Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on January 7, 2020
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.
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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