I have read a lot of books by Heather Graham that I really enjoy. She’s definitely one of my auto-read authors, so when I saw her newest book available as an ARC through Netgalley, I jumped on it right away.
Unfortunately, Darkest Journey wasn’t my favorite of Heather Graham’s books.
That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it. I did, and quite a bit. I simply have enjoyed others more.
Darkest Journey tells the story of Charlie Moreau, an actress who has returned to her hometown to shoot a film, but when she discovers the body of a Civil War re-enactor, things just get a little weird.
Charlie is whisked back to her teenage years, when she was discovered tied to a tombstone in a graveyard by hunk Ethan Delaney, who just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Ethan saved Charlie’s life, and the pair eventually went their separate ways.
Until now, that is. Ethan works for a special division within the FBI, made up entirely of people who can see ghosts. Because Charlie also is able to see dead people, she requests that Charlie and his crew be called after she stumbles upon the dead body while filming. As the investigation into the murder progresses with Ethan leading the way, Charlie realizes that her historian father is now a suspect in the murder of three people. As if things weren’t weird enough, they just continue to get weirder from there.
Darkest Journey is a fascinating and captivating read, but at times I felt like there was just a lot of stuff going on. For example, the investigation takes Charlie and Ethan from the graveyard to a river boat and everywhere in between. Along the way Charlie and Ethan saw the spirits of Civil War soldiers, hunted down leads on the murders, and tried to figure out if the murdered men were involved in an oil deal gone bad. Throw in a few illicit affairs, a possible hate crime, and loads of history, and you’ve got the makings of a captivating yet convoluted story.
With that being said, there were some segments of Darkest Journey that I absolutely loved. As a history nerd, I was wild for the scenes when Charlie’s father discussed the history of the river boat and it’s uses in The Civil War. His monologues and those historical tidbits were the best part of the book for me!
In the end, I enjoyed Darkest Journey by Heather Graham, but it wasn’t exactly the easy piece of escape reading I had hoped it would be, simply because there were too many subplots to keep track of.
I was provided with a free Advanced Review Copy of Darkest Journey via Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.