I was thinking whether it was a paranormal, a romance or a thriller story. Or all together. The CFBI agents had paranormal abilities, and the way they used their gifts and made contact to the paranormal dimensions was interesting in itself. Some investigators would give anything to be able to sense, feel and see how the crime happened, just by touching objects of the crime scene. It would revolutionize the investigation process.

I like thrillers, I like twists and turns, and I like suspense. I got these all in Divine Intervention. As the story unfolds, the team is trying to catch an arsonist and killer. Soon they realise that they are after the wrong person. The team discovers the awful series of events that led to the murder they were investigating.
There was an exciting chase at the end (I could enjoy some more in the book), almost costing the life of McLellan. And there was a real twist at the end, the killer was somebody not expected. I had a small problem with that, though: there should have been some clues along the story, so it would not feel somewhat like deus ex machina.

Being a sci-fi fan (and being a man), I'm not really into romance stories, so it may be only me, but the romance started strangely: Agent McLellan hated Walsh right when they met. Of course Walsh was assigned to the investigation, and they had the chance to argue with each other. I was confused when it turned to love. Ladies, if you read the book, please tell me if I'm wrong on this, and the turn was believable.
Anyway, they fell into love, but then McLellan turned down Walsh when he tried to make love with her. Not that I wanted a sex scene, but after the trouble they went through, they merited to have a good time together.
I liked the romance subplot between the other two agents, Prushenko and Roberts. Two grown ups, who like each other, discover that their feelings can be deeper than they thought, and give it a try.

I found the characterisation well done.

There was an issue with the font size, smaller and bigger parts of the text were alternating, sometimes paragraph by paragraph.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cynthia Parker on Sep. 09, 2011 :
Cheryl Kay Tardiff brings a whole new light to intellegiance work. She keeps you interested with the characters' special psychic powers and brings the reader into the story. The author develops the characters through personality and crime scene situations. Can't wait to read Divine Justice.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tammy Gaines on Sep. 02, 2011 :
I really expected a straight-up PNR with this read but instead I got a true cop mystery! Sure, the agents that work in this division of the CFBI have psychic powers but it wasn’t the focus. The focus was the crime and I loved that. It was refreshing and reminded me of all the Chick Suspense I used to read. I still do read it but I find myself committed to lots of other genre’s. I am very happy with this and will be reading the second installment soon.
I highly recommend this to, not only lovers of UF and PNR, but mystery readers as well!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Wolf on Sep. 02, 2011 :
Based in Canada, it's a great read for those who like suspense, murder, drama and a touch of romance. A series of arsons has a special team of crime solvers with special talents called to help solve the "who-done-it". Plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages until you reach the end.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Gail Bower on Aug. 04, 2011 :
This was an exciting and enjoyable story. The characters were intruiging with various abilities to deal with an arson situation. I look forward to reading another book by this author.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Renee Gunnells on Aug. 01, 2011 :
A fast-paced thoroughly enjoyable and exciting read with enough excitement, drama, action and romance to keep you hooked the whole way through. You'll definitely have a hard time putting it down. The characters are completely believable and the technology is something that is definitely a possibility in the not too distant future, if not now. I can't wait to read more Divine books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amber Carroll on July 29, 2011 :
Jasi McLellan is an agent in the CFBI with a specialty in arson investigations, in fact she is a Pyro-Psychic. The smoke gives her visions and often puts her inside the arsonist during the last moments as they set the fire. Jasi and her team have been assigned to a case of a serial arsonist, which at first glance have no ties to each other than the Gemini lighter left at both scenes. This investigation gets more complicated with each new clue that develops and if Jasi and her team don't solve the case in time, more lives are in danger. This is a great book, with some unforseen twists and great character development. Definitely recommended!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Scooby2 on July 25, 2011 :
I really enjoyed reading this story. I couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to the sequel, where we will discover more about Emily. This story flowed well and included everything from suspense, murder, psychics, empaths, and romance. Readers will not be disappointed, I highly recommend this to others.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amy Siggelow on July 21, 2011 :
I won this book from the Member Giveaways on Library Thing.

I really enjoyed this book. It is about the Canadian FBI special team of psychic-type agents trying to solve a serial arsonist case. The team consists of Jasmine (Jasi) McClellan, Ben Roberts, and Natassia Prushenko. The three of them work for a man named Matthew Divine, who founded and is in charge of their specialized unit. They join forces with the Chief Arson investigator, Brandon, and begin trying to solve the case.

