The Silenced by Heather Graham

July 3rd, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 50 Comments

3rd Jul
The Silenced by Heather Graham
The Silenced
by Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #15
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Where is Lara Mayhew?  Lara, a congressman's media assistant, suddenly quits her job—and disappears on the way to her Washington, DC, apartment.  Novice FBI agent Meg Murray, a childhood friend of Lara's, gets a message from her that same night, a message that says she's disillusioned and "going home." To Richmond, Virginia. Meg discovers that she never got there. And bodies fitting Lara's description are showing up in nearby rivers… Could she be the victim of a serial killer?  Meg is assigned to work with special agent Matt Bosworth, a hard-nosed pro in the FBI's unit of paranormal investigators—the Krewe of Hunters. They trace the route Meg and Lara took more than once in the past, visiting battlefields and graveyards from Harpers Ferry to Gettysburg. Places where the dead share their secrets with those who can hear… As Meg and Matt pursue the possibility of a serial killer, they find themselves in the middle of a political conspiracy. Is there a connection? And who—besides each other—can they trust?

The Silenced by Heather Graham is the fifteenth book in the Krewe of Hunters series, but do not let that intimidate you. Each of the books focuses on one murder mystery and a romance. The Silenced gave us a missing young woman and the bodies of others showing up in local rivers. Weave in some Washington politics and you have yourself a very intense mystery.

Graham’s Krewe is a special unit of the FBI, that utilizes the unique gifts of its crew and I love this paranormal element. Meg Murray has just graduated from the FBI Academy when her friend Lara goes missing. She is assigned to work the Krewe case and is partnered with senior agent Matt Bosworth. Both Meg and Matt have the ability to see the dead and their investigation soon finds them traveling from Harpers Ferry to Gettysburg.

The setting was wonderful and familiar, as I have visited quite a few of the historical sites and cemeteries mentioned. Graham always weaves in local lore and history her series, which I enjoy immensely. She vividly paints the landscape and amps up the suspense with her descriptions.

The missing person and murders were my favorite aspect of the Silenced. Graham gave us perspectives from the killer and slipping inside his mind really notched up the suspense. The case began to weave the missing person, murders and events around a D.C. Senator with eyes on the White House. Red herrings, and twists kept me engaged and I enjoyed seeing all of the threads come together as Lara and Matt connected the dots.

Matt and Lara had a rough, awkward start but slowly began developing feelings for each other. I loved the banter between them and Graham added a special element to the mix that brought humor and helped with the case. View Spoiler »There is some heat, and once things ignited, the relationship moved quickly. While not my favorite romance of the series, I enjoyed these characters.

Silenced wrapped up nicely, answering questions and will leave readers satisfied. As always I enjoyed spending time with members of the Krewe and look forward to the Forgotten coming July 28th.

About Heather Graham

Also published as Heather Graham Pozzessere and Shannon Drake. New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some trial and error, she sold her first book, WHEN NEXT WE LOVE, in 1982 and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. She wrote the launch books for the Dell’s Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette’s Shadows, and for Harlequin’s mainstream fiction imprint, Mira Books.

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50 Responses to “The Silenced by Heather Graham”

  1. tonyalee

    I’ve seen her books around a lot but the sheer number in size of the series freaks me out LOL i am glad they can be read as standalone’s though.

    I do love murder mysteries so I will def check it out. Lovely review
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      No worries, even though it is one series within it are trilogies and four book mini series set in different locations with different branches of the Krewe…so you can jump in anywhere!

  2. Tyler H Jolley

    WOW, 15! That’s incredible, she’s managed to keep both her readers and herself motivated to continue with a long running series. That’s really awesome. I need to check this out.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think what works is the different settings and different branches of the Krewe based on location. I imagine she has fun researching local histories and lores.

  3. Tracy Terry

    A while since I have read anything by this author perhaps now is the time I should re-introduce myself to her books. Great review, thanks.
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  4. Kristin

    It’s great to know I can pick up one of these mysteries mid-series! Usually with a mystery I’m not looking at the romance too much b/c I think that it might get in the way sometimes, like it’s distracting or it’s just put in gratuitously. Are her books mostly mystery, though?

    Btw… Check out the awesome flames!!!!!!!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love the new plugin, but the flames don’t quite match my blog colors..I should get new flames today..lol. Her books are paranormal romantic suspense..and she leans towards heavier mystery with a side dish of romance.

  5. Ramona

    Oh, goodness, the 15th book! That’s a whole lot of books… 🙂 It sounds interesting, and very much like a well written page-turner. Happy 4th of July, Kimba <3
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Within the series are trilogies and four book mini dealing with one branch of the Krewe. Each book will standalone though.

  6. Melissa (Books and Things)

    So glad that the setting matches reality. I hate it when it doesn’t happen. I want to start this series, but I’m glad I can read this one without problems. Hm… I need to get started on the Graham books I have on my tbr. 😀
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  7. A.E. Albert

    I didn’t know Heather Graham was Shannon Drake. I’ve only read her historical romances. Which I love.

  8. Lindy

    The Silenced sounds very suspenseful. I like the idea of each member of the FBI having a special paranormal talent, and the way that you describe Ms. Graham mixing in Folklore and history in to the plot. The killer’s perspective always adds something special in these types of books, as does the twists and Red Herrings. Excellent Review!
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  9. Ro

    I used to read heather Graham a lot years ago, and have no clue why I stopped. I may have moved on to a different genre a the time. There’s no doubt she’s a talented author, and your review is right on point. Hugs and Happy 4th! Ro
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      It happens. I use to read all of one genre and binge, then switch. Now I mix and it has allowed me to avoid the dreaded reader burn-out

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love the mix of suspense and romance, particularly when law agencies are involved. Sorry for the delayed response. I have pneumonia again and have been struggling.

  10. Lark

    Sounds good, and I too will recognize some of the settings. It’s good to know these don’t have to be read in order. I’m going to struggle with the name “Meg Murray”, though. To me, that name is forever linked to the main character of A Wrinkle in Time. Great review, Kimba!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, just stick to one of her paranormal investigation books, i am not a fan of her standalone novels for some reason.