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In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland ~ ARC Review

In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland ~ ARC ReviewAuthor: Lori Handeland
Title: In The Air Tonight
Series: Sisters of the Craft #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Pages: 352
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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.
Format: eARC
Also by this author: Any Given Doomsday, In the Beginning (short story)
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

In the Air Tonight is the first novel in the Sisters of the Craft series. I loved this book, especially since the story revolves around witches and ghosts, my favorite paranormal beings. Also, the story mixes in a police investigation, making it the best of both worlds for me–both paranormal and suspense. The romance was believable, too, even though there was an instant attraction that some people might think was a little unlikely due to the actual sparks that flew when they touched.

In addition to the theme and plot of the story, I enjoyed all the setting details. I thought it was either extremely well-researched or extremely imaginative, because there were details added that I never would have thought to add, which added to the atmosphere and entertainment value.

In the Air Tonight was a hard book for me to put down. I read over 80% in one sitting. If I hadn’t fallen asleep due to exhaustion (not boredom), I would have finished it that night.

Another thing I enjoyed about this book was how the romance didn’t take over everything. There was still a clear problem that needed to be dealt with–the witches being murdered– and the author didn’t lose sight of correcting that problem. I also liked that the main goal of the story was introduced early, by 3% into the book.

The only negative comment I made note of while reading this was regarding a statement that was made about adopted people “definitely” having access to medical records. Oh, how I wish this were true! I am adopted and I have no access to my medical records, so I have no idea what diseases run in my family line. It depends on which organization handled the adoption and in which state it took place. Of course, this doesn’t affect my overall opinion of the book, because it’s such a minor issue.

I definitely recommend reading In the Air Tonight if you haven’t read it yet. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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