A Season of Miracles by Heather Graham
Published by Harlequin Books on October 1st 2002
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So a Season of Miracles was not so miraculous for me.
This story of reincarnation of lost loves seemed intriguing but it really failed to wow me. I found that I just didn’t care about the characters, the story or their love. Not even a ghost giving advice could save this one. There is a back story which I wished I had more of and then there is the current day story. In the current day story, a widowed Jewelry designer Jillian Llewellyn, is drawn to a handsome stranger, Robert Marston, the new silent partner at her family’s business, Llewellyn Enterprises. To add into the mix someone is trying to murder Jillian. Why? Also, some of the attempts are just plain over the top.
I enjoy a good romance, but I really didn’t feel the chemistry. Didn’t recall care for Jillian’s dead husband giving her new beau advice and wanted to scream at her “When you are in a burning building, save YOURSELF.” geez.
Just didn’t connect with this story or the characters. I KNOW that Heather Graham has written MUCH better than this.
I received a copy of this book from Harlequin and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham
Published by Mira Books on March 28th 2017
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The body of a beautiful young woman has been found in a catacomb under a church (now nightclub)by a researcher/scientist and his interns. The woman turns out to be a model who has been missing for 2 weeks. Craig Fraiser, an FBI agent has been called in to investigate the case. Kieran Finnegan is his girlfriend and a criminal psychologist who has been asked to consult on the case. This is not the first time they have worked together, but this time Craig is scared since beautiful women are being murdered and Kierean is beautiful. When Kierean is not working as a psychologist she works at the pub she shares with her brothers. As it happens, The Church where the the missing model’s body was found, is located directly behind the Finnegan’s Pub.
As the investigation progresses it becomes clear that there are more victims and that the killer is close at hand. It is also learned that a member of the Finnegan family has a connection with one of the victims. Could he be a suspect?
I liked this book. I did not love it. I know I would have liked this book more if there were 1. The killers point of view. I think that would have been nice to have. Knowing what the killer was thinking, how he got his victims, motivation, thoughts on police investigation etc. 2. More clues about the identity of the killer. I like to be an arm chair detective and figure things out. These two things would have made this book so much better for me. There is romance (Craig/Kieran) in this book. We also get to see Kieran’s relationship with her brothers as well. I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters. None of them made me feel for them. This book is the second in the series but it does work as a stand alone book. But I wonder if I had read the first in the series would I have cared more about the characters? Nothing really wowed me or stood out for me in this book.
I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Dying Breath (Krewe of Hunters #21) by Heather Graham
on January 1st 1970
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When she was seventeen years old, Vickie Preston survived an attack by a serial killer who had broken into the home where she was babysitting. She kept hearing noises in the house and chalked them up to her “nerves” and viewing too many horror films. Then a ghost (Dylan- the family’s dead son)appeared and told her to get out of the house. She grabs Noah, the toddler she is babysitting, and runs out of the house and up to officer Price who saves their lives.
Years later she is drawn into a police investigation when the killer uses her name as one of the clues in a note left for police. A killer (or killers) known as the Undertaker has been kidnapping women and burying them alive, leaving notes with clues as to where their victims might be buried. She comes back in contact with Griffin Price who was the police officer who saved her when she was Seventeen years old.
Special Agent Griffin Price left the Boston police department to work with the Krewe of Hunters, FBI’s special unit of paranormal investigators. He has been seeing ghosts all of his life. He also saw the ghost of Dylan the night he saved Vickie and the child she was babysitting from a serial killer. He has always felt a bond to Vickie after that night and knows that somehow everything is all related to what brought them together years ago.
As women keep getting taken, Vickie helps Griffin and his partner attempt to find the missing women in time to save their lives while trying to learn the identity of the killer or killers. Vickie has vast knowledge of Boston and with her insights they are able to find some victims before they suffocate. She begins to have “dreams” of an angel who gives her clues. Dylan is also around to help whenever he can. All together they are on a hunt for the killers and it is clear that the killers are also on the hunt- for who? Vickie?
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read with great pacing. I love putting on my detective hat and trying to figure out the identity of the killer/killers. I did think I had things figured out. I thought I knew without a doubt who one of the killers was -and I was WRONG! I kinda like when that happens. I like that there were a few plot twists and turns. Some aha moments.
This book had a lot of things going for it: there is the paranormal element, a romance element, a mystery, suspense and a lot of history of Boston. The Author really did her research. I lived in the Boston area for years and I learned some more about Boston’s history in this book! I liked how the Author blended all of the above elements – nothing was ever over the top. I think that fans of various genres can enjoy this book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.