Phantom Evil by Heather Graham
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery
Length: 10 hours and 11 minutes
Narrator: Jeffrey Cummings
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A 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.Jackson Crow, part English, part Cheyenne, heads the group. Haunted by his experience with an ancestral ghost who saved his life as a child, and the recent murders of two previous teammates, Jackson can't tell if Adam's demoted him or given him an extraordinary opportunity. Despite his link to the realm of spirits, he's well aware that the living commit the most heinous crimes, with spiritualist charlatans existing merely to fool and seduce the unwary.
To counterbalance Jackson's careful skepticism, Adam Harrison has paired him with Angela Hawkins, a young woman who learned the painful lesson of loss at an early age. A police officer utilizing her paranormal intuition in Virginia, she already has her hands full. But Adam's call to New Orleans is strong.
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 pair into danger of losing their lives...and their immortal souls
On the story...
I love a great mystery with paranormal elements. I find it intriguing when both the paranormal answer to the mystery and a non-paranormal answer seems just as plausible right up until the end. I love that as I progress, I still won't know what I will find. This is the beginning of a series and I have to admit that I found a few elements a little rough around the edges. At first there seemed to be too much "stuff" going on. We have different paranormal storylines and the "bad guy(s)" did too much bad for reasons that just didn't seem convincing to me. Despite these minor negatives, I found this book to offer so much. I was definitely sitting on the edge of my seat from beginning to end and I didn't guess much of it at all.
On the narrator...
I was a tad (okay a lot) disappointed that the narrator wasn't Luke Daniels. He is the narrator in the rest of the series, right? Mr. Cummings was okay but not great. I didn't like his female voices at all but everyone else was okay. I couldn't differentiate between characters very easily. But he's not a bad narrator, definitely not bad enough to skip the audio.
Overall, this was a good mystery and the series interested me enough to keep going.