Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Unseen by Heather Graham

1800s. San Antonio, Texas: In room 207 at the Longhorn Saloon, in the long shadow of the Alamo itself, a woman renowned for her beauty was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found. One year ago: In that same historic room, another woman vanished without a trace. Her blood was everywhere…but her body was never recovered. Now: In the last month, San Antonio has become a dumping ground for battered bodies. All young women, all long missing, almost all forgotten. Until now. Texas Ranger Logan Raintree cannot sit by and let his city’s most vulnerable citizens be slain. So when he is approached to lead a brand-new group of elite paranormal investigators working the case, he has no choice but to accept the challenge. And with it, his powerful ability to commune with the dead. Among Logan’s new team is Kelsey O’Brien, a U.S. marshal known for her razor-sharp intuition and a toughness that belies her delicate exterior. Kelsey has been waiting all her life to work with someone who can understand her ability to “see” the past unfolding in the present. Now she has her chance. Together, Kelsey and Logan follow their instincts to the Alamo and to the newly reopened Longhorn, which once tempted heroes with drink, cards and women. If the spirits of those long-dead Texans are really appearing to the victims before their deaths, only Kelsey and Logan have the skills to find out why. And if something more earthly is menacing the city’s oldest, darkest corners, only they can stop it – before more innocent women join the company of San Antonio’s restless ghosts…(synopsis from Goodreads)

Unseen is another novel involving Krewe of Hunter's leader Jackson Crow. He is in Texas, putting together a new crew, since his team is stretched to the limit with investigations and the characters have all been paired off.  Graham delivers a novel filled with murder, mystery, suspense, paranormal activity and a new romance.  I like the way the dead assist the living in these mystery driven romances.

Young woman are showing up murdered near the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.  All of these young women were last seen in the area of the Alamo and a historical hotel called the Longhorn. The Longhorn is steeped in history and death. Legend has it a young woman died by the hands of a man around the time of the battle of the Alamo in room 207. Recently, the room was found covered in blood, but the body was never found. Jackson has arranged to meet US Marshall, Kelsey O’Brien and Texas Ranger, Logan Raintree. Both have uncanny abilities to find the dead and missing. Neither of them knows what this job offer is about.

When Raintree is offered the position as leader of a new team on the FBI, he isn’t sure he wants it, but his insatiable curiosity has him staying on the case. I really liked Raintree and was moved by his troubled past.  He has the skills and manner to make a great team lead. O’Brien isn’t sure she wants the position. She has always lived near the water and has wanted to be a US Marshall since she was a teen. Like Raintree she is intrigued by the case.

As the team takes on more members and more bodies are discovered; paranormal activity leads Raintree and O’Brien toward solving the case.  Graham weaves a tale that captivates you, as she slowly reveals clues and suspects. The chemistry between Raintree and O’Brien develops slowly and was sweet. The climax finds O’Brien smack in the middle of danger.  I am excited about the new team and look forward to reading more cases.

I recommend Unseen to fans of suspenseful paranormal mysteries with a touch of romance. I have always enjoyed Graham’s novels, trilogies and series. While her novels in the Krewe of Hunters series are all linked each can be read as a standalone. Unseen is the first with a new crew and the perfect place to start.  Graham’s novels offer a face-paced read and are highly entertaining. Unseen is scheduled to publish on March 27, 2012. It will be available in paper, audio and eBook format.

I want to thank netGalley and Harlequin for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. 

I gave this book 4 coffee cups out of 5.             Kimba     

Author's website:Heather Graham
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At January 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM , Blogger roro said...

this sounds awesome
is it a series??
tnx 4 reviewing kim

At January 21, 2012 at 10:49 PM , Blogger kimba88 said...

The Krewe of Hunters series has 4 books, Phantom Evil, Heart of Evil, Sacred Evil and The Evil Inside. These featured Jackson Crow and his FBI team. In this novel Crow is forming a new team to be lead by Logan this is a whole new team and their cases. (book one)

At January 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM , Blogger Ksexton2990 said...

This sounds good, I'll have to check it out. I love her books, such a great writer. Thanks for the review


At January 22, 2012 at 6:12 PM , Blogger Fireflywishes said...

interesting that there's a new crew in this one! I gave the first one in the series a 3, it was entertaining but didn't really wow me. I'm wondering if I might enjoy this one a bit more with new characters? might have to check it out! great review :)

April @ My Shelf Confessions

At January 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM , Blogger Heather (ShoeGirl) said...

I'm getting an ARC of this today! Can't wait to read it! Love your review! Question, this part of a series~am I going to be "lost"? :/


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