This was a very good book that I recommend to those who like a bit of psychic subject material. To those who don't, this probably isn't the book for you. It was a fascinating read and made me wonder if quite possibly, there are actual units in the government who do this sort of thing. The author made the reading very believable and interesting. Nice book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: J. Robert Ewbank on July 21, 2011 :
This book by Tardif is an interesting one. Its premise is that some people in a special area of our government have unique abilities that most of us do not have or don't know we have. These folks are seeking a murderer with these special skills. A lot of interaction between the main characters and some of the other characters. A good, solid, interesting, read.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: J. Robert Ewbank on July 21, 2011 :
This book by Tardif is an interesting one. Its premise is that some people in a special area of our government have unique abilities that most of us do not have or don't know we have. These folks are seeking a murderer with these special skills. A lot of interaction between the main characters and some of the other characters. A good, solid, interesting, read.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nancy Eriksen on July 20, 2011 :
Divine Intervention has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit, let’s get that out of the way right off. It does have to do with a group of people who have a bit extra in their genetic make-up: and they all work for Matthew Divine. Ben can read minds with a touch, Natassia read the last moments of someone’s life by being with their corpse and Jasi, well; Jasi reads fires.
Someone is burning folks up around Victoria, B.C. and the Divine crew is sent to investigate. The killer left behind a “clue” in form of a Gemini lighter. Just like the one Jasi received in the mail awhile ago. Hmmm. Upon arrival they are immediately saddled with Brandon Walsh, top fire scene investigator and ‘way better looking than someone has a right to be.
There are several suspects, many thoughts from the fires and corpses and it all seems to link to a very nasty foster mother named Charlotte Foreman. But Charlotte did in a fire a month ago along with a 4-yr old girl she was caring for. Who was out to get Charlotte and then also caused a local Doctor to burn to death?
Ms. Tardiff does a great job of winding plots, sub-plots and lust around our heroes. This plus the interesting futuristic gagets used by the team make the book a great summer tale of murder, mystery and other things. Even better – book 2 in this series – Divine Justice came out in March so you can get them both and continue on! Enjoy!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Booketta on July 19, 2011 :
I won this e-book from LibraryThing Members Giveaways. Cheryl Kaye Tardiff is an established Canadian author, this is the first book I have read by her. This book gripped me right from the start through to the very end. The scene was set with good characterisations and the story developed and blossomed. Fast paced and very difficult to put my iPad down as I couldn't wait to move on to the next chapter. Futuristic in the sense of psychic empathy and gifts but I felt this added to the storyline and drama. I cannot wait to read Divine Justice, the follow up to this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hannah Hummel on July 19, 2011 :
Things get really hot in this paranormal thriller when a serial arsonist murders three people, one of whom is the father of a politician on the rise.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alex Draven on July 16, 2011 :
It's an alternative 2012, and Agent Jasmine McLellan is using her fire-psychic skills to track down a serial arsonist in British Columbia... and we're launched into an unusual police procedural thriller with a personal twist.

I didn't really 'gel' with Jasi, the main protagonist, and the romance element really didn't do anything for me, but the near-future setting (2012 as imagined from the early 2000's) and the low-key paranormal elements with the different psychic skills exhibited by Jasi and her team mates drew me in.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Whea on July 02, 2011 :
Started out extremely slow. The first third of the book took me about a week to get through, because I really didn't want to keep going. There was too much dialogue and not enough description, lots of abbreviations without explanation, the characters were way too juvenile and unprofessional to be really likeable, and the plotline didn't seem all that great.

So when I say the rest of the book makes up for it, I really mean it.

The story was really unpredictable, and I loved getting into the mind of the killer. Watching the evidence mount up, the frustration of the team, and the tedious process of narrowing down leads to find dead end after dead end was pretty interesting and made it seem realistic. Every time I thought something was set in stone, it changed. And that's really what makes a good story.

Some complaints (not including the first third of the book):

-Not very much description: I never really know WHY Jasi likes Brandon so much. I know he's got nice muscles and she gets butterflies in her stomach when she looks at him, but that's about it. I barely know what he looks like.

-Too many cliches: Walsh is drowning in Jasi's eyes, their kiss is like heaven. That doesn't count as description.

-Loose ends: Wtf happened with Parliament? It's like a tease, mentioning the murders or some former love interest briefly, but never delving deeper or explaining. This doesn't make me want to know more, though, it just annoys the crap out of me. Oh, also, I really wanted to know what Cameron at the end, but they seemed to forget about her once the mystery was solved. So much for making friends.

Overall, good story. Okay writing. Somewhat likeable characters. Will probably read sequel if it happens to cross my path, but I won't go out of my way to find it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: John Zur on July 21, 2010 :
Jasmine McLellan will soon be one of your favorite characters!

The character Jasmine McLellan is wonderfully complex and likable. I can easily see her "starring" in many sequels.
Chery Kay Tardif is an amazing story teller and this is another page turner.
I look forward to her new books more than any other author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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