Book Review: In The Air Tonight by Lori Handeland

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...

In The Air Tonight
Lori Handeland
Adult Paranormal Romance 
June 2, 2015 
St. Martin's Paperbacks

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? Add to Goodreads.

IN THE AIR TONIGHT is the first book in Lori Handeland’s new Sisters of the Craft series featuring the supernatural, romance and thrilling suspense. If you’re looking for a new paranormal romance to entertain you, In The Air Tonight offers ghosts, dangerous serial killers, some witchy magic, and a sexy romance.

For those who are fans or familiar with the former TV drama series Charmed, In The Air Tonight has a similar vibe as each book will focus on a particular sister as she learns about her witchy heritage, her other sisters, and a dangerous group from the past that threatens them.

The story opener begins in a sixteenth century, remote Scottish village where the three baby sisters and their parents are being threatened by witch hunters and about to be burnt at the stake. Flash forward to modern day New Bergin, Wisconsin and we meet our first sister, Raye Larson.

Raye can see ghosts. As a school teacher, she thought teaching children would ensure her everyday life would be peaceful and ghost free. Unfortunately, this is not the case and it becomes clear that she has her hands full trying to keep her gift a secret. Raye is an easy heroine to like as she offers some quirky humor and sass to break up the serious tone of the book.

When a rash of brutal murders takes place in the once peaceful town, it becomes clear that they are really after Raye. The murders also bring into town New Orleans homicide detective Bobby Doucet who thinks he is tracking a serial killer. Things are about to get a little witchy in New Bergin.

The romance was sweet and sexy between Raye and Bobby, developing behind the scenes. It is surprisingly touching, something I think was made possible through the softer side of our detective which I’m sure will have more than one reader reaching for her tissue before the satisfying conclusion. Told through alternating points of view between Raye and Bobby, I had more than one smile as Bobby learns a bit about witchy woo woo stuff and Raye secretly delights in shocking him.

An entertaining start to what I am sure is going to be a fun new series to follow. The novels are being published back-to-back so there is little waiting time which is always a plus, especially when I need to know more about the next sister!

My Rating: 4 Stars. I liked it!


PLEASE NOTE: A courtesy review copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Paperbacks in exchange for my fair review. Thank you, St. Martin's Paperbacks for the review opportunity!