Hallowed Halls

Fiction - Crime
332 Pages
Reviewed on 03/10/2019
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Author Biography

Before becoming an award-winning author, H.E. (Lainie~) Kline was a former Federal Official Court Reporter who specialized in realtime expert, medical, and scientific testimony. Kline is an RPR, RMR, CRR, and has a Bachelor's in English ... "I write fiction," Kline says, "to creatively intertwine nonfiction into contemporary paranormal romance, crime fiction, mystery, science fiction, and horror in a concerted effort to give a 'voice' to those whose voice may have been forgotten or lost in translation" - Boston.com

A Special Message to All Readers Past, Present & Future: I would like to thank all of the readers who have taken the time to reach out to me after having read one of my "crazy" (as my kids would say) supernatural stories, either on Twitter or Facebook, and who have now become my friends. Connecting with you has been the single most rewarding experience of my life (except, of course, for raising three children) ... please friend me on Facebook @https://www.facebook.com/helana.kline.39 or follow me on Twitter @https://twitter.com/heKline or contact my website: http://helanakline.wixsite.com/immolation

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Hallowed Halls by H.E. Kline is an engrossing crime thriller with a lot of courtroom drama featuring an exceptional female protagonist. Becky Lawrence graduated from Harvard Law School and lands her dream job. She is the Assistant U.S. Attorney. But she has a huge problem. She is irresistibly attracted to her intelligent, handsome, and brash boss, Zach Woods, who happens to be a married man. She has an even bigger problem—a ghost prowls the courthouse, seeking the justice he was once denied.

H.E. Kline lets readers in on what happens in the courthouse — the injustices, the crimes, and the controversial situations that are capable of blowing the reader’s mind. The reader is left in no doubt that this crime thriller is written by an expert, someone who has worked the courtroom for many years and paid attention to everything happening there. The narrative combines crime and legal themes with romance to create an exciting reading experience for readers. The characters are complex with deep layers, but they are real; even Charlie, who will arouse the reader’s sympathy and sense of pathos.

Hallowed Halls is a story that is filled with symbolism and irony. It is ironic that a place that is supposed to represent justice becomes one of the places that reflects the worst forms of injustice. Hallowed Halls narrates a reality that is filled with ignominy. The prose is wonderful, the drama exciting, and the characters hugely entertaining. This thriller kept me reading through the night.

Rabia Tanveer

Hallowed Halls by H.E. Kline is a thriller that had me hooked the moment I read the blurb. I have never read a gothic thriller, so I didn’t have any idea what to expect. But I have read other novels by Kline so I knew that I could expect some pretty strong characters, an intense story line and special attention to the plot. I had high expectations and I am glad that she did not let me down. This novel raised the bar for me and had me begging for more by the time the story ended.

This is the story of Assistant US Attorney Becky Lawrence. A Harvard graduate who is finally living her dream, she cannot believe her luck that she has her dream job and she is working under a charismatic man who does a damn good job. He is brilliant at his job, so it's too bad that Becky is developing feelings for him. He is handsome, awesome, maybe a little rude and also married. Becky is determined to keep her emotions out of it and do her job, but there is something that is making her job tough. Something not alive and seeking justice is roaming the courthouse and Becky just might be the person to help!

What I really love about Kline is that she always adds more layers to her novels that you can't anticipate. You think that you know what will happen next, but you really don’t. Just when you think that you have figured the flow and the plot out, she will throw a curve ball at you and you will be blown away. I loved the writing style, the development and the strong characters. This is yet another brilliant novel by Kline that I absolutely adored.