Review: The Spirits Trilogy series by Morgan Hannah MacDonald

EVIL DOES EXIST An abandoned house, a serial killer, and a victim reaching out from the grave. A woman races against time to unearth buried secrets before she becomes a ghost herself. YOU ARE NOT ALONE Madeline Anderson goes to Isabelle Island, Washington, to sell a family home abandoned over forty years before. Strange things occur the moment she steps on the property. Inside the dilapidated old house, items move about on their own accord. Noises come from empty rooms. She has a vivid, recurring dream of a woman running for her life. The wind rustling through the trees sounds like urgent, murmuring voices. When the cacophony dies down, one single word emerges: Madeline, Madeline, Madeline. YOU CAN NOT HIDE At first, Doug Lindstrom, the hot fireman helping Maddy restore the old home, doesn't believe anything bizarre is going on. He’s certain Maddy is jumping at shadows because the local kids call the house haunted. That is until he witnesses horrific violence he can't explain. After Maddy’s life is threatened not once, but twice, Doug vows there will not be a third time. THEY ARE WATCHING While searching for answers, Maddy uncovers astonishing secrets about her aunt's past. Finding more questions then answers, she digs deeper until she stumbles across evidence of a cold case involving a serial killer named The Seaside Strangler. Now Maddy must unmask the killer. The life she saves just might be their own.

EVIL DOES EXIST
An abandoned house, a serial killer, and a victim reaching out from the grave. A woman races against time to unearth buried secrets before she becomes a ghost herself.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Madeline Anderson goes to Isabelle Island, Washington, to sell a family home abandoned over forty years before. Strange things occur the moment she steps on the property. Inside the dilapidated old house, items move about on their own accord. Noises come from empty rooms. She has a vivid, recurring dream of a woman running for her life. The wind rustling through the trees sounds like urgent, murmuring voices. When the cacophony dies down, one single word emerges: Madeline, Madeline, Madeline.
YOU CAN NOT HIDE
At first, Doug Lindstrom, the hot fireman helping Maddy restore the old home, doesn’t believe anything bizarre is going on. He’s certain Maddy is jumping at shadows because the local kids call the house haunted. That is until he witnesses horrific violence he can’t explain. After Maddy’s life is threatened not once, but twice, Doug vows there will not be a third time.
THEY ARE WATCHING
While searching for answers, Maddy uncovers astonishing secrets about her aunt’s past. Finding more questions then answers, she digs deeper until she stumbles across evidence of a cold case involving a serial killer named The Seaside Strangler. Now Maddy must unmask the killer. The life she saves just might be their own.

Spirits in the Trees by Morgan Hannah MacDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Note: This book contains quite of few graphic violent scenes.

I love
watching
scary movies but it never really interested me to read a scary book. This one blew me away. Its like Poltergeist 1 and 2 and The Entity all rolled into one with a sweet romance around all the craziness.

Madeline Anderson knows grief. She lost her husband and child in a house fire that she managed to survive. When her Grandmother’s sister takes a turn for the worse Madeline goes to help get her great-aunts finances in order. In going threw her things they find a deed to a house her grandmother thought that her sister had gotten rid of many years ago. Maddie jumps at the chance to go to Isabelle Island and get the house ready to sell so she didnt have to think about all that she had lost. What she finds is a house that no one has stepped foot in 40 years and its in bad shape. She meets her neighbor Doug Lindstrom who is a fireman and he offers his services to help her get the place restored so she can put it on the market.

But as these two are growing attracted to each other while working on the house, strange things start happening. As the occurrences get more violent Madeline finds her great-aunts journal. This was her in-laws house where she lived with them and her husband after they got married and many bad things happened.

The evil does not leave Madeline alone and we go on the quest with her and Doug to find out what really happened all those years ago and how it ties into what is going in today.

