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Haunted (Harrison Investigation #1)

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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  3,699 ratings  ·  202 reviews
Love is everywhere. . .

When does a gift become a curse?

Matt Stone doesn't believe in ghosts. But there are those who are convinced his home, a historic Virginia estate that dates back to the Revolutionary War, is haunted. Pressured to get at the truth about some strange happenings at Melody House, he agrees to let Harrison Investigations explore the house. But he isn't rea
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Paperback, 370 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Mira Books
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UnholyTwerp
This book pissed me off so much that if it had been a real paperback, I would have torn it in two just so I could throw both parts against the wall.

At first, it was just annoying and boring. Despite the fact that Matt is antagonistic and hostile, Darcy is falling for him. He calls her a fraud and a liar so frequently it's a red flag for future abuse, instead of getting as far away from this jerk as she can, she's so overwhelmed with lust she falls right into bed with him. Fine, another romance b
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Sandra
Two and a half stars. I gave it three stars because I finished it and wasn't tempted not to. Having said that, I wanted a paranormal story. This is not. It's romance. And not even terribly believable romance. Matt is surly and insulting to Darcy. And the conflict that is supposed to leave you wondering if they'll get together is because he doesn't believe in ghosts, so she gives him the willies? Didn't work for me. I really would have liked much more time to be spent on the paranormal aspects of ...more
Marilyn
this book was poorly written, i didn't bother finishing it. Dialog was so bad!! I love a good, easy read, but this was just brainless drivel.
Jess
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Kelly
As I put down the recent “Idiot’s Guide to writing a Horror Story”, I have to wonder where have all the dysfunctional, psychotic, and downright creepy writers gone? Was there a mass relocation I missed? Have they gone into hiding or been taken down by a group of angry soccer moms? Or has it simply been turned into giving the people what you think they want and no longer infusing your own nightmares into it? (I’m looking at you Mr. D’Ammassa.)

The book started out so good, with a plot that was bo
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Katy
Overall I enjoyed this book - I enjoy Ms. Graham's thrillers and paranormal books, but I am not a fan of romance novels and this book reminded me why - because she stuck right to the formula when playing the romance. Why oh WHY does a guy who is normally perfectly nice turn into an obnoxious jerk when he meets the woman to whom he is attracted? And WHY does a woman who is normally fairly self-assured start questioning her every move and motivation? And WHY WHY WHY do they need to spend practical ...more
Tracie
I didn't mean to read this book so quickly, but I kept coming back to it. So it's gets a 4 from me. I wasn't even tempted to skip to the end and cut it short.

Haunted is part of a loosely connected series of books, all involving the Harrison Investigations series--"Ghostbuster". I've listened to several. All have had suspense, romance, ghosts, and real flesh and blood killers.

The suspense in Haunted was good, although I had a pretty good outline of the rest of the book in my head by the middle.
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Joanie
I gave this a two because while I liked the story line the writing kind of stunk. It was choppy, awkward, and just... yeah... The story? It's the Typical Graham storyline. There's a girl. There's a guy. There's something ghosty like and woogy. Boy and girl get closer, and things get woogier (or more woogy if you will). Sex type stuff happens followed by tension and doubt. Everything resolves itself when $%^& hits the fan, and the woogy mystery is solved by boy and girl, and the obligatory se ...more
Maura
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Doris
Having read quite a number of the so-called 'Harrison Series', I am glad to finally having found the first one, the initial story on how things came about. Adam Harrison became a father late in life and had a very gifted son - in this novel, Josh' story is finally told.
Haunted, as the title itself suggests, is a paranormal adventure taking place in 'historic Virginia' - on one of those huge plantations with an old mansion and various other buildings on it. As is deemed only right with such a pro
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Aurian Booklover
Matt Stone is the Sheriff of Stoneyville and the owner of an ancient mansion. Paying for its upkeep is not easy and he has had to open up the house to tours and other events. But recently some spooky things have happened, and he is not happy at all. He also does not believe in ghosts, and thinks someone living must be behind it all. But when Adam Harrison calls him and asks to be allowed to investigate the house, he agrees. Adam was a good friend of his grandfather and he trusts him to debunk th ...more
Merredith
This is a random book I picked up from our communal bookshelf at work. Paranormal investigation sounded great! I liked the beginning where we learn about how Darcy got her psychic powers. And then we switch and meet this haunted house. But when Grown Up Darcy comes to investigate it, the main guy, Matt is unreasonably mean and rude. And they say oh it's because of his ex. But even so, it's just a bit unbelievable that he would act that way. Of course it's so they can do this whole are they gonna ...more
Jennifer
This was a pretty lackluster ghost story coupled with a pretty lackluster relationship that read like a Lifetime movie of the week.

