Book Critique - The Vision (Harrison Investigation #4)
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Stars: 3 / 5
Recommendation: A neat blend of history and paranormal folded with romance and murder is what we see with this plot.
The Vision is the fourth book in the Harrison Investigation Series by the paranormal author Heather Graham published in January of 2006. The plot revolves around two treasure hunt and sea salvage divers - Genevieve "Gen" Wallace and Thor Thompson, who get embroiled into a sinister plot by a serial killer who has a twisted version of past vs present. It is set in Key West, FL.
Long before her Krewe of Hunters series (My review of the books I have read in that series so far are here), she had her Harrison Investigation Series headed by Adam Harrison. She credits him for starting the FBI special division called the Krewe of Hunters. While I was reading those books I was curious to read about Adam Harrison and books that came under his series. And now I have a few books from that series that I can read. This current book is the fourth in the series.
Genevieve "Gen" Wallace finds the corpse of a woman tied down during one of the dives, that moves and talks to her. But when she comes up to air and has everyone dive back in to bring the corpse back, no one finds it. But then when a dead body turns up by the shore a few days later, all bets are off for Gen. Reluctantly she teams up with Thor and try to get to the bottom of the mystery as well as the salvage.
The other folks who are part of this intriguing plot are: Marshall Miro (owner of Deep Down Salvage that Gen belongs to), Jack Payne (an old-time expert diver), Elizabeth "Lizzie" Green and her husband Zach, Victor "Vic" DamonBethany Clark (Gen's friend), Alex Matthews (Another diver on Gen's team), Jay Gonzalez (Deputy Sherriff), Henry Sheridan (a professor), Coast Guard Lieutanant Larry Preston, Audrey Lynley (a tarot card reader and friend of Gen).
As much as a believer is Gen, so a non-believer is Thor. Opposites attract in every way in their case, and they do complement each other well during their dives in the sea or on bed. Heather takes the readers on a journey where Thor follows Gen despite him thinking her as a crazy at times and himself as crazy. It is quite a road before they finally fall on the right path.
Heather Graham with her flair to spin a plot, also takes the reader down the history lane with some fictional and real facts - Story of Count Von Cosel who wasn’t really a Count, How Key West came to i's name and its history of being called as Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones), Cemetery in Key West, haunted Hard Rock Café, tale of Conch Republic, Captain Tony's Saloon and it's hauntings, restaurant called Hog's Breath.
Interestingly enough this time around the protagonists are not directly a part of Harrison Investigations nor in any way related to Adam Harrison. However, he and his team get involved in the case towards the middle of the plot.
With so many characters, there would be repeat paraphrasing of having to explain a particular scene to the remaining characters. However, it was lesser compared to her previous books. She tied up all the inconsequential details in neatly towards the end of the plot, except that I had expected her to connect the past with the present in a little more depth than she did.
I was debating between two characters as my prime suspects from almost 1/3rd into the plot. To my surprise it actually turned out to be a totally different person. How ingeniously written.
A neat blend of history and paranormal folded with romance and murder is what we see with this plot. Like always Heather Graham makes it chiller without making it gorier and at the same time makes it softly erotic with the undertones of sexual tension between the two lead characters.
On a side note, this time around the hard-card inserts are missing which readers could use to buy books.
Another intriguing plot that would lead to a plethora of books in this series and entertaining the reader every step of the way.
1. Plot Reveals:
a. Heather Graham has one of her characters, Jack, mention about a guy killing prostitutes around Eighth Street in Miami. I don’t remember any of Heather Graham's so far read plots that has this certain plot. Perhaps it is from one of the books I didn’t read or maybe it was just an off-hand instead mentioned for the sake of the plot.
b. From the time Adam Harrison had been introduced, Heather had mentioned that he had lost his son and his urge to connect with this son's spirit is what started all his paranormal investigation teams - Harrison Investigations and Krewe of Hunters. Finally we get to meet him, Josh Harrison, albeit in spirit.
c. We meet Nikki and Brent Blackhawk again in this plot; whom we had met in the previous book in the series, The Ghost Walk.
2. Sub Plots:
a. In the second book, The Presence, we get introduced to two of the investigators working for Adam Harrison - Darcy Stone and her husband Matt Stone. I started reading the remaining books in the series, but yet to get to Darcy and Matt's story.
3. Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors:
a. On Pg. 68, Line 24, "approaching" is mis-spelt.
b. On Pg. 151, Line 3, it should be "me now."
c. On Pg. 190, Heather first mentions that Victor was opening the door as seen by Bethany and Gen from afar. And then a few lines later she has Gen on Victor's porch waiting to open the door when Victor opens it. A rather mis-representation of whether the door was open before or after, and no connection in between as to when it was closed.
d. On Pg. 288, Line 14, the beginning quotes is not needed.
e. On Pg. 359, 2nd line from last, it should be "…that the murderer"