Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters Series #1)

Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters Series #1)

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441896216
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 03/28/2011
Series: Krewe of Hunters Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 2.12(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels. She's a winner of the RWA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Thriller Writers' Silver Bullet. She is an active member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. For more information, check out her websites: TheOriginalHeatherGraham.com, eHeatherGraham.com, and HeatherGraham.tv. You can also find Heather on Facebook.

Read an Excerpt

Jackson Crow sat staring at the pile of dossiers before him. This was his first meeting with the man on the other side of the desk: Adam Harrison, white haired, dignified, slim and a taste for designer suits. The office was modest, nicely appointed, but far from opulent. Plate-glass windows looked over row houses in Alexandria, Virginia, and other companies with shared space in the building had names such as Brickell and Sons, Attorneys-at-Law, Chase Real Estate and B. K. Blake, Criminal Investigation.

Adam had just handed him the folders. "Jackson, do you have any idea of why you're here?"

He'd returned to his old Behavioral Science Unit in D.C. to discover that he was being given a new assignment. His leave of absence, it seemed, was somehow permanent.

His last assignment, despite the excellent work done by him and his colleagues, had ended with three of them being dead. Yet if it hadn't been for his intuition, two other fellow agents might have died as well. Local police had not responded to the call sent out, and there was no way to blame himself. Naturally, he did.

Maybe the empathy of his superiors had caused them to give him a new assignment, in a different place—behind a desk.

He'd heard things about Adam Harrison. He'd worked solo over the years—and for the government where the government could not act officially. Adam went in where others did not.

It wasn't because of extreme danger. Rather, it might be considered that he went in because of extreme weirdness.

"No," he said simply.

"First, let me assure you, you are not being let go. You will still be working for Uncle Sam," Adam told him. "The assignments will come from me, but you'll be heading up the team. A new team."

A cushy job somewhere behind a desk that didn't involve serial killers, kidnapping or bodies discovered beneath concrete.

Jackson wasn't sure how he felt; numb, perhaps.

"Take a look at this."

He hadn't had a chance to look at the files yet, but Adam now handed him a month-old New Orleans newspaper bearing the headline Wife of Senator David Hol-loway Dies from Fall into Courtyard.

He looked up at Adam.

"Read the full article," Adam suggested.

He read silently.

Regina Holloway, the wife of beloved state Senator David Holloway, died yesterday in a fall from a balcony at their recently purchased French Quarter mansion on Dauphine Street. Six months ago, the Holloways lost their only son, Jacob, in an accident on I-10. While there is speculation that Regina cast herself over the balcony, David Holloway has strenuously denied such a possibility; his wife was doing well and coming to terms with their loss; they were planning on building a family again.

The police and the coroner's office have yet to issue an official cause of death. The house, one of the grand old Spanish homes in the Quarter, was once the killing ground of the infamous Madden C. Newton, the "carpetbagger" responsible for the torture slayings of at least twenty people. Less than ten years ago, a teenager who had broken into the then-empty house also perished in a fall; the coroner's office ruled his death accidental. The alleged drug dealer had raced into the vacant house to elude police.

An uneasy feeling swept over Jackson, but he calmly set the newspaper back on the desk and looked at Adam Harrison.

"That's a tragic story," he said. "It sounds likely that the poor woman did commit suicide, and the senator is in denial. I'm afraid I've seen other instances in which a woman could not accept the loss of her child."

"Many people are insistent that the house is haunted," Adam said.

"And that a ghost committed this murder?" Jackson asked. He leaned forward in his chair. "I'm not at all sure I believe in ghosts, Adam. And if they did exist, wouldn't they be things of mist and imagination? Hardly capable of tossing a woman over a balcony."

"The senator has friends in high places, though he's still only a state senator. He absolutely insists that his wife did not commit suicide," Adam said.

"Does he suspect murder?" Jackson asked.

"The house was locked, no lower windows were open, and the gate to the courtyard was locked as well."

"Someone could have crawled over the wall or gotten through the gate," Jackson suggested.

Adam nodded. "That's possible, of course. But no witnesses have come forward in the past month to suggest that such a thing might have happened. The death was determined to be a suicide fairly quickly. Are you familiar with the city of New Orleans, the French Quarter or Vieux Carre, specifically?"

An ironic smile curled Jackson's features. "Land of vampires, ghosts, voodoo and fantasy. But some of the world's best cooking, and some truly great music, too."

