Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sacred Evil review

I've been slowly working my way through the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham and have just read Sacred Evil which is book three. Yes, I know I'm way behind on this series but I have been enjoying it a great deal. 

After Jake and Ashley's book, Heart of Evil, I was concerned I had set myself up for disappointment because I liked it so much. It remains my favorite but Sacred Evil is quite good as well. It's the first Krewe case outside of New Orleans and they find themselves in New York City and they are up against the most famous serial killer of them all - or at least his copycat. Whitney heads up the day before the rest of the team and jumps right into the case. I've enjoyed Whitney from the first book so it was nice to have the focus on her and her skills. 

Jude was a little disappointing to me. He rambled and just didn't seem like a cop most of the time. Plus, he was incredibly judgmental without cause - not in the "suspicious cop" way but in the "I think I'm better than everyone else" way. He did grow on me by the end of the book though.

One thing I noticed was that the dialogue seemed very disjointed in places. The topic would abruptly change in the middle with no warning and no connection to the previous topic. I think my copy is a re-release so I'm wondering if there was some bad editing during the re-release. It's the only explanation I could come up with as the other books didn't have this issue.

While it isn't until the very end that the killer is revealed, it wasn't a particular surprise either. I suspected who it was from the very beginning and think most readers will as well. Also, I was a little disappointed that there wasn't really any discussion between Jude and Whitney about the paranormal - he ignored it and she remained quiet despite the ghosts she was seeing. It was like a huge elephant in the room and I would have liked them to address it. 

Sacred Evil is a solid addition to the Krewe of Hunters series and I enjoyed seeing the group leave New Orleans. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.


A terror born of Jack the Ripper 
The details of the crime scene are no coincidence. The body—a promising starlet—has been battered, bloodied and then discarded between two of Manhattan's oldest graveyards.

One look and Detective Jude Crosby recognizes the tableau:

A re-creation of Jack the Ripper's gruesome work. But he also sees something beyond the actions of a mere copycat. Something more dangerous…and unexplainable.

As the city seethes with suspicion, Jude calls on Whitney Tremont, a member of the country's preeminent paranormal investigating team, to put the speculation to rest. Yet when Whitney and Jude delve deeper, what they discover is more shocking than either could have predicted, and twice as sinister

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