This is a really good book and if you like her others, I definitely recommend it. I go to Karen Robards' books when I am in the mood for a book where the romance story seems to be primary and the crime/murder secondary. I also like Lisa Jackson's books but in my opinion, hers tend to have the crime/murder being primary and the romance secondary. I don't believe one is better than the other, just different.
I love Karen Robards, so I went along with the paranormal aspects of this book. Even though thats not really my thing, I think she pulled it off.
Nicky Sullivan is a cub reporter and correspondent for the "24-Hour Investigates" news magazine (think 48-Hours), and is out to prove herself so that she can attain her goal of co-host on a New York based morning news program. Sometimes her ambition clouds her judgment and sense of safety.
In her hometown of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, a grisly unsolved mystery still haunts the residents. With the help of her psychic mother, she plans a live on-air seance to bring the dead teens back to solve the crime on national television. The problem is her psychic mom is blocked. But the show must go on, despite protestations of the town mayor and harried new police chief, Joe Franconi. Joe has his own set of issues, including discussions with a long-dead friend, Brian.
Soon, another murder with the same M.O. occurs, and it looks like Nicky is another of the intended victims. Joe does his best to protect her, but she won't have it - she had to be at the crux of the action. He would have been better off letting the killer take care of her.
From the moment they meet, Joe is attracted to Nicky. She, on the other hand is quite surly since no one gets in her way of the story, even to the detriment of an on-going police investigation. I never really felt like the connection was there on her end - she seemed to be using him to further her career, so the romance was lukewarm. Joe has a checkered past, which threatens his new position in the wrong hands (i.e., an ambitious reporter).
Sparks fly between the police chief and a reporter when they are thrown together when a brutal killer comes out of hiding after 15 years.