Man alive, I have been on a run of books as of late. I have even more reviews coming. Maybe this weekend I'll get extra productive and type up all of my reviews and be set for like... a week. HA!
The Betrayed - Heather Graham
One night, New York FBI agent Aiden Mahoney receives a visitor in a dream--an old friend named Richard Highsmith. The very next day he's sent to Sleepy Hollow because Richard's gone missing there.
Maureen--Mo--Deauville now lives in the historic town and works with her dog, Rollo, to search for missing people. She's actually the one to find Richard?or more precisely his head, stuck on a statue of the legendary Headless Horseman.
Mo and Aiden, a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI's unit of paranormal investigators, explore both past and present events to figure out who betrayed Richard, who killed him and now wants to kill them, too. As they work together, they discover that they share an unusual trait?the ability to communicate with the dead. They also share an attraction that's as intense as it is unexpected?if they live long enough to enjoy it!
I am going to have to bite the bullet and just start ordering all of the books in this Krewe of Hunters series, because I am really liking it. This is only the second one I've read, I previously read #13, and I really enjoyed that one, too. The nice thing about these are that although they are part of a larger series, they are also stand alone, so it's OK if you come into them in the middle of things.
Here's what else I appreciate about these books- lots of information. Not unnecessary fluff, but just weird tidbits that are interesting to say that you know. I also appreciate that the story takes place in Sleepy Hollow and we start off with a head, not connected to it's original body, but rather on the statue of the Headless Horseman. I will tell you though, that I kind of wanted more romance. It's romantic suspense, but I felt like though Mo clearly was smitten with Aiden, it wasn't totally reciprocated? It's not like he ignored her, but I felt like I couldn't relate to them being a couple, and that was kind of hard. I do like their chemistry as an investigative team though. What is also cool is that each of the Krewe members have a "gift" and while sometimes it's obvious, other times it's not and that's kind of the case here. Except Mo discovers hers differently, which was a cool blip in the plot, and Aiden kind of thinks he either doesn't have one or it's come and gone.
I will say the benefit to reading the entire series is that I would have a better feel of the rest of the stories. I really enjoyed the last book, The Hexed, and though I liked this one a lot too, it wasn't as good. It certainly wasn't bad, but I guess I hoped these stories would build and build. But take that with a grain of salt because admittedly, these are the only two I have read in the series and after I read more, I might feel completely differently.
But we have lots of murders, lots of suspense, I felt satisfied when it's revealed who was responsible, and overall I really enjoyed this book. These would be really great fall/winter reads, because you want to curl up under a blanket with some hot chocolate and just enjoy. AND they are relatively quick reads, so even better!
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