The Hexed by Heather Graham
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: Devin Lyle is happy living in Salem, Massachusetts in the cottage her great aunt left her and writing children's books. The murder of a local woman makes her a little nervous but then one night she hears something outside her cottage and stumbles over a dead body and into the arms of FBI Agent Craig "Rocky" Rockwell.
Rocky's life was changed forever when he was 17 and found the body of his friend Melissa. He went from a teenage boy interested on football and girls to one forever haunted by that sight and led into a career in law enforcement. And now he, the Krewe, his old friends and Devin must race to solve this latest series of murders because it looks like Devin could be the next target.
Why I Picked This Book: I've enjoyed my previous Heather Graham books and I love ghost stories. Throw in the Salem setting and it's hard to pass up!
Pro: This story drew me right in as soon as I opened it. The setting is so wonderfully spooky, the ghosts are just enough to be interesting and Devin and Rocky are interesting and likable. I even liked Poe, the raven Devin inherited from her Aunt Mina. I thought the mix of history was well done and they did research! I love when they do research in books! Rocky was a nice guy. Smart, driven and so relieved to be with other people who could see ghosts it seeped off the pages. The rest of the Krewe is interesting and I'm looking forward to reading their stories. I liked that Rocky's relationships with his old friends isn't all hearts and rainbows. There's some tension and some old resentments and while that's not present all the time they do stumble on the undercurrents sometimes. The look into the behind the scenes of the tourist town was interesting. I liked how the relationship progressed between Devin and Rocky. It didn't feel unnaturally fast and they liked each other from first meeting. It felt real and went with the flow of the book. The pacing for this one was very good and really I just wanted to curl up with a cup of tea and read this one. Perfect rainy day reading!
Con: I found myself thinking "Okay well how did they reach that conclusion?" a few times. It wasn't that it didn't make sense it was that there were some jumps in logic that were pretty big or that they would all of a sudden turn theory into fact. Granted this is a mystery where ghosts help out so I'm not looking for 100% accuracy but it did puzzle me a few times. Bea at Bea's Book Nook had some issues with some of the accuracy of the facts about Massachusetts and the overuse of the world "wicked". I have never been to Massachusetts and have no connection to the state so none of this bothered me but if you're from there or are familiar with the area be prepared!
Overall: This is a fun book with just enough creep to add atmosphere but not so much to give you nightmares. Though this is book #13 in the series in no way let that stop you from picking this one up. These are only loosely connected and each can be read as stand alone.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! In fact reading this I can't figure out why I haven't gone a massive Heather Graham book binge already!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Absolutely! This is fun, interesting and sweet all at the same time.
Challenges Met? Alphabet Soup (H), Reading Road Trip (Massachusetts)