A Perfect Obsession (New York Confidential) by Heather Graham

A Perfect Obsession

A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham

Perfect suspense from New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham! The latest book in her New York Confidential series. 

Someone is murdering beautiful young women in the New York area and displaying them in mausoleums and underground tombs. The FBI is handling the case, with Special Agent Craig Frasier as lead.

Kieran Finnegan, forensic psychologist and part owner of Finnegan’s, her family’s pub, is consulting on the case. Craig and Kieran are a couple who’ve worked together on more than one occasion. On this occasion, though, Craig fears for the safety of the woman he loves. Because the killer is too close. The body of a young model is found in a catacomb under a two-hundred-year-old church, now deconsecrated and turned into a nightclub. A church directly behind Finnegan’s in lower Manhattan.

As more women are murdered, their bodies discovered in underground locations in New York, it’s clear that the police and the FBI are dealing with a serial killer. Craig and Kieran are desperate to track down the murderer, a man obsessed with female perfection. Obsessed enough to want to “preserve” that beauty by destroying the women who embody it…

If I’m honest, this book was a bit hard to get through. Not because of the writing or the storyline, but this cast of characters was a little easier for me to dislike. And there were so many characters moving around that it also became a bit confusing. With that said, I feel like this bit of chaos also added to the story, since the story is dealing with murders and the FBI is working on it urgently. You have the nosy characters, the ones involved just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and then the characters who matter more.

I know Kieran’s character is important in this book (she is a main character), but there were many times where she made me shake my head. I did feel like her character was a bit disjointed. She is this incredibly intelligent woman, a forensic psychologist, and she’s dating this very incredible FBI agent. There is a scene where Craig is telling her to be careful with her curiosity and she says yes but in her very next thought, she’s planning to do some digging on her day off. It just didn’t necessarily make sense to me. Not just because her boyfriend tells her to be careful but her own career would call for her to be aware and to be paying attention. She just seemed sort of “blah” about the danger going around.

I loved the mystery within the story. Heather Graham can do suspense better than almost anyone. She always keeps me guessing and manages to keep me on the edge of my seat in anticipation. I always enjoy the rollercoaster ride I’m on: one minute, I’m working on solving the mystery. The next: I’m in the mystery and am giving myself the creepy crawlies.

Overall, I thought the book was good. I’ve read many Heather Graham books and in all fairness, I think if this had some of the paranormal aspects like some of her other stories do, I think this book would have connected with me more. There were just certain times where the characters would feel this gut reaction or nagging feeling and it just wasn’t really able to be explained more.

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Law and Disorder by Heather Graham (The Finnegan Connection)

law-and-disorder

Law and Disorder by Heather Graham

Trust the enemy? 

Desperate to escape her kidnappers, Kody Cameron can turn to only one man…and he’s holding a gun. Outnumbered and trapped in the deadly Everglades, she has little recourse, but something in this captor’s eyes makes her believe she can trust him. Does she dare to take the risk?

Undercover agent Nick Connolly has met Kody before and knows she might very well blow his cover. Though determined to maintain his facade, he can’t let Kody die. He won’t. And his decision to change his own rules of law and order are about to make all hell break loose.

The Finnegan Connection

Let me first say this book is related to the Finnegan family, which Heather Graham readers first met in “Flawless”. I want to put that out there because this series is definitely different than what Heather Graham readers are used to. I’ve read over 20 books from this author and this book definitely kept me surprised.

One thing I really enjoyed about this story was that it felt really fast paced to me. The action starts from the first page. I, personally, enjoyed that because it was easy for me to stay engaged, instead of wondering what the mystery is. I guess I would say this story is more about the actual action, as opposed to the mystery in the story. As readers, we know right away who the bad guys are and what they are after.

With this author, I always enjoy the history that is seeped into the story. In this book, our crooks after a treasure in southern Florida and they believe Kody is the key to helping them find it. I’m a history buff and seeing the past come to life in the story is always enjoyable for me. While mentioning history, I also have to mention that Kody and Nick also have history. Not just in their meeting but also in their life. One facet that I have always loved about this author and her characters is that while they have had bad breaks or lost loves, it never turns into a bitterness party. Our characters are mature enough to communicate and I appreciate that because I don’t enjoy getting caught up in past drama that doesn’t really enhance the story much.

One feeling that I couldn’t escape with this book was feeling that the author might be trying to reach out to new readers with this series. Kody and Nick do have somewhat of a “whirlwind” romance and it did feel somewhat like insta-love to me. I don’t have a problem with that, but I do know long time readers of Heather Graham might not be used to it. For me, I enjoy anytime an author pushes themselves outside of the box while still writing a great book.

I would absolutely recommend this book. Like all Heather Graham books, I was so engrossed that I didn’t even realize I was at the 70% mark until I was there and then like a good bookworm, I had to finish it off. I appreciate the venture outside of the norm for the author and found this cast of characters really enjoyable.