 

 

 

WHAT HE SEES WOULD SCARE YOU TO DEATH Jon-Luc Boudreaux is in Paris hunting a serial killer. That's nothing new, neither is being haunted by the victims, but watching the murders through the killers eyes, now that's something new entirely. After she's blacklisted by the fashion industry in New York, Angela Henderson moves to Paris, France. Designing clothes is in her blood and she'll stop at nothing to realize her dream. HE WILL FIND YOU Cajun bad boy Jon-Luc Boudreaux is an ex-FBI profiler with a secret. He sees the souls of the recently departed. They can't communicate with him in words. Instead, they point to clues he must decipher on his own. That's how he's achieved the highest rate of solved cases in FBI history. A fact that did not win favor among his superiors or fellow colleagues. After years of enduring questions, rumors, and innuendo, Jon-Luc has left the FBI. WHEN YOU LEAST In an effort to determine his next course of action, Jon-Luc heads to Paris to visit an old friend. The moment he arrives, he's asked to assist with a case. It’s Fashion Week and the bodies of mutilated models are being discovered all over the city. EXPECT IT Now Jon-Luc is on the hunt for the most diabolical killer he's ever encountered and Angie's next on his list.

WHAT HE SEES WOULD SCARE YOU TO DEATH
Jon-Luc Boudreaux is in Paris hunting a serial killer. That’s nothing new, neither is being haunted by the victims, but watching the murders through the killers eyes, now that’s something new entirely.
After she’s blacklisted by the fashion industry in New York, Angela Henderson moves to Paris, France. Designing clothes is in her blood and she’ll stop at nothing to realize her dream.
HE WILL FIND YOU
Cajun bad boy Jon-Luc Boudreaux is an ex-FBI profiler with a secret. He sees the souls of the recently departed. They can’t communicate with him in words. Instead, they point to clues he must decipher on his own. That’s how he’s achieved the highest rate of solved cases in FBI history. A fact that did not win favor among his superiors or fellow colleagues. After years of enduring questions, rumors, and innuendo, Jon-Luc has left the FBI.
WHEN YOU LEAST
In an effort to determine his next course of action, Jon-Luc heads to Paris to visit an old friend. The moment he arrives, he’s asked to assist with a case. It’s Fashion Week and the bodies of mutilated models are being discovered all over the city.
EXPECT IT
Now Jon-Luc is on the hunt for the most diabolical killer he’s ever encountered and Angie’s next on his list.

Spirits Among Us by Morgan Hannah MacDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this second installment in the Spirits series a clairvoyant is seeing the grisly murders of fashion models in Paris. This was a fast paced thriller set in the middle of the fashion capital of the world Paris, France.

Jon-Luc Boudreaux (sexy name, oui?) has been clairvoyant all his life. This was not an easy thing for him to live with growing up when he didn’t understand it. After running away from home at an early age he manage to find a man who understood what he was and helped him. Jon-Luc went on to become an FBI agent who had the best success rate at closing cases due to his gift. But after years of hiding his secret and seeing all the things he had he finally burnt out and quit the FBI. He decides to go to Paris to visit an old friend, Inspector Claude Rousseau. Right off the bat Jon-Luc is thrown into the investigation of fashion models turning up murdered.

Angela Henderson (who was in the first book) is now living in Paris working for a famed designer after an incident in New York made it to where no one would hire her in the fashion industry. Angela and Jon-Luc accidentally bump into each other a few times and realize there is an attraction there but don’t really connect until the latest death brings Jon-Luc to her due to her knowing the latest victim.

Where in the last book the entity was unseen in this one Jon-Luc has the misfortune to not only seeing the dead victims, he is also seeing through the eyes of the killer as the murders happen. It’s a race for Jon-Luc and Claude to try and figure out who the killer is before he targets his next victim and it’s not long before they realize that Angela is next on the list.

From the opening scene to the final I didn’t want to put this book down. The author did a great job of keeping you on the edge of your seat by giving you a glimpse into the killers mind and freaking you out with the bloody ghostly images of the victims as they came to Jon-Luc. This book wasn’t as scary as the first but still very chilling. I love how this authors mind thinks.