This Matt character was so unbelievably annoying it's difficult to believe any woman with a semblance of intelligence would find this irritating, grouchy, stick in the mud at all attractive. It's clear that something supernatural is going on in his house what with all of the screaming hysterical witnesses to such, but it seems that since all of the eye witness accoun
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Kim
I first read this book back in high school and I've reread it a few times over the years, and I've never ceased to love it. The mystery of it is highly entertaining, and the romance is interesting but not too overbearing in the story.

An excellent paranormal mystery, definitely worth reading.
Louisa
Oh, I really enjoyed this book, much more then I was expecting! The first book in a long series, that spun off another long series, and yeah, I had to read the ending near the beginning of reading this book, so I knew who the bad guy was, and loved how it all came together!
Tara Holman
I have never read any books by Heather Graham and have been wanting to give this author a try for quite some time. This book was a little lack-luster, so I will probably not finish the series, but may instead try another book by Graham in the future. This book is the first in the Harrison Investigation series and the story centers on The Melody House- a home of great historical value, where those who currently reside there wonder if there is more to the myths of haunting and if maybe that some p ...more
Sherry
One of Heather Graham's better books; I really enjoyed the story. The combination of paranormal, romance and suspense is well balanced out.
ShaunaLee
Well, I don't know why I avoided this author for so long. I must have her mixed up with someone else because her writing is nothing like what I expected. Very glad to be corrected now.

I haven't read a good old ghost story in a while so I enjoyed that aspect. It was fluffy happy, slightly predictable, generic character conflict as far as a woman that sees ghosts and a man that doesn't believe in them at all... but I liked it anyways and I felt a constant draw to keep reading. There was a good ba
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Sandi Willis
This is the first book of the Harrison Investigation series. The story begins with Darcy and her friend Josh Harrison, and what happened after they attended their prom together. It is here we find out that Josh could foresee the future, including his own death. Darcy comes to have a gift to see the spirits of dead people ("I see dead people") which is why she works for Harrison Investigations. Darcy goes to Stoneyville, Virginia to Melody House, to investigate ghosts that see to haunt the home. ...more
Rita
In my quest to find ghost stories without added vampires and zombies I happened across this book. It did fulfill that criteria as there were only ghosts, along with mystery, history, and romance. The story is based on a psychic and ghost hunter who works for an agency that is out to find the truth about ghosts. The story is believable and the characters interesting.

