Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review - The Night is Forever

A Ghost Rider in the Sky? 

What happened here, on a historic ranch outside Nashville, during the Civil War? And what's happening now?

Olivia Gordon works at the Horse Farm, a facility that assists patients with mental and physical recovery; her specialty is animal therapy. She's always loved her job, always felt safe…until now.

People are dying, starting with the facility's founder, whose body is discovered in a ravine on the property—site of a massacre in 1862. And before every death, Liv sees a horse and rider, wearing a soldier's garb, in the night sky…. Warning? Omen? Or clue?

Liv calls in her cousin Malachi and his Krewe, an FBI unit of paranormal investigators, to discover the truth. New Krewe member Dustin Blake knows they need Liv's involvement in the case, yet he's worried about her safety. Because he and Liv quickly become more than colleagues…and he doesn't want to lose her to the endless night.

My Review:

This is the latest in the Krewe books and provides just as much mystery and excitement as the previous titles.  In this one we are taken to a small town just outside Nashville, TN.  Close enough to the city to visit but far enough away that your neighbors are far enough you should drive to see them.

Olivia works on a horse farm, that was established to help horses and people that need therapy of one kind of another.  The owner would take in any animal to save it and discovered how much they could help people suffering.  Unfortunately when we come in to the story we discover he has just died from an apparent relapse and overdose.  Olivia not believing this could be true calls her cousin who is a new member of the Krewe and asks for help.  Since the FBI technically can not come into a case without being invited or causing serious issues with the local law enforcement.  They decide to send a new member into the camp as an agent who is on a much needed break from the stress of the job.

Dustin grew up in Nashville but has traveled all over and has seen ghosts all his life.  Joining the Krewe has been an interest to him for a long time and he is happy to get the chance.  Once he arrives at the Horse Farm he wastes no time getting to know the locals, staff and other clients of the Farm.  Not long after he arrives is the reading of the will, when the staff discovers what will happen to this place they love that has done so many so much good.

After that things really start to escalate.  It seems that either the staff is becoming increasingly unlucky or that someone is not happy with what was left to whom.  As Olivia is threatened and another staff member dies unexpectedly, Dustin realizes its time to really work with the local law enforcement and possibly bring in more help.  No one can stand the idea of the Horse Farm having to turn away clients and close its doors forever.

With the help of 3 very important ghosts, Dustin, Olivia, and the rest learn more about the area and the people who work at the Farm then they ever wanted to know.  From secret love affairs to ghostly history everything they find is important and it becomes more neccessary than ever to find out who is behind it all.  There is a romantic element built into the story between Dustin and Olivia.  They are able to find each other and become close though all they endure.  But for this Krewe story the mystery greatly overshadows the romance.  You are kept guessing with the characters up until the end of the story and when the killer is revealed it is a shock to all.

If you are looking for a great mystery with some local history and romance thrown in and mixed together to form a wonderful story, pick this one up as soon as you get the chance.

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