Review by: Charlayne Elizabeth Denney
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Psychotherapist Cate Duncan is done with danger. Her training at the MacGregor Group’s parapsychology clinic has brought one crisis after another. So when Skeet, her research colleague, offers Cate and her boss-turned-boyfriend Ben a working vacation at his secluded hunting lodge, they jump at the chance.
In this, the final book of The Healing Light series, Anise Eden has brought pyshotherapist Cate Duncan into yet another danger. Working for the MacGregor Group, still in her ParaTrain Internship phase, she and Ben MacGregor take the team into the Smithsonian to examine how the team works with the double kheir ritual that they managed to pull off in book 2 of the series, All The Wounds In Shadows. Still mourning her mother’s death, all Cate wants to do is finish the training and start working with clients of the group, and maybe explore the budding relationship she has with Ben. After the Smithsonian examination, she and Ben take off to drop by her mother’s cousin, Ardis’s bed and breakfast.
To her surprise, the head of the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), the man who headed up the project at the NIMH headquarters, Rex Gastrell, known to most as Skeet, was sitting at Ardis’s table. He tells Cate that he is an old fraternity brother of her absent father, who died in a hunting accident over a year before. Her father left her an inheritance, part ownership of Mercier Lodge, and Skeet would like her and Ben to come up, check out the Lodge, as well as another group of parapsychologists that he’s building, and see if they could work together.
All the alarm bells are going off for both Cate and Ben, but it may be the only chance she has to find out more about the father she never knew and they decide to go and see what they can find out.
Mercier Lodge is much more than they were led to believe and many things aren’t adding up, starting with a mysterious drugging of Ben the first night. All of the information they keep finding out leads them to believe that this is much more than they can see. The rest of the McGregor team comes out to help examine the research that Skeet’s doing on the double kheir and they begin to believe there’s danger that will take all of their skills to discover and eliminate.
And it all connects to Cate’s past and her father, threatening to separate Ben and Cate forever.
So much went on in All the Light There Is and it’s just as brilliant as the first two books in the series. Anise Eden masterfully weaves the thrilling story about the inheritance, double dealing government officials, and back-woods hunters with the paranormal and the Marines. This is one of those books that I couldn’t put down, I wanted to follow every thread as Cate and Ben did and see what could possibly be so wrong with such a great place in the woods.
The only thing I could possibly dislike about this book and the entire series is that it’s the final book in the series. I would LOVE to see much more of Cate and Ben, the others in the MacGregor group, and see how they work with the paranormal they are all so skilled with. The universe she created has so many stories left to read and I would love to explore more of the side stories of the team.
This series is well-worth reading, more than once even, because the world Anise Eden has created is so well done.