Tuesday, September 23, 2014

TLC Book Tour Book Review: The Betrayed

Author: Heather Graham
Title: The Betrayed
Publisher: Mira
Publish Date: Sept 30, 2014
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours & Net Galley
Book Blurb: One night, New York FBI agent Aiden Mahoney receives a visitor in a dream—an old friend named Richard Highsmith. The very next day he’s sent to Sleepy Hollow because Richard’s gone missing there.

Maureen—Mo—Deauville now lives in the historic town and works with her dog, Rollo, to search for missing people. She’s actually the one to find Richard…or more precisely his head, stuck on a statue of the legendary Headless Horseman.

Mo and Aiden, a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI’s unit of paranormal investigators, explore both past and present events to figure out who betrayed Richard, who killed him and now wants to kill them, too. As they work together, they discover that they share an unusual trait—the ability to communicate with the dead. They also share an attraction that’s as intense as it is unexpected…if they live long enough to enjoy it!

Review: The Betrayed is another book from the Krewe of Hunters series. All of the books are stand alone novels, so it doesn't matter what order you read them in, or if you read all of them. (Although, Graham is a stellar author when it comes to paranormal mysteries, so you might want to read them all).

This book takes place in Sleepy Hollow and involves the grisly murder of a NYC politician. The location of the murder should give you a clue as to what happened to the guy.

I wish I would have read this book before I had read The Hexed, because that one was so fantastic that this one feels a bit like a come down. It is still a great book, but the other was superb. I found myself comparing the two books too frequently.

Mo and Aiden didn't quite measure up to Devin and Rocky. The chemistry just wasn't there for me. They were a sweet couple, but I wanted more out of their relationship. Actually, I wanted them to be a couple faster than they were. They really didn't get together until the book was nearly over.

On a high note, I just loved Mo's dog Rollo. I'm a sucker for pets in books! There was a part towards the end that had me biting my nails because I really loved that dog.

Another great character was J.J., the son of one of the murder victims. He was precious, though I did have a gripe about the way he talked. He sounded more grown up than a kid his age, that suffered the kind of trauma that he did, would sound.

The mystery was great and Ms Graham really knows how to bring places like Sleepy Hollow to life on the page. The Krewe of Hunters series makes me long for Halloween and haunted houses and creepy movies.

I still recommend this book highly to lover of spooky novels and mysteries. Graham doesn't really disappoint here, but after the perfection that was The Hexed, its hard to put a rating on this one. She did do a great job of mixing history and mystery here and this book is definitely a must read.

Rating: 4 flowers


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one even if you didn't love it quite as much as her previous book.

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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