Monday, August 3, 2015

The Dead Room by Heather Graham

Title: The Dead Room 

Author: Heather Graham

Published: Mira, 2007

Pages: 441

Series: Book 4, Harrison Investigations

Summary: A year ago, archaeologist Leslie MacIntyre barely survived the explosion that took the life of her fiance, Matt Connolly. In the long months since, she's slowly come to terms not only with her loss but with her unsettling new ability to communicate with ghosts, a dubious 'gift' received in the wake of her own brush with death.
Now she's returned to lower Manhattan's historic Hastings House, site of the explosion, to conquer her fears and investigate a newly discovered burial ground. In this place restless spirits hold the secrets not only of past injustice but of a very real and very contemporary conspiracy with deadly designs on the city's women--including Leslie herself.
By night Matt visits her in dreams, warning her and offering clues to the truth, while by day she finds herself helped by--and attracted to-- his flesh-and-blood cousin Joe. Torn by her feelings for both men, caught between the worlds of the living and the dead, Leslie struggles against the encroaching danger that threatens to overcome her. As she is drawn closer to the darkness at the heart of Hastings House, she must ultimately face the power of an evil mind, alone in a place where not even the men she loves can save her.  (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts:  It was a dark and stormy night when I decided to pick up this book and start reading it.  Some of the Harrison Investigation novels can have quite a creepy element to them and this one did a little bit but it didn't have that much of a sinister feel even with the events that were happening.
This one reads a little differently to the previous books in the series but I will say that in a good way.  The mystery was just that much more interesting, and the formulaic style of Heather Graham's writing wasn't as obvious.

The ending took a bit of an unexpected turn which I had not thought of at all.  I did feel as though it was lacking a little in emotion however, as it was a big thing to happen but however.  In terms of the mystery, I didn't manage to guess who the bad guy was but honestly, the book had so many red herrings that it could have been anyone that had done it.

Overall, I quite enjoyed The Dead Room.  I always like to read Heather Graham's novels when I'm looking for a light paranormal mystery.

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