"All right then. You work in behavioral science. Don't you agree that people's beliefs can create actions and reactions?"

"Yes, of course. Son of Sam… Berkowitz believed that howling dogs were demons commanding him to kill. Or, it was a damn good defense."

"Always a skeptic," Adam said. "And yet you're not really, are you?" Now, Adam smiled.

"I am a skeptic, yes. Am I open to possibility? Yes," Jackson said carefully.

"You know, both of your parents were amazing believers," Adam reminded him.

Jackson hesitated.

Yes, they had been believers, both of them, always believing in a higher power, and it didn't matter what path someone took to that power. Jeremiah Crow had been born a member of the Cheyenne Nation, although his ancestry had been so mixed God alone knew exactly what it was. He had loved the spiritualism of his People, and his mother had loved it as well. Nominally Anglican, his mother had once told him that religion wasn't bad; it was meant to be very good. Men corrupted religion; and a man's religious choice didn't matter in the least if it was his path to decency and remembering his fellow man.

But his maternal grandmother had come from the Highlands of Scotland, and her tales of witches and pixies and ghosts had filled his childhood. Maybe that's why it had been while he was in the Highlands, and not on his Native American dream quest, that he had found himself in a position to question life and death and eternity, and all that fell in between.

"You're here because you are the perfect man for this team, Jackson," Adam said. "You're not going to refuse to investigate what seems like the impossible, but you're also not going to assume a ghost is the culprit."

"All right. So you want me to go to New Orleans and find out exactly why this woman died? You do realize there's a good chance that, no matter what the husband wants to believe, she committed suicide."

"Here's the thing, Jackson, most people will believe that she committed suicide. It is the most obvious answer. But I want the truth. Senator Holloway has given his passion to many critical committees in our country. He has made things happen often when the rest of the country sits around twiddling its collective thumbs. He is a man who can weigh the economy and the environment, and come up with solutions. He wants the truth. He's young in politics, barely forty, and if he doesn't bury himself in grief, he will continue to serve the American people with something our politicians have lacked heavily in the past fifty years—complete integrity. People in Washington need him, and I'm asking that you lead the group."

"If it's my assignment, I'll take it on." Jackson paused. "But…do I really need a unit?"

"I believe so. I'm giving you a group to dispel or perhaps prove the existence of ghosts in the house. They all have their expertise as investigators as well."

He was quiet, and Adam continued, "When several members of your last unit were killed, you got to the ranch house quickly enough to save Lawson and Do-natello. No one knew where the Pick-Man was killing his victims. No one knew that he had arranged for your agents to be at the ranch house."

Jackson felt his jaw lock, and despite the time he had taken for leave, he swallowed hard. They'd lost good agents. Among them Sally Jennings, forty-five, experienced, and yet vulnerable no matter how many years of service she had seen.

He'd felt that he'd seen Sally; dreamed that he'd seen her, standing there at the house.

And it had been that dream that had brought him to the ranch house, and there he had discovered that she had been the first to die.

"I shot the Pick-Man," he said. "He's dead."

"That was the only chance Lawson and Donatello had, since, had he seen you before you warned him and fired to kill, he'd have put that pick through Donatel-lo's chest," Adam said. "Trust me, I've watched you for years, Jackson. I actually knew your parents."

That was surprising.

Adam might well have known about the event when Jackson had been riding near Stirling, Scotland, and been thrown. His friends had gone on, thinking that he had left them; that he'd won the race and the bet. He'd encountered a stranger after, one who had saved his life. And then.

It had been long ago.

And yet, hell. He'd spent his life debunking ghost stories and dreams like the one he'd had. Finding the truth behind them. Proving that the plantation in Virginia was "haunted" by a cousin of the owner who wanted him out of the estate. Proving that there were no ghosts prowling the Rocky Mountains, that a human being named Andy Sitwell was the Pick-Man, even if he supposedly believed that the ghost of an old gold-seeking mountaineer was causing him to commit murder.

Six months had passed since he had shot and killed the Pick-Man. Six months in which he had tried to mourn the loss of his coworkers. He'd been back to Scotland to visit his mother's family, and he'd spent a month with his father's family—helping them organize their new casinos and hotels.

But he was ready to get back into the kind of work for which he knew he had a talent. Digging. Following clues. Whether it meant studying history, people, beliefs or a trail of blood. He was good at it.

He had the mind for it, and the mind for the kind of unit Adam Harrison was putting together.

