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.
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In the Air Tonight
By Lori Handeland
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I understand that my dream of being normal is merely that.
For one thing, I'm adopted and everyone knows it. In a town like New Bergin, Wisconsin, adoptions are rare. Strapping Scandinavian farm folk produce blond-haired, blue-eyed children quick as bunnies. Which means my blue-black hair and so-brown-they'll-never-be-blue eyes make me stand out like the single ugly duckling in a lake full of swans. Even before factoring in that I'm an only child.
The only only child in New Bergin. Which doesn't necessarily make me abnormal, but it doesn't mean I fit in either.
No, what makes me abnormal are the ghosts. As the freaky little kid in the movie said: They're everywhere.
At first my parents thought my speaking to empty corners and laughing for no reason was cute. As time went on, and people started talking ... not so cute anymore.
"Should we take her to a psychiatrist?" my mother asked softly.
Ella Larsen always spoke softly. That night she whispered, yet still I heard. Or maybe one of the ghosts told me. I'd been four at the time. My recollection is muzzy.
"Take her to a psychiatrist?" my father repeated. "I was thinking of taking her back."
Perhaps that was the beginning of my feelings of inadequacy in New Bergin, or at the least, the birth of my incessant need to please. If I wasn't "right" I could be returned like a broken chair or a moldy loaf of bread.
I stopped mentioning the ghosts the next day. I never did see that psychiatrist, although sometimes I think that I should. I'm still living in New Bergin. My name's still Raye Larsen.
Once I stopped chattering to nothing my father and I came to an unspoken understanding. He coached my softball team and took me fishing. I pretended to be Daddy's girl. I had to. I didn't want to go "back."
According to my records, I'd been abandoned on Interstate 94, halfway between Madison and Eau Claire. Whoever had left me behind had not liked me very much. They'd dumped me in a ditch on the side of the road — naked without even a blanket.
Luckily for me it was a balmy July day, and I was found before I had succumbed to even a tinge of sunburn. I'm just glad it wasn't November.
My mother died when I was twenty. Cancer. Haven't seen her since. The one ghost I wouldn't have minded turning up a few times and not a word. I don't understand it.
As I hurried down the sidewalk to work my best friend, Jenn Anderson, appeared at my side. "You wanna slow down?"
"Not really," I said, though I did just a little.
We weren't late for a change, probably because I hadn't waited for Jenn. We worked for the New Bergin School District, Jenn as the attendance secretary, me as a kindergarten teacher, and walked to school together each morning.
In choosing my occupation, I'd tried to get as far away from the dead as possible, figuring I'd be safe from ghosts in a kindergarten classroom.
Boy, had I been wrong. As previously mentioned: Ghosts are everywhere.
While I might have come to teaching for a reason that wasn't, I'd discovered quickly why I should stay. Good teachers could be made, but the best ones were born, and I was one of them.
Who knew I'd be great with kids? Not me. That they were honest and happy and full of energy, and being around them made me feel better than anything else was an unexpected bonus.
I'd even started to consider that I might want a few of my own. Perhaps if I created a family from scratch, rather than joining one already in progress, I'd feel like I belonged somewhere, to someone, and that constant emptiness inside might go away.
Of course finding a man in New Bergin wasn't easy. They were the same ones that had been here all along, and I wasn't impressed.
They hadn't been either. Though I tried to be like everyone else, the fact remained that I wasn't. In truth, the only people who had ever accepted me as I was, and loved me for me no matter what, were my mother and Jenn. Which was no doubt why I loved them the same way.
Jenn and I had met on the first day of preschool and become BFFs. No idea why. We were so different it was scary and yet ... we worked.
Even without the long, perfect mane of golden hair and equally gorgeous face, complete with a pert little nose — although this Jenn's nose was actually her nose, plastic surgery being a no-no in New Bergin — the name Jennifer Anderson was too close to Jennifer Aniston for high school kids to resist. When she'd begun dating the only Brad in town, she'd just been asking for it. As a result, one did not mention Friends, or Brad for that matter, ever. Do not get her started on Ross.
Jenn, who was several inches shorter than me, had to take three steps to my one. The flurry of her tiny feet, combined with the spiky ponytail atop her head, made her resemble a coked-up Pomeranian.
"Where's the fire?" she asked.
A breeze kicked up, making her silly hairstyle waggle. For an instant, I could have sworn I smelled smoke; I even heard the crackle of flames.
But if there were a fire, the local volunteer fire department would have been wailing down First Street by now. Which meant ...
