Book Critique - The Séance (Harrison Investigation # 5)

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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 Séance is the fifth book in the Harrison Investigation Series by the paranormal author Heather Graham published in October of 2007. The primary plot revolves around Christina Hardy - who had inherited her grandparents' home in Florida - and Jedidiah "Jed" Braden - a cop turned best-selling author turned PI.

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 so the book review continue in this series.

Christina Hardy had the sight since she was a child, but her parents and grandmother had refrained for her to use that side of ability and eventually she forgot about it. But, not has a ghost living in her house urging her to help her. Only she thinks that she is crazy.

Jed Braden, cop turned PI, is on a new case while reeling from the success of his latest book. And that case has somehow Christina in the center. While he is evaluating and investigation he is slowly but fast falling for her.

Jed had been her forever crush and now that she was having real feelings for him, Christina is worried he might consider her crazy. Yet she has no one else to turn to but to him when the peril comes closer to her. What will their fate be is the rest of the plot. 

Heather has a slew of characters supporting the plot that in no way weigh it down to tears, but instead form strong pillars. They are tightly knit and fit like the pieces of a puzzle perfectly.

The plot is simple and straightforward set in Orlando, FL with sleek lines all around. Obviously a paranormal plot, so we definitely would see ghosts and the paranormal investigators from Adam Harrison's team. And this time around we see Genevieve Wallace and Thor Thomson - whom we had met in the fourth book, The Vision - and Adam Harrison himself. 

Heather connects Gen and Thor to Christina and Jed in the plot. But one thing I felt that the paranormal investigators had really a small part in the plot than compared to other books. I wished they could have been more helpful to the lead characters. 

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 some of her other books I read. She tied up all the inconsequential details in neatly towards the end of the plot as usual.

This time around there is less of the historical part but more of the paranormal side with a blend of murder and mayhem. Sadly to say I could guess who the killer was at the beginning of Chapter 11. Yet, it was interesting to read and see how Heather comes into the same conclusion.

Barring the fact that I could guess the killer, it is a tight paranormal plot involving romance and murder. 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.

Spoiler Alerts:

1. Plot Reveals:

a. Heather has her character Christina write a jingle for Sanina's chips. The chip name sounds very close to Sanitas. 

2. Sub-Plots:

a. Another one of Adam Harrison's team is introduced in conversations - John, in the first book Hanuted. Will he become a main character in a future book is something we have to wait and see. 

b. In Haunted, Adam Harrison mentions that the case in London is complex and would be solved another time, hence he has come to Stoneyville to aid Darcy Tremayne. I wonder if Heather Graham would make this little tidbit into a plot for a future book in this series or the Krewe of Hunters series.

c. In Haunted, Randy Newton, an FBI agent and friend of Matt's, is introduced in the plot as a contact and friend of Matt from a serial killer case that they had worked together on the outskirts of D.C. I wonder if he was a main character in a previous book that of Heather Graham's that I hadnt read yet.

d. In The Vision, 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.

3. Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors:

a. On Pg. 56, line 4, it should be "Granda, after her…"

b. On Pg. 131, line 8, it should be "…go out and buy a…"

c. On Pg. 166, line 10, it should be "…It might do some good."

d. On Pg. 193, line 14, it should be "…and the new locks - will"


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