The Night Is Forever by Heather Graham

September 23rd, 2013 Kimberly Review 46 Comments

23rd Sep
The Night Is Forever by Heather Graham
The Night is Forever
by Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #11
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

A Ghost Rider in the Sky? What happened here, on a historic ranch outside Nashville, during the Civil War? And what's happening now? Olivia Gordon works at the Horse Farm, a facility that assists patients with mental and physical recovery; her specialty is animal therapy. She's always loved her job, always felt safe & until now. People are dying, starting with the facility's founder, whose body is discovered in a ravine on the property & site of a massacre in 1862. And before every death, Liv sees a horse and rider, wearing a soldier's garb, in the night sky. Warning? Omen? Or clue? Liv calls in her cousin Malachi and his Krewe, an FBI unit of paranormal investigators, to discover the truth. New Krewe member Dustin Blake knows they need Liv's involvement in the case, yet he's worried about her safety. Because he and Liv quickly become more than colleagues and he doesn't want to lose her to the endless night.

Call me weird but I love old haunted graveyards, and a little paranormal magic. The Night is Forever, Heather Graham’s newest Krewe of Hunters series delivered that and more with its mysterious murders, hot federal agent and Nashville setting. Three word review: a clever who-dun-it, likeable characters and a hot little romance.

Night is Forever takes place on the Horse Farm in Nashville. The Horse Farm is a non-profit animal therapy clinic helping troubled souls through horse therapy. Here we meet, Olivia Gordon a charming therapist and animal lover. When the owner dies from a supposed drug overdose his ghost informs her it wasn’t an accident. She contacts her cousin, Malachi; a member of the Krewe of Hunters. Not wanting to anger local authorities, he sends in new recruit, Dustin Blake, under the guise of a patient. Supposedly he is a federal agent suffering from burn-out. As he and Olivia work to solve the mystery, accidents, mishaps and strange deaths make it clear no one is safe. Dustin must hunt down a killer and keep Olivia safe. The tale that unfolds was fascinating with a lovely side dish of romance.

Graham creates likable characters from the living to the non-living that you can easily connect with. Olivia is wonderful, from her optimism to her interactions with the staff and youth at the Horse Farm. Convinced of foul play she is determined to clear her mentor’s good name. Dustin, who is former military and a decorated member of the FBI, has always been able to see the dead. When approached by the Krewe of Hunters, he is honored to be considered for this élite group. Olivia and Dustin clicked as a couple. The romance was slow to build and felt genuine. You could feel the chemistry between them, and as the relationship heated I became invested in them. Several ghosts aided in the case, from a civil war officer and his horse to the recently deceased and I loved these paranormal details. The suspect list was long, and the characters all had their own voice.

The murder mystery in The Night is Forever was a particularly good one. From mysterious accidents, included a closed room murder, I wasn’t really sure who the suspect was until the end. Graham slowly reveals clues, often misleading us as we begin to form a suspect list. I enjoy how she ties it all together and provides a solid theory. Olivia and Dustin were the perfect couple, as they worked off each other’s strengths and slowly built a relationship. I enjoyed a lot of the side characters in this tale, from the troubled teens to the local waitress. The setting was wonderful, and I loved hearing about the civil war, Nashville’s history and the ghostly officer. While this is the eleventh book in the Krewe of Hunters series, each book works as a standalone and offers a side dish of romance focusing on one couple.

Fans of mystery, murder and paranormal woo-woo, will enjoy the suspenseful tale Graham delivers in The Night is Forever. As many of you know Graham’s Hunter series are on my auto-buy list and she always offers me the perfect, fast paced escape.

Four cups of coffee out of five
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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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46 Responses to “The Night Is Forever by Heather Graham”

  1. Tanja

    Well considering that this is 11th book in this series and it’s the first time I’m hearing of it got me worried. I’m glad that even after all those books this series still has something new to offer. Great review Kim 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      One of the things I like about this series is that each book contains a mystery and romance.,..no cliffhangers 🙂

  2. Silvia

    If you’re weird, so am I because, let me tell you, old haunted graveyards and a little paranormal magic are both freaking great!
    Sounds like a very good book, glad to see you’re enjoying this series so much! 🙂

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  3. kindlemom1

    I like that you weren’t able to figure out whodunit until the very end. It is hard finding book mysteries like that these days.