I turned my head, and I saw him. Nothing new. I'd been seeing this one for as long as I could remember.
Clad in black, he reminded me of the pictures in the Thanksgiving stories I read to my kids. Puritan. Pilgrim. One or the other. Although why the Ghost of Thanksgiving Past had turned up in Wisconsin I had no idea. According to the stories all those persecuted Puritans had lived, and died, on the East Coast.
Maybe he was Amish.
Neither case explained the sleek black wolf that was often at his side. The creature's bright green eyes were as unnatural as the creature itself.
Every time I approached, they melted into the woods, an alley, the ether. Unlike all of the other specters that just had to talk to me, neither my Puritan, nor his wolf, ever did.
Jenn snatched my elbow. Considering our daily walk, you'd think she'd be in better shape.
I slowed, and as soon as I did the man in black — no wolf today — went poof. Now you see him — or at least I did — now you don't.
He'd be back. Most of the ghosts went on, eventually — wherever it was that they went — but not that guy. Someday I'd have to find out why.
"Sheesh," Jenn muttered. I'd started speed-walking again. She stopped, leaning over and setting her palms on her knees as she tried to catch her breath.
I kept going; the sense of urgency that had plagued me as soon as my Keds touched First Street that morning had returned.
"You —" Deep breath. "Suck!" Jenn shouted.
I quashed the temptation to comment on her shoes, which were too high for walking and too open toed for a northern Wisconsin October. But then, as Jenn always pointed out, she didn't have to chase children. Ever.
The days of a school nurse had gone the way of the dodo. If children became sick, they were sent to the office — Jenn's office — then sent home.
Certainly they puked, or sneezed, but usually not on her. Her fashionable clothes discouraged it — today's body-hugging red sweater dress appeared fresh from the dry cleaners — and her attitude ensured it. The instant a student walked into her office, she jabbed a pointy, painted nail at the bank of chairs against the far wall. If they puked or sneezed, they did it over there.
Jenn always told me my comfortable jeans, complemented by soft tees and sweatshirts, often of the Packer, Brewer, Badger variety, invited disaster. Maybe so. But at least I matched everyone else in New Bergin.
Except Jenn. Funny how she was the one who fit in.
I reached the cross avenue B — those New Bergin founding fathers had been hell on wheels in the street-naming department — and stopped so fast I nearly put my toes through the front of my shoes.
Gawkers milled about, blocking the sidewalk and spilling into the road, but since the police had roped off the avenue they weren't in danger of becoming chopped suey.
Brad Hunstadt — yeah, that Brad, Jenn's Brad, make that ex-Brad — stood on the inside of the rope, arms crossed, face stoic. He'd only recently joined the force following the relocation of another officer to Kentucky to be nearer to his grandchildren.
Before that, Brad had been kind of a loser. He might be pretty — like the famous Brad — but he'd never been a candidate for rocket science school. He'd graduated from high school, gone to tech school. I'm not sure for what because he'd never worked for anyone but his father, the local butcher, until now. Jenn and I figured his daddy had paid someone off to get Brad out of his business and into another.
As I approached, my gaze was drawn to the woman standing at the edge of the crowd, staring at the dead body propped against the wall of Breck's Candy Emporium — home of twenty-five different types of caramel apples. The staring itself was not remarkable. Who wasn't? What was remarkable was that this woman could be the twin of the one she stared at.
She was a stranger — believe me I knew everyone — in a place where strangers stuck out, even when they weren't covered in blood and lying dead on the ground.
I'd seen hundreds of ghosts, but each one still made my heart race. They were dead. I could see them. It was hard to get used to, and really, I probably shouldn't.
"Huh." Jenn had caught up. "I can't remember the last time we had a murder."
She cast me an irritated glance. "Look at her."
My gaze went to the standing woman, but contrary to most movies about them, ghosts don't walk around with the wound that killed them evident on their spectral bodies. No gaping brains. No holes in their heads, their chests, or anywhere else there shouldn't be. Even the massive amounts of blood on the reclining figure was nowhere in evidence upon the spectral one.
Jenn snapped her fingers in front of my face. "Not there." She pointed slightly to the left of the ghost. "There." She transferred her pointy nail south until it indicated the dead woman.
One of her arms was missing — that wasn't easy to do — and her body, from the chest down, was blackened. The scent of charred flesh reached us on a frigid breeze. Weird. When I'd left my apartment, I could have sworn it was Indian summer.
Jenn clapped a palm over her nose and fled, her itty-bitty Barbie feet and short legs moving so fast they appeared to blur. Jenn could move when she wanted to.
