The newest (and 15th!) Installment of Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters series, The Silenced, is another spooktacular read. While the series isn't quite as fresh as it use to be, The Silenced, is a worthy addition to the series bringing mystery, suspense and the supernatural into a nice little bundle perfect for those long, hot summer days.
Graham again pulls together a wonderfully eclectic krewe full of interesting characters. While I wasn't initially drawn to the duo of Bosworth and Murray, I was captivated by the mystery of Laura's disappearance and the connection between the budding serial killer. In honesty I was mostly drawn to Laura and her sensory fate as she struggles for survival and rescue early on in the novel instead of the romance aspect that I just never felt drawn in to.
Graham again showcases wonderful storytelling ability, however, at times I was put off and felt like I had to work at reading. I suppose for me it has more to do with the DC setting and political backdrops, things that turned me off pretty quickly. While I did enjoy the historical aspects Graham adds, in this context I just couldn't muster my normal enthusiasm for her work and the detailed world building she creates.
The mystery was pretty engaging though. Some great twists and turn were incorporated, typical of Graham's works that I have read making it more enjoyable to me despite the political ties and undertones. But, as has been mentioned in previous reviews, the supernatural abilities of the characters seem to be contrived solely for the purpose of clue gathering and not as an aspect that could be further explored. More over it seems to be a fall back in how to move the plot forward when no other answer presents itself.
Overall, Heather Graham is still a master storyteller, a fact that for me saved this novel as a whole. All in all, this was a worth while read, but leaves me questioning if I will be returning to the Krewe world. Definitely recommend the novel if you love mysteries spiced up with a pinch of the supernatural and a smidge of romance!
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Scars!