I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Waking the Dead by Heather Graham
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Supernatural
Published by Harlequin, MIRA on April 1st
Also by this author: Phantom Evil, Heart of Evil, Sacred Evil (Krewe of Hunters, #3), The Evil Inside (Krewe of Hunters #4), The Uninvited, The Rising, The Night Is Forever
They say a painting can have a life of its own…
In the case of Ghosts in the Mind by Henry Sebastian Hubert, that's more than just an expression. This painting is reputed to come to life—and to bring death. The artist was a friend of Lord Byron and Mary Shelley, joining them in Switzerland during 1816, "the year without a summer." That was when they all explored themes of horror and depravity in their art….
Now, almost two hundred years later, the painting appears in New Orleans. Wherever it goes, death seems to follow.
Danielle Cafferty and Michael Quinn, occasional partners in solving crime, are quickly drawn into the case. They begin to make connections between that summer in Switzerland and this spring in Louisiana. Danni, the owner of an eccentric antiques shop, and Quinn, a private detective, have discovered that they have separate but complementary talents when it comes to investigating unusual situations.
Trying to blend their personal relationship with the professional lives they've stumbled into, they learn how much they need each other. Especially as they confront this work of art—and evil. The people in the portrait might be dead, but something seems to wake them and free them to commit bloody crimes. Cafferty and Quinn must discover what that is. And they have to destroy it—before it destroys them.
I haven’t read to many of Heather Graham’s books but I have always found them interesting. Waking the Dead had a very interesting premise to it but it was a little slow at the beginning and then seem to speed up and try to shove all the cool stuff in the last twenty percent of the novel.
I missed the first book in the Cafferty and Quinn series but it wasn’t hard to follow. These two met up in the first book and Danni finds out that her father had an interesting side business. He would find and retrieve evil objects and it was hunting for one of those objects that Danni and Quinn have to work together. I take it from hints in the second book that they didn’t really care for each other at first and then they started liking each other. So it wasn’t really hard to get into the second book.
It starts out with the horrible murder of a whole house full of people, five in all. Each one seem to be murdered in a different way. Larue who is a Detective in New Orleans, calls in Quinn because of the gruesome circumstance of the murders. Strange things start to happen and they link it to a painting called Ghost in the Mind. More people start dying and Quinn and Danni work hard at trying to figure out how a painting could be activating all these murders. After saving the life of the owner of the painting Hattie, she starts helping them as well. Before you know it they have a fairly large group helping with destroying what might be making the painting work. It’s a race against time as they are trying to get things done before the painting and who ever activated it kills again.
I have always liked suspenseful novels that surround objects that are possessed by evil. The story surrounding the painting and how it came about was really interesting. The author is really good with creating a creepy suspenseful story, but like I said it seemed like it sort of lagged a bit at the beginning. Most of the story is about trying to figure out what triggers the painting and how to stop it and then the last 20 percent was about how they stopped it and finding the killer. The last part was the best part of the story and I wasn’t really surprised at who the killer was but I still was kind of like..oh my.
I really enjoyed all the characters in Waking the Dead and even though it’s suppose to be mainly about Cafferty and Quinn there was equal amounts of the secondary characters to thoroughly enjoy all the characters. I really liked Hattie the 70 something owner of the painting, she was really funny and a go getter.
Whether or not I go back and pick up the first book I will probably grab the next one in the series when ever it comes out. If your a fan of this type of story or Heather Graham then I think you will enjoy this novel.