The Vanishing (Fogg Lake #1) by Jayne Ann Krentz.
Published January 7, 2020 by Berkley.
Finished July 17, 2020.
3.88 average rating with 3,900 rating on GoodReads.
Synopsis from the book because GoodReads has it all wrong:
Decades ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, “The Incident” occurred: an explosion in the cave system that released unknown gases. The residents slept for two days. When they woke up they discovered that things had changed – they had changed. Some started having visions. Others heard ominous voices. And then, scientists from a mysterious government agency arrived. Determined not to become the research subjects of strange experiments, the residents blamed the their “hallucinations” on food poisoning, and the story worked. But now it has become apparent that the eerie effects of the Incident are showing in the descendants of Fogg Lake…
Catalina Lark and Olivia LeClair, been best friends and co-owners of an investigation firm in Seattle, using what they call the “second sight” to help solve cases. When Olivia suddenly vanishes, Cat frantically begins the search for her friend. No one takes the disappearance seriously except Slater Arganbright, an agent from the shadowy organization known only as the Foundation, who shows up at her firm with a cryptic warning.
A ruthless killer is hunting the only witnesses to a murder that occurred in the Fogg Lake caves fifteen years ago: Catalina and Olivia. And someone intends to make both women vanish.The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz
Krentz is a new author to me. Perk of working at a library! I have hundreds of new-to-me authors at my fingers tips (awful for my TBR to be honest). She is not new to the block either, she has a few dozen books to her name, and those are juts the ones that my library holds on the shelves. So, what what drew me in to this book. The cover for one. It’s beautiful and ominous, but I don’t quite get the girl that is walking away? The other things that caught my attention were the hints of paranormal (my first love), crime, and a killer hunting, and much to my happy surprise there is a steamy romance! There are some scenes that are HOT.
The book mostly stays in one POV, Catalina, but every once in a while it will switch and it takes a second to figure out who is talking. That bothered me a bit because it is side characters. We don’t get to know them as well as Catalina and so it is hard to recognize when they are talking.
The book is a quick read. It is fast paced, although, there are some drag points, but that is because we are getting details about someone or something. For the most part the plot moves along quickly. You are not confused about what is happening, unless it is a side character talking. Some of the extra characters are not even in the same state as the main character, so yeah, there is that.
I know it sounds like I didn’t enjoy the book. I really did! I like the “paranormal” aspect of it, I like that the MC was female lead who could think for herself and problem solve on a moments notice. I enjoy the action and the surprise steamy scenes! The next book comes out next year. I don’t think it follows the same people, but I can assume it will follow the same theme and we can expect the paranormal, strong female lead, steamy romance, and action as the first book. I have added the second book, ALL THE COLORS OF NIGHT (Fogg Lake # 2), to my TBR, but I won’t be jumping up and down to get it hot off the press. This series will be a filler book for me. You know the ones that you read to fill time and space with so you don’t fall into a seemingly never ending reading slump? Yeah.
THE VANISHING (Fogg Lake # 1) on GoodReads here.
ALL THE COLORS OF THE NIGHT (Fogg Lake # 2) on GoodReads here.