Series: Sisters of the Craft #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on June 2, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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, In the Air Tonight is the first book in a thrilling new series by New York Times bestselling author Lori Handeland.
In the Air Tonight was one of those books that you finish and think “that was pretty good” but you don’t have a ton of reasons why you’re not saying it was great. There’s nothing WRONG with the book. There just wasn’t anything that made me go “Wow! This is great!” In the Air Tonight was a pretty standard paranormal romance for me.
I think the one element that maybe made it less enjoyable for me that otherwise wouldn’t impact most people was that the main character, Raye Larsen, is a kindergarten teacher. In general, that’s not a big deal. But since I’m currently HATING my job as exactly that, a kindergarten teacher, it sucked to have a reminder of what that job is like. Especially because she clearly has it easier than me. First off, her kids get to take a nap. Mine don’t. What I wouldn’t give for nap time!! But that’s really beside the point and not relevant at all to the story….
I enjoyed the characters In the Air Tonight. Raye – besides being a kindergarten teacher – is a young woman living in an incredibly small town raised by her adoptive parents. She’s the only person in town who doesn’t look like everyone else – blond hair, blue eyes; she’s the only “outsider” and that feeling of not belonging only intensified because of her ability to see and communicate with ghosts her whole life. It’s a talent that has weighed on her and made things difficult – and now might be why someone wants her dead. Then you’ve got the New Orleans cop, brought into the small town to deal with the murderer. Bobby and Raye have an immdediate attraction and it’s not long before sparks fly. I enjoyed their relationship. I think one of my issues was with Bobby’s rejection of the paranormal, when he himself is sensitive to it. His reactions are fairly normal though, I just wanted him to be more open minded – it wasn’t a huge flaw.
The mystery and paranormal elements were pretty well done. I would have liked a better description/understanding of the paranomral world by the time In the Air Tonight ended, but since Raye is brand new to understanding it, we’re fairly in the dark. Clearly there’s a lot more out there than we’ve been given access to and it was a little frustrating not getting a clear view of that world.
For the most part, though, In the Air Tonight was a fun fast read and I would recommend it for fans of PNR. It didn’t blow my mind, but I do plan to continue the series. I’m defintely curious to see what wil happen next.