GUEST REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: GHOST SHADOW BY HEATHER GRAHAM
First of all I want to thank Danielle for asking me to be a part of the Halloween Spooktacular Event here at Romance Book Junkies! I'm really excited to be able to share with you!
Over at my blog Debbie's Book Bag readers will find an eclectic mix of reviews from just about every genre, including romance and of it's wonderful sub-genres. One my favorite subsets is romantic suspense with a touch of the paranormal. When I think of Halloween, I tend to think vampires and witches and things that go bump in the night and one of my favorite authors of this kind of book is Heather Graham.
The book I've chosen to reveiw for you today is Ghost Shadow which was originally published in June of 2010, but I think it's very fitting considering the entire Bone Island Trilogy is about a Halloween favorite, ghosts...
Ghost Shadow (Bone Island Trilogy - Book 1) by Heather Graham
Publication Date: June 2010
Genre: Romantic Suspense / Paranormal elements
Pages: Paperback, 361pp
ISBN-13: 9780778327912ISBN: 0778327914
(Reviewed from my personal collection)
Excerpt from Ghost Shadow
There are those who walk among us who are no longer alive, but not yet crossed over. They seek retribution…vengeance…to warn. Among the living, few intuit their presence.
Katie O'Hara is one who can.
As she’s drawn deeper and deeper into a gruesome years-old murder, whispered warnings from a spectral friend become more and more insistent. But Katie must uncover the truth: could David Beckett really be guilty of his fiancée’s murder?
Worse – the body count’s rising on the Island of Bones, and the dead seem to be reenacting some macabre tableaux from history. The danger is increasing by the moment – especially as Katie finds herself irresistibly drawn to David, who may be responsible for more than just one killing….
Heather Graham's book, Ghost Shadow is the first book in the Bone Island Trilogy which follows the exploits of Kate O'Hara who intuitively senses the presence of spirits that have not crossed over into the beyond for one reason or another. The entire series is romantic suspense at it's best! When you add in the paranormal element of ghostly apparitions it's the perfect book for the spookiest of seasons. Graham's writing is smooth and flawless when it comes to bringing out the romance in any situation and giving just enough steam to draw in readers from may different genres There is a little bit of something for almost every kind of reader in Ghost Shadow.
Ghost Shadow has a strong heroine in Kate and readers will find her tenacious, resourceful and very sensual. Though the book has a romantic suspense bent the romance itself takes center stage in this one. Kate falls for the mysterious David Beckett who was accused of killing his fiance 10 years ago. David's character has a dark kind of aura about him, it lends itself to the possibility that he could be capable of something like this, but the reader is kept off balance by him until the end. Graham does a fantastic job of drawing Kate and David together in the midst of the turmoil surrounding them. The heat between them is almost palpable in certain scenes of the book and readers will staying up all night and jumping at every noise just to see what happens next.
The paranormal aspect of Heather Graham's books has always fascinated me. In Ghost Shadow, the ghost in question, Bartholomew has several reasons for being included in the book. His wit and humor add a lot of comic relief to an otherwise darker novel. Bart, a pirate from way back is determined to protect Kate and is her constant companion. Bart also provides a re-occurring character for the series that readers will enjoy reading about. Heather Graham also does an inordinate amount of research for her books and readers will really appreciate her attention to detail and the history that surrounds her ghosts, her settings and just about every aspect of her writing. When I want to read a really good ghostly read, she is my go-to author and the paranormal aspects of her writing never overwhelms the romance.
This is a great novel for the Halloween season and certain puts new meaning into things that go bump in the night. The paranormal part of the book is extremely well written and researched. Graham's suspense is second to few authors in the romantic suspense sub-genre and the heat of coming off the romantic parts of the book is sizzling. I recommend it to romance readers, paranormal enthusiasts and mystery and suspense fans.
Ghost Shadow is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this novel 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels, many of which have been featured by the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. An avid scuba diver, ballroom dancer and mother of five, she still enjoys her south Florida home, but loves to travel as well.
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