Phantom Evil

Phantom Evil

by Heather Graham

Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters, #1)

A secret government unit, a group of renegade paranormal investigators… and a murder no one else can crack.

Though haunted by the recent deaths of two teammates, Jackson Crow knows that the living commit the most heinous crimes.

A police officer utilizing her paranormal intuition, Angela Hawkins already has her hands full of mystery and bloodshed.

But one assignment calls to them too strongly to resist. In a historic mansion in New Orleans’s French Quarter, a senator’s wife falls to her death. Most think she jumped; some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits inhabiting the house — once the site of a serial killer’s grisly work.

In this seemingly unsolvable case, only one thing is certain: whether supernatural or all too human, crimes of passion will cast Jackson and Angela into danger of losing their lives… and their immortal souls.

I am ready for October and all the fun stuff that the fall season brings! But I’ll wait until later to wax poetic about my love for October. Summers are hot and humid in Florida and they leave me longing for cool breezes, cloudy days, and all things pumpkin! So I decided to post a book that falls into my normal genres for October.

I enjoy Heather Graham; I am not her biggest fan because I am not much of a romance reader but I do find her paranormal mysteries engaging. I am one of those people who enjoys getting the heebie-jeebies every once in a while. So I picked up a audio copy of Phantom Evil, book one of Graham’s new Krewe of Hunters series.

It was not my favorite. The storyline was different and interesting but Phantom Evil just really didn’t do anything for me compared to some of Graham’s other novels. I have identified a number of reasons for this. First, six people is too many team members. Graham was forced to constantly re-introduce each main and secondary character each time they talked. This diminished the uniqueness of each and left most team members acting as story padding. Second, the romance between Jackson and Angela happens far too fast. Many of you might be yelling ‘SPOILERS’ but believe me, you know it’s going to happen by the end of the first chapter. I liked the chemistry between the two but the speed of the relationship reminded me of an amped up High School romance; both characters were dreaming of forever by the end of the story. The time frame, a couple of weeks, seemed far too short for such level headed adults. Third, the mystery and ghost story were both engaging but they just did not seem to work well together. I think part of that is due to my last point: Graham did not include enough about New Orleans. I was wanting to feel, hear, and smell the city and it just wasn’t there for me.

It was still a fun story. I love the mansion where the majority of the action occurs. I can totally see myself touring such a place, but I am a fan of ‘ghost tours.’ I like how Graham’s descriptions give me the heebie-jeebies! The scenes in the attic and basement kept me riveted to the story and still give me chills when I recall them. The ghost story was well done and I recommend Phantom Evil if you also enjoy such stories! Pick up Phantom Evil for a good spooky story to enjoy on a chilly fall evening.

Who else has read Phantom Evil? What Heather Graham book would you recommend?

Lindsay

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