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