The characters from DYING
BREATH are back as Vicki Preston and her lover, F.B.I.
agent Griffin Pryce find themselves and the Krewe of Hunters
solving another mystery. Alex, who had been a help and
victim of the last case, has gone missing and Vicki needs to
find him. When a missing person takes them on a trail of a
killer, or possibly more than one, it's with dreams, voices
and ghosts that keep them on the right trail. And in this
mixture, they still manage to find time to be together as
they are still learning each other and the joy, even in
scary times, of being in love.
Author Heather Graham has written DARK RITES to be exactly
as the name indicates dark and frightening. There are a
number of twists and turns that will make you dizzy and then
she will throw you a couple of more bends until a very
astonishing ending. DARK RITES features a lot of history
that does not put humans in a wonderful light. It is the
Puritan's, the Salem Witch Trials and some of the depravity
that happened during that time period and again in this one
that fills the pages. It seems man will never learn. I have
to admit that every time I read one of Ms. Graham's Krewe
books I end up looking up the area she talks about to learn
more of the history.
I love the history, the play of words that Ms. Graham gives
her characters that enhance and give imagery to the world
she is developing. I have to admit that this one might not
be my favorite as far as the couple and their romance goes
but for the mystery, it is aces above others in her "Krewe"
series. I thought that Vicki this time seemed a little
ditsy, though it could have been the stress, she came off
disjointed than in the next paragraph decisive and forward.
There was also little true contact with the ghosts that was
more apparent in the previous books except for Dylan and his
new girlfriend ghost Darlene. Usually one of the Krewe will
contact a ghost and talk but this time there was little of
that. Though at the end those that perished did kind of give
a thank you which was a nice touch.
If you want a mystery that will have you gasping at the
clues (but I don't think you will solve this one before the
end), ghosts, misdirection and a touch of sweet and steamy
romance then DARK RITES will fill the bill perfectly.
A series of bizarre assaults is mystifying Boston police: an
unknown attacker is viciously beating random strangers and
leaving a note quoting an old warning about witchcraft.
History professor Alex Maple was one of the victims, and now
he's gone missing. Vickie Preston is certain that someone
has taken her friend for malicious purposes. She's having
blood-drenched visions that seem to be staining her waking
life, and the escalating attacks suggest that a dangerous
cult is at work behind the scenes—a cult so powerful that
its members would rather die than be apprehended.
Vickie is grateful to have Special Agent Griffin Pryce and
the FBI's elite Krewe of Hunters on her side. She and
Griffin are finding their way in an increasingly passionate
relationship, and Griffin is desperately trying to keep her
safe and the two of them sane amid the disturbing
investigation. The search for Alex will take them deep into
the wilderness of Massachusetts on the trail of a serial
killer, and it will take everything they have to survive the
ancient evil that awakens and threatens not just the man
they're striving to save but their very souls.