Serial killer expert and ghost whisperer Dr. Charlotte Stone feels honor bound to help when a colleague’s sister falls into the clutches of a Las Vegas murderer, even though getting involved threatens her life and her ghost lover's existence.
After their last case, Charlotte and the FBI team she works with are all taking a much-needed break, though Charlotte refuses to give up her research at a local prison. Distracted, she puts herself in danger, forcing her ghostly bodyguard—and current obsession—Michael to put his soul in danger protecting her. In the midst of that struggle, Lena, one of Charlotte’s FBI teammates, suspects that her sister Giselle has been taken by a Vegas serial killer. Flying to Sin City, Charlotte meets with her psychic friend Tam, who drives in from LA to help her shore up Michael’s ability to stay in the earthly plane. As the team investigates Giselle’s disappearance, Charlotte has to navigate personal relationships—aside from her problematic affinity to Michael, agent Tony Bartoli has expressed interest, and agents Lena and Buzz are involved in a complicated courtship that may not survive Giselle’s abduction—and leverage her ability to see ghosts to their advantage, without losing her credibility. In the third installment of the Dr. Charlotte Stone series, Robards takes a handful of unsettling and far-fetched plot points—violent serial killers, ghost affairs, ghost affairs with accused violent serial killers—and somehow makes them engaging, entertaining and credible. A little too much hand-wringing and second-guessing on Charlotte’s part is distracting, but Michael’s sexy, enigmatic character, Robards' adept worldbuilding and the clock-ticking rescue arc aided by paranormal witnesses create a compelling read, while the cliffhanger ending will bring readers back for more.
A tightly written ghostly romantic suspense novel with intriguing supernatural elements and sizzling sexual tension.