Monday, September 19, 2011

Review: "Heart of Evil": by Heather Graham

Title: Heart of Evil

Author: Heather Graham

Published: Mira Books

Year: 2011

Summary:

Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends…and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery’s most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War. Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who blend hard forensics with rare – often inexplicable – intuition. Among them is Jake Mallory, a gifted New Orleans musician with talent that stretches beyond the realm of the physical, and a few dark ghosts of his own. The evil the team unveils has the power to shake the plantation to its very core. Jake and Ashley are forced to risk everything to unravel secrets that will not stay buried – even in death…. 

Review:  

Heart of Evil by Heather Graham is a history filled ghost story. When after a Civil War reenactment on Ashley's homestead, a Louisiana plantation, a man turns up missing and Ashley and the FBI Crewe of Hunters and the entire household go on a hunt to discover the mystery plaguing the entire place.

A old flame is lit alive again as Ashley works along side her ex and childhood friend, Jake. This book is loaded with Civil War history, mystery, and a bit of a love story. 

I had a couple problems with the storytelling. You are introduced to too many characters at once and you keep getting them confused, especially since none of them are that memorable. Their dialog is flat and the characters really are indistinguishable. It took nearly the entire novel to get a hang of the characters. By the end you could sort of decipher one from the other, but it should have been better told off the bat. The dialog wasn't exactly realistic either. After a certain character would speak, I would try to imagine a real person saying that quote and the complete mix of words would never be uttered out of a real person's mouth. That's why I think the dialog is unrealistic. 
Other than that, the mystery telling of the story was great and the setting was explained so well you felt like you were there, enjoying the scenary of the Louisiana plantation getting bit by mosquitoes and fear a run in with a gator. It kept you in scene and in suspense the entire time.

After reading the author's bio on the back cover of the book, I was shocked to find out that she has written over 100 novels. That's incredible! I would like to get my hands on another one of her novels to give it a go to see if she writes all her novels so unmemorable or if this is the only one. But no hard feelings, she's from my neck of the woods, where I was raised in South Florida, so no hard feelings. It's all good.
 

To check out the other 100s of novels Heather Graham has written check out her website at: http://theoriginalheathergraham.com/

Happy Reading!

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