Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Séance by Heather Graham

The Séance
Heather Graham
Mira Books
September 25, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-7783-2465-2

After the loss of her grandmother, Christina Hardy moves into the home she spent so much time in as a child. At her housewarming party with the group of friends and cousins she grew up with, the talk soon turns to a recent murder that appears to be the work of the Interstate Killer, a man who has been dead for years. When her friend Ana finds an old Ouija board among the boxes strewn around the house she convinces everyone to have a little fun. That’s where things get strange and Christina eventually has to face the fact that the ghost of the presumed murderer, Beau Kidd, is haunting her house. The murders are scary enough, but Christina fits the murderer’s choice of victims and every minute that he’s on the loose her life is in danger.

Though he’s now an author and occasional P.I., Jed Braden was once a cop. When a body surfaces that looks like the work of the Interstate Killer, Jed can’t help getting involved with the case. It’s a case he’s familiar with since he researched it for a book, and though it was a work of fiction it still implied that the murderer was Beau Kidd, the lead detective on the original case. As the murders continue and it becomes clear that it’s not a copycat, Jed finds himself having to believe in Beau Kidd’s innocence. Now he’s praying they can stop the true killer before he loses anyone else he cares about.

The Séance is a chilling murder mystery that pulls reader’s in from the first page. Christina and Jed have each suffered the loss of loved ones in their lives and learned to survive. As the murders increase around them and they loose people they know, their search for the truth turns desperate and the connection they share as friends grows and deepens. With just the right mix of interesting characters, mounting mystery and steamy romance, Ms. Graham delivers a ghostly tale of dark desires that’s sure to entertain.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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