Sunday, January 5, 2020

Review & Giveaway: The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz

Publication Date: January 7th 2020 by Berkley
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
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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.

My Thoughts:
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.

 3.5 Suns

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  1. I love Jayne's books, and this one sounds so good. Thanks for this chance to read it.

  2. I’ve never read anything by Krentz but she seems to be a mainstay in romantic suspense. I like the premise of this one but it’s too bad the world building and set up slowed down the pacing. Hopefully the next entry will hit the ground running.

  3. Slow pacing can be so challenging. Hopefully the next books will pick up since so much world building won't have to take place.

  4. Looking forward to reading The Vanishing. Thank you

  5. This thriller has an intriguing premise and I look forward to reading it and seeing if I too find the pacing slow. Thanks for the review.

  6. Jayne doesn't disappoint. Thanks for the chance.

  7. It has been some time since my last thrilling read

  8. Hopefully the pacing picks up in the books that follow. :D

  9. the pacing scares me a bit but I have this and looking forward to it myself.

  10. I have only read one or two of Jayne Ann Krentz's books but have enjoyed the ones that I did read. I like the sound of the paranormal aspects of this book even though it sounds like it is a slow read at times. Sounds like this could prove to be a great series.

  11. I enjoyed this more than you, but I was so excited to have a storyline with artifacts and Arcane society goodies I was squeeing the entire time.

  12. I love Jayne's books and I'm always ready for the next one.

  13. This sounds like such a fun story with the whole town having supernatural powers. I like that you have the added suspense and romance. I can see where the pacing would slow down with all of the explanation though. Great Review Rachel :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  14. I absolutely LOVE this cover! It is stunning! This book sounds fantastic! I have enjoyed the books I have read by this author!