"I'm open to possibilities," he said to Adam. "Possibilities—there are a lot of people out there manipulating spiritualism and making a lot of money off the concept of ghosts."

Adam smiled. "That's true, and I actually like your skepticism. As far as believing in ghosts, well, I do," he said. "But that's not important. I've got you scheduled for a flight into Louis Armstrong International Airport at nine tomorrow morning. Is that sufficient time to allow you to get your situation here in order?" His situation here?

The apartment in Crystal City had little in it. All right, a damn decent entertainment center because he loved music and old movies. A closet of adequate and workable clothing. Pictures of the family and friends he had lost.

He nodded. "Sure. What about these?" He lifted the file folders, the dossiers on his new unit. "When do I meet the crew?"

"They'll arrive tomorrow and Wednesday," Adam said. "You've got the dossiers; read up on them first. I figured you might want the house all to yourself for a few hours. Angela arrives first—she'll get in tomorrow evening around six. You'll know who they all are when they arrive if you've done the reading." Adam stood, a clear sign that the interview had come to an end. "Thank you for taking this on," he said.

"Did I actually have a choice?" he asked with a rueful grin.

Adam returned the grin. Jackson was never really going to know.

He started out of the office. Adam called him back.

"You know, you have a gift for this, Jackson. And you can really take on anything you want."

Jackson wasn't sure what that meant, either. "I'll do my best," he promised.

"I know you will. And I know that we'll all know what really happened in that house on Dauphine."

X-Files. The thought came to Jackson's mind as he finished with Adam Harrison.

He went down to his car, still wondering exactly what it was he was getting into.

Yeah, it was sounding like the X-Files. Or Ghost-files.

And he was going to have Ghost-file helpers. Great.

In his car, he glanced through the dossiers, scanning the main, introductory page of each. Angela Hawkins, Whitney Tremont, Jake Mallory, Jenna Duffy and Will Chan. The first woman, at least, was coming from a Virginia police force. Whitney Tremont had started out life in the French Quarter; she had a Creole background and had recently done the camera work for a paranormal cable-television show. Jake Mallory—musician, but a man who had been heavily involved in searches after the summer of storms, and been called in as well during kidnapping cases and disappearances. Then there was Jenna Duffy. A registered nurse from Ireland. Well, they'd be covered in case of any poltergeist attacks. And Will Chan—the man had worked in theater, and as a magician.

It was one hell of a strange team.

Whatever, Jackson figured; it was time he went back to work. There was one thing he'd discovered to be correct—the truth was always out there, you just had to find it.

