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Book Critique: The Silenced (Krewe of Hunters # 15)

For review of all books in this series: Go here

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 Silenced is the fifteenth book in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham and published in June of 2015.  The plot is centered around Matthew "Matt" Bosworth - FBI agent with the Krewe in Virginia - and Margaret "Meg" Colleen Murray - a recent FBI graduate who is out to find her missing friend.

This forms the first book in the third trilogy within the series. Although not mentioned exclusively, I consider them as a trilogy as the characters kind of flow from one book to the next keeping the continuity. First trilogy consisted of the ninth book The Night is Watching; the tenth book The Night is Alive; the eleventh book The Night is Forever. Second trilogy consisted of the 12th book The Cursed, 13th book the Hexed and 14th book The Betrayed.

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 into three distinct groups. The first group is led by Jackson Crow, who is also the Assistant Director of the Krewe, 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 is Yankee Krewe, based in NYC, overseen by Jackson Crow.

I had read this book when it had been released and posted review too here. However, in reading the series from the beginning, I cannot help but re-read this book and re-write the review again. Yeah, I am like that! :P

Lara Mayhew leaves a message to her friend Margaret "Meg" Colleen Murray about leaving town. But Meg doesn’t find any trace of her anywhere. Then there are two women looking exactly like Lara who turn up dead. With a serial killer on loose, Meg is worried that Lara might be this killer's next victim. And her only hope was to reach out to Adam Harrison, the Director of the Krewe units. Adam tags her with Matthew "Matt" Bosworth, the lead investigator and their investigation begins before Lara is Silenced forever.

Adam Harrison has a more active role in this plot than most plots that I have read so far. However, compared to the Adam Harrison Investigation series (My review of the books in that series here), he appears a lot more in the Krewe of Hunters series. A simple missing persons case unravels into a much bigger net involving political conspiracies and of course the paranormal aspect.

As much as Meg and Matt butt heads in the beginning, their attraction towards each other finally brings them to a midpoint where they not only act on it, but fall in love in the end. It was really cute actually how this all goes on. Both are strong psychics and trained agents that does complement perfectly.

The other Krewe members who appear in this plot are - Jackson Crow, head of the original Krewe; Angela Hawkins, Jackson's wife and who primarily sorts out different requests and researches; Will Chan, specialist with film, sound and camera; Katya Sokolov, Will's girlfriend and is a medical examiner; Jane Everett, a very efficient sketch artist; Malachi Gordon and Logan Raintree from Team Two; 

Finally Jackson Crow and Angela Hawkins are shown as married couple in this plot. Five years since we first met them in the first book, Phantom Evil, it is nice to see their relationship taking a next step. 

I see a pattern to Heather Graham's stories in the Adam Harrison and Krewe of Hunters series, apart from the presence of ghosts and spirits. Usually the stories revolve around historical inferences, somehow connecting the past to the present either by way of characters or incidents and they involve hidden tunnels be it in cemetery or old houses or mortuaries. I wonder if Heather will add a third twist to the plot. 

Heather does have a flair to bring in old classic movies into her plots. This time she has her heroine, Meg, watching Errol Flynn movies. I don’t remember watching any of Errol Flynn movies, but then when I browsed his filmography I came across the 1935 film The Case of the Curious Bride. And then I remembered that I actually had watched that movie and did mention about Errol Flynn in my review. So I did watch one of his movies, even if it was a no-dialogue scene. My review is here if anyone is interested to read. :)

Along with the classic movies, this time around she adds things from childhood and sci-fi films that we all loved as much as the characters - The Muppets singing Movin Right Along; Sharknado (I watched this movie and did not like it a bit!); The Dark Crystal

As always there is historical and paranormal references from past are given to the reader with artifacts, events and places. This time we get the tour in Harpers Ferry, Richmond and Gettysburg towns. Oh yes, we even go through a ghost tour.

Instead of the hard card inserts, this book had sheets at the end that gave reader an opportunity to either join a book club and win books, or buy a book and get a few free. It is just impressive to see them still.

A very good mingle of murder and mystery; past and present; political history; and above all romance and love. The grammatical and character errors have been considerably less. Another successful thriller in the series of books under Krewe of Hunters by Heather Graham that is an easy ready and still enjoyable. A tale that captures one easily till the end.

Spoiler Alerts:

1. Plot Reveals:

a. One of the few places that Heather Graham had mentioned in this book, I could find only one place existing for real - Dobbin House Tavern in Gettysburg, PA.

b. At the end of the plot, Lara Mayhew is set to move to Miami, FL. With her being such a strong psychic I wonder if she is on Adam Harrison's radar and if Heather Graham will have a story for her in near future.

2. Sub Plots:

a. In eleventh book, The Night Is Forever, Dustin Blake was part of an FBI team consisting 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. Will they resurface in future plots is something we have to wait and see.

b. 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.

c. Katie O'Hara and David Beckett are two characters in The Cursed plot. And a history into their background paused me to think they might be characters from another of Heather Graham book. I was pretty sure they weren't from Krewe of Hunters or Harrison Investigation series. A little dig on google pointed me to Ghost Shadow, the first book in Bone Island Series by Heather Graham published in 2010. Having not yet read that series, I am curious if Hannah O'Brien or Liam Beckett, David's brother, appear in that book as well. 

d. Jane Everett and Sloan Trent were part of Team Two: Texas Krewe. But in The Betrayed, Heather mentions that they were going to be permanent members of the Yankee Krewe. Have to read the rest of the books to know if that is where she sends them. 

3. Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors:

a. On Pg. 86, Line 1, it should be "Can you play with…"

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