Saturday, 22 August 2015

In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland

Title: In the Air Tonight
Series: Sisters of the Craft (#1)
Author: Lori Handeland
From: Netgalley
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 2nd June 2015
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2015 New Release Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Raye Larsen has always stood out, and that was even after she stopped talking to the ghosts that she sees. When the first murder in over a century occurs the big guns are called in and Bobby Doucet from New Orleans comes to take the reigns. Bobby and Raye take an instant liking to each other, one that Raye hasn't really had for anyone else. With Bobby refusing to believe in anything supernatural, Raye feels she has to stay quiet about that part of her. Until it catches up...

I can't explain why but I thought that In the Air Tonight was going to be a Young Adult book and yet it wasn't. The fault is completely my own, there's actually nothing anywhere to suggest that this is YA! And actually the fact that it wasn't meant that I enjoyed this book more I think! There were none of the tropes associated with YA and that definitely helped.

In the Air Tonight was a perfect example of the prologue getting it spot on. The information given to the reader in the prologue led to me creating theories and deductions in the rest of the story, though it wasn't always completely clear what the right answer was until the end. I loved the mystery element of the story it worked well.

The romance element of the book wasn't a major plot line, but it was simmering beneath the surface, and mostly had to do with what Bobby and Raye had to do for each other. The attraction was there but there was definitely a more mature way of dealing with it than many characters!

I loved the ghostly element of the story. There were a few ghosts that became more than just shadows and had a personality of their own, most notably Henry, Genevieve and Stafford. I also liked that the lore surrounding ghosts was complex; they could be attached to a place or a person and then there were the 'levels'  of ghost.

Similarly magic seemed to take on several different faucets throughout the book, though I doubt that they've all been revealed as yet! It was interesting and different, making this book stand out.

I really enjoyed In the Air Tonight, I'm looking forward to continuing the story!