A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham

April 13th, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Review 43 Comments

13th Apr
A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham
A Perfect Obsession
by Heather Graham
Series: New York Confidential #2
Published by: Brilliance Audio
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 9 hours and 39 minutes
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Narration Rating: 4
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Someone is murdering beautiful young women in the New York area and displaying them in mausoleums and underground tombs. The FBI is handling the case, with Special Agent Craig Frasier as lead.

Kieran Finnegan, forensic psychologist and part owner of Finnegan's, her family's pub, is consulting on the case. Craig and Kieran are a couple who've worked together on more than one occasion. On this occasion, though, Craig fears for the safety of the woman he loves. Because the killer is too close. The body of a young model is found in a catacomb under a two-hundred-year-old church, now deconsecrated and turned into a nightclub. A church directly behind Finnegan's in lower Manhattan.

As more women are murdered, their bodies discovered in underground locations in New York, it's clear that the police and the FBI are dealing with a serial killer. Craig and Kieran are desperate to track down the murderer, a man obsessed with female perfection. Obsessed enough to want to "preserve" that beauty by destroying the women who embody it"

CRIME Law MURDERMYSTERY ROMANCE

A PERFECT OBSESSION by Heather Graham is the second novel in the New York Confidential romantic suspense series featuring forensic psychologist Kieran Finnegan and FBI Special Agent Craig Fraiser.  Beautiful young women are being murdered and placed on display in underground tombs and mausoleums. From secondary characters to the murder-mystery Graham kept me listening.

A two-hundred-year-old church converted into a night club, and a young woman found dead in the catacombs have Craig worrying about the safety of Kieran and her family whose bar is located in the same local square.  Call me crazy, but I love old cemeteries and hidden catacombs beneath the city. Once again, we spend time at Finnegan’s, and one of the brothers finds himself a suspect.

I enjoyed the mystery and Kieran’s sleuthing but would have liked to have been given the killer’s perspective. It would have helped me better understand his needs with these females. The premise of an old church turned into a night club with catacombs beneath the altar was intriguing and added some thriller aspects to the tale.  Graham does a great job with the mystery giving us a light CSI vibe. I enjoyed Kieran’s investigating, especially when she drags a brother along.

The history Graham shares delighted me. She always manages to weave in tidbits, and I appreciate the research she does.

Craig is an exceptional agent, and his worry for Kieran was sweet. I felt sorry for him, as Kieran cannot help but investigate.  Piecing together clues she often finds herself in trouble. It was nice seeing their romance develop. Kieran is driven to investigate, and her involvement in solve the case felt natural. While her tendance to withhold information has improved from the first book, she still annoyed me a few times with her shenanigans.  Secondary characters from the siblings to other agents gave the story a small-town vibe in the heart of Manhattan.

Saskia Maarleveld once again narrates and provided unique voices to the characters. I found she only added to the reading experience. You will remember with the first audio, I talked about the “he said,” and “she said.” annoying me. This problem continues, and I think it stands out more as Maarleveld switches from character to her voice. It drops the pitch making it stand out, particularly with the male characters.

A PERFECT OBSESSION was an engaging murder mystery. While I enjoyed the story, it was missing that wow factor. For me, it was the lack of the killer’s perspective and clues for me to sleuth. However, I enjoyed the familiar characters and look forward to their next case.

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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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43 Responses to “A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham”

  1. Nadene

    I am with you on having the killer’s pespective. When reading stories these having the killers’perspective allows me to understand the reason for his/her actions. What’s going through his/her head leading up to the time of their next kill.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I tend to enjoy her series books, although all work as standalone and find her standalone, especially holiday ones to be meh.

  2. Ethan

    You know I love a good mystery. I can see how the lack of the killer’s perspective may have taken some of the punch away from the thriller side, but I’ll probably give this one a listen.

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  3. Sophia Rose

    I like the sound of the historical background and the creepy case elements. They sound like good partners.
    It is interesting how some stories really are made for audio and others little things stick out and jab at you.
    I’ve not read Heather Graham yet, but I like that this series isn’t too far along.

    Sophia Rose recently posted: Review: The Chosen by J.R. Ward
  4. Katherine

    The history is my favorite element of Heather Graham books! I don’t think I like these continuing relationship series (she has another set in New Orleans – can’t remember the name) as much as the Krewe series or her more stand alone earlier books but this was still a lot of fun!

  5. Adriana

    I like the idea of reading a story where catacombs are involved. It adds to the mystery.
    Ew! – The killer’s needs from the women.
    That’s too bad the he said, she said didn’t get fixed for you.
    I like the romance potential between the two especially since their jobs are so like each other.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      This had a lot of positives and yes the audio despite an excellent narrator didn’t have that smooth feel with all the indicators.