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Read later books in the series instead
Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2021
I read Phantom Evil before an online book club author chat with Heather Graham. I originally planned to read her most recent book, The Unknown, but after discovering that it was book 35 (holy moly!) in a series, I decided to read book 1 of the series first as an introduction. Phantom Evil was a bit rough around the edges, with dialogue that didn’t always flow smoothly from chapter to chapter, what felt like a thousand different plot lines, and main characters Jackson and Angela jumping into bed together (1) just a few days after meeting, (2) despite the fact that Jackson is Angela’s boss, (3) while investigating an alleged suicide of a grief-stricken mother, (4) in the house and wing where the alleged suicide took place, (5) that is also allegedly haunted! C’mon man! The book does have enjoyable parts, though. It’s October, so I enjoyed the ghosty, spooky bits, and while the characters weren’t very developed due to the busy plot, there is potential for the “Krewe of Hunters” (the naming of which is not explained well) to grow into a likable team in future sequels. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book, especially as a prequel to The Unknown, which seemed more like a spin-off from the series than a sequel. I haven’t read books 2-34 though, so perhaps that’s the case for many or all of them.