  4. Jenny

    #11! How have I missed this series if there are that many books out already? I probably haven’t missed it, I’ve probably read your other reviews, but the horse farm setting in this one just jumped out at me. I’m sold on anything that has horses in it, so that plus the romance makes this one that is absolutely going on my list! I’m guessing each book in the series features different characters, so I won’t be too lost if I start with this one? Lovely review Kim!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      The series itself while 11 books in, is actually broken down into trilogies and one 4 book series within the 11. Confusing right? Well not really, as each “mini-series” within the series features a different team of the Krewe of Hunters and those teammates individual romances wrapped up in one mystery. So yes, you could just pick up this one..but if you want to read about this specific team and be in the loop on characters, then start with the previous books the Night is Alive and the Night is Watching. Honestly though you could jump right in and read this one..hope that helps 🙂

  5. Nick

    This sounds like a well-written murder mystery. I love it when authors keep you guessing until the very end and mislead you with their clues.
    The romance between Dustin and Olivia sounds like it’s wonderfully developed.
    I’ll keep an eye on this series.
    Lovely review, Kim!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Nick, this series always offers me a good, quick, escape 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is but it is broken up, into 3 and 4 part books surrounding different FBI teams which keeps it fresh 🙂

  6. Kim { Book Swoon }

    I’m with you on this Kim “old haunted graveyards, and a little paranormal magic” are perfectly loveable, in fact they’re on of my favorites to read about! I love a good mystery and paranormal woo-woo. 🙂 And Heather Graham is pretty awesome. Adding to my TBR pile. Thanks for reminding me that this series does not have to be read in order since I’m behind. This one sounds ,really good!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Kim, I love how it is broken up into mini series within the larger series and each focuses on one unit of the FBI. 🙂

  7. Heidi

    I am finally back from vacation! I have still not read a Heather Graham book and I need to rectify that. I love a good mystery especially when there is a paranormal involvement and hey a little woo woo is fine by me!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I didn’t care for some of her standalone books..but love her paranormal romantic suspense series. These work perfectly as a standalone.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is the perfect season for this type of read, thanks Candace I hope you get a chance to try it 🙂

  8. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    Ohh, who doesn’t love haunted graveyards? I’ve never read a Heather Graham book before, but I have a feeling I’ve been missing out, especially since it has such a good mystery.
    Lovely review.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Maja, I love that these are self-contained and have a side dish of romance. 🙂

  9. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I have a couple of books of hers on my tbr and just haven’t gotten to it. I really do need to do that! My question: Do any horses die? I mean ghosts… horses… makes me nervous. Other than that, it sounds like a fab mystery! I love those.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      These easily work as standalone which is one of the reasons I enjoy them so much..no cliffy! Thanks Mary 🙂

  10. Lark of the Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Ooh, this definitely sounds good and the kind of paranormal romantic suspense I like! Sounds almost Krentz-like, in fact… I’ve never read any Heather Graham but this looks like a good place to start. I like the fact that the mystery is well-done; that can be a make-or-break for me. It’s going on my TBR list right now. Excellent review, Kimba.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It does fall into the same genre as Krentz, and offers up a mystery, some ghosts and a little romance. I hope you get a chance to try them. My favorite in the series is the Bone Island Trilogy.

  11. Kimberly

    I’m going to have to revisit this series at some point I DNF’d the first book but I think it was because of the mood that I was in. This one sounds sooo good and to me the first one just doesn’t sound as exciting as the later books in the series.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      While it is a series, they can be read as standalone, and are actually broken down into 3-4 book mini series surrounding one unit of the Krewe of Hunters.

  12. Belle Read

    Ooh. A haunted graveyard. This sounds like a great read for this time of year. Unfortunately, I have some major catching up to do on this series. Thank you for your review.

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  13. Olena

    What a great review! I have been a fan of Heather Graham for quite some time now, but for one reason or another I haven’t picked her books up for the last little while. I just recently started reading her again and I picked The Night is Watching (#9). I have read a few of the books in the series and I love them. I haven’t had a chance to read The Night is Forever, but it is on my list. 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy when you do, I love that her books can work as standalone and offer up a little paranormal romantic suspense 🙂

  14. Belle Read

    Yet another series that I need to start. I have the first book on my library wishlist, among dozens of others. Thank you for your review.

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  15. kimbacaffeinate

    These work as standalone and are actual mini series within a larger series. You will notice the titles are related in some way, Like Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil etc. Each mini series deals with one branch of the Krewe of Hunters.