Chief Johnson stood next to the body, wringing his hands. He'd been the police chief since the last chief — his father, also Chief Johnson — had keeled over in his lutefisk.
I had to agree with him. I'd rather die than eat it too.
However, as long as the present Chief Johnson had been in charge, there hadn't been a murder in New Bergin. Had there ever been?
The funeral director was our medical examiner. The extent of our CSI was probably to put up yellow tape and hope for the best. It appeared that Chief Johnson had managed the first and was hip deep in the second.
Though I wanted to stay, I needed to get to school. If I wasn't in class when the bell rang it wouldn't be pretty. You think kindergartners are delightful? They are. But I learned not to turn my back on them. Or leave them alone long enough to trash the place.
I planned to cut through the alley between B and C — my shoes would get indescribable gunk on them, but I didn't have the time to care — and the ghost poured from the air, filling the space right in front of me. Her eyes were solid black. No whites left at all. I'd never seen anything like it before. I never wanted to again.
She had a burn, make that a brand, of a snarling wolf on her neck. I glanced at the body. Sure enough, there was the brand, though it was impossible to tell from here if it was a wolf. I probably wouldn't have seen it at all, beneath so much blood, unless I'd known where to look.
That I knew confused me. The wounds on the living did not transfer to the dead. Why had that one?
She grabbed my arm. I bit my lip to keep from screaming. Her fingers were fire and ice. Smoke poured from her mouth. In the center of her too-black eyes, a flame flickered. "He will burn us all."
Then she was gone. If it hadn't been for the trailing whiff of brimstone, and the blue-black imprint of her fingers just above my wrist, I'd have thought I imagined her.
"What the fuck?" I muttered, earning a glare from Mrs. Knudson, who stood in the doorway of her yarn shop, Knit Wits, contemplating the most excitement to hit New Bergin in a lifetime.
"I certainly hope you don't speak like that in front of the children."
"Children!" I resisted the urge to use the F-word again and ran, skidding through Lord knows what in the alley, then bursting out the other side, trailing the mystery muck behind me.
New Orleans Police Department
Detective Bobby Doucet stared at the photos spread across his desk. "Goddamn serial killer."
"Isn't that redundant?"
Bobby's partner, Conner Sullivan, lowered himself into the visitor's chair. The thing creaked then wobbled beneath his weight. Conner, used to such behavior in furniture, either didn't notice or pretended not to.
"A serial killer is, by nature, damned. And damned comes from God. Therefore ..." Sullivan spread his quarterback-sized hands. "Redundant."
Bobby had joined the homicide division while Sullivan was on leave. The detective had been unwell, lost time, forgotten things. When he'd returned, no one had wanted to work with him. Bobby, the new man, the low man, had been elected. He didn't mind. Though the two of them could not have been any more different in both appearance and background, Bobby had found the Yankee transplant from ... Massachusetts? Maine? Maryland? Something with an M. It didn't matter. He'd found Sullivan to be thorough, fair, and an obscenely hard worker. As homicide in New Orleans was a busy, busy business, Bobby appreciated all three.
"'Tis a very Catholic view yer spoutin', Conner." Bobby's use of a thick Irish brogue brought a rare smile to his partner's face. "But then we are in the city of Saints."
Which made the man's annoying habit of rooting for the Patriots even more so. Bobby liked him anyway. They both had secrets in their pasts, shadows in their eyes, and chips on their shoulders.
Sullivan's was much wider than Bobby's but only because his shoulders were. The detective stood six five without shoes and ran about two fifty. He possessed sandy blond hair and oddly dark eyes considering the epic paleness of his skin and the potato-famine memories inherent in his last name. His habit of wearing amusing ties with his pristine dark suits — today's offering featured Fred Flintstone in full "yabba dabba doo" mode — had clued Bobby in to a lighter side of Sullivan that few bothered to uncover.
In contrast, Robert Alan Doucet came from a long line of Creoles — both French and Spanish, with a little Haitian thrown in. He topped out just above six feet and he weighed one seventy only after he'd fallen into the river fully clothed. His hair was black; his eyes were blue, and his skin appeared tan year round.
"Why are you staring at those?" The wave of Sullivan's huge hand created such a backwash of air that Bobby had to slap his palm atop two of the photos to keep them from sailing off the desk and across the floor. "Keep it up and they're gonna call you obsessed."
Sullivan should know. One of the reasons he'd been on leave was a tiny obsession of his own.
