Publication Date: January 7th 2020 by Berkley
About the book:
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.
Catalina and Olivia grew up in Fogg Lake where the town went through some sort of “incident” forty years back that left most with special/supernatural powers. Because of this the residents try to keep the town off the radar from outsiders, knowing how most of the world views claims of paranormal activity or sensitivity. They don’t want to become lab rats or have scientists descend onto the town making it their personal laboratory.
As teenagers, Catalina and Olivia witness a murder, though, there’s no evidence and the town believe they just hallucinated the whole event, but in the present witnessing this murder leads to Olivia and Catalina running into danger, and Olivia goes missing. Determined to find her friend Catalina reluctantly accepts the help of the Foundation, an organization that knows of Fogg Lake and deals in the supernatural, both protecting and policing those with special powers. However, in the past the Foundation wasn’t run by scrupulous individuals, so most aware of the paranormal community are wary of them. Slater Arganbright is one of the good guys, but Catalina doesn’t trust him at first. That doesn’t mean that the energies between them don’t spark and collide, with a burning attraction between them, but still, Catalina wants to be careful.
They investigate with dangers thrown their way, together they keep each other safe. This was a thrill ride at times, with Catalina and Slater scrapping by. I thought this was an entertaining start to the Fogg Lake series, but still I had a bit of trouble with the pacing. I think explaining and establishing the ins and outs of this world slowed the pace for me. The book wraps up the immediate mystery, but there’s more to come with the factions involved.
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