Review: The Presence

The Presence


The ultimate moneymaking plan…buy the ancient, run-down Scottish castle and turn it into a tourist destination. Toni Fraser and her friends will put on reenactments combining fact and fiction, local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall.

Just as someone arrives, claiming to actually be Laird MacNiall–a tall, dark, formidable Scot somehow familiar to Toni–the bodies of young women are found, dumped and forgotten in the nearby town.

But even stranger, how is it possible this laird exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance…yet sinister, lifelike dreams suggest he’s connected to the recent deaths. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But even if she wants to, can Toni trust him…when her visions seem to be coming from within the very eyes of the killer himself?

Rating: 5-stars


The Presence by Heather Graham is different from her other books but still has the same elements that I love. The way it’s written it a new take compared to the latest novels written by her. I was fascinated with the plot. The story took me to Scotland where there are old ruin down castles.

One of them was in really bad shape and the occupant just came back to claim his castle. However, it turns out that a group of Americans bought and paid for his castle and rebuilt it from inside out…only it turns out they were scammed.

The rightful owner is an investigator and his digs into their predicament and kindly allows them to stay on at the castle considering the money they lost. The group hosts ghost tours at the castle. But there is a serial killer among them and bodies are being found. The group is suspicious of each other and one of them is being haunted by a ghost relative of the castle’s owner.

Danger, mystery, humor, and a bit of romance all rolled into one incredible read. I enjoyed the cast of characters. Both the Scotts and Americans made for an entertaining journey.

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