Book Critique - The Killing Edge (Harrison Investigation # 10)
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Stars: 3 / 5
Recommendation: An intriguing paranormal plot heavily doused on history filled with murder, mystery, romance and ghosts.
The Killing Edge is the tenth and the last book in the Harrison Investigation Series by the paranormal author Heather Graham published in March of 2010. The plot is set in Miami and Key West areas in FL and is centered around Chloe Marin - a psychologist with specialization in art therapy and also as a consultant to the police - and Luke Cane - a British ex-cop turned Private Investigator.
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 reviews continue in this series.
Ten years after the horrible killing spree that she and a few of her friends survive, Chloe Marin, is working as a psychologist, specializing in art therapy and also as a consultant to the police in helping them in cases. She also works as a calendar model for Bryon Agency on and off. Luke Cane was hired by the parents of one Colleen Rodriguez who disappeared while on a shoot for the agency in the Keys.
Chloe and Luke's path cross at the photo shoot of the agency and one thing they both clearly agreed upon was someone was targeting the girls at the agency. Despite fighting the instant attraction between them and the suspicions both have towards each other, they strive to get to the bottom of the truth. And putting them squarely in the path of the killer.
We get historical and geographical tour along with paranormal references of past in the plot but compared to other plots that Heather has written, it is far less. It focuses mainly on the killing spree that occurred 10 years ago and the killing spree occurring now. Although by the end of the book, we definitely will know some good hangout spots in the Keys.
Again we see Adam Harrison and two more of his agents - Brent and Nikki Blackhawk, whom we had first met in the third book in the series Ghost Walk. Of course we had known Nikki as Nikki DuMonde in that plot, but now she is married to Brent and takes his name. A constant since past few books in this series.
I couldn’t guess the murderer until the end. A very good mingle of murder and mystery; past and present; fans and fanatics; and above all romance and love. Although I am surprised at the number of grammatical and sometimes character errors I see in the books as the series progresses. Clearly who ever edits for Heather Graham isn't doing a good job.
As she came closer to the end of the series, her repeat paraphrasing reduced a lot. And the conversations between the characters were more cohesive instead of sounding like teenagers.
Although this is the last book in the Harrison Investigation series, we still see Adam Harrison and is teams in the Krewe of Hunters that Heather started a year after this book. And I am sure that she has Adam and her investigators pop here and there in other series of hers too, although I haven't read all of her books; just a logical guess. She ended the series in a very high note, this book was indeed a chiller.
On a side note, this hard copy didn’t come with hard card inserts that gives reader an opportunity to either join a book club and win books, or buy a book and get a few free.
Another intriguing paranormal plot heavily doused on history filled with murder, mystery, romance and ghosts. A tale that captures one easily till the end.
a. Another one of Adam Harrison's team is introduced in conversations - John, in the first book Haunted. 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 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.
d. In the Dead Room, Brent Blackhawk is shown to be out in Los Angeles on a case. Adam Harrison is scheduled to head to London from Manhattan the following day for a case. I wonder if Heather's next plot would be in Los Angeles or London.
2. Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors:
a. On Pg. 113, Line 20, it should be "…at the same time."
b. On Pg. 167, Line 14, it should be "….telling him that the guy…"
c. On Pg. 225, while explaining the placement of Luke, Chloe and Victoria on the steps of the mansion, Heather has Victoria sitting on the steps and Chloe holding her hand and sitting by her side. She had Luke hunkering down by Chloe. But then she says that Chloe and Luke exchange a look over Victoria's head. How can that be possible when Chloe is in between Luke and Victoria? Very confused there.
d. On Pg. 263, Line 6, it should be "….travels to make himself harder…"