With another serial killer.
New Orleans seemed to attract them. Go figure. Large service population that worked on a cash basis meant very few records. The huge tourism industry caused folks to wander in and out hourly. Rampant alcohol — explanation unnecessary.
Costumes. Masks. Voodoo.
Then there was the fact that the city was surrounded on three sides by water, and water was a great place to hide bodies — or at the least make them damn hard to recover evidence from. In truth, Bobby was surprised New Orleans wasn't the serial-killer capital of the world. Although ...
His gaze drifted over the photos on his desk. Maybe it was.
The killer Sullivan had been after had never been caught. Most folks in the department didn't believe there'd ever been one. The manner of death for each victim had been as different as the victims themselves. Which wasn't the usual serial killer MO.
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WoW! Great Book! Something for everyone--all in one book. A little historical, a lot contemporary. Witchcraft--good & bad, ghosts, good girls & good guys and really Bad Guys. Scenic places & a lot of lovin'. Lori Handeland has done it again. "In The Air Tonight" is the 1st of 3 novels "Sisters of the Craft". It can be read as a stand alone, but I can't wait for #2 & #3!
IN a time and land filled with superstitions and tales of magic, three babies are born and already their very existence is on the line. Seventeenth century Scottish witch hunters are after them…and I am hooked. Lori Handeland’s In the Air Tonight tells the story of one of these sisters, found as an infant, taken in by a loving couple and raised in contemporary times in Wisconsin. Raye has a secret, she sees ghosts, she talks to ghosts and now, using that very gift may be the only way to stop a serial killer on the loose. Enter Bobby, a detective from New Orleans tracking a killer with a similar MO. Can Raye trust Bobby with her secret? When it becomes a matter of life and death for those she loves, Raye must decide before it’s too late. Sound good? Sound like a great urban fantasy romance to savor? Hang on tight, because Lori Handeland isn’t finished yet. With each page more is revealed and more questions arise, as Ms. Handeland uses her own magic of smoke, mirrors and great writing to engulf her readers in a dark tale filled with twists, turns and truths come to light as a budding romance heats up and evil must be brought down. Sounds like a win/win for fantasy readers, I know it was for me! I received an ARC edition from St. Martin's Press in exchange for my honest review.
I can honestly say I loved this book,the story line,the characters,it had mystery,humor,romance,and things that go bump in the night..a little something for everyone. I love a story that takes you into the past to give insight as to what has come to be in the future. Welcome to New Bergin Wisconsin,meet Kindergarten teacher Raye Larsen,she sees spirits,and one day she comes across one needing her help..and finds she can help them cross over .. but only after she discovers how they died first.Enter Bobby Doucet,the handsome homicide detective from New Orleans,who is hunting a serial killer and believes the death in New Begin are connected ..Bobby has his own tragedies that haunt his life,can Raye help him ? I don't want to delve to deeply into the story,I don't like to give away spoilers.. if you loved Lori's Nightcreature series,you will love her Sisters of the Craft series !
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review The cover is stunning, and you do not realize that the red hair is her sister’s unless you see all of the covers together which is really cool to tie all of the covers together, so I highly recommend visiting Lori’s website to see that :) I didn’t realize I was going to love this book as much as I did. This is the first book in a new series Sisters of the Craft. This book is like Ghost Whisperer meets Charmed meets I don’t know pick your favorite crime/cop or fed show. It had so much going on that I didn’t want to put the book down, so I just read all day and loved it. There is the mystery that is Raye and everything about her, drama, murder mysteries, puzzles, love, and so much more. Raye is a smart and intelligent woman which I love in a female heroine, and she is kind despite being the odd duck so to speak. I’m not sure what to think of her father. Bobby is brave but haunted both literally and figuratively by his past. And from the beginning you can see how they fit together even if they don’t. Raye’s real parents are still a bit of a mystery, but I like what I’ve seen so far. I can’t wait to read the next book :) I highly recommend this book to magically inclined people who don’t mind seeing dead people, and I really think if you loved any of those TV shows I mentioned that you want to read this :)
