I was so glad when LH resurrected the NightCreatures series, and thought that the 2010 release Marked By The Moon was possibly the best tale of all, which made this and future books autobuys.
It's not that this book is bad, but it does not 'fit' the pattern that we've seen so far: Kris, an American producer of a series that de-bunks myths has been told her series has been cancelled, so she's funded her own trip to Loch Ness to de-bunk Nessie. She goes off alone, with just her laptop for company, and her best friend Lola back in the US is the only one who knows where she is, via intermittent check-ins. Her mother died when she was young, and her father and brother abandonned her.
The locals welcome her, as she's posing as a paying tourist and author, and Edward Mandenauer finds her one day, offers her a stash of cash to report things back to him, which she agrees to, but she doesn't seem to do this very often, just when Mandenauer 'appears' on her laptop out of the blue, or on her sofa. He seems to have some technology that enables him to pop up on her laptop, that is secretive and one of the many things only available to the Jaeger-Suchers.
The mystery is a guy called Liam, the Keeper of the loch, who seems to appear only at night and who disappears as soon as day dawns, and who seems to be known to the locals as Billy, with the locals consipiring with him and hiding him when bodies of dead girls appear...but there's also a witch and an FBI agent and locals with tattooes with meanings, and ancient legends....
As I say, it's hard to tie in with the series, despite appearances from Mandenauer, his access to technology, his wanting Kris to work for him and yes, some mystery surrounding the deaths and Liam only ever appearing at night. It's an ok read, but now makes me wonder whether I should bother with Crave The Moon, due out in Jun 2011. Definitely not the Keeper that its predecessor was.