Dying Breath by Heather Graham

Dying Breath

Buried alive…As a teenager, Vickie Preston survived an attack by a serial killer. That was the first time she saw a ghost. Now the city of Boston is being terrorized—someone is kidnapping women and burying them alive, but cruelly leaving a glimmer of hope for the authorities by sending a clue about their location. Vickie is pulled into the investigation when her name is me...

Title:Dying Breath
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:384 pages

Dying Breath Reviews

  • Linda Strong
    Feb 28, 2017

    Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense Available 5/30/17

    The first time Vickie Preston saw a ghost was when she was 17. She was babysitting for her neighbors and a killer broke in with the intention of killing them both. The neighbors oldest son, Dylan, had died a year or so previously. He appeared and told her to get out ... actually saving their lives.

    The man who tried to kill her was shot by a street cop and now resides behind bars for the rest of his life.

    Seven years have passed and Special Age

    Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense Available 5/30/17

    The first time Vickie Preston saw a ghost was when she was 17. She was babysitting for her neighbors and a killer broke in with the intention of killing them both. The neighbors oldest son, Dylan, had died a year or so previously. He appeared and told her to get out ... actually saving their lives.

    The man who tried to kill her was shot by a street cop and now resides behind bars for the rest of his life.

    Seven years have passed and Special Agent Griffin Price and his partner Special Agent Jackson Crow are looking for a man the news media have dubbed the Undertaker. He takes young women and hides them away. If the police don't find them in a short time, they will suffocate and die.

    The Undertaker has started leaving messages ... messages that mention Vickie. Price and Crow approach Vickie and ask for her help. As a historian, she has the knowledge to help uncover the graves the killer is choosing. But she also has another, unique lead: the spirit of one of the victims is appearing to her in dreams.

    More women will be taken and it is with Vickie's help that they interpret the clues and find 3 women still alive. Griffin is determined that nothing will happen to Vickie ... but the Undertaker has other ideas.

    Heather Graham is well known for her paranormal romantic suspense books ... and I was not disappointed in this one. There are 20 books ahead of this one, but it stands alone on its own merits. The characters are finely developed, some with flaws, some without. Griffin and Jackson work for a special unit of the FBI ... they all have a gift. They can see the dead, hear the dead, or in some way communicate with the dead.

    There is a lot of history of Boston from the 1700s forward all intertwined seamlessly that adds so much credibility to the story.

    Like a little paranormal? Like a little romance? Like a well crafted mystery? You will definitely like this one.

    Many thanks to the author / Harlequin (US & Canada) / Netgalley for the digital copy of DYING BREATH. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  • Debra
    Mar 05, 2017

    When she was seventeen years old, Vickie Preston survived an attack by a serial killer who had broken into the home where she was babysitting. She kept hearing noises in the house and chalked them up to her "nerves" and viewing too many horror films. Then a ghost (Dylan- the family's dead son)appeared and told her to get out of the house. She grabs Noah, the toddler she is babysitting, and runs out of the house and up to officer Price who saves their lives.

    Years later she is drawn into a police

    When she was seventeen years old, Vickie Preston survived an attack by a serial killer who had broken into the home where she was babysitting. She kept hearing noises in the house and chalked them up to her "nerves" and viewing too many horror films. Then a ghost (Dylan- the family's dead son)appeared and told her to get out of the house. She grabs Noah, the toddler she is babysitting, and runs out of the house and up to officer Price who saves their lives.

    Years later she is drawn into a police investigation when the killer uses her name as one of the clues in a note left for police. A killer (or killers) known as the Undertaker has been kidnapping women and burying them alive, leaving notes with clues as to where their victims might be buried. She comes back in contact with Griffin Price who was the police officer who saved her when she was Seventeen years old.

    Special Agent Griffin Price left the Boston police department to work with the Krewe of Hunters, FBI's special unit of paranormal investigators. He has been seeing ghosts all of his life. He also saw the ghost of Dylan the night he saved Vickie and the child she was babysitting from a serial killer. He has always felt a bond to Vickie after that night and knows that somehow everything is all related to what brought them together years ago.

    As women keep getting taken, Vickie helps Griffin and his partner attempt to find the missing women in time to save their lives while trying to learn the identity of the killer or killers. Vickie has vast knowledge of Boston and with her insights they are able to find some victims before they suffocate. She begins to have "dreams" of an angel who gives her clues. Dylan is also around to help whenever he can. All together they are on a hunt for the killers and it is clear that the killers are also on the hunt- for who? Vickie?