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth This is the first book in the Sisters of the Craft Trilogy. The blurb for this book intrigued me and the first sentence had me hooked. While reading it you feel as if you’re living the story, seeing everything that is happening in this spectacular first book in what promises to be an astoundingly brilliant trilogy. Be prepared to fall in love and be desperate for the next two books in The Sisters of the Craft Trilogy. I adored it! The Review: Four Centuries ago, in a small Scottish village, three baby girls escape 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… Raye Larsen has never felt like she fits in with the Scandinavian community of New Bergin. With her blue-black hair and dark eyes, and knowing she was adopted, is only part of the reason she doesn’t fit in. The main reason is a little more startling, she sees dead people. Everywhere. She’s learnt to keep her visions to herself, until she stumbles over a murder victim in need of her help. Bobby Doucet is a homicide detective, and he’s been tracking a killer from New Orleans. With Raye’s help, he believes he’s found the break in his case he’s been looking for. But the more Raye becomes involved with the distractingly handsome detective and his case, the closer she comes to unlocking the mystery of her own origins. A discovery that could destroy everything she knows and loves. Is finding the truth worth the consequences? FTC Advisory: Annie Hulkower through Net Galley provided me with a copy of In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland. Published through St. Martin’s Press. Kindle Edition. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
Have you ever been so excited after reading a book that you want to jump up and fist pump the air? Yes! That's how I felt after reading this book. Lori Handeland has done it again! Amazing beginning to a fantastic new series about a witch that didn't know she was a witch until witchhunters started trying to kill her. In this fantastic story, Raye Larsen finds out a whole lot of things she never knew about herself because she was adopted. She'd been abandoned, in a ditch, on the side of the road as an infant. At least that's what had appeared to have happened. After secrets she didn't even know about were revealed, her life finally starts to make sense. Will the sexy police detective from NOLA be able to deal with it all or will he run fast and far from all the woo woo stuff happening in this little Scandinavian town in Wisconsin? I highly recommend this awesome book/series to anyone who loves a good paranormal mystery romance. There's also a totally unexpected but welcome surprise, towards the end of the book, for all of us loyal fans of this extremely talented author. If you have never read any of this authors previous paranormal books, have no fear, it will all still make sense to you. I loved reading this book and I am super excited to read the next one. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first in a trilogy and I bought it because it was on sale and I loved the TV show Charmed. I also enjoy cozy paranormals and this sounded like one. Except for the overly described bedroom scenes, the story fits the cozy genre. By the time I was one third of the way through the book, I was betting I would immediately want to read the next 2 installments about the other sisters. Up in the Air is a great start to a trilogy, so I am looking forward to reading more about Raye's family and the characters from this book! If you were a Charmed fan, I think you will like Up in the Air Togniht!
I was looking for a new book to read and found this one. When I started to read it was completely drawn in and couldn't stop reading.
eview: Witchcraft has always been written in books in such a way that those who practice are either older crones or families of strong women where the talent and ability to cast spells is passed from generation to generation. Either way, there's always another element set on destroying the magic within those who possess it or intent on capturing the magic for themselves. In the case of these three sisters the one set to destroy them in the modern world is the same one who was set on destroying their parents in the 15th century. Magical books like these have always captured my imagination, and they hit very close to home for me - from the time I read The Crucible in high school until today, books surrounding the stories of witches and their families just grab my attention! These three books were no exception and why I feel the need to put their reviews into one post - for you cannot discuss one without interlacing the other two - the books and their stories are woven together in such a way that the reader can't help but need to know them together vs. separately. The relationships between the women and their respective mates and then their sisters are perfectly written with each character fleshed out amazingly well. Five out of Five Starts for the Sisters of the Craft Series! I am anxious to see what else Ms. Handeland has written! **I received a copy of these books from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Just found these books, great start can't wait to read the next one. Witches, ghosts, witch-hunters, X-files these books are filled with them all.