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harstan More than 1 year ago
The wife of Louisiana State Senator David Holloway, Regina falls from the balcony of their mansion to her death. The New Orleans Police Department investigates and concludes Regina committed suicide as she still grieved the loss of her son Jacob due to a DUI several months ago. Adam Harrison sends his special investigative team to New Orleans to look into the Holloway death. The unit is led by Jackson Crow, who used to work for the Fed's Behavioral Sciences Unit. He, his team of five, and paranormal pragmatic Virginia police officer Angela Hawkins who can detect the supernatural arrive at the Holloway mansion in the French Quarters. Their mission is to determine whether the supernatural was involved in the woman's fall. Soon they revise the objective to staying alive. No one writes romantic urban fantasy better than Heather Graham does as she consistently blends suspense with the paranormal. Her latest thriller Phantom Evil uses the disturbing past of people who resided in what appears to be a haunted house with modern day supernatural happenings. Readers will hear the bumps in the night as Ms. Graham provides another powerful New Orleans paranormal romantic suspense thriller. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read about the next case! Makes you fall in love with the charactors and want to follow them to every case.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
It's been a long, long time since I've read a book that I didn't want to put down, and then thought about when I couldn't read it. "Phantom Evil" is that kind of book. It called to me, tempting me to stop doing those things I must and instead sit and read. I read late into the night and resented the fatigue that finally caused me to set the book aside. I was simply intrigued by this book, both by the premise and by the characters. Ms. Graham first and foremost did a great job with her group of six investigators, all of whom were both distinct individuals and truly interesting people. Though they all had the commonality of a belief in the paranormal due to brushes with such throughout their lives, they were not all deeply into "woo-woo". In fact, their belief in the truth of ghosts and such made them more skeptical of claims of haunting. Fascinating. The circumstances surrounding Regina Holloway's death - did a ghost push her or did she jump? - were only one of several mysteries this book tackles. We have a dark evil, ghosts of children, a cult, and so much more. All these threads are deeply interwoven and, when our investigators tug at one, sometimes others came unraveled. I absolutely loved trying to puzzle together the clues as they were uncovered. Which were real clues? Which mattered to the case and which were red herrings? I was so pleased that we were only given the points-of-view of our investigators and weren't allowed to see into the minds of others. I dislike reading mysteries when we're allowed to either know whodunit or see into the mind of the antagonist. The connection between the six investigators was instant and believable and I truly hope Ms. Graham has future books planned for all of them. In this book, the main protagonists are Jackson, the team leader, and Angela, the investigator who seems to trigger all the paranormal events that occur. They're the first two to meet, and it's evident there is an attraction between them, one that I hoped they'd act upon. This book never quite crossed the line into "horror", but had its moments of evil and terror. Still, the focus remained on the investigation, and it's primarily a mystery with romantic elements. Well written, well plotted, evenly and quickly paced, "Phantom Evil" hit all my happy buttons and left every part of me well satisfied: the mystery lover and the romantic. I do admit that the ending felt a smidge rushed, but it didn't dispel my feelings of good-will toward this book, and certainly won't keep it off my keeper shelf. If you're looking for a strong mystery that'll keep you guessing to the end, if you like your romantic suspense with a touch of "woo woo" and a satisfying ending I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Phantom Evil. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick read, but enjoyable
luv2readMK More than 1 year ago
I am addicted to the Krewe of Hunters, and although I didn't find this book as totally engrossing as some of the later ones in the series, it was interesting to explore the beginnings of the group.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I+like+the+storyline.+Very+interesting+how+the+main+characters+tie+into+another+book+in+the+series.+The+style+of+writing+continues+to+make+Heather+Graham+one+of+my+favorite+authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my 3rd go around reading the series. I love them just as much as the first time. This book really makes you feel like you are in New Orleans. You can almost taste the beignets. Highly recommend this book and the series
dd196406 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love these books by Heather Graham. Her blend of murder mystery and paranormal mystery is so enjoyable. I can't get enough of these.
ashleywintters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After his last case, Jack Crow expects to get a desk job with mainly paperwork pushing responsibilities. Instead, Adam Harrison gives him the task of heading a new unit, with six unique members who are to solve the murder or suicide of a senator¿s wife. Jack is a skeptic and yet he has had several unexplainable experiences that have saved him and others.The senator is convinced his wife didn¿t commit suicide as the police have determined, though they recently suffered the loss of their young son. Since he is so well liked and connected, his wife¿s case is a task for Jack¿s new unit. The unit members literally meet on the job, at the house in New Orleans¿a house that has supposedly been haunted for decades!Angela Hawkins is one of Jack¿s team, who has some special talents, and their attraction is basically instantaneous. Angela is more than Jack¿s love interest; she also helps him lead the team through the paranormal and beyond.This is the perfect example of how a paranormal romance should be! Graham takes you through the whole book with just enough romance, suspense and ghosts to keep you up late into the night!Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine
