Sunday, October 17, 2010

Book Review! Unhallowed Ground by Heather Graham

Yes, I put myself through another Heather Graham book. This one, however, was so much better than the last Heather Graham I read. Unhallowed Ground was written in 2009, and I must say the author produced much better characters.


When Sarah McKinley is finally able to buy and restore the historic Florida mansion that she has always loved, she dismisses the horror stories of past residents vanishing and a long-dead housekeeper who practiced black magic. Then, in the midst of renovations, she makes a grin discovery. Hidden within the walls of Sarah's dream house are the remains of dozens of bodies--some dating back over a century.

The door to the past is blown open wide when Caleb Anderson, a private investigator, shows up at the mansion. He believes several current missing-persons cases are linked to the house and its dark past. Working together to find the connection and stop a contemporary killer, Sarah and Caleb are compelled to research the history of the haunted house, growing closer to each other even as the solution to the murders eludes them.

But there is one who knows the truth...a spirit who follows every move they make. Soon Caleb begins to fear that if he can't stay a step ahead, he could lose Sarah to a killer with the ability to transcend time in a quest for blood sacrifice.

Well, after typing out the blurb, I've realised that it has nothing to do with the actual story. She's very crafty, this Heather Graham, with her ability to pull a reader in with the blurb.

We get a quick glimpse as to why the book is called Unhallowed Ground at the beginning, and again in the final few pages. Apart from that, nothing. I found Sarah and Caleb pretty okay. They were average in a good way, and I liked Caleb's special ability. I just wish he used it more often, and we, as readers, could get more of an insight into it. The romance started relatively early, and I found the relationship very credible.

There were the typical Heather Graham characters--the headstrong but confused but gullible but insistant  heroine, the "oh so good looking but way over bearing" male best friend/relative, the knowledgable hero who likes to keep secrets and doesn't really trust anyone, and the bevy of friends who think the heroine is way too good for the hero.

But, just like other Heather Graham novels, the beauty is in the plot. Twists and turns, characters who hop in and out, situations that lead the reader down the wrong path, skeletons in the walls, and dead bodies appearing at any given moment give Unhallowed Ground a fresh voice.

I give Unhallowed Ground 4/5 stars. I enjoyed this one.


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