Book Critique: The Night is Alive (Krewe of Hunters #10)
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Stars: 3.5 / 5
Recommendation: Yes, pick it up for a mystery involving paranormal elements, historical flair and the romantic side of the plot.
The Night is Alive is the tenth book in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham and published in August of 2013. This time around the plot revolves around Abigail "Abby" Anderson - fresh graduate out of FBI - and Malachi Gordon - independent Private Investigator and a new recruit into the Krewe of Hunters.
This forms the second book in the trilogy within the series. First one was The 2013 book The Night is Watching (My review of that book here) which concluded the plots surrounding the members of the second group of Krewe of Hunters called The Texas Krewe, led by Logan Raintree.
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, this elite unit is called on to solve cases linked to historical mystery involving legendary crime and serial killings, war events and hauntings. The Krewe are divided in three distinct groups. The first group is led by Jackson Crow and called as the original Krewe of Hunters, the second group is led by Texas Ranger Logan Raintree and called as the Texas Krewe and the third group is unit of its own. Although with this latest book it looks like Adam does give an offer to Malachi Gordon to create his own Krewe of Hunters.
Just on the heels of completion of a brutal case, Malachi Gordon is approached by Adam Harrison - the person responsible for the FBI special unit Krewe of Hunters, Jackson Crowe - head of the first group; the original Krewe of Hunters and Logan Raintree - leader of the second group Texas Krewe; to join their special unit where his special abilities can be further used. His first case given to him by the Krewe was to investigate the concerns of Abby Anderson about the abrupt death of her grandfather, Augustus "Gus" Anderson.
What he finds is himself being dragged into the mind of a serial killer who was killing women and who has a very twisted fantasy. And in that killer's twisted fantasy, Malachi is worried that Abby might become a target. How they both work to unravel the mind of this killer, identify him and save the latest woman kidnapped is what we see in the rest of the book. Of course it comes loaded with paranormal flair and historical stories surrounding the region of Savannah in Tennessee.
Heather Graham brings in other Krewe members under Jackson Crow's team who aid Malachi and Abby in the investigation making it clear to the readers that it is a team effort although two of them take the primary lead in any case.
As always Heather Graham gives us a bit of historical tour of the local places in Savannah along with the haunted stories that amused and charmed me as a reader. Of course some did make me shiver just reading the synopsis.
There may not be sparks flying around between Malachi and Abby at the onset of their meeting, in fact Abby rather was irritated by Malachi. However, slow and steadily both find likeness in each other and the under current attraction which they explore extensively thus adding the romantic element to the plot.
Another successful thriller in the series of books under Krewe of Hunters by Heather Graham that keeps you on the edge, giving you the chills where needed and with the right amount of romance dashed in there. Easily enjoyable book.
1) Plot Reveals:
a. Malachi stays at the 17hundred90 inn while he was in Savannah solving the mystery behind Abby's grandfather's death. I was thinking Heather had made up the name of the restaurant. Instead the restaurant really exists and it is haunted indeed. More about the restaurant here.
b. Homicide Detective David Caswell was the former partner of Malachi Gordon when both were working in New Orleans. He had married a woman from Savannah and moved here now. Malachi works closely with David in this case.
c. Aptly to keep with the theme of haunting and ghosts, Heather Graham's character Abby Anderson has a love towards movies in the same genre. A few names in her collection are the 1947 American romantic film The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, the 1990 American romantic comedy film Ghost and the 1945 British fantasy-comedy film Blithe Spirit.
2) Sub Plots:
a. After finally meeting Adam Harrison in the eighth book The Uninvited (My review of that book here), I was keen to start the books in which he had originally been part of. And I have read the second book under Harrison Investigation Series - The Presence (Review of that book here). I am finding it hard to resist buying rest of the books in that series as well.
2) Again in this book that I have, came with two inserts about free books - you know where the books used to have a hard letter kind of page that you could tear it, fill in some information and mail it with free postage; You would get the free books as promised along with free gifts sometimes. Remember those card inserts? Well, I found them in this book. Why am I surprised because off-late such inserts are no longer seen. I remember seeing them in older books, more like pre-2005 era when internet, online shopping etc wasn’t that hep. But surprised to see it in a book published in 2013. Wonder if the author was trying to revive the good old paper-system of writing letters.
3) Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors:
a. On Pg. 51, last para, Heather mentions Malachi's eyes as green. However in the rest of the book whenever she describes his eyes they are hazel - on Pg. 156, line 20 it is mentioned as Hazel Eyes; On Pg. 202, line 5 it is again mentioned as Hazel colored. A definite miss in the character depiction.
b. On Pg. 297, line 3, it should be "…it would help us…"