Thursday, September 8, 2011

Review: Sacred Evil by Heather Graham

Book Description:

The details of the crime scene are no coincidence. The body – a promising starlet – has been battered, bloodied and then discarded between two of Manhattan’s oldest graveyards.

One look and Detective Jude Crosby recognizes the tableau: a re-creation of Jack the Ripper’s gruesome work. But he also sees something beyond the actions of a mere copycat. Something more dangerous…and unexplainable.

As the city seethes with suspicion, Jude calls on Whitney Tremont, a member of the country’s preeminent paranormal investigating team, to put the speculation to rest. Yet when Whitney and Jude delve deeper, what they discover is more shocking than either could have predicted, and twice as sinister….


You can't go wrong with any of the Heather Graham books out there (seriously, read them all) so it should come as no surprise that the Krewe of Hunters series is one of my favorites. Each character is unique and every relationship feels believable and relevant. I wish I could know these people~ they are amazing. They all share in some sort of supernatural ability, whether it's communicating with ghosts or reliving a person's last moments before death, and what makes them so wonderful to read about is that they are all comfortable with themselves. No making excuses, or trying too hard to convince a skeptical cop, it just is what it is. Aside from the supernatural, I also enjoy the interaction between characters, because as each book moves on the bond only grows stronger. They are more and more of a cohesive unit based on trust and mutual respect, and the connection is easy to believe. As crazy as it sounds you don't really need to read in order either...each book can easily be read as a stand alone, but I'm not sure why you would want to skip around.

I was especially drawn to this book because of the Ripper storyline, a piece of history that has been much commented on and much discussed in both fiction and non fiction. It was interesting to read how the author made this angle seem new and exciting, how everything concerning the Ripper was made new again. The murder scenes were gruesome and true to the past, but in each instance something else simmers beneath the surface, something truly evil. Very intense. I certainly didn't figure it out!

And let's not forget about Whitney and Jude. Everything about them just flowed together so nicely and they make a really awesome team. It seemed so natural that they would come together, not just with lust but with deep feelings and a great deal of caring. I'm making it sound dull and I don't mean to! What I'm trying to say is that the romance enhances the mystery of the story without overshadowing anything. Trust me, you want to read this book, even if my review doesn't do it justice.

Visit Heather Graham's website for book details, reading orders, and her very interesting blog.

Other books in this series:

Phantom Evil
Heart of Evil
Sacred Evil
The Evil Inside

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