Ghost Shadow (Bone Island Trilogy, #1)
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Ghost Shadow (Bone Island #1)

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There are those who walk among us who are no longer alive, but not yet crossed over. They seek retribution…vengeance…to warn. Among the living, few intuit their presence.

Katie O'Hara is one who can.

As she’s drawn deeper and deeper into a gruesome years-old murder, whispered warnings from a spectral friend become more and more insistent. But Katie must uncover the truth: co

Paperback, 350 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Mira (first published January 1st 2010)
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Feb 18, 2013 D.G. marked it as dnf
Shelves: reviewed
What would you a call a woman that, at 4am and all by herself, goes to the house where a dead body was found?


This happened at the beginning of the book so I'll take it as clue of how she'll act during the rest of the story.

There were a lot of things about this books to like, but a lot of things that just weren't quite right. The heroine was likable and relatable, but other characters were harder to read. The dialogue was pretty clunky at times, and the "exposition fairy" was such a constant presence that it was almost a character in and of itself. And sadly, I never really got a feel for the hero's personality, and I didn't entirely buy the chemistry between the two characters.... it seemed kind of forced to me.

The premise of this book was so promising, but the execution of the story didn't live up to my expectations. The main character, Katie, was incredibly irritating-even though she sees ghosts. The conversations were painful--at one point the main love interest tells Katie that she has "grown up and out in all the right places." I didn't think the ending was as predictable as other people on GR, but I'm not always very quick on figuring things out. I did like the ghost Bartholomew and learning abou...more
I actually started listening to this a few days ago. I really liked the storyline in this book. Then again, mixing mystery and history always sucks me in. Then throw in a little touch of ghosts and I'm hooked until the end. Now on to find the next book in the series!
Nice solid romance. Graham did a wonderful job of bringing Key West to life and I really enjoyed the history of the islands that preceded the story. Bartholomew the ghost was probably my favorite character. I'm planning on finishing the trilogy at some point.
Both Katie and David are both from families that originated in the Florida Keys. The villian is also descended from someone who settled there years ago.

In the opening of you get quite a few historical facts about the Keys which I thought was awesome, before you the know the significance of the history to the story.

Katie is this intelligent woman who just happens to have always been able to see ghost. She has a constant companion in Bartholomew,but the others just come to her when they need hel...more
Ghost Shadow by Heather Graham
Book #1 in Bone Island Trilogy
2 Stars

Katie O’Hara can see and speak to ghosts. She plans on purchasing and refurbishing a wax museum where the gruesome discovery of a corpse was made several years before. Now, with the suspects returning to Key West and the new bodies piling up, Katie, with the help of her ghostly friends and the original victim’s ex-fiancé, must discover the identity of the killer before she becomes his next victim.

The macabre detai...more
*This is a review of the entire Bone Island Trilogy*

I promised myself no more Heather Graham after last year's ultra-disappointing "Flynn Brothers" trilogy. But I caved, yet again. As always, the premise of the book sucked me in. I had no expectations and thought this might be something light to read while recovering from an illness. I was actually pleasantly surprised. "Ghost Shadow" is genuinely creepy, even if the killer is somewhat obvious. The second book in the trilogy, "Ghost Night" is th...more
This book is the first entry in the Bone Island Trilogy by Heather Graham. Its setting is modern-day Key West, Florida, just prior to and during the infamous Fantasy Fest annual celebration.

The basic idea in the story is that, ten years ago, David Beckett’s ex-fiancé was murdered. Her body was found posed in the historical museum owned by David’s grandfather and David became the primary suspect. However, he had an ironclad alibi and the case was never solved. Now David, a successful photojournal...more
I like the ideas behind this trilogy, but the execution is lacking and the dialogue is really bad at times. In Writing 101, one of the first things you learn is "show, don't tell." I think the writer missed this memo. And, this may seem stupid but, the author is too liberal with exclamation marks...and always, it seems, in the wrong place. But, those flaws aside, I liked the story until the end...but I'm sorry, the "villain" and his reasons for the murders? Completely implausible. I'll probably...more
After finishing Deadly Night, I couldn't get enough of Heather Graham's storytelling. Unfortunately, our local bookstore didn't have the next in the series, so I ended up grabbing this one. The whole concept of seeing/talking to dead people can prove to be extremely creepy, which is what I was looking for.