This author had a bunch of books on the shelves so I was a little disappointed with the writing. There were discrepancies and the w
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Brandy
Tras un largo parón durante todo este mes, en vez de seguir con Dune, decidí cogerme esta novelita para volver a la rutina lectora.
El libro ha cumplido la función de entretenerme durante los trayectos del bus pero si me pongo a compararlo con otros libros tanto de género romántico como de misterio, la verdad es que este no es ninguna maravilla.
Reconozco que enseguida me hice con los personajes pero el desarrollo de la trama hace aguas por todos lados. Aparte de que apenas hay descripciones que t
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Kimberly
I really enjoyed this book. I have never read Graham before but I will be running out to get the next couple books in the Ghost/Harrison Investigation series trust me. In short: Victorian home, Owner (Matt)doesn't believe in ghost but everyone says they are being attacked by one, Investigator (Darcy) comes in, They fall in love. Yes that is the basis of the story but there is so much more going on. About 2/3 of the way through I thought I had it figured out, who the ghost was, how she dies, etc ...more
Kristy
Apr 14, 2012 Kristy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery/paranormal readers
This book is part of the Harrison Investigation series by Heather Graham. She’s an author who makes the story come alive for me. Her writing is detailed and vivid. This book was about a paranormal investigator named Darcy who comes to a historic home to investigate the haunting going on there and the many ghosts that are said to roam around the property. She soon finds herself in the midst of both a past and present murder mystery in which she must discover the truth. She must put Melody House’s ...more
faeriemyst
May 04, 2008 faeriemyst rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of ghostly romantic suspense
I picked up Haunted after I had finished The Seance, and I was unaware that they both feature Adam and Harrison Investigations. I'm all set to read The Vision that I just picked up from the library. Even though I've completely juggled around the order of when they were written, it's lucky for me that they are standalones. In the prologue it gave background information about Adam's son, Josh, who was mentioned just briefly in The Seance, and he plays a big part in this book, so I was happy to fin ...more
Amanda
the books by Heather Graham are actually the first ones i started reading when I got old enough to understand/comprehend what i was reading, and i loved every minute of the books! Haunted was the first ever non-biography book i have read (the first one was Reba McEntire's life story) and i really liked it and to this day, i still have this book as well as Ghost walk and Dead on the Dancefloor.. The titles are cheesy but the books are so good!! Haunted was actually my favorite in the series.
Spring Baxter
I was excited to try a Heather Graham book. She has SO many written that I knew she had to have great writing. I go home with a book that was in the middle of a series, so I returned to check out book 1. I AM SO GLAD I DID.

I ended up reading this book in two days, putting off my homework. The book if full of action, mystery, adventure, romance (only a little), thrilling people, and a great, but slightly expect, twist.

I can not wait to get my hands on book two! :)
Mary Bird
I picked this book up randomly at a Goodwill, and I did so without having read anything else by this author before. I enjoyed it! It's compelling though not really that scary, but I don't think that was entirely the point anyway. It's definitely meant to be a bit more romance-y than truly spooky, but I didn't think it detracted. I was interested in Darcy and in the case, and I'd be interested to read more from Heather Graham!
Lindsey
Darcy is a paranormal investigator on assignment at the ancestral home of a sheriff - Matt Stone. the home is full of history and benign ghosties, but one of these specters has become violent in its quest to be heard - slapping the cleaning lady, pulling the hair of a guest, stuff like this.

Darcy is the real deal - but it takes Matt basically the whole book to trust her. it does not take him the whole book to fall into bed with her. ha

the mystery element was solid and i was totally fooled by the
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Barbara
While in college my reading lists were provided by my professors. Now, I have the opportunity to read for fun and I am taking full advantage. I love Heather Graham's books because they are fun and easy reads. Yes, the characters are often irritating but not enough to spoil the book. Graham is one of my "go to" authors for fun reads.
Dharia Scarab
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

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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
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Other Books in the Series

Harrison Investigation (8 books)
  • Ghost Walk  (Harrison Investigation, #2)
  • The Vision (Harrison Investigation, #3)
  • The Dead Room (Harrison Investigation, #4)
  • The Seance (Harrison Investigation, #5)
  • The Death Dealer (Harrison Investigation, #6)
  • Unhallowed Ground (Harrison Investigation, #7)
  • Nightwalker (Harrison Investigation, #8)
Ghost Walk  (Harrison Investigation, #2) Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters, #1) Deadly Night (Flynn Brothers, #1) Ghost Shadow (Bone Island Trilogy, #1) Deadly Harvest (Flynn Brothers, #2)

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“living or dead, it’s always people that haunt the living!” Mae said” 1 likes
“It would all be fine. Darcy could handle any man, living...
Or dead.”
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