celticlady53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel by Heather Graham, in my opinion this book is one of her better ones. I think that Heather is one of those writers who can do it all. She can write suspense, murder, romance and the paranormal. The theme of this book is the death of a senator's wife in New Orleans. The Senator and his wife are both upset over the death of their young son but the wife more so. When she is discovered lying on the ground outside her window, everyone thinks that she committed suicide, except her husband. He calls in a paranormal investigator, Adam Harrison who assembles the best in paranormal investigators. A group of people who each have an exceptional physic ability. I liked the story for its ghostly implications. The characters each brought their own talents and of course issues to the investigations. What happens next is a taut tale of greed, lust, love and murder. The team's lives hang in the balance as the team race's to solve the death of the senator's wife and also the haunted history of the house.I am sure this book will appeal to fans of Heather Grahams and anyone who loves the paranormal.
mckait on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the description of this book, I was expecting a funread. New Orleans, ghosts and CSI should add up to something.Sad to say the book fell flat for me from the beginning.Regina Holloway fell to her death, shortly after the deathof her young son in an accident. These things occur after sheand her husband, a state senator, move into a house with a reputationfor being haunted. The police conclude she committed suicide, asthere is no evidence of a crime. A special team is called in byher influential husband, to prove otherwise.Now, think Ghost Hunters International, and Criminal Minds.These shows were clearly the inspiration for the characterson the team put together to investigate.I had the impression that the author used a guide bookfor this beautiful city and picked out some of the highspots,and made sure to mention them. Often.The characters had no substance. There wasn't even enough thereto dislike. The sentence structure was so choppy, so uneven thatit was literally difficult to read.I was not looking for great literature in this book, but I waslooking for a fun weekend read. Instead, I found frustrationand irritation with the stumbling story.Run Away.
Booklovingmommy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heather Graham is one of my favorite adult paranormal authors! I think her books are spooky and fun to read and Phantom Evil is no exception!Jackson Crow is recruited by Adam Harrison (whom you will recognize if you've ever read any of Graham's other series) to head up a unique team after losing members from his old team. Jackson is not sure if this is a promotion or a demotion but decides to go along with it and heads to New Orleans to meet his new team and try to solve the question of whether a Senator's wife committed suicide or was murdered.Once in New Orleans, Jackson meets Andy, the detective in charge of the case. While at the police department, another team member, Angela arrives. Jackson returns to the Senator's house to find Angela digging up the bones to a body in the basement. From there, the story speeds up as the other members of the team arrive and the whole team discovers that they each have some talent of speaking with or seeing the dead.The house has it's own sordid history of murder and tragedy. The Senator wants to know whether his wife, distraught after the loss of their only child, jumped to her death or whether ghosts killed her. There were many avenues and characters to check out and that had me guessing until the very end!The romance between Angela and Jackson was pretty predictable (especially if you are familiar with Graham) but was still fun and sexy. In fact, by the end of this series, I wouldn't be surprised if the whole team was paired up into couples.I loved the setting! New Orleans is obviously a perfect place for a haunted story and the author does an amazing job in describing the city so you feel that you are right in the middle of things. The characters are well developed as well and while some of the parts seem a little over the top, well...it is about ghosts right? I really enjoyed this fast read! I think it was well developed and loved that it kept you guessing until the very end. I will be picking up the other two in this series for sure!
dearheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Much beloved Senator Holloway asks for help to determine if his wife might have been killed by ghosts instead of committing suicide, as ruled by the cops by jumping off of a second story balcony in their well known haunted New Orleans home. Jackson Crow, a man with his own paranormal experiences that he tries to deny, is asked to lead a new federal team to investigate the closed case. While he requires proof that the paranormal exists outside of an imaginative mind, the group soon comes to realize that not only ghosts, but a very evil presence is in the home. But can a ghost push someone off a balcony? The mystery also investigates humans who could be responsible.All members of the new team have experience or abilities to help in the investigation. Angela Hawkins is a cop that can see the dead. Jake has computer hacker skills but also has an easy time finding out information by infiltrating groups. Jenna is a nurse that had experience with at least one ghost. Will is an illusionist, so he knows how to spot a hoax. Whitney has done paranormal filming, but most importantly her great-grandmother is a voodoo priestess who gives the team a lot of information. And we don¿t find out until practically the end of the book that Jackson¿s ability is to make other people¿s abilities stronger.This is my first book by this author so I wasn¿t sure what to expect. I thought the mystery itself was pretty good. The ghost and evil presence aspect was interesting and lots of twists with the humans investigated. There is a romance between Jackson and Angela that felt somewhat forced at the beginning, but does get better as the story evolves. But some of the story felt contrived. One avenue to check out seemed to come out of left field, as if a portion of the story had been edited and we¿re now missing something that would have led to the idea. Jackson and Angela are the first two team members to meet, and there¿s some friction between them for perhaps the first 24 hours. But all of the other members who come on board are happy to be there and they¿re one big happy family as soon as they meet. Really? If this is the first book in a new series, hopefully the team members will seem more realistic in future books. We really don¿t know much about most of them at this point.Reviewed for Vine Voice
debbieaheaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Heather Graham's novel of paranormal romantic suspense, Jackson Crow, a former member of the government's Behavioral Science Unit in Washington, D.C., leads a covert group investigation into a reportedly haunted New Orleans mansion. When Regina Holloway, wife of a popular Louisiana state senator takes a fatal fall from the balcony of the home, her death is officially listed as a suicide. Others believe that ghosts were to blame. Angela Hawkins, a Virginia police officer with the ability to detect paranormal activity, partners with Jackson professionally and romantically as she assists his team in discovering the truth behind Regina's death. Graham expertly blends a chilling history of the mansion's former residents with eerie phenomena, once again demostrating why she stands at the top of the romantic suspense category.
wakela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Right after the Civil War ended, Madden C. Newton bought the house and started his savage killing spree. It is said that he killed more people then Jack the Ripper. Long after Madden¿s death, people started saying that the house was haunted. More and more people died. Was it just coincidence or was there something sinister going on?Senator Holloway and his wife Regina finally get to move into the house of their dreams. However, it ends up to be a house made of nightmares.I was gripped from the first chapter. She really caught me off guard quite a few times in this book. I never knew what to expect.The characters were really great. I absolutely loved Jackson. He walked a fine line between completely believing in what was happening and being skeptical of everything.If you have read any of Heather¿s other paranormal mysteries, then you will definitely love this. She makes you feel as if you are right along with the characters in New Orleans. I could almost hear the jazz musicians playing in the background. In conjunction with the Wakela's World Disclosure Statement, I received a product in order to enable my review. No other compensation has been received. My statements are an honest account of my experience with the brand. The opinions stated here are mine alone.
BookDivasReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Do you believe in ghosts? Maybe you believe that evil, pure evil can transcend human life. Both beliefs are at the core of Phantom Evil by Heather Graham. A new team of paranormal investigators, lead by a profiler from the FBI, is sent to New Orleans to investigate the suspicious death of the wife of a state senator. In addition to confronting ghosts and the evil that is inhabiting a local house, these investigators stumble upon corrupt politicians (say it isn't so), a cult masquerading as a church (oh no), and a racist hate group. I forgot to mention that a local voodoo priestess provides probable insight into the beliefs of the deceased. I also forgot to mention that two of the investigators fall head-over-heels in lust after only 2 days, but I digress. I know it sounds like I didn't like this book but it was a decent read even with all of the cliches. I personally think it would have been just as good without the lust fest (I couldn't really call it a romance) between two of the investigators, but that's just my opinion. All things considered Phantom Evil makes for a pretty good weekend or vacation read.
KimSmyth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up thinking it was more of a sci-fi than a "romance" as it was categorized by the library. The story was fast moving and easy to follow with some interesting twists and turns. However, I was very disappointed by the final chapters with a "tell all by the bad guys as they threaten the beloved main character with death". I think the book would have been better served to let the narrative tell the story rather than a confessional tell all at the end.
DragonLibrary8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My thoughts:This was an edge of the seat thriller, ghost story with a romance on the side! The characters are wonderful and the setting is fantastic. I fell in love with the characters in the first few pages and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. The author takes the reader through the wringer with the emotional rollercoaster that is this story. This is a story of good vs. evil, life vs. death, real vs. unreal, natural vs. supernatural and the power of goodness and love. If you enjoy ghost stories, love stories, mysteries, or thrillers - this is a must read!!!New Orleans is the perfect setting for a ghost story and the author takes full advantage of that fact, using religion, folklore, and legend to add their own edge to her wonderfully written tale. The descriptions of the city and the people are colorful, imaginative, and complete. You feel as though you are right there with them as part of the team. The plot is thick and twisted - which is what we are all looking for in a great thriller/mystery. The author keeps you guessing and then second-guessing what you think you know and what you think you have figured out for certain. The characters are carefully created and realistic. Each appears to have been developed with the others in mind so that they work together seamlessly. The storyline is character driven and both the characters and the story have been meticulously maintained throughout the book.
cinnamonowl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me it has been too long since I have visited New Orleans- the sights, sounds, restaurants described all make me want to go back right this second. As for the book itself, I felt it was just ok.The supernatural plot lines were the best - I felt that they were well written, and told a good story. Everything dealing with the house being haunted, the ghosts, the serial killer Newton- all were well done. I wish the rest of the book had been as good. However, there was just too much going on to be believable. The Aryans, the creepy church, just too much. I also did not like how the main characters, Angela and Jackson, kept referring to their teammates as "kids". Angela and Jack are in their thirties, while the rest of their crew were in their twenties. It drove me crazy, they just were not old enough to refer to them as kids- and it happened alot. It was a small thing that grated on my nerves. I am in my thirties, and have friends in their twenties, and I don't think of them as children.I read this book because I am about to read the second in the series, Heart of Evil, for netGalley, and felt the need to read the first one before I did. I am anxious to compare the two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heather graham has always written great stories! This was another in a long list!
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Loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters in this book . I also love series with lots of books. Looking forward to the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seemed to be flat. Not as easy reading as the other books in the series.