I have not read anymore of her books, so my knowledge is somewhat limited. That being said, however, I feel as though all of her characters are cut from the same cloth. Her male lead is the cl...more
Kathy Jackson
Just realized I didn't write a review of this book. Well, maybe that isn't a bad thing.

Ghost Shadow wasn't horrible - it wasn't brilliant or great either. I would say I found it to be a general run-of-the-mill story with a plot that seems overdone these days. Heather Graham ladled on the drama and played up the suspense but overall it seemed to this reader that the book fell flat.

Katie O'Hara wasn't all that interesting of a character nor was David or the others that made up the meat of the st...more
I think this would have served me better if I read it than listened to it. The "he said", "she said", really stuck out for me with this version. I also had an issue with the last 10-ish tracks on the 7th CD. It skipped. Fortunately with this audio book, the CD's had 99 tracks, so losing the last 10 on that CD probably only cost 10 minutes of time.

I had rightly guessed who did it early on and really only had doubts briefly towards the end, but not strong enough to sway my opinion, just enough to...more
If you've taken a vacation away from Heather Graham, now is the perfect time to dive back into one of her books! I'll admit that while some of her recent books haven't been up to her usual standards, this one is firmly in the "good" category.

Key West is full of ghost & murder stories. David Beckett's ex-fiancee became one of them the moment her body was discovered in one of the exhibits at his father's wax museum. Ten years later wax museum has been closed for a while & the enticing Kati...more
Tammy Doherty
I keep reading Heather Graham books despite being disappointed time and again. I used to love her novels, but lately they are predictable. At least this time the two main characters showed (very) strong attraction before jumping into bed together. Some of Graham's other novels have the initial sex scene coming as if it was an afterthought and she had to squeeze it in somewhere.

The plot of this story was fairly predictable, and I figured out who the villian was about 1/2 way through the book. The...more
May 16, 2012 Cat added it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: not-finished

Try as I may, I couldn't finish this book. The dialogue was stunted and lacked the bounce of conversation, I felt like I was reading a Victorian novel rather than a modern day mystery. I couldn't get behind the main character -- her reason for exploring the murder and David was incredibly weak. I made it about half way through and his personality was bland and stand-offish, so I couldn't really understand why she was "drawn" to him. The story was boring, the characters dull, and there was never...more
This is the first book I've read by Heather Graham, and I picked it up at a library sale because the gorgeous purple cover caught my attention. And I see the author's name a lot and know she's fairly popular – I believe my mother is a big fan.

Katie O'Hara sees and talks to ghosts. I was reminded at first of the Jennifer Love Hewitt TV show “The Ghost Whisperer”, but with less angst. The comparison didn't last long, however, as Katie does not spend her days constantly being visited by spirits wh...more
smexys_sidekick (Tori-Smexybooks)
Favorite Quote: "I think I waited my whole life for you."

Katie O'Hara has a special gift-she can see the dead. As she’s drawn deeper and deeper into a gruesome decade old murder, whispered warnings from a ghostly friend become more and more insistent. But Katie must uncover the truth. Could David Beckett really be guilty of his fiancée’s murder? Worse, the body count’s rising on the Island of Bones, and history seems to be repeating itself. As Katie finds herself irresistibly drawn to David, wil...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Katie MacDonald owns her own business; Katie-oke where she works at her uncles bar O'Hara's. She's hopeful to soon become owner of Beckett museum, that was once the sight of a murder that transfixed the entire city of Key West. Of course, she can also see, and talk to ghosts like Bartholomew - a wise-cracking long dead privateer.