This was the perfect Supernatural Fantasy for me. The main character was a witch (my favorite because they really exist), the new relationship wasn’t annoying (does he like me/maybe I shouldn’t like him/Blah/Blah/Blah), the sex scenes were done well (and there was the perfect amount), and I have two more books to look forward to in this trilogy. And it takes place in a small town in Wisconsin! Usually you have two types of witch stories. The witch knows they are one, and usually comes from a long line of powerful witches. Or they have no idea and eventually find out about their powers. This book was the latter. Raye, who can see ghosts, doesn’t know she is an Air Witch. She was adopted and learned early on to hide that she can communicate with ghosts, after over hearing her father talk about giving her back. Her adopted mother died, and Raye is still trying to prove to her father that she is perfect and normal. The book starts with a person being burned out on the street, in the small Wisconsin town that hasn’t had a murder in many years. Homicide Detective Doucet is notified in New Orleans about the case, since the MO matches some cases he’s been working on. Doucet is driving into town when he finds Raye fleeing from her apartment because she is being attacked by a knife wielding maniac. When he goes to check it out, he finds no one. When he questions Raye about it, she says she must have just imagined it. There is no way she is going to tell a complete stranger that she can see and talk to ghosts. They quickly fall for each other. For some readers this might be too fast, but I thought it worked. Raye had always been an outsider in town, and to finally have someone who she can feel comfortable with, can bring on some strong emotions. There are more deaths, and since Doucet is convinced that the killer is still after Raye, they stay together while investigating. The one thing that did annoy me was how clueless Homicide Detective Doucet was about the supernatural. He choose not to believe in it because he had a bad experience with clairvoyants in the past. That’s all fine and dandy, but to be utterly out of the loop, no, I don’t believe it. First off, he’s a detective. Some weird supernatural stuff had to have come up in his career. In fact his current partner went a bit crazy thinking he saw werewolves. Then there’s the internet, and every other TV show has something to do with the supernatural. I realize it was used as a plot device, to clue in any readers who may not be familiar with witches, but ugh! Since Raye is new to being a Wiccan, she could have been the one doing research, and then letting the book reader know what she found. There was also a side story about a little boy, Stafford, who is a ghost haunting the class that Raye taught. Handeland crafted this story line wonderfully. It helped to flesh out an aspect of Doucet’s life, and it was a mini mystery, inside the bigger mystery.
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Raye Larsen is a 27yr old elementary school teacher who lives in a tiny town in Wisconsin. It's pretty evident that she's adopted as she's the only person in town with dark hair and dark eyes. Oh, and she can communicate with ghosts. When she stumbles on a murder victim (the first in their town in decades), she has a bad feeling. Homicide detective Bobby Doucet is sent to Wisconsin to investigate a murder in a tiny town that might be linked to several he is working on. He wasn't expecting to be captivated by Raye once he got there. He also wasn't expecting the unexplainable. This is the first book in a trilogy by this author. It's only the second book I've read by her, but once I opened this story, I couldn't put it down. From start to finish as Raye discovers her origins and learns about herself, you can't help but be completely pulled in. When Bobby is forced to deal with his past, I wanted to cry for him, which is not an easy feat for me with a book. I absolutely enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next one. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes paranormal thrillers.
I loved this book and could not put it down! Raye is a great character and I love Bobby! There are ghosts, witch hunting history, romance and violence and you get a perfect book. This is a small town that gets invaded by some evil. I can not wait to read the next in the series!!!
In the Air Tonight is the first book that I have read by Handeland, but it definitely won't be the last. This book is the perfect start for a new series with a great introduction to these three sisters, and while it answers some questions it leaves the reader with enough questions to make them want to read book two. I loved both main characters which were both well developed, and I think that Raye and Bobby were the perfect match for each other. The book has many twists and turns, and I enjoyed how Handeland combined romance, humor, mystery, intrigue and the paranormal. Overall In the Air Tonight was a great read that I would most definitely recommend, and I look forward to reading the next book in this series as well as more by this author. Received a copy of In the Air Tonight through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Really enjoyed this book. Awesome first book in this series about 3 sisters. Going to read the next book after this post and i preordered the 3rd. Hope you enjoy too!
I love a good paranormal romance. In The Air Tonight is a wonderful start to the Sisters of the Craft trilogy. Set in Wisconsin, just makes the book all the more dear to me. How much excitement can there be for a kindergarten teacher, Raye, who resides in a small town in Wisconsin on any average day? No day is average when you see ghosts! Add a murder and enter a steamy detective,Bobby, from New Orleans.....romance and intrigue are in the air. Raye and Bobby are dynamic together as they learn about each other, their secrets, their pasts, and work to keep another murder from occurring while learning the basics of witchcraft. Humor and twists in the story keep you turning to the next page. And for those long term Lori fans, like myself, there is a glimpse of some old friends. Can't wait for the second book in the series
Exceptional story! just a wonderful read. I was looking for something a little different but with just enough familiarity to be comfortable. This book was just what i was looking for, a unique story but not completely unbelievable. excellent writing and well developed story and characters that kept everything moving along. can be read alone or with the two upcoming. i really like that the next in the series are to be published within the month.
