Title: The Evil Inside
Author: Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters, book 4
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mystery, suspense
Source: Review copy from publisher
“For as long as it has stood overlooking New England’s jagged coastline, Lexington House has been the witness to madness…and murder. But in recent years the inexplicable malice that once tormented so many has lain as silent as its victims. Until now…A member of the nation’s foremost paranormal forensic team, Jenna Duffy has made a career out of investigating the inexplicable. Yet nothing could prepare her for the string of slayings once again plaguing Lexington House – or for the chief suspect, a boy barely old enough to drive, much less kill.With the young man’s life on the line, Jenna must team up with attorney Samuel Hill to pinpoint who – or what – is taking the lives of those who get too close to the past. But everything they learn brings them closer to the forces of evil stalking this tortured ground.”
The Evil Inside is book four in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham.
Attorney Samuel Hall is returning to his native Salem, Massachusetts for a well deserved short vacation after an exhausting case. Late at night Sam is on his way to his Salem’s home when he encounters a young boy covered in blood in the middle of the road. He stops to assists him and calls the authorities. When the police arrive they identified the boy as Malachi Smith. Malachi is arrested on the scene and charged with the murders of his family. Sam knows the evidence implicates Malachi but something in his gut tells him the boy is innocent.
Jenna Duffy is a member of a special FBI team known as the Krewe of hunters. They specialize in paranormal cases, Jenna specialty or ability is call post-cognition, it means she can talk to ghosts and in certain cases she can see what happened in the past when she is present in a room, almost like a residual reading.
When Jenna receives a call from Jamie, requesting her help with Malachi’s case, Jenna cannot say no to her favorite uncle and accepts to help him. Jamie is Malachi’s psychologist, he knows Malachi better than anyone and he is certain Malachi is innocent. Jamie also contacts Sam requesting his help as a lawyer. After some consideration Sam accepts to represent Malachi as his attorney pro-bono.
To be able to find out the truth about the murders Jenna and Sam need to work together, as a team, but there is a problem, Sam is a non-believer and kind of mocks Jenna’s “gift” and Jenna thinks Sam is a pompous man, and to add to this there is a unequivocal attraction between this two, as they say, opposites attracts.
Jenna is a very likeable character; she knows her gift is not a normal one and not everybody is going to accept it but she is ok with that, she has come a long way accepting it herself and now she uses to help others with the collaboration of her FBI team.
Sam is smart, cute and interesting. He comes as a non-believer but he is also not completely close to otherness. At the same time Sam is discovering himself, he thinks he is happy and has everything he wants in life but slowly he starts to question himself what is what he really wants to do with and in his life.
As with all romance novels we know our heroine and hero are going to end together, the question is how are they going to get to that point. In Sam and Jenna's case they are attracted from the beginning and the more they know each other the more the attraction grows and the more they start to care for each other.
The secondary characters are all interesting and diverse, from Jenna’s uncle Jamie to the Wicca members, from the mayor to the members of Malachi’s family conservative church. Some of the members of Jenna’s FBI team or Krewe Hunters are also present, it’s obvious there is a back-story with some of them but this didn’t affect or detract my enjoyment of The Evil Inside. It just made me want to pick up their books.
What I like the most about The Evil Inside was the setting. I have always wanted to visit Salem MA. and have been very intrigue about the Salem witchcraft trials. They author not only does an amazing job describing the city of Salem but intermingles perfectly the historical facts about the witchcraft hunts with the story, to complete this, the events happens during Halloween. I don’t know of a more perfect setting for a mystery than this one.
If you love mystery, suspense, ghosts and a well-written story with a touch of history The Evil Inside is the book for you. The Evil Inside is a fast pace thriller, with some twists in the story that will surprise you and will have you on the edge of your seat.
The Evil Inside was my first novel by Heather Graham but I can guarantee you it won’t be my last.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in the series
Heart of Evil
The Evil Inside
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