Then there's David Beckett, owner of the museum Katie wants to re-open. He, of course, nixes the idea and he and Katie end up investigating a series of bizarre murders,...more
Ed ecco, arrivata alla fine di una trilogia che mi è piaciuta moltissimo!
So che questo è il primo romanzo e non l'ultimo, ma avevo letto il secondo per sbaglio, poi mi sono lanciata sul terzo.
E' un romantic suspance, con un assassino da scoprire, e con una goccia di paranormale. Il tutto ambientato in una magnifica isola della Florida.
Katie O'Hara riesce a vedere i defunti, quelle anime che camminano nel nostro mondo, e per una ragione non riesco ad attraversare la luce, e rimangono legati alla...more
Dopo un inizio piuttosto traballante e noioso si viene subito catturati dall'atmosfera paradisiaca delle Keys e dei suoi abitanti.
Il libro nonostante sia stato pubblicato dalla collana Harmony Bluenocturne è decisamente diverso dagli altri suoi compagni, non ci sono scene di sesso bollente trite e ritrite, non ci sono vampiri che sfoggiano tutto il loro fascino demoniaco ma ci sono in compenso dei fantasmi che stanno dalla parte dei buoni, nonostante alcune loro apparizioni risultino piuttosto a...more
Heather Graham's "Ghost Shadow" kept me entertained. The characters were likable,the plot plausible and the mystery did have a few twists and turns. I really loved the setting in Key West. Graham provides fantastic mood with her descriptive setting and by incorporating Key West history (pirates, eccentric characters and ghosts) and legend into the book, gave it needed depth. The only issue I had was some of the dialogue. At times I felt it forced and not at all natural. This could totally be me...more
I got this trilogy through the library, and since they had all three books available I didn't really read the plot summary. So I was surprised when I started reading and realized that the books were set in Key West Florida! I was recently there this summer and it was great to actually know the streets and festivals that were happening in the book. It just made the book more interesting for me because of the stories and history I had just learned about while there were being mentioned in the book...more
I was interested in this novel after reading the prequel short story Ghost Memories. While this novel does not take up where the prequel ends, it does occur in modern times, on Key West. While I've not read much Heather Graham before,I get the impression she is loves the Florida Keys. Her novel, both this one and the previous one, are rich in the lore, history and mystery of Key West. That was one of the few things I liked about this novel.

I found myself being only mildly attracted to the main c...more
Apr 25, 2014 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jennifer by: Gail Burke
Shelves: ghost-stories
So I'm a sucker for all kinds of stories about Key West, Florida - and Heather Graham loves to write about Key West, so I just had to read her books! This book's modern day Key West murders have a link to the settlers, privateers and pirates of the Key West of 200 years ago. You can always count on Heather to throw in a few ghosts and bad guys to spice up the story! And there is even a recipe for Key Lime Pie, a Key West speciality!
A beautiful story of mystery an love.

A beautiful story of mystery an love.

The book was so well written. A tail of mystery, history and love. The story was easy to follow It started out slow but really picked up fast. I hated to put it down. I was also.most sad that it ended. Didn't guess the character in the end was the true murder.
I enjoyed this book. Katie can see ghost and has been able to since she was a child but knows people may think she is crazy. David comes home to Key West after running away when his ex-fiance' was murdered and he was found innocent. When he comes back to town more people are killed and David wants answers. Bartholomew the ghost is very sweet. I am from southern Florida so it was nice to get to "see" Key West again and here some of the history that I was too young to remember when I left. I am en...more
This was my first Heather Graham. I love ghost stories and this one had all the ingredients of a great one but it took me a little bit to get into the story and the writing style seems a little choppy. She tends to repeat things and most of the conversation seemed a little constructed and unnatural. Wasn't hard to figure out the killer long before the end of the book but I didn't mind that much.

What I liked best about the story is Bartholomew, the ghost of a pirate that follows around the female...more
Amanda Baril
This book was good. Not the best book, but a fun read. The other Heather Graham books I have read always seek to have a lot of characters. So it takes me a little while to get lost in her books. I just recently started the second book in this trilogy.
Another great book by Heather Graham! She is quickly moving up my list of 'must read' authors. Ghost Shadow is the first book in a trilogy that is being released in paperback a month apart from eachother. Genius! Even though I have a huge stack of books in my TBR pile, I want to go out and buy the next book in the series.

The characters were believable and entertaining. Even though, it is a series, the reader doesn't feel that the book in itself is incomplete. The books ending was very gratifying...more
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Also published as Heather Graham Pozzessere and Shannon Drake.

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some tria...more
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