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read with great pacing. I love putting on my detective hat and trying to figure out the identity of the killer/killers. I did think I had things figured out. I thought I knew without a doubt who one of the killers was -and I was WRONG! I kinda like when that happens. I like that there were a few plot twists and turns. Some aha moments.

    This book had a lot of things going for it: there is the paranormal element, a romance element, a mystery, suspense and a lot of history of Boston. The Author really did her research. I lived in the Boston area for years and I learned some more about Boston's history in this book! I liked how the Author blended all of the above elements - nothing was ever over the top. I think that fans of various genres can enjoy this book.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Rane
    Mar 07, 2017

    When Vicki and the baby she is caring for Noah are almost killed by a madman, this triggers an ability in her to see the ghosts of the once living. Years later Vicki is once again pulled into a murder and kidnapping case when her named is mention in baffling clues.

    This case reunites her with the cop who saved her and baby Noah all those years ago now a Special Agent- Griffin Price who works with the group called the Krewe of Hunters, paranormal agents. As the clues keep adding up along with mi

    When Vicki and the baby she is caring for Noah are almost killed by a madman, this triggers an ability in her to see the ghosts of the once living. Years later Vicki is once again pulled into a murder and kidnapping case when her named is mention in baffling clues.

    This case reunites her with the cop who saved her and baby Noah all those years ago now a Special Agent- Griffin Price who works with the group called the Krewe of Hunters, paranormal agents. As the clues keep adding up along with missing women, friends and family of Vicki are pulled into the maelstrom of this killer calling themselves the Undertaker. Griffin and Vicki with the help of their ghost companions have to figure out the clues and stop the Undertaker before they strikes again.

    I found myself enjoying the mystery and the history of clues that intertwined deeply with the city of Boston. I was fascinated with the places and the people.

    What I wasn't to keen on was the odd bits of dialogue from the characters. Perhaps it was due to the formatting (which I worked with on my laptop, tablet and kindle just in case) but it felt very choppy and odd with alot of unneeded examination marks!! The characters of Griffin and Vicki were okay but I didn't feel their romance and would have been okay if they were just partners in this case with a slow burn between them. Much of the rest of the characters were pretty much just there to move the plot along.

    I was very surprised in the outcome of the case and loved the suspense toward the end of the book and who was behind the Undertaker.

    With this being the #21 book of the series, it was so easy to get into the book without having to read the rest of the series which I plan to check out.

    In the end I really enjoyed the story and loved the history of Boston, but felt the characters just needed a bit more time to blossom.

  • Kimberly
    May 14, 2017

    Almost eight years ago, then teen Vickie Preston was almost killed by a serial killer. It was the first time she saw a ghost. Vickie is a historian and author who also spends time with troubled youth. Special Agent Griffin Price is working the Undertaker case along with Andrew Jackson. Dubbed the Undertaker this serial killer buries his female victims alive and then leaves cryptic clues tied to the cities history to find them. Their newest clue directly mentions Vickie. Price immediately recogni

    Almost eight years ago, then teen Vickie Preston was almost killed by a serial killer. It was the first time she saw a ghost. Vickie is a historian and author who also spends time with troubled youth. Special Agent Griffin Price is working the Undertaker case along with Andrew Jackson. Dubbed the Undertaker this serial killer buries his female victims alive and then leaves cryptic clues tied to the cities history to find them. Their newest clue directly mentions Vickie. Price immediately recognizes her name. He was the cop who wounded the serial killer on that fateful day eight years ago.

    I loved the cryptic clues and piecing together the mystery to save each victim. Graham delightfully tied in historical tidbits bringing Boston and its history to life. The case was a particularly good one tying in the past and present. The race against time, the links to Vickie and cast of suspects kept me engaged.

    We have two ghosts interact with Vickie and the special agents. The first has ties with Vickie's past and the second is the first victim in the new murders. I always love this aspect of ghostly entities assisting in solving the crime.

    Secondary characters added interest, offered red herrings and helped further the investigation. The who took me by surprise. It was clever and only after did I pick up subtle hints.

    While Vickie and Griffin share a connection from the past I found the romance to be the weakest thread in this tale. Both characters are intelligent, and Vickie impressed me with her knowledge and ability to piece together clues, but I didn't feel the chemistry. The romance is served on the side, which for me isn't a problem, but I would have enjoyed it if they were just friends. Since the next two books will feature them, I am hoping I get a chance to connect more.

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