Genre: paranormal romance
Four centuries ago, in a small Scottish village, three baby girls escaped the wrath of a witch hunter. Today, one young woman will learn about her secret history, her heart's destiny, and the sisters she never knew she had...
With her blue-black hair and dark eyes, Raye Larsen has never fit in with the Scandinavian community of New Bergin, Wisconsin. Being adopted is part of the reason she feels like an outsider, but what really sets Raye apart is her ability to see dead people. Everywhere. She's learned to keep her visions to herself...until she stumbles onto the ghost of a murder victim who needs Raye's help.
Enter Bobby Doucet, a distractingly handsome homicide detective who has been tracking a killer all the way from New Orleans. Could this be the break in his case he's been looking for all along? Meanwhile, the deeper Raye gets involved with the case-and with Bobby-the closer she comes to unlocking the mystery of her own origins. What she discovers about herself could destroy everything she knows...and everyone she loves. Is finding the truth worth the risk?
I have enjoyed Lori Handelands werewolf stories for years now, and when she wrote a new series about witches, I was excited. It still is related to the werewolf books though, as Edward makes an appearance here as well.
So I bought this trilogy as soon as possible, but for some reason was hesitant to start reading them. When I finally started reading this book though, I was very pleasantly surprised, as I liked it from the first page.
Someone is trying to kill Raye, as a mad man with a hatchet shows up in her apartment. She manages to escape him, and runs outside on the street. Where she meets Bobby Doucet, a police officer from New Orleans on the trail of a serial killer. Raye doesn't have a clue who is trying to kill her, or why. But she can give Bobby a clue about his serial killer, but telling him, all the murder victims were witches. And when their relationship grows, she confesses to him that she can see and talk to ghosts. She proves it, by telling him about one of the ghosts around him, a murder case he never solved and that keeps bothering him. When his partner in New Orleans follows up on her lead, the case is solved at last, and Bobby has no choice but to believe her. There is a voodoo queen in his own ancestry, but he never wanted to believe in it.
Finally Raye finds out why she has been seeing the strange Quaker like ghosts and the wolf all of her life, and the truth about herself and her birth family.
It was an exciting tale, and I enjoyed it very much. An ancient society of witch hunters has been resurfaced, and is killing witches, and now they want to resurrect their old leader. And that is one of the reasons, the police never found the killer, as there is not one of them, but a lot of them, all killing in different ways and leaving no clues behind that tie the cases together.
I love how Raye handles it all, how she discovers hidden powers in herself, and falls in love with Bobby. She is a kindergarten teacher, and she loves her job. She has one good friend, who is so very different from her, and they are fun together. I really like her.
I am very much looking forward to reading the next book, about one of Raye's sisters. I do hope she had a happier childhood than Raye.
© 2016 Reviews by Aurian