Raye Larson is a woman with a mysterious past, she was found on the side of the road and raised by foster parents in the small town of New Bergin Wisconsin. Raye is a kindergarten teacher that doesn’t fit in with the town, she doesn’t look like them and she has the ability to talk to ghosts. She keeps her ability to herself but when murders start to take place in her home town she might be the only one that can help.
The small town murder has also gotten the attention of New Orleans homicide detective Bobby Doucet. Bobby has been tracking a killer that has been leaving a certain mark on the murder victims. With the murder in Wisconsin being similar, he shows up to investigate the crime. When Bobby meets Raye sparks fly and the two work together to find the killer. What they also find is the answers to Raye’s mysterious background and how it’s tied to the killings.
In The Air Tonight by Lori Handeland is a paranormal romance that builds into a much more complex story as it moves along. As I started this book I thought it would be a basic story of a guy meeting a woman and they manage to solve a mystery as they fall in love. When I started reading this book I thought I knew how the relationship between Raye and Bobby would go, but it didn’t go that way which made the book better. While you do have an awesome love story here, there is much more going on then meets the eye.
Lori Handeland also creates her own spin on Wiccan mythology and there is a theme of fitting into society when your different then everyone else. In the beginning of the story Raye is presented as a misfit who has lived her life as a square peg in a round hole. She soon discovers that there are others out there like her and she wasn’t as alone as she thought. Of course finding out there are others like her creates a whole new set of problems that she isn’t quite ready for.
My favorite part of the book were the scenes with the ghosts, I liked the concept of Raye talking to ghosts and each ghosts having its own personality. In particular there is a scene from a ghost’s point of view where you find out a lot about the main characters without them even being in the scene. The ghost that I liked the best was Stafford, a ghost that haunts the kindergarten where Raye works. Stafford maybe a minor character but you learn enough about him where you can’t help to like him.
In The Air Tonight might be a paranormal romance but there is enough going on in the story where people who don’t like romances will enjoy it also. This is the first book in a three book series, the way the story builds in this one makes me wonder where Lori Handeland is going to take it. Its like she built a foundation and now she is going on to make the house bigger in the rest of the series. If you like a story with good characters and a fascinating mythology, you should check this one out.