The Silenced by Heather Graham
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Description: Where is Lara Mayhew?
Lara, a congressman's media assistant, suddenly quits her job - and disappears on the way to her Washington, DC, apartment.
Novice FBI agen Meg Murray, a childhood friend of Lara's, gets a message from her that same night, a message that says she's disillusioned and "going home." To Richmond, Virginia. Meg discovers that she never got there. And bodies fitting Lara's description are showing up in nearby rivers...Could she be the victim of a serial killer?
Meg is assigned to work with special agent Matt Bosworth, a hard-nosed pro in the FBI's unit of paranormal investigators - the Krewe of Hunters. They trace the route Meg and Lare took more than once in the past, visiting battlefields and graveyards from Harpers Ferry to Gettysburg. Places where the dead share their secrets with those who can hear...As Meg and Matt pursue the possibility of a serial killer, they find themselves in the middle of a political conspiracy. Is there a connection? And who - besides each other - can they trust? (from Goodreads)
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Why I Picked This Book: I can't resist a Heather Graham. I love the mix of mystery, paranormal and romance with a good dash of history.
My Impression: This is the 15th book in the Krewe of Hunters series but if you haven't picked these up before don't let that scare you. These are only a series because the investigations are led by the same unit in the FBI. There are some recurring characters but they are very much side characters so if you haven't read their stories it doesn't influence your enjoyment of whichever book you're reading. This is my 3rd Krewe book and once again Graham pulled me in and kept me turning pages.
It could have been my mood or that I was reading it by Kindle light in a dark room but this one seemed a little darker than usual to me. While both Meg and Matt both have paranormal abilities they seemed to be a little overshadowed by the seriously creepy serial killer. Not that it made me enjoy it any less I just found myself having to read a chapter of something happy before going to sleep!
This was my first real dealing with Adam who is normally referred to in an almost reverent whisper in the previous Krewe books I've read. It was nice to get to know him and I liked that this was set in the DC area so we get a peek into what a day at the office is like for them instead of just being out on assignment. The main characters were interesting. I liked that Meg is an agent as well so it makes sense that she and Matt are working together. I did feel both needed to relax a bit - especially Meg. Yes she's a fully qualified agent but she's also a brand new agent. It makes sense that Matt is kind of giving her direction. Did she expect to be fully on her own just days after graduation? The romance developed fairly quickly but that's normally the case with romantic suspense so it wasn't a surprise.
While there were some flaws I really enjoyed this one. The setting was fascinating, the pace was unrelenting and when it really comes down to it I really wanted to find out what happened! The Hexed is probably still my favorite of this series but this new entry didn't disappoint.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Of course! I already have the next 2 on my Kindle!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes - especially if you like romantic suspense.