Author: Heather Graham
Book Name: Heart of Evil
Series: Krewe of Hunters
Blurb: Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends…and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery’s most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War.
Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who blend hard forensics with rare–often inexplicable–intuition. Among the “Krewe of Hunters” is an old flame, Jake Mallory, a gifted musician with talent stretching far beyond the realm of the physical, and a few dark ghosts of his own.
The evil the team unveils has the power to shake the plantation to its very core. Jake and Ashley are forced to risk everything to unravel secrets that will not stay buried–even in death….
Review: Compared to book one, I liked the story better in this book, but I liked the characters better in the first one. The characters here came across as rather flat.
I also had an issue (one of those must suspend disbelief kinds of things) with the fact that Jake, who previously was pretty much just a musician that also apparently helped to find people (unless I’m mistaken on that aspect), now is a full fledged FBI agent that knows all about protocols, procedure and apparently the knowledge to give a behavioral analysis of bad guys. It was all a little too pat for my liking. Even more so when his apparent finding ability seems to have been forgotten. It was also hugely coincidental that Ashley can also see and talk to ghosts.
Ashley’s character was a tad on the annoying side and a bit flip-floppy for my tastes. I really didn’t like her hypocritical attitude and how she was with Jake early on, then just dropped all issues as if they were nothing and everything is all hunky dory in romance land with the two of them.
Another, more minor, irritant was an issue with names getting switched. There were several places where it was obvious the character in question was one person, but the name used was another. Should have been Jackson, but said Jake instead. Same with Angela and Ashley. That is one huge downside to using similar character names in a book. If you are going to do that, you had better be on your toes during the editing process to make sure that gets caught because a mistake like that can completely yank a reader right out of the story, depending on how important the scenario is.
I did really like the non-romance part of this story, though. There are still aspects that are just a little too perfect and coincidental to make this a really good story and is what keeps in on the just good level, but it was good. It kept me interested and I didn’t get bored with the plot.