Monday, July 14, 2014

Review: Waking the Dead by Heather Graham

Waking the Dead by Heather Graham is #2 in her Cafferty and Quinn Series. Published March 24, 2014 by MIRA books, it has an interesting, twisty plot involving a painting that somehow has the power to attack and kill people. The painting was created by an artist during the Year Without a Summer as part of the same challenge where Mary Shelley created Frankenstein. Wherever the painting goes, death seems to follow. And no two people seem to be killed the same way.

The painting pops up in New Orleans. The murders begin with the courier and his family. Every murder that has some sort of witness, the witness says a sudden fog arose. Meanwhile a gallery in town has made giclee prints of the painting and is offering them for sale.

Danni Cafferty must read in her father's book to see if there is a detail on how to stop the murders. Meanwhile, Quinn is out investigating the murders and looking for the painting. Together they band forces with among others, Hattie - rich widow and owner of the painting, Natasha - a voodoo priestess, Father Ryan - a Catholic priest, and Ron Hubert - coroner who is current owner of the castle where the painting was done oh so many years ago.

What's good about the book - the characterizations, the plot, the suspense. I thought that the idea of the painting having several causes of death rather than only one methodology was interesting. But that there was still a way for them to recognize that a death belonged to the painting as opposed to a random theft or attack was very useful. There had to be some logical way to tie the deaths together. Mark Twain said, "Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities." Also, I think there is just the right touch of romance between Quinn and Danni. It doesn't overwhelm the plot, but rather draws the reader deeper into the story.

Is there anything not so hot about the book? It gets a little slow in parts, but overall it's well done.

I would recommend this book for fans of Heather Graham of course, but also for people who like Barbara Michaels, paranormal romance, and paranormal suspense.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.