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Released on 29th March 2011A secret government unit is formed under the oversight of Adam Harrison, famed paranormal investigator. The six members he’s gathered know a little of the otherworldly—each has honed a psychic talent of their own.
The case: In a historic mansion in New Orleans’s French Quarter, a senator’s wife falls to her death from a balcony. Most think she jumped, distraught over the loss of her young son. Some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits that inhabit the house—once the site of a serial killer’s grisly work. Whether supernatural or all too human, crimes of passion, greed and desire will cast the investigators into danger of losing their lives...and their immortal souls.
Phantom Evil is set in a haunted house in New Orleans as a newly gathered team of psychics and investigators start digging into the supposed suicide of the wife of a senator. The team is made up of a mixture of technical experts, sceptics and true psychics. I loved the characters in the team and the mixture of personalities. The two most developed characters are Jackson and Angela, the two ‘elder’ members of the team (and by elder I mean thirty-something rather than twenty-something). They both have difficult pasts but are determined to work for the future. As their relationship develops, it doesn’t get in the way of the investigation. Throughout the story the mystery surrounding the death is always the focus with the team unsure whether it was a ghostly hand behind the death or someone decidedly more human.
There are plenty of twists and turns as the story swings between the supernatural and natural. As any book set in New Orleans, there is a fun exploration of the city as well – New Orleans is one place I’d love to visit! While I found the ending a little too abrupt with all the loose endings tied up quickly, it was a diverting and distracting read with plenty of opportunity to explore with Jackson and the team. Personally I’m looking forward to Jack’s story!
Recommended for fans of Nora Roberts and Christine Feehan. 7.5 out of 10