Dying Breath by Heather Graham


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


OK, it is a fact that I love ghosts, vampires and witches. Of course, what more can be expected from someone who can read and watch Harry Potter any number of times, I wonder?? In fact, I really have lost count of the no. of times I have watched all the 8 movies. Well, with view of that fact, it is surprising that I have not read many books by Heather Graham who has quite an impressive collection in this genre! I have probably only read a couple by the author and so when got a chance to check out Dying Breath, I did grab it.

Dying Breath is book # 24 in the Krew of Hunters series. (😲😲, goes to show that I have much catching up to do). She was 17 when Vickie first encountered a ghost. The ghost was Dylan Ballantine, brother to baby Noah whom she was babysitting, urging her to escape from the house coz the serial killer Bertram Aldridge was hiding there and about to attack. With the help of an officer patrolling nearby, the killer is apprehended and jailed. 9 years later Griffin Price, the officer instrumental in catching Betrtam is back in Boston as part of FBI special team as a set of kidnapping has rocked the area. The kidnapper or kidnappers dumped as Undertaker by the press leaves the women in historically important areas in Boston and sends clues of their whereabouts to the media. Griffin and Jackson belongs to the Krew of Hunters using their special gifts of communicating with dead to help solve the crimes when they find out the latest victim of the Undertaker is Chrissy Ballantine, mother to Noah and Dylan.

Is it Bertram who is still in prison playing the puppeteer organizing everything even behind bars or is there something else in play? Why are the Ballantine family targeted again? And why does the clue contain Vickie’s name? Answers to myriad questions need to be found as more women gets kidnapped but Vickie is up to the task with the help of Dylan.

I loved the romantic paring of Griffin and Vickie and the lovely relationship of Dylan with Vickie and Noah. It had such a sweet feeling to it. The surprising element of the story was how the history of old Boston was interwoven magically thru it. The historical part added an additional mystery to the women being kidnapped and left to smother. I would surely look forward to read more books in the series as it kept me entertained thru out.



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Blurb

Buried alive…

As a teenager, Vickie Preston survived an attack by a serial killer. That was the first time she saw a ghost. Now the city of Boston is being terrorized—someone is kidnapping women and burying them alive, but cruelly leaving a glimmer of hope for the authorities by sending a clue about their location. Vickie is pulled into the investigation when her name is mentioned in one of the notes. And as a historian, she has the knowledge to help uncover the graves the killer known as the Undertaker is choosing. But she also has another, unique lead: the spirit of one of the victims is appearing to her in dreams.

Special Agent Griffin Price is on the case for the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI’s special unit for paranormal investigators. He feels particularly protective of Vickie, since their shared past is connected to the threat that currently surrounds them. With the killer accelerating his plans, time is running out for more victims hidden…

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