Book Critique: The Night is Forever (Krewe of Hunters #11)
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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 Forever is the eleventh book in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham and published in September of 2013. This time around the plot revolves around Olivia Gordon - a therapist at the Horse Farm - and FBI Agent Dustin Blake - newest recruit into the Krewe of Hunters.
This forms the third 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. Second one being The Night is Alive (My review of that book here) published in August of 2013 that introduced Malachi Gordon who would head the third team of the Krewe of Hunters.
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; the third group headed by Malachi Gordon although they haven't named their team yet.
The head and owner of the therapy center - The Horse Farm - Marcus Danby, is found dead in a ravine. Only Olivia "Liv" Gordon thinks it as a murder while everyone including cops think it was a drug relapse by Marcus and he had died. She reaches out to her cousin Malachi Gordon who had been recently recruited to Krewe of Hunters and has the leeway to create his own team. He recruits the efficient FBI Special Agent Dustin Blake into his Krewe of Hunters. And sends him to Nashville, Tennessee to investigate Olivia's claim.
But is Olivia right in her suspicions? Or is it just a needle in a hay stack kind of hunt? Why would anyone want to kill a horse farm owner with nothing attached to it? A maze that stuns Dustin and his Krewe. How they find the truth is what the rest of the plot is about.
In all of the books I read in this series, this is perhaps the most simplest plot that I came across. Not a lot of scary chiller yet it retained the theme of paranormal and historical fiction in it. Of course the romance part of it is not to be forgotten. And cannot discount the historical tours we get along the way.
The plot may be simple and looks simple, but it hits one major issue that we face in our society - Drugs / Alcohol abuse. This has not reduced in our society and is a huge social evil. But the therapy center in the plot is seen to be doing a lot good with the help of able therapists, horses, cats and dogs. I wonder if such farms really exist and if they are doing this for real. However, Heather Graham touches on a really crucial aspect subtly in the plot.
Heather Graham brings in other Krewe members who aid Dustin and Olivia 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. This time we see Malachi Gordon, Abigail Anderson, Sloan Trent and Jane Everett (We saw Malachi's and Abigail's story in the 10th book The Night is Alive. We saw Sloan and Jane's story in the 9th book, The Night is Watching)
Another successful thriller in the series of books under Krewe of Hunters by Heather Graham that is an easy ready and still enjoyable.
1) Plot Reveals:
a. Places that Heather Graham takes us along the plots:
i. There is a reference to General Bixby Tavern in Nashville, TN in the plot. But I couldn’t find anything for real. Perhaps Heather Graham invented it.
ii. F.Scott's Restaurant & Jazz Bar - Heather has Dustin and Olivia go to this restaurant for dinner one night. Unfortunately this restaurant has been closed since 2016 at least. More about that here.
b. Homicide Detective David Caswell, the former partner of Malachi Gordon while they were on force at New Orleans, whom we met in The Night is Alive - 10th book in Krewe of Hunters - resurfaces in this plot as well. He happens to be Dustin Blake's former partner when both of them were working for the police force in Savannah, TN.
c. The FBI team that Dustin Blake was part of consists of Grant Shelby, Cindy Greenstreet and Jerry Gunter. I am wondering why Heather Graham had mentioned their complete names as well as a brief intro, albeit as part of the conversation between Dustin, David, Jackson Crow and Malachi. Will they resurface in future plots is something we have to wait and see.
d. Dustin Blake has a sister Rayna Blake who is a Nashville sensation - a country music singer. I wonder if Heather Graham will use her as a lead character in a future book.
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.
3) Again this book 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. However in this book that I have someone has torn those pages and perhaps used them. I see the evidence of the remnants of the torn pages stuck in the binding. Glad someone used them.
4) Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors:
a. On Pg. 21, line 13, Dustin was looking at David, Jackson and Malachi. However, inadvertently Heather Graham mentions as Dustin, Jackson and Malachi. An error in character representation.
b. There is a confusion in the plot as to how many years was Marcus Danby sober from Drugs - On Pg. 22, in a conversation between the Krewe members it is shown as twenty years; On Pg. 71 it is said as Marcus had thirty years of clean living; On Pg. 95, in a conversation between Dustin and Coot it is shown as twenty plus years.