Monday, February 2, 2009

Review - Deadly Night

Title: Deadly Night
Author: Heather Graham
Publishing Date: 2008
Genre: Paranormal
Rating: C-
Sensuality: Warm

Aidan Flynn and his two brother have inherited a southern plantation from an aunt they didn't even know existed. There have been rumors that the house is haunted by a lady in white. When Aidan visits the house he discovers a human thigh bone. Aidan is a private investigator and wants to know where the bone came from. Kendall Montgomery stayed with Aidan's aunt the last few weeks of her life. She claimed to see ghosts at the end and that there was something evil on the grounds. Kendall at first was skeptical, but now she is having strange experiences herself, that she can't explain. She and Aidan work together to unravel the mysterious circumstances.

Deadly Night is the first book in the Flynn brother trilogy. After reading the summary for it, I knew this book was right up my alley. It is set in New Orleans with a haunted plantation, combined with a Civil War romance. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations. It was sorely lacking in many aspects.

The most disappointing part of the book was that it was just plain boring. Kendall and Aidan were okay characters but I never really connected to them. At first, Aidan comes across as very cold and distant. He and Kendall don't like each other at all. Eventually, things change and they become intimate, but I wasn't really buying it. Everything was so lackluster. Where's the passion?

The mystery portion of the book was better developed than the romance. Most of the book was focused on the details of Aidan's investigation. I found it to be a touch boring at times. I did like many of the secondary characters and how at one moment the clues would point to one person and then in the next chapter someone else was under suspicion. This book might do better as marketed as straight mystery instead of paranormal romance.

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Leontine said...

I have this book too Jill and I'll consider myself warned *wink* I love a good mystery but love it even more if there is a good interplay between romance and mystery!


Seneca said...

I've only read on book from this author and I was so disappointed that it turned me off of ever trying her again.

nath said...

Oh, too bad you thought this book was boring! Cos it sounds right up my alley as well!

nath said...

Forgot to say though, this author has never really work for me :( Too bad.

Jill D. said...

Leontine, I hope when you do read it that you enjoy it more than I did.

Seneca, Just curious, but what book was it and why did you not like it? This was the first book I have read by her. I was thinking about trying a different book.

Nath, I know, I really wanted to like it. What is it about this author that never worked for you?

nath said...

I think it's her voice. The storylines all have potential, but I just can't connect and get into it.