Great New Series! This is a great new series; this is the first book in the Sisters of the Craft series by Lori Handeland. Rayne Larsen has never fit in while growing up, and being adopted is only the first reason, the second reason is that she can see dead people. When the ghost of a murder victim asks for her help she can’t say no. She ends up working with Bobby the lead detective. The more time they spend together the closer they become to each other and to solving the case. If you are looking for a great paranormal with romance, mystery, and suspense then you need to read this book. I can’t wait until I read the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
In The Air Tonight, Lori Handeland Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance This was a fun read. The prologue stars with an evil scene, where two witches are burned at the stake, and at first its hard to see the relevance to the main story. Then as things move forward it all becomes clear. Its a fun read, with some plots being easy to spot and others...well, I was left guessing until the action heated up and it was in front of me. Its got some great characters, and there’s an air of realism throughout even though we’re dealing with supernatural elements. the story unfolds naturally and I loved the chemistry between Raye and Bobby. I really felt for Raye, she was a square peg in a round hole of a small town where everyone knew everything, except her history as an adopted child. That, and her penchant for seeing and talking to ghosts, made her an outsider even though she’s grown up there. It wasn’t that she was an outcast exactly, just that everyone seemed to feel she was that bit too different to really fit in however hard she tries. Then she starts to get close to Bobby, but how can she tell him about herself, tell him things he needs to know both professionally and personally, when he’s so adamant all so called witches and ghost communicators are outright charlatans. She won’t risk what they have, and yet the time is fast coming when she has to reveal all and hope he can deal with what she is. Its a great story, paced just right for me, where plots unfold naturally, relationships develop and surprises pop out unexpectedly. there’s a great blend of reality and supernatural that feels right, not forced and the plots are only too realistic given what we’ve done historically over anyone a little outside the norm. I’d be happy to read more and look forward to the next book. Though the books are linked by plot there’s no cliff-hanger, and this one is complete. Stars: Five, Surprised me just how much I enjoyed it. I thought I’d like it, but didn’t expect to get quite so caught up in a vivid and ramatic race against the supernatural. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
I was offered to read the next books of this series and will have to start on them soon. SO I thought I’d do a fast read inbetween things… “inbetween things” … Oh Boy I was so wrong –NOW I will have to read the others FAST too, because Lori Handeland’s “ In the Air Tonight” is not your average “I’ll read a few pages when I have time” – novel. Nope – be prepared to need time once you start because you will not want to put this book down. The author creates a world that you are not willing to leave oncI was offered to read the next books of this series and will have to start on them soon. SO I thought I’d do a fast read in between things… “in between things” … Oh Boy I was so wrong –NOW I will have to read the others FAST too, because Lori Handeland’s “ In the Air Tonight” is not your average “I’ll read a few pages when I have time” – novel. Nope – be prepared to need time once you start because you will not want to put this book down. The author creates a world that you are not willing to leave once you entered. Her characters are beautiful developed and the storyline is great. I can only recommend this book warmly I truly hope to have the time soon to start on the next novels of this series.
Reminiscent of my years of watching the TV show Charmed, I found In the Air Tonight a perfectly witchy, finding lost sibling, urban fantasy read. The story starts four centuries early, when two desperate parents try to save their new born triplets by transporting them to the future, where they hope they are safe from persecution. The spell sends the three newborns to contemporary USA. Leaving each child in the hands of whoever found them, the newborn daughter have no clue about their heritage, ability or that they even have siblings. Raye is adopted by a Wisconsin family, she is loved but always struggles to win her father’s approval. That is why Raye has kept her mouth shut when she sees ghosts. Raye becomes a target of a serial killer. That is when Raye meets Bobby Doucet, a New Orleans detective who has followed the serial killers MO to Wisconsin. The attraction between Raye and Bobby grow and so does Raye’s unusual abilities, the more they uncover the secrets behind the killing. Unless Raye can fully trust Bobby with her secret, they might all be at risk because an ancient evil is resurfacing and only Raye may have the power to stop it. I found In the Air Tonight a sexy, seductive storytelling that had me riveted to the pages. Handeland masterfully unravels each secret, keeping you on the edge of your seat. Fantastic start to what is sure to be a 5 Star series. I received this ARC copy of In The Air Tonight from St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest review.
I absolutely loved this! I've read many Lori Handeland books, and I love her writing! This book was super great! I loved the ghosts and witches, and all the supernatural elements. I loved Raye and her kooky little town, she had a strength to her and I liked that she used humor in tough situations, and she keeps an even head when others would be freaking out. She's just very likable. I also liked Bobby, his character was manly without being overly alpha, he has a calmness to him that I enjoyed. Both of the main characters have depth and are easy to root for, and I think they were very complimentary to each other; they have excellent chemistry. I find ghosts and witches interesting to read, and I liked how there was the added element of suspense because of the hunters. It's nice to see characters make more smart decisions then bad ones, I hate when characters just keep making stupid decisions when it's obviously a bad decision, and anyone with half a brain would know that. I think all the characters in this book, even the side characters, were entertaining and believable. The whole backstory for Raye was really interesting, and I look forward to reading the next books in the series! I'm down for a Handeland book anytime!
