by Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #15
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
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 »A little dog named Killer who was so ugly he was adorable. Matt wasn’t thrilled and of course the dog loved him. It was hilarious and sweet. Killer even aided in the mystery. I loved this addition. « Hide SpoilerThere 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.
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