I'm a sucker for Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters books. These novels feature a special team of FBI agents who have some sort of paranormal ability, usually the ability to see or hear dead people. In the course of the book, they use their connections to track serial killers. And, because these are romantic suspense novels, there is a romance, usually between two agents. The Silenced is no exception.
Lara Mayhew worked for Congressman Ian Walker until she quit after a disagreement, and disappeared the same night. But, she left a confusing phone message for her best friend Meg Murray. Meg, who had just graduated from the FBI academy, turned for help to Adam Harrison, the man who founded the Krewe of Hunters. He matched her up with Agent Matt Bosworth on a hunt for Meg. Everyone was worried because, not only had Meg disappeared, but she bore a remarkable resemblance to two young women whose bodies had just been found, both probably victims of the same killer. When Meg sees Lara in her mirror, she fears she's dead, but Matt guesses that Lara is reaching out to Meg for help. As the two trace Lara's past, looking for answers in Richmond, Harper's Ferry, and Gettysburg, they manage to pick up a victim's dog, and discover their own attraction to each other.
Everything in The Silenced is fast-paced, including the romance. The reader not only follows Meg and Matt on the trail of the killer, but also experiences the killer's viewpoint, and Lara's. And, the suspense just intensifies as the story heads to a climax before a battlefield speech.
Unlikely? Yes. And, there's no great depth of character in these books. But, Graham's Krewe of Hunter books, including The Silenced, capitalize on great settings, intense suspense, and a paranormal element. The books are just fun, quick reads.
Heather Graham's website is http://www.theoriginalheathergraham.com
The Silenced by Heather Graham. MIRA. 2015. ISBN 9780778317982 (hardcover), 299p.
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