The Night is Alive by Heather Graham
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Synopsis: MIDNIGHT IN SAVANNAH
It’s a city of beauty, history…hauntings. And one of the most haunted places in Savannah is a tavern called The Dragonslayer, built in the 1750s. The current owner, Gus Anderson, is a descendant of the original innkeeper and his pirate brother, Blue.
Gus summons his granddaughter, Abigail, home from Virginia, where she’s studying at the FBI Academy. When she arrives, she’s devastated to find him dead. Murdered. But Abby soon learns that Gus isn’t the only one to meet a brutal and untimely end; there’ve been at least two other victims. Then Captain Blue Anderson starts making ghostly appearances, and the FBI’s paranormal investigation unit, the Krewe of Hunters, sends in Agent Malachi Gordon.
Abby and Malachi have a similar ability to connect with the dead…and a similar stubbornness. Sparks immediately begin to fly—sparks of attraction and discord. But as the death toll rises, they have to trust each other or they, too, might find themselves among the dead haunting old Savannah!
Personal Thoughts: This was an entertaining read right from the first couple of pages. We are thrown into an action scene and we are hooked.
The sparks that happen between Abby and Malachi are entertaining to read and be a fly on the wall. There is a lot of humour, fun, banter and you can tell that something is going to happen between the two of them and soon. Although Gus is briefly mentioned when he is alive, we can tell throughout the words of others that he was a great and generous person after the tragic accident in the way that he dies. The rest of the characters were portrayed really well and some of them added to the story, while others were just placeholders.
It was fascinating to see how the author incorporated the ghosts/dead people and the people who could and couldn’t see them. It is unique to be able to see a ghost and not freak out. Heather Graham writes in a way that we can see just how authentic it is and we can get a feeling of the place.
Although this book had a lot of adventure and suspense, it wasn’t a favorite and I don’t think I would re-read this book. I have read a few of her other books in this series, and it is starting to look like she uses a formula with each of her books. There are series that are done well even though there might be familiar characters, however, a series that uses a formula can start to get boring really fast. The ending felt a little rushed as well. It was over far too quickly and could have been better.
Rating: 3/5 Stars