Review: In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland

Posted July 26, 2015 by Hazel in Hazel, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review:  In the Air Tonight by Lori HandelandIn the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland
Series: Sisters of the Craft #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on June 2nd 2015
ISBN: 1250020123
Pages: 352
Also in this series: Heat of the Moment
Also by this author: Heat of the Moment
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Four centuries ago, in a small Scottish village, three baby girls escaped the wrath of a witch hunter. Today, one young woman will learn about her secret history, her heart's destiny, and the sisters she never knew she had...With her blue-black hair and dark eyes, Raye Larsen has never fit in with the Scandinavian community of New Bergin, Wisconsin. Being adopted is part of the reason she feels like an outsider, but what really sets Raye apart is her ability to see dead people. Everywhere. She’s learned to keep her visions to herself . . . until she stumbles onto the ghost of a murder victim who needs Raye’s help. Enter Bobby Doucet, a distractingly handsome homicide detective who has been tracking a killer all the way from New Orleans. Could this be the break in his case he’s been looking for all along? Meanwhile, the deeper Raye gets involved with the case—and with Bobby—the closer she comes to unlocking the mystery of her own origins. What she discovers about herself could destroy everything she knows . . . and everyone she loves. Is finding the truth worth the risk?Filled with dark magic, dazzling romance, and dire suspense, this is the first book in a thrilling new series by New York Times bestselling author Lori Handeland.

4 Magical Stars!

In the Air Tonight is the first book in the Sisters of the Craft series. This was also my first book by this author and I have to say, I’m definitely a fan. This book was gripping, suspenseful, a little on the eerie side with a story I was instantly immersed in; and a whole lot on the sexy and sweet side with a wonderful, building romance between two amazing, connectable characters. The paranormal world the author creates is very much steeped in the real world with a side of mystic and mystery. She creates intense and chilling scenes but also includes angsty and fun moments.

I enjoyed this read from the moment I started it as it opens with a heartstopping prologue set in the past, where Henry and his wife Pru, are about to be burned at the stake, accused of murder and witchcraft. Using the last of his magical energy, Henry sends his three infant babies forward in time, in a desperate attempt to save his family.

After such an intense beginning, I was hooked. This story then continues on with chapter one opening to present day, where Raye Larsen is living quietly as a local in the small town of New Bergin, Wisconsin. But she’s different. She’s dark and mysterious. She looks nothing like the blond hair, blue eyed townspeople. Throw in the fact she can secretly see dead people, her life filled with strange occurrences, she doesn’t have many friends and she has a strained relationship with her adoptive father, all of which makes her sort of an outcast.

But Raye’s quiet life is about to come to an abrupt end as ghastly and shocking murders have struck the inexperienced people of New Bergin, bringing in Detective Bobby Daucet of New Orleans PD, as he chases the similarities of his own case across state lines. When Bobby and Raye meet, an instant connection is formed. But with his cynical views and painful past, Bobby’s walls are so thick, Raye has a hard time being herself. It doesn’t help that witches are being murdered and she knows things she shouldn’t and can’t be honest with him as their bond grows… along with her powers.

Bobby and Raye aren’t the only two main characters in this book. We meet Henry and Pru again and I loved how the author “brings them back”. It was very well crafted and I loved their part of the story!

In the Air Tonight is the beginning of a trilogy, each book involving one of the three sisters. This book has well developed characters, compelling dialogue, a fantastic mystery that kept me guessing and haunting scenes, but it was also light and fun in places which helped balance it out. The story had a Charmed tv series vibe to it but it definitely stands out on it’s own. I enjoyed the vivid canvas the author paints of the towns people, the atmosphere and the picturesque setting of New Bergin with it’s unique spice of life.

With a foreshadowing Epilogue, I can’t wait to see what happens next in book two!

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I'm a lover of books in all different genres but give me something with a deep, angsty romance and I'm one happy reader. If it's sexy-steamy and makes my tummy flutter, all the better. I love to share my views and thoughts on a book and could talk shop all day long. I have a coffee addiction I'll admit to and a wine obsession I think is better left unsaid. 😉 Oh and I adore hot, alpha male heroes who know how to make their ladies swoon. I've been reviewing for Cocktails and Books since January 2015.