by Jayne Ann Krentz
Series: Fogg Lake #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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From New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz comes a new gripping romantic suspense trilogy fraught with danger and enigma.
Forty years ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, "The Incident" occurred: an explosion in the cave system that released unknown gases, causing peculiar effects on its residents, such as strange visions and ominous voices. Not wanting the government to get involved, they chalked it up to the hallucinogenic effects of mushrooms. Little did they know these effects would linger through the generations....
Residents Catalina Lark and Olivia Dayton have been best friends for years and own an investigation firm together, using what they call the "other sight" to help with their business. When Olivia goes missing, Cat frantically begins the search for her alone when the town does nothing about it. When scientist Slate Trevelyan shows up, she has no choice but to accept his help even though there's something about him she just can't trust. The duo discovers someone is hunting the two witnesses of a murder in Fogg Lake fourteen years ago—the very one Cat and Olivia witnessed as teens, one that they couldn't prove happened. Cat and Slate's search for Olivia takes them down a rabbit hole that is far more dangerous and mysterious than they ever expected, and with a killer in their midst, neither of them can foresee who will come out alive
Are you looking for your next romantic suspense novel? The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz is the first in her new Fogg Lake trilogy. Elements of paranormal woo-woo, danger, suspense and plenty of heated swoons made this a page-turner.
Krentz is one of my favorite authors. She writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (Amanda Quick) and futuristic (Jayne Castle). I love the paranormal elements she brings to these worlds and my love began with the Arcane Society series. This new series reminds me of that world.
The story opens with two young girls, Catalina Lark and Olivia Dayton, spending the night in the caverns at Fogg Lake. A ritual for teens in this tight-knit community with its spotty electricity and shared secrets. Only the girls witness a murder and escape by entering one of the side caves. There they encounter weird energy. In the morning they return home and share their gruesome tale. Convinced the girls were hallucinating, nothing comes of it and soon even the girls believe.
Fast-forward and the girls, now women own a successful private investigation firm in Seattle. Both have a psychic talent but guard that secret. When Olivia goes missing, scientist Slate Trevelyan from the Foundation shows up. He was coming to ask for her assistance on a case, but it appears the two incidents are related and Olivia isn’t the only one in danger.
Secret government facilities, psychic testing and hot artifacts quickly pulled me into this captivating tale. Slater also has abilities and had some recent trouble which I found rather intriguing.
The chemistry between Catalina and Slater was present from the start and only intensified as they began working the case. Danger, nail-biting escapes and discoveries soon brought these two together. Secondary characters like the Uncles, villains, and townfolk of Fogg Lake added interest.
Krentz is skilled at creating fleshed out characters and at making the romance feel genuine. This story was no exception. I was quickly rooting for our couple as I became wrapped up in the case and their blossoming romance.
The storyline wrapped up nicely but the danger and story is far from over. Krentz gave us a hint of things to come and at the masterminds behind the crimes. I for one cannot wait for the next installment.
If you are looking for an addictive romantic suspense with some paranormal woo-woo, grab The Vanishing. You won’t be sorry.
Great review Kimberly. It has been a long time since I have read a JAK book, this one sounds like a good one to get me reading this author again.
I love a good romantic suspense and it sounds like it really worked in this novel! Good characters is so important when it comes to romance and it sounds like this book brings it.
Anne - Books of My Heart
I love the cover and the psychic mind skills. Fantastic review! I’ll have to try to read this one.
Glad to see you enjoyed this, too! I look forward to the continuing story. 🙂
I am adding this to my reading list.
I have had my eye on this one, and I love the romantic suspense novels I’ve read by this author. Thanks for sharing; great review!
This is the second review today I have seen for this. I think you liked it more than the other person but it does sound interesting. I might have to consider getting it and trying it.
i have been reading krentz for a long time and this series sounds like a perfect one for me. fabulous review and it makes me want to meet the characters
It’s been years since I haven’t read one of her books. But I did enjoy many so I should read more
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
Krentz is always a guaranteed fun read and this one sounds really good! It was already on my TBR but now I’m really looking forward to it.
Jenea's Book Obsession
I so need this book, it sounds amazing!
I’m always up for a good thriller. I’m still not completely sold with the inclusion of a paranormal aspect but it really sounds like a suspenseful mystery.
She has done this with her Arcane series and it has the same vibe, artifacts that possess strange abilities, intuition, prophecy, etc. I think it so cool. She introduced to me to my first paranormal book with her novel Second Sight (Arcane Society #1)
Debbie S Haupt
I grabbed this on Netgalley and it’s on my short list but I’ve got a few contracts to get off my kindle first. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kim!
talk about burying head in the sand, so I’m guessing the lake is the culprit?