The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz
Series: Fogg Lake #1
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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.
Fogg Lake is an isolated town. Forty years earlier there was an “incident”and the residents of the town developed paranormal abilities. They passed these on to their descendants. Going into the caves near Fogg Lake and staying the night is a right of passage for the kids who grew up there. Catalina and Olivia did this 15 years ago and ended up witnessing a murder. When they got back to town the next day after hiding from the murderer in the cave system, no one believed they saw what they saw.
Catalina and Olivia are now investigators and they use their paranormal abilities to get results. When Olivia goes missing, Catalina is determined to find her. She didn’t want, nor did she seek out help from “The Foundation,” but she ended up with it anyway. She’s not sure about The Foundation, but she’s pretty sure she’s liking their scientist Slate Trevelyan. After they find Olivia, maybe they can figure out if their relationship is going anywhere.
This is the first book in the Fogg Lake series. I think it was a good start, but there definitely A LOT of information packed into this story. You definitely have to have your focus button turned to “on” when you read this one or you’ll miss something important. I found some of it confusing at first, just because there was SO much happening, but I soon found my stride and sailed right through.
I can’t say I loved the story but it was good. I really liked Catalina and Slate and the budding of their relationship. The dangers they faced while trying to find Olivia kept me interested and I liked the suspense of it all.
Overall I think it was a good beginning. I’ll be curious to see where this goes in the next book and how it will be centered around Fogg Lake.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5