Book Critique – #352: The Unseen (Krewe of Hunters #5)

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

Recommendation: Yes, pick it up for a mystery involving paranormal activities.

The Unseen is the fifth book in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham and published in March of 2012. This plot introduces the second group of elite paranormal investigators of The Krewe. It primarily revolves around Logan Raintree - leader of the Krewe at Texas - and Kelsey O'Brien - a U. S. Marshal and with equal paranormal abilities. 

Krewe are a secret FBI unit with each member of the unit honing a particular psychic talent of their own making them the paranormal investigating team. This unit was created to deal with murders having supernatural undertones and paranormal activities. Headed by paranormal investigator Adam Harrison, the elite unit of paranormal investigators is called on to solve cases linked to historical mystery involving legendary crime and serial killings, war events and hauntings. The stories in the book series are located mostly in Virginia and New Orleans, with some well-known legends used as themes.  The Krewe are divided in three distinct groups. The first group is led by Jackson Crow, the second group is led by Texas Ranger Logan Raintree and the third group is a unit of its own.

The plot opens with the brutal murder of Rose Langley in room 207 at Longhorn Saloon in San Antonio Texas in the 1800s. Approx more than hundred and fifty years later a woman named Sierra Monte disappears while staying in the very same room. Jackson Crow - leader of the FBI paranormal investigating team called Krewe of Hunters - comes to San Antonio, TX to recruit some of the best in different law enforcement forces with high paranormal abilities to create a second team of Krewe of Hunters. Thus meet Texas Ranger Logan Raintree and U. S. Marshal Kelsey O'Brien as the first members of the team. They are joined by Dr. Katya "Kat" Sokolov (from the M.E.'s Office), Sean Cameron (Cousin to Kelsey and specialist with video and recording), Tyler Montague (Texas Ranger) and Jane Everett (specialist with facial reconstruction). 

They are pulled into a case involving murder of several women who were coming to San Antonio, specially to the region of Alamo. They disappear without a trace and later are found in various stages of decompose. Each and every member of the team come with special powers as well. So does Logan Raintree with his ability to speak with dead and Kelsey O'Brien with her ability to see the past as it happened. Investigating the murders that happen now lead them to the murder that happened some hundred and fifty years ago. Are the dead from the past somehow pulling the living of now into their realm or are they trying to tell something to Kelsey and Logan? What is the purpose of this killer to kill so many women? As the plot proceeds the chills increase multi-fold putting the investigators directly in the line of killer. How does this hair-raising plot conclude is something the reader would have to  go till the end to know.

Heather Graham has pulled another thriller in the series that really grasps you from the beginning taking you between past and present. It gives you chills when both Kelsey and Logan keep facing birds after birds during their investigation in the beginning almost taking the reader into Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds movie. Heather also neatly ties the first team in with the second team by bringing in Jake Mallory -  adept with cameras and records and comes with his own special abilities. (Jake's story is told in Heart of Evil (Krewe of Hunters #2) and my review can be found here).

The suspense as to who would be the killer is kept till the very end. With so many suspects it was hard to nail-down as to who it was. And at the same time Heather doesn’t confuse the reader with the many suspects she throws at us nor moving the plot between past and present. The romance between Kelsey and Logan was something that was on the paler side for me. It didn’t fit me the way they are pulled together but as the plot moved the romance grew on me though, more because I felt them well suited to each other.

Another successful thriller that definitely makes you think of dead in a different way. 

Spoiler Alerts:

1) Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors:

a. In the beginning of the book when Jackson Crow shows the timeline of the murdered women, they identify the first woman as being killed a year and a half ago. But towards the end the killer confesses that the first kill was a year ago and started with Sierra Monte. I find this a major error in the plot.

2) Texas Ranger Logan Raintree is hailed as Chuck Norris of Walker, Texas Ranger fame as he walks down to meet Jackson Crow by some of the tourists. Interesting enough Walker, Texas Ranger was the first TV show that I had watched diligently when I first came to US. I loved it so much but was sad to see that it was cancelled midway. More about the series here.

3) There is again reference to Adam Harrison - who supervises the paranormal investigations for FBI - and how he came upon with these teams. I have the Harrison Investigation Series by Heather Graham that definitely are prequels to this series in my list yet to read. Perhaps after I finish this series.

4) As the theme follows, Heather Graham has some neat little Texan recipes at the end of the book. However they are all meat varieties so I have to see if I can try them into a vegetarian version.


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