Author: Heather Graham
Pages: Paperback 389
Opening Lines: "It was there . . ."
"Aiden Flynn, a private investigator and the eldest of the Flynn brothers, scoffs at the haunted-house rumors—especially since Kendall Montgomery, a tarot card reader who has been living in the mansion, is the one to tell him the tale of the woman in white. But when he finds a human bone on the grounds and another by the river, Aiden delves into the dark history of the Flynn Mansion.
"Foced together to uncover the truth, Aiden and Kendall realize that a serial killer whose victims seem to vanish into thin air has long been at work . . . and their own fates are about to be seated forever unless they believe in the unbelievable."
~ Jacket Copy
Thoughts: I have picked up Heather Graham's books quite a few times. However, there was some other book that I planned on buying. When my hubby and I went down to the used bookstore, a few of her books were sitting on the shelf. After a lot of time reading the backs, I decided to give this series a try.
The book starts out switching between the War of Northern Aggression and present. In the past, cousins on different sides of the war end up killing each other while trying to protect the same woman. However, the present follows a young woman who was lured out to the mansion on the pretense of new historical information. Unfortunately, she was lured by the serial killer. At this point, the story picks up Aiden and Kendall's storyline.
The Flynn brothers end up in New Orleans when the learn that they have inherited an antebellum from a relative they never knew existed. Due to this, they end up meeting Kendall, a local tarot reader and their aunt's caretaker. And, honestly, the book gets way to complicated to explain.
I found the character development of Aiden was central to the plot. He starts out as a hardcore former-FBO agent. However, through his work with Kendall, he ends up melting. Granted, it is made clear that his rough exterior is more than likely due to the death of his wife. Even with that in mind, I felt the author did a good job portraying this without going over the top and 'poor me.' Kendall was also an interesting character. The fact that she had a degree in psychology and was a tarot reader was absolutely hilarious to me! It was an interesting play. However, throwing int he curve balls was perfect!
The setting was awesome! I have wanted to visit New Orleans for years, so I was quick to tear through this book! Living in Wyoming, I'm used to a Halloween blanketed in snow. The fact that they were able to still enjoy time outside was a very well thought out detail.
I ended up really enjoying this book. I found myself in the couch spending most of the day reading this. It was hard to put down. And, I admit, there were some seriously creepy elements in this story! Which, for me, is always a plus!
Currently: Still trying to decide . . .
Current Pages: 7349