I received this book for the purpose of an honest review. I have to start off by saying that I'm not normally a fan of first person stories, but Lori Handeland is an exception to that rule. Her stories have first person moments but there are third person as well and somehow it works. I'm not sure how. It just does. With IN THE AIR TONIGHT we start a new series, fans of Ms. Handeland's NightCreature Novels will find another set of characters to adore and cheer on. This is the story of one girl, one from a set of triplets. We walk with Raye as she learns who she is, and where she came from. Bobby is the other half of this story, he's haunted in more ways than one and we watch as he comes to understand his place, not just in life but in Raye's life. I have to say the characters were engaging, realistic and completely wonderfully well written. They quickly become "real". The setting is fun and fascinating, I found I wanted to visit the location myself! The story is fast paced, thrilling, at times funny, at times heart wrenching but always enjoyable. Fans of Lori Handeland's Nightcreature Novels know that Lori Handeland always delivers with great stories and characters, and they may just recognize a few. Those new to Lori Handeland will find a great novel to start their journey into her worlds. The story is one that will leave you eager for the next books! I'm already stressing over the wait for books 2 and 3. In The Air Tonight is a great read, I highly recommend for any paranormal contemporary romance fan!
4 - "Death is the end." ...Not always. Stars! In the Air Tonight is the first book I have read by Lori Handeland, and it is also the first book in her new Sisters of the Craft series. I will say I was on the fence with this one for around the first 30%, the story was moving along, but the writing style was a bit of s struggle to get into. If you are having the same problem, I would say persevere, once you get used to the slightly quirky prose, and the random information the author intersperses from her characters, this book is a really great read. ”One doesn’t have to be a witch to benefit from magic.” I think the main thing that really surprised me about this book is that it is so, so different from anything I have read recently, I love a good PNR, and this book had elements of everything in it to keep me entertained. Myth, magic, a little eerie at points, ghosts-a-plenty, a great heroine, a hero whose bones I wanted to jump myself, and lots and lots of plot twists to keep you entertained. As I said the writing style took me a little time to get used to/ into, but once I did, this book grabbed me and took off like a sprinter in a new pair of Nike's. His eyes were as haunted as my life. Raye Larsen doesn’t really fit in, in a town like New Bergin, where it is important too, she epitomizes everything everybody who resides there isn’t. Seeing ghosts as part of her normal everyday life doesn’t really help with that either, and after being considered a little weird by her adoptive parents when she was younger, it is something she keeps totally to herself now that she is an adult. Bobby Doucet, doesn’t believe in ghosts although he is carrying more than a few of his own around, when he arrives in town to help the local police investigate a spate of murders that may be related to several that took place back in his hometown of New Orleans, he and Raye are literally thrown together from his arrival. As they work together to try and ascertain why she is also being targeted, the chemistry and feelings between them grow. The problem is, they are both keeping secrets, and not telling the whole truth about themselves, and as the story progresses, the threads that were starting to bind them together, begin to unravel. He looked like I felt – overworked, underpaid, and desperate for an adult beverage. This is one of those books that you don’t realize you have fallen in love with until you finish it. The author introduces a few characters in it that I am hoping we will get to see more of in the following installments. Raye’s biological father, although 400 years dead is one of them, as a ghost he has been a constant in her life, but it is only as things start progressing and the threat from the Venatores Mali starts to increase that he reveals himself, and the fact that she has two other sisters to her, at one point he had me in tears, because even though he is dead, his love for her and the lengths he will go to a unparalleled. The Second book in the series; Heat of the Moment is due for release in a few weeks, and I am excited too see where the author takes this series and the sisters next. ”Books last longer than memories.” ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.
IN THE AIR TONIGHT By Lori Handeland I could not put this book down! It's an engaging story with really interesting and well written characters. It takes place in New Bergin, Wisconsin, a very small town where everyone knows everyone and everything. Raye was found on the side of the road as an infant and adopted. She always felt different, probably because she is, and someone is trying to kill her because of it. Bobby is a cop from New Orleans investigating a serial killer. When someone in New Bergin is murdered, Bobby comes to investigate. He gets a lot more than he bargained for. The is a thrilling book with a supernatural twist. I can't wait to read the next two.