When Sarah McKinley is finally able to buy and restore the historic Florida mansion that she has always loved, she dismisses the horror stories of past residents vanishing and a long-dead housekeeper who practiced black magic. Then, in the midst of renovations, she makes a grim discovery. Hidden within the walls of Sarah’s dream house are the remains of dozens of bodies — some dating back over a century.
The door to the past is blown wide open when Caleb Anderson, a private investigator, shows up at the mansion. He believes several current missing-persons cases are linked to the house and its dark past. Working together to find the connection and stop a contemporary killer, Sarah and Caleb are compelled to research the history of the haunted house, growing closer to each other even as the solution to the murders eludes them.
But there is one who knows the truth — a spirit who follows every move they make. Soon Caleb begins to fear that if he can’t stay a step ahead, he could lose Sarah to a killer with an ability to transcend time in a quest for blood and sacrifice.
I first read Unhallowed Ground before I started writing reviews. I loved it. I re-read it a few months ago and I still enjoyed it even after approaching it with a reviewer’s mindset. Heather Graham is great at ghost stories, and from what I can tell, good with the romance genre. I enjoy Unhallowed Ground for the ghost story; I invite all romance readers to chime in with their opinions!
Unhallowed Ground tells the story of Sarah, a young historian living in St. Augustine, Florida. She is happily working as a tour guide and restoring her historic home when Caleb enters her life. Caleb has a unique connection to the spirit world and is sent to St. Augustine in search of a missing girl. Soon the two are entwined in mysteries, both ancient and modern, and they must find the answers to keep Sarah safe.
I love Sarah’s antique home and have begged my husband, to no avail, to let me have one of my own. He definitely wouldn’t say yes after reading this story! Graham does a wonderful job of describing modern settings that are entrenched with history. This allows readers to feel connected to the ghost story throughout the novel and fuels the suspense. This writing style keeps me coming back to the novel year after year.
I also enjoy reading Sarah and Caleb. Caleb is the best written character in Unhallowed Ground and I found his straight forward personality refreshing. I easily connected with Sarah’s passion for history (I am a historian after all). That is all I’m going to say about the characters because I feel that getting to know them as your reading makes Unhallowed Ground more enjoyable. My biggest complaint is that the ending read too fast. I like to soak in the ‘who dunnit’ revelation, so I was a little disappointed at the speed but happy to be totally surprised at the end.
Unhallowed Ground is a great spooky cozy mystery to take with you on a late fall vacation. Who else has read Unhallowed Ground?