Review: The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz

Posted January 7, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 30 Comments

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Review: The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz
The Vanishing

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Series: Fogg Lake #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on January 7, 2020
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

A new atmospheric romantic suspense series with a strong psychic element from this author will always get me perking right up and ready to grab it for a read.  It only took the prologue to prove the high anticipation was not wasted.

Review

The Vanishing is the first in a series centering on a remote community in the mountains where years before a government run paranormal lab’s explosion had certain unique effects on the people of the nearby town and following generations.  The lab and others like it were shut down, but now someone is interested in picking through the clues to find the labs and the secrets hidden there.  They will stop at nothing even murder and kidnapping to achieve their goals.

Catalina Lark is one of the gifted residents of Fogg Lake who has since moved to Seattle and set up a detective agency with her best friend, Olivia, to discreetly use their psychic talents to handle their cases.  Olivia disappears and Catalina must accept the help of the dreaded Foundation, an agency meant to help guide, assist, and police those with psychic abilities.  It has a bad rep after the previous leadership went on a power trip and even after their removal she had a bad experience with the new leader.  No, she doesn’t want to accept a Foundation agent, but the clock is ticking on Olivia’s disappearance.

Slater Arganbright, recently given a cautious clean bill of health after exposure to radiation did crazy things to his psychic abilities and left him grappling with control, is sent by his uncle into the field to investigate a pair of murders that he feels have ties to the legendary Vortex and experimentation labs.  He is told the history between his uncle and Catalina so is well aware she’s nearly hostile about his presence until he has a chance to prove himself.

The Vanishing jumped right into the excitement and suspense I love to see and feel up front in a story.  The psychic element was a fun twist on the already intense conspiracies, murder and kidnapping.  Instead of aliens and Roswell or Area 51, the author went with paranormal phenomena and psychic energy.  It was great.

The characters were tough Catalina who knows her job, has control over her psychic gift, and has a little vulnerability when it comes to men not handling all there was about her in the past- usually seeing her as a freak.  Slater is skilled and intelligent as well and his weakness is fear of the changes in his psychic gifts that are darker making him feel like a monster.  I was vested in both of them easily and engaged in their story working as partners to solve Slater’s case and find Olivia.  The story is more action-focused even with their relationship which is based on attraction and a soul-mate like compatibility pull, but I didn’t mind because the overall story was engrossing.

The situation is kept a mystery and slowly peels back the layers of how the past and the present converge and leaves the reader to keep reading to see who the players are and what their agendas are.  The set up and investigation got things rolling slowly compared to the pace of the last quarter of the book.  Some good twists and dangerous moments happened and a ‘for now’ wrap up that completed this story thread, but showed where the series arc is taking us.  Can’t wait!

All in all, this was a abso-fab series start and I look forward to what comes next in this exciting world of psychics, secret labs and romance.  Those who enjoy slightly spicy romantic suspense with a paranormal element should pick this one up.

My thanks to Berkley for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
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I really need to start reading her books again because this book sounds like one I would like.

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, good place to start since its an all new series. I loved the psychic element and how she used it.

Melliane
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I heard great things about this one!

Sophia Rose
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I’m betting a ton of people will love it. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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This reminded me of the Arcane Society series and I cannot wait for the next book 🙂

Sophia Rose
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I still haven’t read those and need to get on it at some point. Yes, bring on the next book. 🙂

Angie Elle
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I had no idea that this was part of a new series. I’m definitely adding this to my TBR.

Thanks for the recommendation!

Great review! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes! Doesn’t it sound great, Angie? I can’t wait for more.

Lindsi
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This definitely sounds like something I’d enjoy, so thanks for putting it on my radar! Adding it to my TBR now. 🙂

Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

Sophia Rose
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Sure thing! I had a good time with it and hope you do, too, Lindsi!

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I thought this was a great start to the series, too! Definitely an entertaining read. Glad to see you enjoyed it, as well, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, it will be fun to see what comes next after those little twisty reveals at the end.

Lover of Romance
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I really like the idea of it having psychic elements in the suspense of it all, she does great in her plot writing, so I am looking forward to this one. Glad you had such a fun time with this one.

Sophia Rose
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I do, too, Renee. It was used to add to the mystery and suspense and I loved that.

Angela @ Simply Angela
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You’ve just confirmed that I have to read this book! Great review, Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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You’ve got my vote to do it. Hope you have a good time with it, Angela!

Lily
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I almost want to give up everything else I am reading and dive into it 😀

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, glad I could tempt you, Lily!

Carole Rae
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“psychics, secret labs and romance.” Fun!

Sophia Rose
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Absolutely!

Anne - Books of My Heart
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I’m seeing this around. It looks good and I love the psychic mind skills. Wonderful review!

Sophia Rose
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Yes, the psychic element paired with the mystery was what grabbed my attention, too.

Nadene
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This is an author I used to enjoy. I need to get back to reading her work.

Sophia Rose
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Yes!!! It’s reunion time, Nadene!

Carole's Random Life in Books
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This sounds wonderful! I have only read a couple of Jayne Ann Krentz’s books but have enjoyed them. I really like that this book incorporates psychic abilities.

Sophia Rose
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I’ve read a few of hers, too, and I’ve read some of her sci-fi. I’ve not read her Amanda Quick books, but I think this must be like them.

Crystal
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This sounds like an interesting read. I love that it features paranormal and suspense elements. Plus, I like how there are various conflicts the MCs are struggling with. Adding this to my TBR!

Sophia Rose
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Super! Glad it sounds intriguing to you, Crystal. I like that combo, too.

Greg
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Ooh I just saw this in a library newsletter of all places, and while I’ve never read Krentz, it sounded awesome. I love the idea of people with psychic abilities opening a PI agency! I’m so glad you liked it, now I’m definitely going to get it!

Sophia Rose
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I’ve gotten a few gems from library recs and displays. Glad I could nudge it toward you and hoping its a fun read, Greg. 🙂