EVIL HAS A FACE Someone is taking the children of New Orleans. For the last eight months on the night of the full moon there has been an abduction. No bodies have been found. No ransom demands made. Poor or Rich. Black or White. Boy or Girl. The kidnapper does not play favorites. PRAY In this prequel to Spirits Among Us, nineteen year-old Jon-Luc Boudreaux is trying to manage his gift. He’s a psychic medium, in other words he sees the dead. They appear to him like living breathing people. At times it’s hard to know the difference. One night he is visited by the ghost of a young girl named Charlotte. Her message is simple; Save the children. THAT EVIL Jon-Luc has no idea how to do that. He’s not a cop. He knows nothing about finding missing kids. He tries to ignore her, but Charlotte won’t leave him alone until he promises to help. Since her visits started, he’s had some very disturbing visions. When the signs begin to point toward Voodoo, he has no choice but to find an expert. DOES NOT Celestine Glapion is a Voodoo Priestess and a descendant of the great Marie Luveau. The minute Jon-Luc walks into her family’s shop she remembers him, but he has no memory of her. So when Mama Arelia tells her she must help with this crisis, she’s reluctant to work side-by-side with Jon-Luc. But she’ll do anything for the sake of those innocent lives. FIND YOU Their journey takes them to the underbelly of New Orleans where dark magic lives. Jon-Luc escapes death not once, but twice and still he pushes on. Knowing time is running out, the kidnapper speeds up the schedule. Now the children’s lives hang in the balance and only Jon-Luc holds the key to their survival. Can he rescue them in time?

EVIL HAS A FACE
Someone is taking the children of New Orleans. For the last eight months on the night of the full moon there has been an abduction. No bodies have been found. No ransom demands made. Poor or Rich. Black or White. Boy or Girl. The kidnapper does not play favorites.
PRAY
In this prequel to Spirits Among Us, nineteen year-old Jon-Luc Boudreaux is trying to manage his gift. He’s a psychic medium, in other words he sees the dead. They appear to him like living breathing people. At times it’s hard to know the difference. One night he is visited by the ghost of a young girl named Charlotte. Her message is simple; Save the children.
THAT EVIL
Jon-Luc has no idea how to do that. He’s not a cop. He knows nothing about finding missing kids. He tries to ignore her, but Charlotte won’t leave him alone until he promises to help. Since her visits started, he’s had some very disturbing visions. When the signs begin to point toward Voodoo, he has no choice but to find an expert.
DOES NOT
Celestine Glapion is a Voodoo Priestess and a descendant of the great Marie Luveau. The minute Jon-Luc walks into her family’s shop she remembers him, but he has no memory of her. So when Mama Arelia tells her she must help with this crisis, she’s reluctant to work side-by-side with Jon-Luc. But she’ll do anything for the sake of those innocent lives.
FIND YOU
Their journey takes them to the underbelly of New Orleans where dark magic lives. Jon-Luc escapes death not once, but twice and still he pushes on. Knowing time is running out, the kidnapper speeds up the schedule. Now the children’s lives hang in the balance and only Jon-Luc holds the key to their survival. Can he rescue them in time?

Spirits of the Bayou by Morgan Hannah MacDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s not often an author goes back and writes a book about a character from a previous book. We met Jon-Luc Boudreaux in Spirits Among Us as an adult. He is a clairvoyant that can see the dead and who went on to work for the FBI and helped solve many cases with his gift before burning out and quitting. In Spirits of the Bayou we go back to his childhood in Louisiana and get to see when his “gift” first activated and then how he helped solve a case of children being kidnapped and then murdered in gruesome ways.

The majority of this story is a 19 year old Jon-Luc who is still struggling with his gift when a ghost of a little girl keeps haunting him in his dreams and transporting him to a grisly site of all the dead children. She wants him to help the children.

This book is heavy in the Voodoo and Hoodoo culture – which is something I love. The backdrop of the Louisiana bayous, evil beings casting spells, the good voodoo priestess that help combat the evil hoodoo all make for a compelling story.

If you love spooky romances I recommend giving this series a try. Each book has different aspects of the supernatural and you’re captivated from beginning to end.

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