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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Deadly Gift - Heather Graham

Title: Deadly Gift
Author: Heather Graham

Format read: borrowed print copy from library

From Goodreads:
Caer is spending this Christmas among strangers. Brought to Newport, Rhode Island, from her native Ireland to nurse ailing millionaire Sean O'Riley, she's living a life few can imagine. But money can't hide the tension between O'Riley's trophy wife, his paranoid daughter, the eccentric aunt in the attic and the staff members who run the house.
When O'Riley's business partner goes missing, family friend Zach Flynn arrives. Determined to help him solve the case, Caer becomes enmeshed in a mystery that weaves together the sins of the past with one family's destiny…and a spirit that watches the mansion, possessing a deadly gift.

I am kind of on the fence about this book.  On one hand it was a very good book.  On the other, as the end to a trilogy, I am not very impressed.  I would much rather it have been a stand alone book.  It didn’t follow the same pattern as the two previous; it went completely off the charts in its content.

So as a stand alone book, I really enjoyed it.  This book is about Zach Flynn, the youngest of the Flynn brothers.  He gets a phone call that a long time family friend has become deathly ill overseas.  Being the stand up guy that he is, he drops everything and heads off to Ireland to help Sean O’Riley get back home to his family so he can recover in his own surroundings.  Once home he also needs to investigate the disappearance of Eddie Ray, Sean’s business partner and lifelong friend.  Is Eddie’s disappearance connected to Sean’s sudden near fatal illness?
This book has a very colorful cast of characters.  From Amanda, Sean’s wife, who is about 40 years younger, to Kat – the very protective daughter, to family friends Cal and Marni whom you can’t really decide what side they are on, to old country Bridey, who is full of tales of the homeland, and Caer (pronounced kyre) – the Irish nurse hired to watch over Sean while he recovers.  Zach certainly has his hands full in this whodunit story.  There are lots of twists and turns, which I’ve already come to expect from Heather Graham.  I really appreciate that she keeps her audience guessing, rather than hanging a neon side proclaiming who the villain is.
On the con side, this story moved a little slower for me than the two before it.  In its defense, I think part of that reason is because I borrowed the whole trilogy from the library at once, and so there was no break in reading – I got a little tired of the Flynn brothers (although I wouldn’t mind revisiting Jeremy Flynn sometime!).  The other part of the reason is going back to how different this book was from the other two.  Normally that wouldn’t be a problem for me.  But in a trilogy I like to keep things similar.  I don’t want to give a spoiler away on how it’s different, that would ruin the whole secret.  That’s something you will just have to read for yourself!